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In an opening week where even the elite teams in college football looked mortal, the SEC had two big surprises in Texas A&M and Georgia defeating their South Carolinian opponents by big scores.

02 Sep 2010

Seventh Day Adventure: It Begins

by Bill Connelly, Brian Fremeau and Rob Weintraub

At 6:30 p.m. EDT, the college football season will officially be underway. (Cue triumphant music!) That means it's time for the Seventh Day Adventure season to begin as well. We are testing a new SDA format for the 2010 season. Change No. 1: Below you will find data tables associated with each of the 10 games previewed in this space. If you have any requests or suggestions regarding what information would be most valuable in these tables, let us know in the comments section. Change No. 2: In future weeks, you will find an SDA podcast in this space as well, featuring either a roundtable discussion between SDA's three authors, discussions with bloggers/writers surrounding a week's biggest game, or both. Unfortunately, a Columbia, Missouri, Internet outage prevented this week's podcast from being finished in a timely manner, and the first SDA Podcast will instead be included as part of Varsity Numbers tomorrow.

On with the games!

This Week's Games

No. 15 Pittsburgh (+3) at Utah (Thursday, 8:30 p.m. EDT, Versus)

OVERALL When Pittsburgh
Has the Ball...
When Utah
Has the Ball...
Category Pittsburgh Utah Pittsburgh
Off
Utah
Def
Pittsburgh
Def
Utah
Off
2009 F/+ Rk 19 33 16 22 28 64
2009 FEI Rk 11 49 17 24 26 75
2009 S&P+ Rk 24 22 20 17 35 42
2009 FPA Rk 19 23
2009 Rushing S&P+ Rk 16 32 48 49
2009 Passing S&P+ Rk 26 11 30 38
2009 Std. Downs S&P+ Rk 25 22 46 44
Run-Pass Ratio
(Std. Downs)
66.5% Run
(28th Highest)
62.0% Run
(46th Highest)
2009 Pass. Downs S&P+ Rk 29 13 20 67
Run-Pass Ratio
(Pass. Downs)
31.4% Run
(64th)
29.3% Run
(78th)

In perhaps the most intriguing game of the season's first Thursday night, Pittsburgh hops a couple of time zones to take on a team that was similar in both style and experience last season. The faces of both the Panthers and Utes last season were true freshmen -- Pitt running back Dion Lewis and Utah quarterback Jordan Wynn. They both played above their age, and if both can avoid sophomore slumps, then the sky is the limit for their respective teams. Utah will run as long as they can get away with it, so the key matchup could be the Pittsburgh defensive line (led by star ends Greg Romeus and Jabaal Sheard) taking on the Utah offensive line and star running back Eddie Wide.

The Picks -- Rob: Utah | F/+: Pittsburgh

Illinois (+11.5) vs. Missouri in St. Louis (Saturday, 12:30 p.m. EDT, FSN)

OVERALL When Illinois
Has the Ball...
When Mizzou
Has the Ball...
Category Illinois Mizzou Illinois
Off
Mizzou
Def
Illinois
Def
Mizzou
Off
2009 F/+ Rk 78 54 65 65 87 38
2009 FEI Rk 79 61 67 67 91 44
2009 S&P+ Rk 72 49 64 69 75 27
2009 FPA Rk 83 93
2009 Rushing S&P+ Rk 52 56 97 43
2009 Passing S&P+ Rk 67 78 62 25
2009 Std. Downs S&P+ Rk 34 42 89 29
Run-Pass Ratio
(Std. Downs)
64.9% Run
(34th)
53.4% Run
(97th)
2009 Pass. Downs S&P+ Rk 90 91 92 58
Run-Pass Ratio
(Pass. Downs)
37.5% Run
(31st)
29.0% Run
(82nd)

Both Missouri and Illinois have lost key players recently, due to drastically different reasons. Illinois has lost two projected starting defensive backs, including potential star cornerback Terry Hawthorne, to injury; this is bad news against Blaine Gabbert and the Mizzou passing game. The Tigers have taken their own hits, too. Running back Derrick Washington was placed on "permanent suspension" (whatever that means) while he faces a sexual assault charge, leaving the Tigers with a combined three years of experience among their top four backs. Illinois certainly has the element of surprise working in their favor. They will be starting a redshirt freshman quarterback (Nathan Scheelhaase) with a new offensive coordinator (Paul Petrino) in the booth. Good luck scouting that, Mizzou. Still, while unexpected strategies might give Illinois a temporary advantage, Mizzou is likely still too strong.

The Picks -- Rob: Missouri | F/+: Illinois

Purdue (+11) at Notre Dame (Saturday, 3:30 p.m. EDT, NBC)

OVERALL When Purdue
Has the Ball...
When Notre Dame
Has the Ball...
Category Purdue Notre
Dame
Purdue
Off
N.D.
Def
Purdue
Def
N.D.
Off
2009 F/+ Rk 43 36 50 58 26 10
2009 FEI Rk 48 31 45 61 28 3
2009 S&P+ Rk 38 39 53 52 28 25
2009 FPA Rk 102 79
2009 Rushing S&P+ Rk 56 39 65 38
2009 Passing S&P+ Rk 58 67 15 21
2009 Std. Downs S&P+ Rk 42 48 26 28
Run-Pass Ratio
(Std. Downs)
51.1% Run
(105th)
49.8% Run
(107th)
2009 Pass. Downs S&P+ Rk 68 47 36 27
Run-Pass Ratio
(Pass. Downs)
29.5% Run
(77th)
29.7% Run
(73rd)

The "Return to the Return to the Return to Glory" era kicks off this weekend under the outstretched arms of Shrugging Touchdown Jesus. Brian Kelly appears to have what it takes to at least elevate the Notre Dame program above the mediocrity of the Bob Davie, Tyrone Willingham and Charlie Weis regimes. Elite success is a bigger question. Immediate success is another, with the Fighting Irish installing Kelly's up-tempo offense with an inexperienced Dayne Crist at quarterback. Purdue is a bit of a wildcard too, coming off a 5-7 debut under head coach Danny Hope that was tantalizingly close to nine or 10 wins. There are reasons for pessimism, however. The Boilermakers lost star running back Ralph Bolden to an ACL tear in the spring and Miami transfer quarterback Robert Marve will take to a college football field for the first time since November 2008.

The Picks -- Rob: Notre Dame | F/+: Purdue

Connecticut (+3) at Michigan (Saturday, 3:30 p.m. EDT, ABC)

OVERALL When UConn
Has the Ball...
When Michigan
Has the Ball...
Category UConn Michigan UConn
Off
Michigan
Def
UConn
Def
Michigan
Off
2009 F/+ Rk 32 52 29 67 54 52
2009 FEI Rk 25 59 26 70 59 64
2009 S&P+ Rk 43 52 33 63 48 32
2009 FPA Rk 6 39
2009 Rushing S&P+ Rk 24 90 49 21
2009 Passing S&P+ Rk 42 49 52 44
2009 Std. Downs S&P+ Rk 53 64 62 36
Run-Pass Ratio
(Std. Downs)
65.8% Run
(33rd)
68.6% Run
(21st)
2009 Pass. Downs S&P+ Rk 4 71 54 34
Run-Pass Ratio
(Pass. Downs)
35.1% Run
(45th)
32.3% Run
(62nd)

It's hard to remember if Michigan haters were snickering as much in the lead up to last season's first game as they are in 2010. Sixteen true or redshirt freshman appear on the Wolverines two-deep depth chart. Rich Rodriguez is still deciding the starter at quarterback. Academic eligibility remains a question mark at some positions. And yet, Michigan burst through a cloud of uncertainty last year en route to a 4-0 start, so perhaps haters gotta wait. Connecticut is brandishing a bit of swagger (check out the header adds at mlive.com) and should be a contender for the Big East crown. Randy Edsall's teams have been terrific on the ground and return four starting offensive lineman plus 1,000-yard running back Jordan Todman. We'll be watching to see if Huskies quarterback Zach Frazer can take advantage of a particularly weak Michigan secondary.

The Picks -- Rob: UConn | F/+: Michigan

UCLA (+1.5) at Kansas State (Saturday, 3:30 p.m. EDT, ABC/ESPN3)

OVERALL When UCLA
Has the Ball...
When K-State
Has the Ball...
Category UCLA K-State UCLA
Off
K-State
Def
UCLA
Def
K-State
Off
2009 F/+ Rk 57 90 97 93 37 95
2009 FEI Rk 50 74 96 89 36 98
2009 S&P+ Rk 71 104 100 103 39 85
2009 FPA Rk 31 1
2009 Rushing S&P+ Rk 105 76 42 87
2009 Passing S&P+ Rk 91 104 40 92
2009 Std. Downs S&P+ Rk 86 104 29 71
Run-Pass Ratio
(Std. Downs)
53.8% Run
(95th)
67.3% Run
(24th)
2009 Pass. Downs S&P+ Rk 104 67 24 85
Run-Pass Ratio
(Pass. Downs)
31.0% Run
(65th)
43.0% Run
(12th)

If you are a fan of high-caliber offensive football, you might want to find a different game to watch. Both Kansas State's and UCLA's offenses ranked 95th or worse in Offensive F/+ a year ago. UCLA was the better team when these programs faced off in Los Angeles, but the key to this battle could be health. Kansas State seems to have a decent amount of it, and UCLA does not. Injuries have wrecked the Bruins' offensive line in recent weeks, and quarterback Kevin Prince is struggling with nagging injuries as well. This game will likely come down to how well UCLA stops Kansas State running back Daniel Thomas. Thomas did well a year ago, but FO's advanced stats were not tremendously impressed. If he can help K-State consistently move the chains, and a KSU receiving corps made up of a completely new cast of characters can make a couple of big plays, then Wildcats might hold the edge no matter what the numbers say.

The Picks -- Rob: UCLA | F/+: UCLA

Washington (+3) at BYU (Saturday, 7 p.m. EDT)

OVERALL When Washington
Has the Ball...
When BYU
Has the Ball...
Category UW BYU UW
Off
BYU
Def
UW
Def
BYU
Off
2009 F/+ Rk 63 21 56 40 68 12
2009 FEI Rk 58 35 47 51 61 13
2009 S&P+ Rk 74 11 69 26 73 8
2009 FPA Rk 72 74
2009 Rushing S&P+ Rk 64 37 57 37
2009 Passing S&P+ Rk 69 24 82 2
2009 Std. Downs S&P+ Rk 55 34 59 7
Run-Pass Ratio
(Std. Downs)
52.8% Run
(98th)
55.4% Run
(83rd)
2009 Pass. Downs S&P+ Rk 40 37 72 26
Run-Pass Ratio
(Pass. Downs)
33.8% Run
(54th)
37.4% Run
(32nd)

Quarterbacks will tell the tale in this one. Mel Kiper's favorite signal caller, Washington's Jake Locker, heads to Provo to take on a defense that was strong against the pass a year ago but returns only five starters. Meanwhile, golden-boy freshman Jake Heaps will be one of two quarterbacks seeing the field for BYU. How fast can a five-star blue-chipper get things going in the Cougars's offense? In all, BYU should provide an interesting test for both Locker and those on the Locker bandwagon. If Washington is to truly make some noise this season, they need to start out with a win.

The Picks -- Rob: BYU | F/+: BYU

No. 24 Oregon State (+13.5) vs. No. 6 TCU in Dallas (Saturday, 7:45 p.m. EDT, ESPN)

OVERALL When Oregon St.
Has the Ball...
When TCU
Has the Ball...
Category OSU TCU OSU
Off
TCU
Def
OSU
Def
TCU
Off
2009 F/+ Rk 39 3 30 6 59 19
2009 FEI Rk 27 8 25 9 66 33
2009 S&P+ Rk 50 3 38 4 55 4
2009 FPA Rk 17 5
2009 Rushing S&P+ Rk 40 2 51 11
2009 Passing S&P+ Rk 37 6 60 4
2009 Std. Downs S&P+ Rk 48 3 50 11
Run-Pass Ratio
(Std. Downs)
57.5% Run
(77th)
70.0% Run
(16th)
2009 Pass. Downs S&P+ Rk 39 10 84 19
Run-Pass Ratio
(Pass. Downs)
17.3% Run
(117th)
41.4% Run
(16th)

TCU's drive for the BCS begins at the JPP (Jerry Pleasure Palace), aka Dallas Cowboys Stadium. The veteran Horned Frogs (27 seniors, tied with Hawaii and Louisville for most in the nation) will look to impress jaded, star-screwing pollsters by corralling Oregon State's Rodgers brothers, running back Jacquizz and wide receiver James, both preseason All-Conference selections. Despite the loss of top defensive talent, Gary Patterson's crew will be tough again, although matching the 6 1/2 three-and-outs per game they forced in 2009 will be hard. Tackling machines Tank Carder and Wayne Daniels led the tough, fast unit. They will be teeing off on the Beavers new quarterback, Ryan Katz, who will have a veteran offensive line getting his back. The Quizz Show will be in much the same boat as TCU -- with a strong performance on national TV, Jacquizz Rodgers could become a frontrunner for the Heisman.

The Picks -- Rob: Oregon State | F/+: TCU

No. 21 LSU (-1) vs. No. 18 North Carolina in Atlanta (Saturday, 8 p.m. EDT, ABC)

OVERALL When LSU
Has the Ball...
When UNC
Has the Ball...
Category LSU UNC LSU
Off
UNC
Def
LSU
Def
UNC
Off
2009 F/+ Rk 13 24 39 9 12 70
2009 FEI Rk 17 15 45 7 11 55
2009 S&P+ Rk 13 37 30 11 12 97
2009 FPA Rk 15 83
2009 Rushing S&P+ Rk 42 14 11 81
2009 Passing S&P+ Rk 23 14 18 103
2009 Std. Downs S&P+ Rk 31 13 6 103
Run-Pass Ratio
(Std. Downs)
59.4% Run
(63rd)
64.9% Run
(35th)
2009 Pass. Downs S&P+ Rk 44 8 21 99
Run-Pass Ratio
(Pass. Downs)
36.6% Run
(34th)
30.5% Run
(68th)

Your faithful correspondent Rob will be in the press box at the Georgia Dome, wolfing Chick-Fil-A and taking notes on the annual ACC-SEC clash, and weeping along with FO editor deluxe Dave Gardner over what might have been. North Carolina's defense will still be stout, but it might have been truly nasty, before the scandals that felled NFL prospects defensive tackle Marvin Austin and corner Kendric Burney, with several others waiting on tenterhooks, unsure whether or not they'll be allowed to dress out. Since the Heels offense, "led" by quarterback T.J. Yates in much the same fashion Gen. McChrystal led in Afghanistan, is rather inept, it will be up to the defense to hold LSU. Given Jordan Jefferson's struggles in 2009, Bayou Bengals fans fear that might not be a tough task, even without UNC's defensive studs. Jefferson is elusive, yet was sacked 32 times in 2009, pointing out his sloth at decision making when his first option is covered. A pair of alliterative talents lead the Tigers -- receiver Terence Tolliver takes over as lead target for J.J., while All-American corner Patrick Peterson will make life tough(er) for Yates, who will also be missing suspended receiver Greg Little.

The Picks -- Rob: LSU (LOCK) | F/+: LSU

SMU (+14) at Texas Tech (Sunday, 3:30 p.m. EDT, ESPN)

OVERALL When SMU
Has the Ball...
When Tex. Tech
Has the Ball...
Category SMU Tex. Tech
SMU
Off
Tex. Tech
Def
SMU
Def
Tex. Tech
Off
2009 F/+ Rk 85 22 76 30 71 14
2009 FEI Rk 67 18 60 31 67 10
2009 S&P+ Rk 102 23 99 32 83 22
2009 FPA Rk 62 49
2009 Rushing S&P+ Rk 98 60 79 26
2009 Passing S&P+ Rk 101 23 80 28
2009 Std. Downs S&P+ Rk 81 38 61 19
Run-Pass Ratio
(Std. Downs)
45.2% Run
(114th)
35.1% Run
(120th)
2009 Pass. Downs S&P+ Rk 114 23 83 7
Run-Pass Ratio
(Pass. Downs)
29.9% Run
(71st)
15.1% Run
(119th)

The Tommy Tuberville Era opens in Lubbock, against, ironically, a chuck it first, last, and always team in SMU. When Mike Leach exchanged bombs with June Jones in 2008, the Red Raiders pummeled the Flying Mustangs 43-7. Tuberville has promised to maintain much of Leach's playbook, but it will be interesting to see how he approaches tight games that require some clock killin'. This likely won't be one, though it should be closer than two years ago. SMU's defensive line is vastly improved, and the offense under quarterback Kyle Padron led the charge from 1-11 in '08 to 8-5 and a victory in the Hawaii Bowl last year. Tuberville was known for aggressive, blitzing defenses at Auburn, and a key precept of Jones' Run n' Shoot is jiu-jitsu, in which SMU encourages defenses to attack in order to hit passes in the vacated zones. The Raiders have gone to an attacking 3-4 defense, whichshould get a baptism by fire against SMU. Taylor Potts won the quarterback battle over Steven Sheffield for Tech, though that's hardly written in stone, given his history with concussions. He'll need to watch out for SMU defensive end Taylor Thompson, who emerged last season as one of Conference USA's top defenders.

The Picks -- Rob: SMU | F/+: Texas Tech (LOCK)

No. 10 Virginia Tech (+2.5) vs. No. 3 Boise State (Monday, 8 p.m. EDT, ESPN)

OVERALL When Va. Tech
Has the Ball...
When BSU
Has the Ball...
Category Va. Tech
BSU Va. Tech
Off
BSU
Def
Va. Tech
Def
BSU
Off
2009 F/+ Rk 4 9 7 11 15 34
2009 FEI Rk 3 16 12 17 14 48
2009 S&P+ Rk 4 8 2 8 16 24
2009 FPA Rk 7 3
2009 Rushing S&P+ Rk 3 18 26 44
2009 Passing S&P+ Rk 3 7 13 13
2009 Std. Downs S&P+ Rk 3 32 8 18
Run-Pass Ratio
(Std. Downs)
76.3% Run
(5th)
61.1% Run
(51st)
2009 Pass. Downs S&P+ Rk 21 7 19 43
Run-Pass Ratio
(Pass. Downs)
41.9% Run
(15th)
28.0% Run
(84th)

Virginia Tech now has the uniforms to fight gladiator games in cyberspace. Which is perfect, because Chris Petersen's Boise State gadget-play wizardry in recent seasons engages a cerebral battle as much as a physical one. The Broncos bring 21 starters back from last year's undefeated season and are positioned for a national-title run. Despite a remarkable run (.868 win percentage in 10 years), Boise State looks to notch its first win over a BCS program in a game played east of the Mississippi. The Hokies have been living and dying on defense and special teams for so many years, we might need to remind ourselves just how efficient their offense was last season. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor probably won't put up Heisman-caliber numbers this year, but our ratings suggest he's one of the strongest in the nation in terms of per-play success. Boise State lived up to the opening week challenge a year ago, punching out Oregon at home. This one might be the heavyweight bout of the early college football season.

The Picks -- Rob: Virginia Tech | F/+: Virginia Tech

Storylines of the Week

Rob Weintraub: Here in Atlanta, I've heard so much about new Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray in the last year that I feel like he's already an SEC vet. Down in Florida, Tim Tebow's replacement John Brantley has been poked, prodded, spindled, and folded. In Austin, Garrett Gilbert showed tremendous promise in the BCS title game in an emergency role -- now he's the main man, and every pass he tossed in that game has been analyzed to death by the Orangebloods. New quarterbacks are a perennial storyline, but it feels like this season, the anticipation is greater than ever. Perhaps it was the success of Greg McElroy at Alabama. McElroy may have spoiled things for the Gilberts and Brantleys of the world -- the instacritics and message-board hounds won't stand for anything as pedestrian as an incomplete pass, or there will be trouble. If the outsiders in Boise and Ft. Worth have a shot at crashing the BCS, it will be because of outstanding quarterback play from the likes of Kellen Moore and Andy Dalton, who give their teams an advantage over the highly rated but inexperienced signal callers at the big-boy schools.

Brian Fremeau: The great conference shake-up of 2010 positioned many schools in a better place, but several casualties are licking their wounds, anxious about the future. The shell-shocked WAC appears to be either totally unsustainable or permanently downgraded to the bottom of the FBS heap. I'm lamenting the loss of what was going to be one of the most interesting story lines of the year -- the Mountain West Conference's candidacy for a potential BCS autoberth. Pitt vs. Utah this weekend might have had higher stakes for entire conferences than it does now that the Utes will be jumping to the Pac-10. On the other hand, BYU's leap into independence this week might be a signal that others may consider the lure of keeping ones power and riches for oneself. More independents are a good thing for the Fighting Irish, so full disclosure, that's one reason I'm for it. But it's also a good thing for college football connectivity, which is good for college football overall. If you think there ought to be more big non-conference games throughout the season, including this week, more viable independents can make that happen. Texas? Miami or FSU interested? Anyone else?

Bill Connelly: Rarely do we have such a clear opportunity to define one of the season's main narratives in the very first week. Boise State has been the topic of quite a few conversations recently, both in positive and negative ways. Bronco believers have been busy saying BSU would win almost any conference in the country, and that they truly are the best team the nation will produce this season. Skeptics disagree. They have proven they can beat one or two really good opponents a year while feasting on 9-10 cupcakes, but what would happen if they had to play a full Big 12 or SEC slate? A win over Virginia Tech won't answer every question (obviously it doesn't prove that they can thrive against a consistently strong slate of teams), but it will be the cue for the Boise debate to reach 11 on the volume meter. But a win by the Hokies would cause BSU to disappear from national consciousness for a while. Whereas most top teams are starting their seasons with guarantee games and sure wins, kudos to the Hokies and Broncos for agreeing to move their tussle to the first Monday night of the season.

The Picks
(* - "Fred Edelstein Lock of the Week")
Visitor Spread Home Rob F/+
Pittsburgh +3 Utah Utah Pittsburgh
Illinois +11.5 Missouri Mizzou Illinois
Purdue +11 Notre Dame Notre Dame Purdue
Connecticut +3 Michigan UConn Michigan
UCLA +1.5 Kansas State UCLA UCLA
Washington +3 BYU BYU BYU
Oregon State +13.5 TCU Oregon St. TCU
LSU -1 North Carolina LSU* LSU
SMU +14 Texas Tech SMU Tex. Tech*
Virginia Tech +2.5 Boise State Va. Tech Va. Tech

Want to discuss tonight's interesting games? Consider this your live thread for the proceedings.

Posted by: Bill Connelly on 02 Sep 2010

16 comments, Last at 07 Sep 2010, 7:58am by Kevin from Philly

Comments

1
by jpeta :: Thu, 09/02/2010 - 3:36pm

Format Suggestion: How about showing the F/+, FEI, and S&P+ 2010 projected ranks as well as (or instead of) the 2009 ranks since this is what the actual F/+ game pick is based on. Or is that an incorrect assumption?

2
by Anonymous37 (not verified) :: Thu, 09/02/2010 - 3:55pm

Yay! Rob's picks are here and it's time to make money! (going the opposite way, for those who missed his dreadful prognostications last season...)

3
by Kevin from Philly :: Thu, 09/02/2010 - 4:17pm

Yeah, NC is usually pretty tough at home.

11
by cmcbryan001 :: Fri, 09/03/2010 - 8:01am

NC is not at home....game is neutral (Atlanta I believe)

16
by Kevin from Philly :: Tue, 09/07/2010 - 7:58am

To qoute a great man - "poster was druckn".

4
by Tom Gower :: Thu, 09/02/2010 - 5:02pm

Hmph, I've skimmed the college sections of FOA and barely opened my copy of Phil Steele, but I guess it's time for another season of CFB predicting. Just picks for now: Utah, Mizzou, Notre Dame, UConn, UCLA, Washington, Oregon State, LSU, SMU, Boise State, with UW and Sark Week beating out Boise for the anti-consensus Edelstein lock.

7
by zlionsfan :: Thu, 09/02/2010 - 7:01pm

Wow, both Purdue and Michigan in the first week of SDA, and Rob picking against both of them ... it could be a really good season opener!

and just to be fair ... Utah, Missouri, Purdue, Michigan, UCLA, BYU, TCU, LSU, Texas Tech and Virginia Tech.

5
by Brian Fremeau :: Thu, 09/02/2010 - 5:10pm
6
by Bill Connelly :: Thu, 09/02/2010 - 5:25pm

And while we're at it...the rest of the F/+ picks: http://www.rockmnation.com/2010/9/2/1664268/week-1-btbs-picks

8
by Yinka Double Dare :: Thu, 09/02/2010 - 7:35pm

Michigan's one academic question, Mike Shaw (one of three or four running backs that will play this week), was pronounced good to go as of a day or two ago.

9
by Russell Levine :: Thu, 09/02/2010 - 8:57pm

Fellas -- love what you've done with the place!

Like the new format, can't wait for the podcast.

10
by zlionsfan :: Thu, 09/02/2010 - 10:32pm

Early candidate for the college edition of KCW: the Middle Tennessee State returner who lost the ball stretching out at the end of a kickoff return, down 24-17 with 3:02 remaining, causing his arm to hit off a Minnesota player's leg, knocking the ball loose. Possession is much more important than a yard there.

That renders the strategy on Minnesota's scoring drive moot: I wondered if perhaps the Blue Raiders should have let UM score on first-and-goal from the 3 at the 3:43 mark, figuring they could use that extra time on the clock.

12
by Stuart (not verified) :: Fri, 09/03/2010 - 3:21pm

I don't know where you are reading that Bronco believers say they would win any conference in America. They are saying that they have no control over who they play in their conference and when they get the shot to play big teams, they deliver. What else can you ask from them? I don't understand the sentiment that is out there that BSU goes around and says how good they are. Not one bronco coach, player or reasonable fan is saying that. They just play the games in front of them and whatever happens, happens. Rest assured if BSU runs the table and beats out Ohio State or a Big Ten team for a NC shot, the conference AD's and presidents will change their mind about a playoff. Go broncos.

13
by Bill Connelly :: Fri, 09/03/2010 - 4:18pm

By "Bronco believers," I was referring to those in the media who have been stating the case that I referenced, not necessarily BSU fans themselves.

14
by Joseph :: Fri, 09/03/2010 - 5:55pm

Wow--Rob is already 1-0 for the season!

15
by Tom Gower :: Sat, 09/04/2010 - 12:32pm

For those of you not watching Miami-Florida, the Redhawks' right guard is massively outclassed. UF turned the ball over on fumbles their first two possession, one off a horrible shotgun snap. Brantley had a nice deep ball that was broken up by the DB-might've hung up a little, but pretty and accurate.