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Monday, October 22, 2007

For the Sake of College Football...

For the sake of seeing a good, competitive national championship game in January, Ohio State must lose in the next month.

I beg of everyone to root against the Buckeyes simply because if they do go undefeated and end up with a bid to play for the title then we will witness another blowout / beatdown / trampling of Ohio State.

Ohio State's remainder of the season entails Wisconsin, Penn State, Michigan, and Illinois - a group of teams who's record together is 23-9. Hopefully the Buckeyes will fall to one of their Big-10 sisters and let an actual complete team gain the #1 spot and a shot at the title. Do we really need another 41-14 blowout by an actually complete team who has one loss, due to being in a far superior conference, in the championship game?

Let's face it; put the Buckeyes against LSU, Florida, Oklahoma, USC, heck or even Oregon who is only a goal-line fumble away or...(maybe my Florida State Seminoles...I wish) and Ohio State will be dominated. a fan and viewer of college football...root against THE Ohio State University.

P.S.: I have no hatred towards the Ohio State University at all, I believe that they rightfully earned the #1 spot by staying undefeated and being a respected team, but I am just saying that if they make it to the National Championship game, history of last year will repeat itself.

FSU's QB Trouble Continues...

After losing their second straight ACC game, Florida State benches quarterback Xavier Lee and bring in past starter Drew Weatherford. Florida State has lost 10 of their last 14 ACC games.

Last week against Miami Lee had 4 turnovers including 2 interceptions and 2 fumbles, one of which was returned for a touchdown by the Hurricanes putting them up by 8 in the fourth quarter with less than a minute remaining.

Weatherford started the season as QB after earning the spot in the offseason, but Lee stepped up and became the starter for the past 2 games.

As a student at Florida State I hope Weatherford has learned a lot from watching from the sideline and can bring us back up with a win over Duke (1-6, 0-4) and lead us into the tough end of our schedule on a high note.

The remainder of the FSU schedule:
FSU vs. Duke
FSU @ #2 Boston College
FSU vs. Maryland
FSU @ #8 Virginia Tech
FSU @ #9 Florida

Monday, October 15, 2007

Who's tired of people thinking they know college football?

I am writing this article just to broadcast my feelings about everyone's biased and opinionated articles on the 2007 College football year, also known as 'The Year of the Upset'.

First of all, to all the people hating on the fact that some top teams are getting love by the poll-people and some teams are getting dropped faster than a bad egg: "Get over it, it makes sense." -- Seriously, take a breath and look at the facts:

-Michigan drops out from #5 completely because the polls are routinely shaken up after the first week due to it simply being a PRESEASON poll. Plus, I dont know, um, App St. is a D-2 school?
-Florida is on top of a few undefeated teams regardless of having consecutive losses placing them at 4-2 due to losing to tough SEC opponents such as #1 LSU and Auburn who was ranked in the past and moved into the top 25 after the last second field goal to beat the Gators. Not only that, but Florida lost both games in the last minute if not seconds.
-USC drops to #10 when losing at home to Stanford and Cal drops to #10 when they lose at home. Lets just look at reality, USC is better and has a better chance of winning out and coming back into the BCS bowl picture.

Now lets look at OSU and USF at the top 2 positions. I hear people saying USF is garbage and shouldn't have the #2 spot. Well who deserves it this year people? Who's going to lose next week and who are we going to have to give it to then? USF beat WV, a team people thought early in the season was going to win it all. USF beat Auburn who beat Florida. USF is killing the teams they should, and beating the good ones like they should. JUST LIKE A #2 TEAM WOULD. Yes, I agree they don't have a strong schedule but look at Ohio State in the BIG-10, is that schedule THAT much stronger?

As for the Kentucky triple overtime victory boosting them from #15 to the top 10, I completely agree with this move. Kentucky shouldn't have lost to South Carolina, but they regrouped and came back stronger than ever to beat LSU. Kentucky is for real. Their schedule is nothing to joke about, and we will see how they match up against Tim Tebow and the Gators next week.

To sum up my article, if you wanted to skip all the middle-stuff and get to the conclusion, the polls are as right as they could be, and people should stop thinking they know where teams should be better than the COACHES and people who are PAID TO ANALYZE games.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Top 25 Earthquake!

This Saturday started like normal. I woke up, I made a bagel and sat down to read the daily newspaper. I anxiously waited one o'clock to strike for the opening kickoff of today's great match-ups. South Florida's win over West Virginia (#5) just wasn't enough for me.

I sat in my uncomfortable apartment chair all day watching some of the best, or maybe its the worst, college football. There is no way I can describe today's action other than shocking. I simply cannot wait the revealing of the top 25 late Sunday.

If I were to have my way it would look like this:

3 Cal
4 Ohio State
5 Wisconsin
6 Kentucky
7 Boston College
9 Oklahoma
10 Florida
11 South Carolina
12 Georgia
13 West Virginia
14 Virginia Tech
15 Hawaii
16 Rutgers
17 Oregon
18 Missouri
19 Cincinnati
20 Texas
21 Arizona State
22 Clemson
23 Nebraska
24 Florida State
25 Purdue

But, as for my input on what we have seen today, I have to say I wasn't completely shocked to see West Virginia go down to USF as USF won the meeting last year, and WV seems to forget they have Steve Slaton on the team. I also saw the Texas loss coming as their team is nowhere near as strong as years past. Texas struggled to put a W up against UCF prior to this week. This being a main reason why Texas should be dropped as far as I have dropped them in my poll.

As for Florida's loss, I can say that I saw it coming, but I'd be lying. The only thing I can say is that Auburn brings their A-game when they play the Gators. Meanwhile, in Boulder, Colorado, the game winning field goal proved that the Sooners are beatable.

If I had to choose one team out of all of this week's losers that will bounce back even stronger it would be Oklahoma. Both sides of the ball for the Sooners are top-notch, but this loss will set them back. Lucky for them though, Florida and company lost today as well.

In other news, LSU seems to have a pretty much guaranteed spot in the BCS Championship, but could still hit some bumps now that we see any team can beat any team at any given time more than ever. But I say that LSU is pretty much golden because USC's tough schedule starting up next week, and LSU has shown that the country's best D is not letting up and the schedule from now on seems manageable.

As for my team, Florida State, I am proud that Bobby Bowden came to his senses and realized that the horrible offensive line must have a mobile quarterback that can throw...Xavier Lee is the answer.
--Here's a rough draft of my letter to Bobby Bowden, I thought you guys could get a chance to read it.

"Thank you Bobby, we won because of Lee's arm, head, legs, and your choice. Lee showed that he can throw the long ball, throw an accurate ball, run when needed and make smart choices, other than the pick when he tried to force the ball in the second half. I can see a turn around point for the 'Noles if you put more confidence in that Lee 'fella and lets him do his 'thang'. Notice that he didn't make a stupid decision when a defender is in his face and there is a clean running hole for him to get a positive chunk rather than a sack or a pick. Notice that he put the ball in a catchable spot rather than Weatherford's 10-feet-too-high balls, and notice that the team actually looked like a college team winning rather than a practice squad."

...oh...and Notre Dame lost pretty badly once again.