Five and Out (Big East 2006)
Big East week of 11/02/06
Game of the week
#3 West Virginia 34 at #5 Louisville 44:It was the first time the country had shifted its attention to the Big East since Donavan McNabb was playing. The game featured many things: two undefeated top five teams, a Heisman hopeful and a third quarter beyond belief, but defense certainly was not one of them. I don’t care if you have the best quarterback/running back combination in the country, if you turn the ball over three times and have a punt returned for a touchdown you’re not going to win many games.
Conclusion:It was a great win for Louisville, who solidified themselves as a national title frontrunner.
Five things we learned
- Louisville isn’t as good as everyone now thinks.
- West Virginia wasn’t as good as everyone thought.
- Steve Slaton and Pat White are tough and deserve all the recognition they receive.
- Defense doesn’t win games in this conference.
- Michael Bush wasn’t the entire Louisville team.
- Louisville wide receivers: absolutely torched the Mountaineer’s secondary
- Bobby Petrino: Just have to admire the coaching job he’s done at Louisville, or you can observe the 10 year $25.5 million contract.
- Big East Conference: First of two weeks to have the national spotlight with Rutgers and Louisville up next.
- South Florida: Beat Pittsburgh to become bowl eligible. Second best team in the state? Well, maybe.
- Brian Brohm: Injured for half the season, but has picked up right where he left of. Oh, and he did just lead his team to the program's biggest win ever.
- West Virginia Punter: I don’t usually like to hate on kickers, but seriously: your only job is to kick the ball a certain way. Oh, and why can’t they tackle?
- BCS: Things just got interesting, especially if the unthinkable happens this Thursday.
- Pittsburgh Offense: After averaging 42 points a game in their past three wins, the lowly Panther’s have only mustered up 22 in consecutive losses.
- Louisville Basketball: Sorry Rick, looks like expectations just got a little higher.
- Steve Slayton’s Heisman Hopes: Its official: he will not win.
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