College Football Notes: Wisconsin Pretends, Auburn Cam, Aggie Drops and More

Gary BrownCorrespondent IIOctober 16, 2010

MADISON, WI - SEPTEMBER 18: Montee Ball #28 of the Wisconsin Badgers runs against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Camp Randall Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Madison, Wisconsin. Wisconsin defeated Arizona State 20-19. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Wisconsin Disappoints When Playing Ohio State in Football

Wisconsin should be able to threaten Ohio State’s No. 1 ranking today, but the Badgers have a problem. They disappoint on a consistent basis in really big, Big Ten games. Especially against Ohio State.

In 2007 the Badgers led 17-10 in the third quarter, but figured out a way to not score again. They also could not stop the Buckeyes as they gave up 28 unanswered points to lose 38-17. It was in 2008 that they could not make a stop to keep Ohio State from marching 88 yards late in the final quarter. The Badgers fell that day 20-17. Last year is not even worth mentioning.

So, will Wisconsin knock Ohio State out of the nation’s top spot? They could, but don’t make any plans around it.

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Coaching Struggles

Rumors are floating that Minnesota will fire head coach Tim Brewster if the Gophers lose to Purdue today. Please, just go ahead and fire the man. If he wins today does the Gopher’s next game against Penn State become the do or die moment? What about the game with Ohio State? Which "next weekend" is for all the marbles when it comes to Brewster keeping his job or not?

When a school gets to the point where a coach has to win any single game to keep his position it is already time to pull the trigger.

Cam Newton Gives Auburn the Edge

Arkansas and Auburn meet today. Here is the question to pose if the Razorbacks go down today: Is Bobby Petrino just Houston Nutt without the personality? He scores lots of points (like Nutt), he is good for an occasional upset (like Nutt), but in tough games on the road he does not generate consistent success (like Nutt).

Today’s big SEC West game will come down to the ability of the two QBs to handle adversity. Razorback QB Ryan Mallett has shown he can be frustrated. Auburn’s Cam Newton will become a real Auburn folk hero, and the Heisman front runner, if he pulls off more magic against the Hogs today.

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Do Ole Miss Players Know They Lost to Jax State?

Speaking of Nutt, do you think at some point this week he let Jerrell Powe hear about his comments on how South Carolina “exposed” Alabama? More than once the Rebel defensive tackle decided to talk when he should have stopped. Really? Does a team that lost at home to Jacksonville State and Vanderbilt have any room to talk about any other team being “exposed”? Does he really think 'Bama won 19 straight because people just could not figure out the Tide’s offense and defense?

One last SEC note.  Mississippi State won’t beat Florida today, but the Gator fans will long for the solid play-calling they see from Bulldog head coach Dan Mullen. has the latest, and most, news for SEC football

Why Does Texas A&M Not Like the Football?

Texas A&M is a hard team to figure out. They look good on defense and have a quarterback, Jerrod Johnson, who seems to have plenty of talent to lead a team to victory.

The Aggies have one major problem. They don’t seem to like the football very much. Through their first five games A&M has 18 turnovers. At the FBS level only a very bad New Mexico team has more. Despite this problem the Aggies have been in both games they lost this season (Oklahoma State and Arkansas).

While in the Big 12 it is necessary to mention the big game in league play today. Texas travels to Memorial Stadium today trying to avoid a third straight loss. Mack Brown and crew will be feeling the pain and hearing the second-guessing after the Huskers extract their payback for last year’s Big 12 championship game loss. The most Big 12 sports news online.

Pac-10 Has Light Slate This Weekend

Which Pac-10 games are you most interested in this weekend? The only one that looks like a contest is the pairing of Cal and Southern Cal. Arizona should rout Washington State. Oregon State and Washington might be competitive, but there is no real drama surrounding the contest.

Thursday night Oregon will be back in action against UCLA. Can the Bruins give the Ducks a go for it? It will be more interesting than people think. The most news for Pac-10 football on the web.

Wake Me Up When the ACC Starts Playing Basketball

Have you looked at the ACC football schedule for this weekend? There is not even one game being played that attracts the attention of a college football fan living outside the states where the contests are being played.

Do you think anyone in Boston even knows the Eagles are playing Florida State today? In North Carolina there is much more interest this morning in the opening of basketball practices than anything that will happen on the gridiron today.

Forget giving grief to the WAC and Mountain West. It is time someone talked about dissolving the ACC in football before it bores all of us to death.

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On with the games today.


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