Archive for year 2009

College Gridiron 365 Power Rankings

Miami and Cincinnati continue to impress with big wins, while BYU, USC and Utah all tumbled following bitter losses. This is the weekend we find out if Mississippi, Cal, TCU, and Houston are the real deal.

1. FLORIDA GATORS/SEC (3-0). The Gators failed to overwhelm Tennessee in The Swamp, which is puzzling after all the bulletin board material Lane Kiffin provided. We just might have a bit of a tussle in store for the SEC title. Not this week, though, at Kentucky.
2. ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE/SEC (3-0). And the Tide keeps on rolling, this time over North Texas State, 53-7. The work-in-progress Razorbacks visit this weekend with the potential to shoot off some fireworks of their own and take ‘Bama to the limit.
3. TEXAS LONGHORNS/Big 12 (3-0). The Longhorns outlasted Texas Tech, 34-24, and face little challenge this weekend with UTEP visiting Austin.
4. MIAMI HURRICANES/ACC (2-0). The way the ‘Canes are playing I could see them in the national title game in four months. But first they’ll need to get by Virginia Tech on the road this weekend. No small feat.
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Fourth and inches …

Florida State knows how to get away with the big cheat… Watch the replay of FSU’s thrashing of BYU in Provo last weekend and a couple things become very apparent. The Cougars would’ve been in a shootout with the Seminoles like I predicted if they would’ve held on to the ball better. But, FSU also knows how to cheat very well.

In their first possession, the Seminole offensive line took out Cougar nose tackle Russell Tialavea with a ruthless chop block. Tialavea didn’t play the rest of the game and is out for at least the next four weeks with a grade 3 MCL sprain, probably longer. Tialavea is a quality defensive lineman that takes two blockers to handle every play, so it’s easy to see why the ‘Noles had a rather easy time of rushing up the gut the rest of the game.

Another play that stands out in the replay is Greg Reid’s interception and TD return of a Max Hall pass at the beginning of the second half. Reid grabbed tight end Andrew George’s jersey and slingshot himself toward the ball while knocking George off balance and unable to fight for the ball.
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College Gridiron 365 Power Rankings

Mississippi, Cal, Miami, and Florida State tanked. TCU and Houston won squeakers over solid BCS foes. LSU should have lost to Mississippi State. USC still looks vulnerable. With a super weak SOS, Boise State is stagnant.

1. FLORIDA GATORS/SEC (4-0). Florida downed Kentucky but almost lost star QB Tim Tebow for the year to a wicked concussion. Their bye week couldn’t have come at a more opportune time with a trip to Baton Rouge looming on Oct 10.
2. ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE/SEC (4-0). Alabama registered an impressive 35-7 victory over Arkansas to stay neck and neck with SEC rival Florida. The Tide will hit the road and roll into Kentucky this weekend.
3. TEXAS LONGHORNS/Big 12 (4-0). Texas buried the UTEP Miners, 64-7, and conclude the weakest stretch of their schedule on Saturday as host to the Colorado Buffaloes.
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Fourth and inches …

Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount’s season-long suspension to be lifted? That’s the news out of Eugene this week. I don’t have a problem with it, but Oregon should have never imposed a season long suspension in the first place. It really smacks of insincerity on the part of the Ducks’ administration, now that it appears the team has an excellent chance of taking the Pac-10 title this year. Blount’s behavior certainly warranted a multi-game suspension of at least 4-5 games. Was there a clear map with required benchmarks to meet to help Blount work his way back on the active roster? If that is what was happening behind the scenes, then Oregon tried to deceive the public with their initial announcement.

Meanwhile, Byron Hout, the Boise State player who provoked Blount and suffered the consequences with a right jab to the jaw, has never missed a game for the Broncos.

Florida’s Tebow is one tough son of a gun…In case you missed the replays of the shot Tebow took to the back of his head in last week’s game against Kentucky, just know that it’s amazing the kid didn’t suffer a broken neck during the play. Fortunately, the Gators have a bye this week. Here’s hoping he makes it back in time to play against LSU on Oct 10.
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College Gridiron 365 Power Rankings

Uh, Houston, we’ve got a problem. The Cougars stumbled against lowly UTEP and dropped out of the RF365 Power Ranking as quickly as they leaped into it. Say goodbye to Cal and Michigan, too. The top-ranked Gators face their toughest test of the season this week on the road in Baton Rouge.

1. FLORIDA GATORS/SEC (4-0). They know how to take care of Gator problems down in Louisiana. If Tebow isn’t taking the snaps for Florida this weekend, Numero Uno is going down.
2. ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE/SEC (5-0). The Tide took care of business against Kentucky last week, 38-20, but Mississippi poses the biggest trap game for them until Auburn at the end of the season.
3. TEXAS LONGHORNS/Big 12 (4-0). Texas is coming off a bye week and the ‘Horns are anxious to chew up the Colorado Buffaloes this Saturday in a tune-up for the Red River Shootout on Oct 17.
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Fourth and Inches …

“Goldy” the Minnesota Golden Gophers’ mascot knew the right button to push with visiting Wisconsin Badger fans last Saturday … with the Green Bay Packers coming to Minneapolis to play the hometown Vikings on NFL Monday Night Football, Goldy wore a Brett Favre number 4 Vikings’ jersey. Speaking of Favre, you have to see him in the new Sears large screen TV commercial–he pokes fun at himself for his well known off-season indecisiveness. It’s an instant classic.

Florida State’s embattled Bobby Bowden deserves the chance to let the season play out. Florida State football was the joke of the state before Bowden came onboard in 1976, having won just four games in the previous three seasons. Of course, he’s only led the Seminoles to 12 conference championships and two national championships in the past 33 years, compiling 283 wins during that time. Nah, let’s run the guy out of Tallahassee on a rail right now.

Is Notre Dame heading to a BCS bowl? Not so fast. Sure, the Irish have pulled out three barn-burners in a row over Michigan State, Purdue and Washington to run their season record to 4-1, but those three teams are a combined 5-10. Still, every win has nurtured Notre Dame’s confidence. They have this week off and will face the most important test of the year on October 17 when the top 10 ranked USC Trojans travel to South Bend.
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