Does this vindicate the Rod and does this immediately remove the veil of uncertainty that surrounds this team? Absolutely not. But somehow, even though they gave up 65 points (insert appropriate basketball comment here) the defense looked better.
It looked like they moved Roh back to the line and that helped. The freshmen didn’t look that bad in the secondary. I mean, yes…They still got lit up for big plays. But they also took some chances at the right times. Coaching? I guess. But maybe this defense knows that they need to take a risk or two to make some plays and improve…I dunno…
I’m sure you’ve read all the other write ups at this point as I know I’ve seen quite a few. If there’s one complaint I have it was the spear on DeRob not getting a whole lot more attention than it did. It was a cheap shot and he was on the ground…Low class move from a low class school and defensive athlete.
They’re fining players in the NFL $75,000 for hits like that. Let’s see the NCAA step up and fine schools for the same crap. My guess is that the problem immediately corrects itself…
So, from last week:
Illinois: Somehow beat the odds…
Purdue: 3-2 in favor. Altered these…We’re slight favorites at this point…
Wisconsin: 4-1 against…
Ohio State: 3-1 against…(Hey, a guy can dream can’t he?)
So, one more win gets you to a decent bowl (Not Little Caesar’s). Two more gets you to Florida. Purdue is beatable and we owe them dearly at this point. Cheeseheads will have trouble with us on Defense, but should be able to move the ball.
Can we beat OSU? Catch them sleeping down there? It is a rivalry game and that would (could) end any discussion of the Rod’s dismissal for this year…Wouldn’t that be nice?
The Rest of the Mess
BCS Mess: Boy’s State continues to stay low…The Utah fraud was exposed. TCU is still there, lingering. Can Auburn and Oregon run the table? That would be fine with me as I think they are probably the two best teams…But if LMU somehow gets into the title game…Sheesh…
4. Boy’s State
9. Ohio State
10. Oklahoma State
11. Who cares…
This week’s biggest Winner: LMU. Now. Here’s where I have a big problem with this thing…Auburn is in the driver’s seat and should be able to hold serve throughout the rest of the season. But if they don’t…And here’s the part that bothers me – If they lose to Alabama, they still go to the SEC West Championship. TCU would move up a notch, and Auburn would get a chance to “redeem” itself in the Championship game against a weak opponent. But if they lose, they’re out. But, as some pundits have been talking about, does a 1 loss LSU deserve the shot at Oregon over Boy’s State and TCU? Technically, I believe the BCS now states that you have to win your conference to be considered…But crazier things have happened.
SPARTY vs. DII school from Minnesota: It’s almost like having two bye weeks in a row, isn’t it Sparty? God, the Gophers are so horrible words can’t describe the level they’ve sunk to. Too bad you guys didn’t show up a little more in Iowa….
DOMERS (JEEZ I HATE THESE GUYS): Once again, there was more turmoil in Domerland by not having played a game than there was if they would have played a game. Father Jenkins came out and took responsibility for the entire episode that resulted in DeClan’s death. Now, what he hopes to accomplish by that is I assume he’s saying that no one is getting fired and we will stand behind all the individuals involved in this incredibly poor decision. And any and all financial penalties that might come from this will be paid by the University. The Sullivan’s are a class couple. DeClan's father has spoken a couple of times and you can tell he loves the University. I hope they can resolve it all and move on so I can get back to slamming the Domers and not feel guilty about it….
SATAN vs. LMU: Hee-hee…HAHAHAHAHA! Satan has truly met his match. This is the guy that cheats every chance he gets with respect to recruiting, etc. And he’s met a man who has sold his soul to the devil for one season. Question is, did LMU’s deal include a clause that would get Auburn to lose twice with the games that are left? Alabama’s got a shot at Auburn…Will Georgia make Auburn it’s Bowl Game? Can the Mad Hatter really get into the National Title game?
The Ole Ball Coach vs Arkansas: Jeez coach, all you have to do is win the East…Can’t even manage that with the mess that is the SEC right now?
Cornsuckers vs. Iowa State: Almost took ISU and the points in this game…Wish I had. Cornsuckers try to make EVERYONE on their schedule look good!
PSU vs. Purple Kitty Kats: Joe Pa gets 400…Can you hear me now? QUIT JOE, QUIT!
Laters vs. Aggies: Stoop’s seat is getting warm…
Ducks vs. Washington: Ducks didn’t play that well…Only covered by 2 pints! What the hell..
Buffaloes @ Kansas: 28 4th quarter points in a 35 point comeback win…Dan Hawkins is SO gone.
FSU Seminoles: Wide Right seems to be back in vogue at FSU….
Big 10 Mess:
4 serious teams with 1 loss: Wisconsin - OSU – Iowa - MSU
Spoiler Opportunity: OSU vs. Iowa – Michigan vs. Wisconsin, Michigan vs. OSU(?)
SPARTY Remaing: Purdue – Penn State
Wisconsin Remaining: Purdue – Michigan –Indiana
OSU Remaining: Penn State – Iowa – Michigan
Iowa Remaining: Indiana – Northwestern – OSU - Minnesota
Game is still the same from last week….
Idle Thoughts From Saturday
-Is anyone going to play defense?
-Illini were supposed to have a decent defense – where’d it go?
-DeRob looked dazed and confused on the sideline.
-If you don’t like him for any other reason, respect Rod for pulling DeRob and putting in Tate. It’s not worth it…
-We still need a defense…
-And Greg Robinson needs to get canned, even if Rich stays.
-I’m just saying – someone has to take a hit.
-132 points is THE MOST EVER in the Big House…
-I don’t exactly know how to feel about that.
-I guess I don’t like it.
-Does Les really dream that crap up?
-And why aren’t people expecting “anything” when it comes to special teams when they play LSU?
-Tate F. late hit blasted Don Shane…It was classic! Opened up his lip…
-Sorry Donny. Don’t sit so close next time.
-The Oregon game somehow got boring. I know, it shouldn’t have but it did…
-Am I already expecting bigger things from them?
-Thank God for Junior Hemingway and circus catches.
-Roy Roundtree caught the ball enough to gain 246 yards….
-That used to be an ENTIRE GAME of passing…That was one guy!
-Again…Are the days of Defense gone?
-I’d like to see them come back, a little anyway….
The Hot Seat
Julie Bowen wins another one even though Sophia Vergara was leading for a brief period…I’m starting to suspect there is someone out there voting from 5 or 6 different computers for Julie! It’s like she’s unstoppable! And while I’m tempted to just give it to Julie, that would be kind of like handing the Ducks the National Title. You’d much rather play for it! Right? So, back to a more normal theme and our collection of sideline reporters. This week: Charrisa Thompson
Girl next door…
I love Black and Whites…
Week #10 Hot Seat Rankings:
1. Dan Hawkins – you gave up 28 - 4th quarter points to Kansas? Really?
2. Dennis Erickson – Inevitable at this point - I think…
3. Richy Rich – 5 losses in the SEC? Check again – is your name still on the office door?
4. Butch Davis – North Carolina…I just don’t see how he survives with everything that’s happened.
5. Rich Rod – Little cooler, but you were supposed to beat Illinois…
6. Les Miles – only 1 loss coach on the list….
7. Zookie – Heh-heh…He gets to stay!
8. Joe Pa –Joe, please go out graciously. You comfortably have the record now.
9. Urban Legend - just cuz…
2010 GONE LIST
1. Brewster – Minnesota has lost its patience with this guy. 15-30 gets you canned from a Big 10 Middle of the pack team…
FMQ Betting Results:
Illini @ Michigan (+3): WOOHOO! I love it when I bet Michigan Right! This one feels especially good…I know, why didn’t I bet the over as well, right? Take the Illini and the 3 for $100
WIN: Bank $190
Washington @ Oregon (-35): I’ll take the Ducks and lay the 35 for $80.
WIN: Bank $152
Alabama @ LSU (+6.5): I’ll take Satan and lay the 6.5 for $60.
Damn LMU! Lose…
Only 3: Illini – Oregon - Alabama: $40 pays 6 to 1 à $240.