College Football Wordplay: From A to Z (Week Nine)

Eric ThomasonCorrespondent IOctober 29, 2008

College Football week of Oct. 25, 2008


Arena Football

The Boomer Sooner offense took off early and often once again this weekend. Oklahoma and Kansas State scored 73 points in the first half—that was more points than 37 other FBS games played on Saturday scored in the entire game.


Bowl Eligible

Air Force, Alabama, Ball State, Boise State, BYU, Central Michigan, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Michigan State, Missouri, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Penn State, Texas, Texas Christian, Texas Tech, Tulsa, USC, USF, and Utah.

Teams who didn’t go to a bowl game last year that are already bowl eligible

North Carolina, Northwestern, Minnesota, and Western Michigan

Teams who can no longer become bowl eligible

Eastern Michigan, Idaho, North Texas, San Diego State, SMU, Utah State, Washington, and Washington State                            


Conference Champs

With Penn State’s win over Ohio State, the Nittany Lion factor has officially spread into the veins of college football. With only games against Iowa, Michigan State, and Indiana remaining, Joe Pa’s team is sitting pretty.

Terrelle Pryor showed his true freshman colors on Saturday night by not securing the football late in the game, but then again, Colt McCoy did the same thing against the Pokes three hours “Pryor.”

Difference is, one team made a defensive stop when they had to, and the other folded.


Dodge and move on

The Longhorns didn’t need to overcome a huge deficit against Oklahoma State this year around, as Texas held on to beat the Cowboys 28-24, for the 11th straight time.

Mack Brown’s team is now 8-0 and a win in Lubbock away from completing one of the toughest stretches in recent college football history.


Everyday it’s a new ACC

Honestly, who knows anymore?

Let’s wait another week and then sort it out.


Feeling like home

Southern Cal escaped with a 17-10 victory in a hostile stadium in Tucson.

The Trojans continued to struggle to find a fit at running back though, as four players carried the ball more than five times apiece against the Wildcats.

Does anyone else notice how timid Joe McKnight is when he hits the hole?

The freshman is on his tippy toes prancing around like Fred from the Flintstones.

Got Mail?

Dear Marshall Band,

Thank you for leaving your equipment on the field so my star freshman receiver could see if he was also talented with a tuba in his hands.


Anonymous Houston Cougar fan.


Heating up

As the race in the Pac-10 starts to heat up, we take a sentence per team outlook at the contenders in the conference.


Southern Cal: Trojans look solid and are eyeing another conference title.

Oregon State: It’s been nearly a month since Oregon State upset the Trojans, but don’t forget—if the Beavers can win out, they’ll be in the Rose Bowl.

On the outside looking in

Cal: The Golden Bears are the only remaining team with a shot at both Oregon State and Southern Cal.

On the outside, I mean way outside

Washington State: I mean, how bad can a team really be?


Impact Freshmen

Freshmen putting up big numbers this week.

1. WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame: four receptions, 107 yards, TD

2. QB Cody Endres, Connecticut: 18 of 42, 192 yards

3. QB Kellen Moore, Boise State: 26 of 40, 244 yards, two TDs, INT

4. WR A.J. Green, Georgia: three receptions, 89 yards, TD

5. LB Travis Lewis, Oklahoma: 15 tackles and two INTs


Jumping to Conclusions

(Predictions for next week)

Upset Special: West Virginia 31, Connecticut 17

Could be in trouble: Tulsa 35, Arkansas 31

Closer than you think: Alabama 35, Arkansas St. 24

No way Jose: Southern Cal 56, Washington 10


Knockout punch

Georgia delivered the final blow to LSU, ending any shot the Tigers had at defending their national championship from a year ago.

Knowshon Moreno went off for the Bulldogs, rushing for 163 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries, and Mathew Stafford is quietly becoming one of the most consistent quarterbacks in the country.

The LSU loss means Alabama can lose to the Tigers in Death Valley on Nov. 8 and still win the SEC West.


Looking forward

Texas vs. Texas Tech

Last year, Oklahoma found out firsthand how tough a road trip to Lubbock can be, so you can expect Mack Brown’s squad to be ready for the challenge.

Besides the obvious conference and national title implications, the Heisman trophy might be up for grabs on Saturday night as well.

Harrell torched Todd Reesing, and McCoy already handled Bradford, Robinson, and Daniel.

However, Colt McCoy did show signs of being human against Oklahoma State, and Texas Tech’s defense and running game continues to improve each week.

It all adds up to what should be a heck of shootout in Lubbock this weekend.

Making Amends

Two coaches faced off against their old schools this weekend, with two very different results.

Houston Nutt went back to Arkansas for the first time since leaving the Razorbacks and had withstand an onside kick late to sneak out of Fayetteville with a 23-21 win.

Tyrone Willingham got blown out by his old Irish team 33-7 and ended up having a new “old team” to coach against in the future.

Willingham is a disappointing 11-32 during his four-year tenure with the Huskies.


No you're not...

LeBron James: picking college football games.

Iowa State: winning a conference game this year.

Texas Tech: running up the score again.

Washington: looking for a new coach yet?

Mike Teel: fighting with your teammates anymore.



Connecticut, Michigan State, and Utah.



Using this week’s BCS standings, here is how an eight-team playoff would look if the season were to end today.

1) Texas vs. 8) Florida

4) Oklahoma vs. 5) Southern Cal

3) Penn State vs. 6) Georgia

2) Alabama vs. 7) Texas Tech


Question of the Week

Which of the Mock BCS playoff games would like to see the most?


Reader’s Response

This is where you the reader get a chance to respond to the question of the week. Post a comment and make your case.


Star performance of the Week

Mike Teel has struggled all year without the help of Ray Rice, but exploded with six touchdown passes, setting a school record in Rutgers' 54-38 upset win over Pittsburgh.

The senior torched the 10th-ranked pass defense in the country, throwing for 361 yards.


Top Five                                                

Texas: Colt McCoy and the Longhorns have taken down three straight Top 11 teams.

Penn State: Joe Pa has the Nittany Lions at 9-0 for the 10th time in his coaching career.

Alabama: Nick Saban’s team finally learned how to close out a team in the second half, easily handling Tennessee 29-9, in Knoxville.

Florida: The Gators have outscored their opponents 152-33 after losing to Ole Miss on September 27.

Texas Tech: Facing a ranked opponent for the first time all season, the Red Raiders torched Kansas 63-21.


Five things to watch for next week.

Texas vs. Texas Tech: It’s the biggest game in Red Raider history, with the number one ranking up for grabs this weekend in Lubbock.

Florida vs. Georgia: SEC Conference and national title elimination game in Jacksonville.

Florida State vs. Georgia Tech: Seminoles can all but clinch the Atlantic division with a win in Atlanta.

Notre Dame vs. Pittsburgh: An improving Irish team gets another shot at a “ranked” opponent on the road.

Tulsa vs. Arkansas: Golden Hurricanes have to run up the score on a BCS conference opponent in what might be their last chance to impress voters.


Video of the Week

A Big Ten officiating crew botched a call on Saturday in the Michigan-Michigan State game.

The Wolverines’ Brandon Minor was ruled inbounds after his right foot touched the pylon in the air. In case you missed it, check it out.


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Guys that probably aren’t household names now, but will be come April for the NFL draft.

CB Darius Butler (Connecticut)

DE Geno Atkins (Texas)

WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (Maryland)

CB Alphonso Smith (Wake Forrest)


Your BCS bowl matchups right now

Rose Bowl: Penn State vs. Southern Cal

Orange Bowl: Florida State vs. West Virginia

Sugar Bowl: Alabama vs. Boise State

Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma vs. Ohio State

National Championship Game: Florida vs. Texas


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