NCAA Football Week 10 Thoughts and Opinions: Joe Paterno's Milestone

David HedlindAnalyst IINovember 9, 2010

TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 11:  Head coach Joe Paterno of the Penn State Nittany Lions during warmups before facing the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 11, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Where else would you start but with something that will stand for a very long time. As if anyone reading this didn’t already know, Penn State head coach Joe Paterno earned win 400 and is the first to reach this milestone at the DIA level. Possibly even more amazing is that he has done it at the same school. Most coaches nowadays barely stay at the same one for more than 10 to 15 years.


Left Out

As of right now, I have a feeling that one or both of two of the highest ranked teams will be left out of BCS bowls. Both Boise State and Stanford are in the top six and could very easily be passed over for lower-ranked teams that may be geographically closer to a bowl or appear they would travel better. Of course, this is contingent on them both winning out and having a few other teams win or lose to help them out.


One Step Closer

On the up side for Boise State and TCU though is the fact that Alabama lost. It was widely believed that a one-loss Alabama would easily jump either of these teams if they won out and won the SEC. With their loss to LSU, it is less likely that a one-loss team will have enough points to easily stay ahead or jump them. It is not impossible though.


Big Ten Big Headache

With four teams at one loss in the conference—not conference championship game—and the schedule being an incomplete round robin, the tie breaker for the conference is enough to give me, and probably many others, a headache in trying to figure out who is likely to win the conference. A few of the teams still have to play, and there could always be upsets and spoilers.


Wild Finish, Bad Clock Management

No, I am not talking about LSU and Les Miles but rather Arizona State and Dennis Erickson. If you missed the end of the ASU vs. USC game, then you missed some pretty horrible clock management. I guess I can’t put it all on Erickson because of the decisions, but quarterback Steven Threet wasn’t exactly the best either.

Trailing at the half, Arizona State made a series of plays to fight back into the game. There was a 100-yard kick return, a pick six for 66 yards and a touchdown by the Sun Devils to take the lead. After the touchdown, the point after was blocked, picked up and returned for two points for USC. With that, USC pulled within two points. So now, instead of needing a touchdown, all they needed was a field goal which they got to take the one-point lead and win.


Over, Over, Over Time

After two overtime sessions, teams can no longer kick the point after; they must go for the two-point conversion. I am near positive this is the only thing that prevented Michigan and Illinois from scoring even more points and playing well into the night.

I haven’t checked on it, but I am pretty sure that the 132 points scored are the highest of any game this season.



In case you haven’t heard, LSU head coach Les Miles eats grass. He says it humbles him and lets him know he is part of the game and part of the field. He states the grass in Tiger Stadium tastes best meaning he does this in other stadiums as well. My question is what does he eat if they play on an artificial field? Does he eat turf? Or maybe the little rubber pellets?



Undefeated- 4

Defeated- 1

Bowl Eligible- 47

Not going bowling- 21

FBS teams I have watched this season- 120


Bowl Thoughts

No Big East teams are bowl eligible. The only other conference with no teams bowl eligible is the Sun Belt. The Big East should get enough teams eligible for the bowl tie ins. The Sun Belt might not, which at two, is kinda sad.

The Pac-10 will not fulfill all their bowl tie ins.

The SEC might not either.

The Mountain West is likely to leave a vacant bowl spot if TCU gets into a BCS bowl.

The WAC has enough right now to fill all their bowl spots, but that would change if Boise State goes to a BCS bowl. If they don’t, they actually could end up with a team left out if another team gains eligibility.

Conference USA will be cutting their bowl fulfillment very close.

The MAC will be filling in for someone somewhere. Probably for a Pac 10 or Mountain West bowl.

Navy is eligible. Army is one win away. I have a feeling Notre Dame will not get to 6-6.













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