Storyboards of the Day:
1. Pride Comes Before The Fall: Spartan Uprising; Wolverines Fall From National Picture.
2. SEC West Supremacy, SEC East Illegitimacy!
3. Trojans Crush The Bears...Is Something Really Wrong at CAL?
4. Big Red Nation: The Inside Betting Line to the BCS Participants? Bet on Red!
5. Accomplished but unproven: A sizable power vacuum indeed!
6. Must Read of the Day: Death to the BCS by Dan Wetzel (Yahoo Sports), Josh Peter and Jeff Passan. Buy the book and read it!
Game of the Day:
1. Arkansas vs Auburn: Everything looked rosy for a Hog upset until Heisman hopeful Ryan Mallett suffered a concussion midway through the second quarter.
The other Heisman hopeful in the game, Cameron Newton of Auburn, looked every bit the part as he ran for 188-yards, threw for 140 more, scoring four steamrolling, flat-backin, and down right dominating touchdown runs over a withered and depleted Arkansas defense.
The Heisman campaign will now likely revolve around a quadrant of players: Oregon's La Michael James, Oklahoma's Landry Jones & DeMarco Murray, and Newton of Auburn.
Newton and Jones appear to have the advantage as they will touch the ball on every offensive snap for the remainder of the season (barring injury), while James and Murray are behind the 8-ball as they will receive their requisite 15-20 carries a game and perhaps 3-to-four tosses a game, but won't get the touches nor the attention of Jones and Murray, who can account for over 300 total yards per game on any given Saturday.
Auburn and Oklahoma are royalty programs, while Oregon is a "Knight of the Roundtable" member, somewhere in the middle of the global "Pyramid of Power," but not noted to be at the top with the royalty laden big boys. Plus, the Ducks chances of remaining unbeaten in a wildly balanced and fiercely competitive PAC-10 Conference remains in question, while the SEC and Big-12 are vastly inferior when compared to the programs within the conference that dominated the country a few seasons ago.
The front-runner to the national championship game is now Oklahoma, which has been an obvious theme throughout the BCS Era. Ever wonder why? The answer may surprise you.
The Sooners have now been ranked No. 1 in the critically flawed BCS process a record 20-times in the 13-year history of the BCS. This latest ranking is perhaps the most blatant slight of all to the Non-AQ or Non-Elite branded members within the major conferences, as Oklahoma has struggled to beat Air Force, Cincinnati and Utah State.
They were not ranked anywhere within the Top-5 of any poll before the initial BCS Poll surfaced this weekend, they have struggled to win the majority of their games, they have major problems on defense and yet suddenly, like a thief-in-the-night lightning bolt, are ranked No. 1.
You will have to research the Red Shield Complex for answers, neither of which is in the scope of this article.
Who's Hot In College Football?
1. Missouri (7-0): The Tigers continue to impress in a season in which they were picked to finish third behind Kansas (really?) and Nebraska in the Big-12 North.
With their victory over Texas A&M on the road at venerable Kyle Field, Missouri has assured itself of a sixth straight bowl season under the direction of Gary Pinkel—that's six straight winning seasons and six straight bowl games for the Tigers in what is now rivaling the Dan Devine era in the glory days of the programs past.
Not one other team in the Big-12 North can stake that claim! Perhaps we will see a "Go Tigers" vs. a "Geaux Tigers" National Championship in the near future, assuming the Midwest Tigers can get by Oklahoma, and the Bayou Tigers can get by Auburn next weekend.
2. Michigan State (7-0): After falling behind 6-3 at the half to a once-rising Illinois program, you could just feel the hushed silence and anxiety building within the Spartan Nation fan base.
After all, the Spartans of the past have often staked the claim of mission accomplished when beating their arch rivals from Ann Arbor through out its history.
But a special season is brewing in East Lansing.
If Sparty can get by a falling Northwestern program and a rising Iowa program in the next two weeks, they have nothing but cupcake opponents remaining in Big-10 Conference play.
The list of cupcakes remaining includes Minnesota (which just fired Tim Brewster after a 1-6 start), Purdue and Penn State to close the season. With Ohio State missing on the 2010 schedule, Sparty is quickly becoming a feel good-feel bad story for the BCS picture in college football.
Feel good for a team that has rallied behind the recent health troubles of Spartan coach Mark Dantonio. Feel good for the fact that they beat Michigan for the third straight season (one of the few times they have done this in the history of the rivalry). But feel bad when the BCS Royalty hounds fail to reward a team whose greatest victories will be over Iowa, Michigan and Notre Dame (assuming they go undefeated the rest of the way), which will all have at least two losses on the season.
That thought process is laced with a ton of assumptions, as Iowa appears to be the best team in the conference and yet, they were dominated by an Arizona program that will likely finish third or fourth in the PAC-10.
This could be an unprecedented run to the Rose's for the Spartans, possibly facing an undefeated Oregon program who will miss the BCS due to their second tier status among the royalty elite.
ESPN Game Day Final, symbolically orchestrated by the Bench Trilogy of Reese Davis (The Judge), Lou Holtz (The District Attorney) and Mark May (The Defense) are already trying to spin another SEC vs Big-12 BCS Title Game (gee...that's odd?) between Oklahoma and Auburn.
3. Oregon (6-0): The Ducks took the weekend off and, in all likelihood, will be the No. 1 team in the country come Sunday afternoon at 5:15 pm, when ESPN announces, on national television, who will be the pole leader in the initial BCS Poll of the 2010 season.
The Ducks have scored 285 points in 300 minutes of football, only giving up 15 points in the entire second half of the 2010 season, and have overcome 10-point, 14-point and 18-point deficits, which clearly defines it as the most impressive program in the first half of the season.
The true merit of a champion should be the ability to manage the game victoriously when you are ahead, behind or in a see-saw battle to the end.
The Ducks, Auburn, Boise State and Oklahoma have been the only teams to answer all three of those variables and among those Oregon's victories, the statistics clearly stand among the best.
But not to fear RED NATION, look for the name brand hierarchy known as the BCS to reward Auburn and Oklahoma over a much more deserving Boise State and Oregon as the season runs its course.
1. The BCS: For the reasons that have been discussed above and a 12-year history of corruption, bamboozlement and Royalty bailouts for the nations elite programs that are in bed with the Bowl Empire to maintain the status quo, not to mention the tax free foundations that are crippling America's economy, the entire BCS Platform is the biggest loser this weekend. Where have we heard these same echoes from the past?
Calling all fans:
Buy the Book - "Death To The BCS" and boycott the system.
Within this historic Great-Great-Great Depression Era (in which much of the national media is spinning it as a moderately Great Recession), while schools and public services are facing massive cuts, putting yet another million people on the streets across the country without a job or even a secure future, please note our current bowl structure will earn between $7 - $15 Million dollars a piece on average for a one day event, once a year; this will pay bowl executives over five times the amount that our congressional leaders earn, and pay zero taxes to support the state, local and national economies.
All the while, our local universities will actually pay money to attend an all important and ubiquitously over-hyped bowl game experience for the players who do not earn a dime, but go rather massively in-debt to play major college football and earn a degree only to find no jobs available in a Draconian economy.
Your tax dollars support a phony empire in which the bowls claim the free market is working well...wrong; it's more of a government welfare system as the bowls depend on bilking tax dollars and money from university athletic departments in the form of required ticket allotments, hotel accommodations and entertainment for the players, not to mention your free government tax dollar stimulus contributions that keep the operating expenses afloat.
What a system—what a country, only in America, could this type of hijacking within an amateur sport where the participants do not make a dime actually take place!
Who wins and profits from this process? Try collegiate coaches, athletic department administrators, bowl game administrators and media personalities who advertise and defend the whole BCS process.
This is one of the most blatant forms of hidden slavery that mankind has ever perpetuated on an unsuspecting population.
The actual players often times cannot afford a simple movie theater date without using a credit card—and you thought the bailouts were bad, paying over a trillion dollars to bailout Wall Street and the Central Banking Complex.
This mutilated and fraudulent bowl system has been on-going now for nearly a century.
Without the fans paying the tickets, this system would crumble like a house of cards literally overnight. When will the fans wake up and take back not only the system poisoning college football, but that very country we call the land of the free and home of the brave?
The only hope is a player revolt as their civil rights are being grossly manipulated.
Do yourself a favor and get educated...buy the book!
2. Florida (4-3, 0-3 in SEC): The Gators have endured the first three game losing streak of Urban Meyer's career and the offense is woefully misfiring without old reliable Tim Tebow, whose innate ability to ad-lib on the fly bailed out the Florida offense on many occasions throughout his career.
Meyer looks very tired and emotionally spent—maybe there was something to all that retirement talk back in December.
Is this the beginning of the end for Urban Meyer at Florida?
3. Ohio State (6-1): All year long, many competent fans across the country who actually follow college football with a keen insight knew all along the Buckeyes were overrated.
After the Buckeyes fell to fifth in last week's pseudo BCS poll announcement on ESPN, the Royalty trolls across the country that defend the Red Shield Complex that controls the BCS, were called to action en mass.
In the book listed above (Death to the BCS), author Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports indicated that many of the trolls roaming the forums or arbitrary sports websites found on the internet are actually athletic department interns who are trying to spin the BCS factor in the favor of the elite programs.
Keep this in mind the next time you feel compelled to battle a complete idiot who claims that Boise State plays a far inferior schedule to Ohio State. Personally, I'd take Boise State, Hawaii, Nevada and Fresno State over half the members of the BCS Conference programs, and that includes the SEC East, The Big East or the Big-Ten, especially this season when the SEC East in an absolute train wreck.
After the Buckeyes meltdown in Wisconsin, would you pick against Boise or TCU if they were matched up against either of the Badgers or Buckeyes?
West Coast Upset Alerts (Pre-Saturday):
1. BYU over TCU:
Two weeks ago, Head Coach Bronco Mendenhal fired his defensive coordinator to stem off a potential player revolt as a loss of trust permeated the locker room.
Last week, the defense shined when Mendenhal took over running his vaunted 3-3-5 defensive scheme he learned while working with Rocky Long (the former New Mexico coach) at Oregon State over a decade ago.
With the players united again trying to achieve a common goal, don't be surprised if TCU's dream of a championship season comes to an end.
Cougars by seven in a low scoring affair.
Update: Forgetaboutit! The Frogs defense is legit and a letdown is not going to happen—that is, until the final BCS Poll is announced in December, which won't include the Frogs in the BCS National Championship picture.
The Frogs have given up a total of three points in their last three games!
2. Washington over Oregon State:
The Huskies have been an up and down program throughout the 2010 campaign.
One week they look like gang-busters who can play with anyone; the next week, they look like the bewildered crew that took on the Cornhuskers at home, suffering the worst loss ever in Husky Stadium.
The Beavers, on the other hand, must come to grips with the fact that they will no longer have the experience and leadership available from James Rogers, who with brother JaQuizz offered perhaps the best dynamic duo in the sport.
The Huskies are due for a rise in performance, while the Beavers continue to have major questions to answer—not a good mix for the Beavs.
Huskies by three, possibly in overtime, which could trigger a 7-5 free-fall of a season by the time December and bowl season rolls around.
Update: Nailed it all the way around, although you have to admire the coaching call by Mike Riley at the end!
3. Hawaii over Nevada:
Bryant Moniz has been a one man wrecking crew for the past month, averaging over 400-yards passing and 60 pass attempts per weekend.
Rainbow Stadium is a tough place to play with the officiating factor playing a major role—TCU and Nevada both have their bubbles busted today.
Look for a high scoring affair with turnovers leading to a 10-point victory by Hawaii on the Islands!
Update: Nailed three of the four predictions—a Hawaii win with three touchdown passes by Moniz and a late interception by Mana Silva prevented a late comeback by Nevada, which will now play a potential spoiler role in the BCS with a late season clash versus Boise State.
Gotta admit, I almost nailed it here as well.
4. San Diego State over Air Force:
Early in the season, SDSU came within the final seconds of forcing over-time versus undefeated Missouri.
As a matter of fact, The "MO Miracle" saved the day for the Tigers as WR T.J. Moe raced over 60-yards for the deciding touchdown in the final seconds back in September, but SDSU Quarterback Ryan Lindley has thrown for nearly 1400-yards and 9 Touchdowns this season and sports a sterling 139 QB-Rating for the year.
If SDSU can jump to an early lead, which they are more than capable in doing with Lindley running the show, Air Force could be forced out of its grind-it-out, run-the-clock game plan of three yards and a cloud of dust.
The spread-bone (a hybrid of the wishbone) offense that the Falcons run is perfect when you have the lead and can control the clock, but when falling behind early by more than one score, it is a difficult task to mount a charge.
Air Force returns to reality with a tough loss versus the Aztecs! Aztecs could roll big in this one!
Update: Nailed three of the four potential Upset Alert Specials this past Saturday. I thought San Diego had the potential to roll in this one, but one thought is paramount.
Given CBSSports Football Expert Eric Sorenson claims we have vastly under-rated Missouri, I beg to differ. Anyone think San Diego State is ready to be crowned a football power?
Think again—and they darn near beat Missouri a few weeks back.
The Tigers rank No. 1 in the Accomplished But Unproven Category. Not so fast my friends!
Upset Alerts (Post-Saturday):
1. Wisconsin over Ohio State: I almost bought into the Wisconsin Jump Around, but I gave Ohio State and their controlling royalty role a little too much consideration.
It was easy to see Ohio State was overrated, but given Wisconsin's body of work versus Michigan State and Arizona State, who would have thunk it?
Not to fear Red Nation, while Ohio State, Nebraska, and Alabama have been all but eliminated from the race with recent losses, we still have Oklahoma rising on the horizon.
Having all the key horses in the race to eliminate competition (that's called a monopoly folks) is a key illuminating characteristic of this ruthless enterprise.
ESPN is already shilling a Oklahoma vs Auburn match-up of two potential Heisman front-runners.
But then again, Oklahoma's road to the championship will still likely go through the Cornhusker Nation, while Auburn has to overcome in-state nemesis Alabama.
The road to confusion and chaos is still controlled by the same feature power players; stay tuned for some more Hegelian Dialect—Divide and Conquer—strategies matching thesis versus antithesis in a RED reign of confusion that terrorizes and controls the entire college football landscape.
2. Texas over Nebraska: I really thought Nebraska would roll over the Longhorns in this one, but then again, certain programs can look really dominating when playing illegitimate and inferior competition—something that is all the rage in college football due to the BCS Cupcake factor (margin of victory and strength of schedule) having long been eliminated from the process of crowning college football's King.
One thing is for certain regarding the Cornhuskers: Nebraska Athletic Director and Hall of Fame Football Coach Tom Osbourne was correct regarding the common ties they have with the Big-Ten.
They are all overrated and feast on looking good rather than being good.
Anyone for a Nebraska - Ohio State showdown next year for the Big-Ten title?
Accomplished But Unproven:
1. Missouri and LSU: The ties that bind the two programs include McNeese State, a team Missouri bitch-slapped by 44-points (50-6) in September.
LSU at one point led the lowly program 16-10 in the middle of the second half, only to win by 22-points (32-10); Missouri, with victories over Illinois (remember last week when SI.com's Stewart Mandel was claiming Ohio State's legitimacy based on the Illini's resurgence), McNeese State, Miami of Ohio, Colorado and Texas A&M, it is hard to legitimize the Tigers when they barely beat Illinois and SDSU.
2. Oklahoma State: Giving up an average of 28.7 points per game versus college football stalwarts Washington State, Tulsa, Troy, Louisiana-Lafayette, Texas Tech and Texas A&M.
3. Utah: The Utes were ranked 28th on average in the annual pre-season polls and have climbed to ninth in this weeks rankings; however, hidden in plain sight amid a sterling 6-0 record is an opponent record of 10-24.
The Sooners of Oklahoma are on the opposite end of the spectrum featuring an opponent record of 23-10. Of course, that is a little tainted when you consider Utah State, Air Force and Florida State are the key players on the Sooners schedule.
Anyone want to announce Florida State's return to relevance? I'd say if Florida State played Oregon State's schedule they would be 3-3 like the Beavers.
Although the Utes have been the target of BCS criticism of the past, there is a little bit of truth to the rumor this season.
Why should it matter when you have crushed BCS Conference champions like Pittsburgh and SEC runner up Alabama in the recent past? Opponent record isn't everything it is made to be, for all you can do is control your own destiny by winning every game on your schedule.
For that matter, how much strength and credence can we attribute to Iowa and Wisconsin, considering Iowa lost to Arizona, and Wisconsin nearly lost to Arizona State and was beaten by Michigan State?
Sparty is having a nice season, but will run through a season in which the best team on their schedule is Iowa, who has already lost to a team outside the Top-15.
Worst Coaching Call of the Day:
There were many on the surface that qualified: Mike Riley's questionable and unsuccessful two-point conversion in overtime, where he moved running back JaQuizz Rogers out of the backfield into the slot receiver position in an empty formation, which consequently, moved the linebackers deeper into the end zone and in the potential pathway of TE Joe Halahuni, who initially appeared to catch the ball, but later lost it and the game when he fell to the ground in anguish.
The call was correct—to go for the two-point conversion-as the Beavers looked spent and had trouble stopping the Huskies inside the Redzone. The formation and the play call could have been improved given the fact that Quizz destroyed the Huskies to the tune of 146-yards on 32 carries and three touchdowns.
Why not line him up in the backfield and call a play action pass or a possible waggle pass where the receivers look to brush or pick an opponent crossing from one side of the field to the other?
With the stretch and misdirection affecting the defense on such a critical play, Ryan Katz has a potential run pass option if he breaks contain, which he did in the first half scoring Oregon State's first touchdown of the day after trailing 21-0.
As such, with the linebackers all ready dropping into coverage with Quizz sliding out to the slot position, a TE running straight down the field and quickly hooking up can be easily covered, which it was.
So the call to go for it was prudent, while the actual play call that was executed was lacking in imagination and design. A peculiar play-call for that situation indeed.
Ditto for South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, whose late-game fade route call into the end-zone with 11 seconds left before kicking a potentially game tying field goal to send the game into overtime backfired like a 1970 Ford Pinto.
Like Oregon State, when playing on the road, go for the win as you are facing hostile crowd noise which affects the offensive rhythm in an overtime situation.
The call was correct, but the throw from QB Stephen Garcia was absolutely horrendous as the ball hung and curved to the inside, away from the sideline, and the receiver had little chance to even touch the ball, let alone catch it.
But the stinker call of the day was the removal of Nebraska Quarterback Taylor Martinez, who was benched midway through the second half.
His failure on the day could be better attributed to several receiver drops that were wide open for potential touchdowns, and a Texas defense that had two weeks to rest and prepare for the vaunted Husker rushing attack.
While it is true that Zach Lee is the better passer of the two, he has zero breakaway capability and Nebraska's only chance was the sudden take-it-to-the-house scoring threat that Martinez presented.
What a rotten call by Bo Pelini, especially given Martinez's exploits so far this season. Is that the way to treat a potential Heisman candidate? By benching him when his wide open receivers can't catch a ball, of which they did much of the same for Lee when he entered the ball game?
That deserves a big league "Wow" and a word of caution for potential recruits when considering the Huskers on national letter of intent day in February!
What's Wrong With Cal?
First, it was the infamous melt-down at Nevada earlier in the season, but now this: a monumental dismantling by the Trojans, who appeared to be headed for mediocrity coming into the ballgame after back-to-back losses to Stanford and Washington.
Given that Tedford is the all-time leader in coaching victories at Cal winning over 70 games in the nine exemplary years he has roamed the sidelines in Strawberry Canyon, something has to be amiss given the up-and-down performance of the players within the program over the last three seasons.
It will be interesting to see if Tedford can rebound and redirect the troops to begin playing consistently and to their potential. Since the defeat to Oregon State several seasons ago, when the program was ranked No. 1 and Kevin Riley wasted the play clock by trying to run for a game winning touchdown with no timeouts remaining, the Bears have bumbled and stumbled along the path of mediocrity.
Will the real CALIFORNIA Golden Bear football program please stand and represent yourself!
Is Tedford heading for trouble in Berkeley?