College Football: Thoughts and Opinions for Week Nine

David HedlindAnalyst IIOctober 26, 2008

Washington Needs to Wake Up

And fire Willingham already. They keep saying they will keep him through the year, but my question is why? I don’t think it would change the outcome of this year, but it would help to have next year set with someone who can start on the recruiting trail.


Virginia’s 180

They have now gone from last to the top of the ACC Coastal division in a matter of a couple of weeks. After losing three out of their first four, including a loss to Duke, they have won four in row, capped off the last two weeks by beating North Carolina and Georgia Tech back to back; both were ranked at No. 18. The question is can they keep it up for a few more weeks?


As Good as Oklahoma State Is Now...

What can we expect next season? With what they could lose and what they hope to have back, the Cowboys will be a contender again next year. That’s all I have to say.


The Potential BCS Busters Could Be Thanking the Big East

As it stands now, South Florida is the highest-ranked team in any poll at No. 23. The way the Big East is going, they might not have a team ranked higher than 16 in the final BCS poll, opening the door wider than usual for the likes of Utah, Boise State, Tulsa, Ball State, TCU, and BYU.


Penn State Could Have the Easiest Road to the Title

From here on out they have only three games to go with two teams that have winning records. Going to Iowa could be a trap if they start looking too far ahead. Indiana shouldn’t be any trouble, and finishing at home with Michigan State will probably be the toughest game, but no on one there is ranked.

Alabama still has to go to ranked LSU and a likely ranked Florida or Georgia in the SEC title game. Texas is going to ranked Texas Tech next and has to go to a currently ranked Kansas in a couple weeks. They still have to finish with a likely ranked team in the Big XII title game.


Oregon May Have Found Their QB for the Future

Replacing a player like Dennis Dixon is no easy task, and Oregon thus far has had people that have been doing okay, but nothing too special. JC transfer Jeremiah Masoli has proven he can run the ball, but so far has struggled in the passing game.

While the run remains the Ducks' primary offensive means, Masoli threw went 17-for-26 for 147 yards with one TD and one INT. Two weeks ago he only threw for 42 yards against UCLA. Oh yeah, he is only a sophomore and Oregon QBs tend to improve drastically from year to year.


Georgia-Florida Will Be Huge

The Cocktail Party will be the biggest game in the SEC this season. Both teams are rolling right now on offense. The game will, once again, have division, conference and National Championship implications.

I just don’t want to see the Georgia players dancing again. Not that there was anything wrong with the reason for it, it just wasn’t good dancing.


A One-Dimensional Offense Can Work

In Navy’s 34-7 win over SMU, the Mids didn’t throw the ball one time. They instead ran the ball 77 times for 404 yards. The game was played in harsh weather of wind and rain, which was less than optimal for throwing the ball anyway. That may have also hurt SMU with June Jones’s offense, which relies heavily on the pass.


Love in the Box

Dante Love attended the Ball State game yesterday for the first time since his injury. He watched the game from the coaches' box. Ball State won 38-16 over Eastern Michigan and remains undefeated.


Penn State/Ohio State, Texas/Oklahoma State Live up to the Hype

Of the big games for the day, these two were clearly the most talked about, and they didn’t disappoint. Penn State won when they intercepted Pryor’s pass at the end zone. Texas won when Oklahoma Sate was unable to complete a Hail Mary to come from behind.