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Posted on: October 15, 2010 8:15 pm
 

Insane Predictions, Week 7

Posted by the College Football Blog Staff

Every season, every month, every week, there are several outcomes and achievements that, frankly, nobody operating within reason would ever predict. Who could have predicted Nebraska would beat Florida for the 1995 title by 38 points, or that Boise State would pull off three late trick plays to knock off Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, or that Les Miles would look like the endgame genius against Urban Meyer and Florida? Nobody... until now. We're going to try capture that lightning in a bottle by making similarly absurd predictions every week. Are they at all likely to come true? No. Do we even believe the words we're writing? No. But if we make even one correct call on these, we will never stop gloating. Ever.

Highly Unlikely

Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore sprains his knee when he trips while running onto the field during pregame ceremonies, and all of a sudden, the Broncos must face San Jose State with a brand new quarterback. Boise coach Chris Peterson blames San Jose State and their groundskeeping for the mishap, and feeling untold amounts of shame, SJSU coach Mike MacIntyre forfeits the game. Moore recovers fully for the Broncos' next game, and Boise's march to a 12-0 regular season continues unabated. -- Adam Jacobi

As the closing seconds count down on the scoreboard at Ross-Ade Stadium, Tim Brewster looks up at it to see the final score: Purdue 37, Minnesota 13.  Knowing that these are probably the last few seconds that he'll spend on a sideline COMPETING and FIGHTING  with the Gophers, his emotions get the best of him.  Danny Hope begins to make his way to midfield to meet the coach, but instead Brewster bursts into tears and sprints off the field.  He then hides in a supply room deep within the bowels of the stadium, refusing to come out until eventually Minnesota AD Joel Maturi lures him out by promising he's not going to fire him.  Brewster then opens the door and comes out, his face red and blotchy, covered in tears.  "Really?" he asks Maturi.  "No, you're totally fired," says Maturi before kicking him in the groin. -- Tom Fornelli

Arizona's slide continues after falling to Oregon State despite getting some help from the replay officials.  This time, facing Washington State, the home officials give the Wildcats a taste of their own medicine and refuse to replay a game-winning touchdown that was actually an incomplete pass. Mike Stoops has no timeouts, and the Cougars quickly kick the extra point to pick up that elusive first conference win. It is later revealed that the replay official was Washington State alumnus Drew Bledsoe, who emerges from the booth in full Wazzu regalia and facepaint. The Pac-10 finds no fault in this. -- Chip Patterson

Severely Unlikely

With Texas trailing Nebraska 24-7 just before halftime, Mack Brown makes his way over to Colt McCoy who is watching the game from the sidelines.  "Listen, I need you to come to the locker room at halftime.  Give these boys a pep talk."  McCoy agrees, but Brown was lying.  Instead Brown locks Garrett Gilbert in a shed -- hey, it's popular in Texas -- and convinces McCoy to put on Gilbert's uniform.  McCoy then goes out and leads Texas to a comeback victory, finding James Kirkendoll for the game-winning touchdown with, you guessed it, one second left on the clock. -- Tom Fornelli

Michigan's defense pitches a shut out against Iowa. The Big House rocks as Denard Robinson totals 600 total yards of offense and the Wolverines bounce back from the loss to "Little Brother" with a performance for the ages as the Wolverines reclaim a spot in the Top 25 with a 48-0 win over the Hawkeyes. Adrian Clayborn, struck with grief, eats 400 cheeseburgers on the ride home and gives up on the NFL for a career in the lawn and garden industry. Turns out Clayborn is quite the green thumb. -- Chip Patterson

The Kansas football team shows up to an empty Memorial Stadium in Lawrence. Head coach Turner Gill and his Jayhawks were under the impression that their game would be played on Saturday, and thanks to various elaborate pranks by Kansas State fans, they had no idea that they had been scheduled to play on Thursday night. KSU coaches, upon finding out that Kansas had not appeared for the game, dressed their scout team in KU colors and had them put up token opposition. Somehow, they also had a scout team Turner Gill. The garbage-time touchdown Kansas State allowed to its double agents was a sublime touch. -- Adam Jacobi

Completely Ludicrous

McNeese State trots into Death Valley on Saturday night and shines under the lights. LSU quarterbacks Jarrett Lee and Jordan Jefferson combine for an NCAA-record 11 interceptions, five of which are returned for touchdowns.  The other six picks are hideous arm-punts that prevent the Tigers from finding the end zone once. Patrick Peterson returns 4 kick offs for touchdowns, but LSU falls 35-28. -- Chip Patterson

Emboldened by reports that he was coaching with his job on the line, Tim Brewster leads his team to an emotional 35-34 victory over a frisky Purdue squad... then rips off five more wins to finish the season, culminating in a 55-0 revenge win over Kirk Ferentz and the Iowa Hawkeyes at TCF Bank Stadium. Minnesota's 7-5 (6-2) record and a host of other conference losses among the rest of the Big Ten vault the Gophers into the Rose Bowl, making them the first five-loss team to earn a trip to Pasadena. A month before the game, Brewster announces that he's leaving the Gophers to coach his beloved Texas Longhorns; Mack Brown has retired, as expected, but the program was stunned when defensive coordinator (and presumptive next head coach) Will Muschamp pulled a simultaneous "sympathy retirement." The Gophers hire Mike Leach on the spot, and the new Pirate Gophers stun Oregon on January 1st, 45-31. -- Adam Jacobi

There's nothing out of the ordinary taking place in Tuscaloosa on Saturday night.  It's early in the fourth quarter and the Alabama Crimson Tide have a healthy 24-6 lead over the Rebels, but then suddenly a bright, white light can be seen in the sky.  Those who notice it assume that it's a comet or meteor passing by the planet, but it keeps getting bigger and bigger before everyone suddenly realizes it's coming right for them.  As it gets closer, it becomes clear that it is some kind of UFO, in fact, the space ship actually looks like a piece of fried calamari.   It lands at the 50-yard line, and out comes Admiral Ackbar.  Knowing immediately what's taking place, the new Ole Miss mascot makes a break for it before he is apprehended by members of the Rebel Alliance.  The Rebel Alliance then holds a trial on the field, determining whether or not the Bear shall live.  This does not please Nick Saban.  After a few minutes Saban walks briskly up to Admiral Ackbar, takes his gun, and executes the Bear himself before saying, "There.  NOW GET THE HELL OFF OF MY FIELD."  Ackbar and his soldiers sheepishly retreat to their ship and take off.  Not even the Rebel Alliance wants to mess with Nick Saban. -- Tom Fornelli

Posted on: October 14, 2010 11:30 pm
 

Kansas is just about as bad as it gets

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Kansas State 59, Kansas 7. Good heavens. Chase Coffman goes 15-16 for 184 yards, and KSU rushes for 286 on 41 carries. That's 7 yards a pop (6.98, if you're being pedantic), homes. 

Meanwhile, KU's just a mess, and the fact that this team beat Georgia Tech is just mind-boggling. How do you beat GT then lose to Baylor by 48? How?!

Here's the challenge: name three BCS teams worse than Kansas right now. We'll give you Duke. We'll even give you Washington State, even though it might not be true. Name a third. Name one that wouldn't beat this Kansas team by at least a touchdown. We dare you.

Posted on: October 9, 2010 11:36 pm
 

What I learned from the Big 12 (Oct. 9)

Posted by Tom Fornelli

1. Texas Tech really needs to stop trying onside kicks.   Seriously, last week the Red Raiders attempted an onside kick late in the fourth quarter and trailing Iowa State by seven points.  The kick was recovered by Iowa State and taken back 42 yards for a touchdown.  So what did Tommy Tuberville learn this week?  Nothing.  He tried an onside kick in the first quarter of Tech's win over Baylor, and this one was returned 38 yards for another touchdown.   Tuberville already faces the tough task of winning over Texas Tech fans after the firing of Mike Leach, and decisions like these aren't going to help.

2. The Big 12 North will be decided on October 30.   There isn't much mystery to the Big 12 North this season.  The fact of the matter is that Kansas, Colorado, Iowa State and Kansas State are terrible, and that the only two teams who have a chance to represent the division in the Big 12 title game are Nebraska and Missouri. What I know about those teams is that Nebraska has a couple impressive wins -- and one not so impressive win over South Dakota State -- and that Missouri hasn't really beaten anybody besides Illinois this season. 

3. Jerrod Johnson will drive you crazy.  Against Oklahoma State last week, Jerrod Johnson threw four interceptions, but aside from those mistakes he actually played pretty well.  I mean, the Aggies had a chance to win that game.  This week Johnson was the total opposite.  He only turned the ball over once against Arkansas, but didn't take advantage of a defense that did a pretty nice job of stopping Arkansas after a terrible performance against the Cowboys.  Johnson completed only 15-of-40 pass attempts, which is just, well, that's just awful.  You're supposed to get better during your senior season, not revert to freshman form.

4. Taylor Martinez can bounce back.  After the first three weeks of Nebraska's season, Taylor Martinez had Cornhusker fans comparing him to Eric Crouch.   Then the South Dakota State game happened.  Martinez had a nightmare performance in that game, but after a week off he bounced back big time against Kansas State on Thursday night.  I'm not sure he's Eric Crouch just yet, but the Magic Man may be enough to get Nebraska one last Big 12 title before taking off to the Big Ten.
Posted on: September 30, 2010 1:28 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2010 5:11 pm
 

Big 12 releases schedules, preserves rivalries

Posted by Adam Jacobi

The, um, "newly svelte" Big 12 announced yesterday that its members had approved a new nine-game, round-robin schedule for play, and the conference released its future schedules for play today. You can check out the full conference schedule by team here, courtesy of the Big 12's website.

Now, it's not saying much to say that a round-robin schedule is fair; round robins are inherently so, considering everyone plays everyone else, and any home/away disparities get evened out the next season. That's how football schedules are done, and this is no exception. There are a few points of elegance to the Big 12's new schedule, though, and they warrant mention:

1. Balance. This is obviously Texas and Oklahoma's league now; with Nebraska soon to be out of the picture, they're the two dominant programs, and nobody else really looks structurally capable of challenging them on a year-to-year basis. Thus, the other eight programs would generally regard UT and OU as their "toughest games of the year." And sure enough, nobody has to face Texas and Oklahoma back to back.

What's more, only Texas Tech and Baylor face both the Longhorns and the Sooners away in 2011; everybody else splits those games up home and away every year. And before Tech and Bears fans gripe about that, their teams are also the only ones who get both teams at home the next season and every other season thereafter.

2. No really, the balance. If there is a program which is set up to be the third power in the conference, it's probably Texas A&M. Sure, the Aggies haven't really had their act together on the field for the last decade or so, but that won't last forever. Commissioner Dan Beebe and the Big 12 know that, of course, so not only does nobody have to play Texas and Oklahoma in a row, only two of the seven other schools have to play any two of the Texas/Texas A&M/Oklahoma trio in a row: Baylor (again!) and Kansas, who each see A&M the week before playing Texas. That's it.

3. Rivalries. Probably our favorite aspect of this schedule is the final week, when every program has a traditional rivalry game. Sure, that's when Texas-Texas A&M has always been played, and other rivalries have often (but not always) taken place that weekend. Now, it's set in stone: Iowa State-Kansas State, Kansas-Missouri, Oklahoma-Oklahoma State, Texas Tech-Baylor and Texas-Texas A&M every final week. That's a good thing.

It's actually surprising the Big Ten didn't push harder for this type of setup; that conference divides up into traditional rivals just as easily, but only Michigan-Ohio State and Nebraska-Iowa are locked in for the final week in both of the first two seasons put forth by the Big Ten. Kudos to the Big 12 for realizing the value of Thanksgiving weekend rivalry games.

4. And finally, a way out. It's funny, the schedules are, according to the Big 12, set up in perpetuity; the 2013 schedule will be the same in 2015, 2017, 2019, etc. And yet, nobody actually wants that, right? College football's not boring by any stretch, but some variety in conference scheduling always helps. Similarly, nobody actually wants the Big 12 to stay at 10 teams forever, right? The Big 12 Championship game was way too much of a cash cow for the conference to just drop it forever, and there's significantly less charm in the whole "conference name doesn't match the number of members" situation when the actual number of members is lower. They'll be back to, uh, 12 members at some point. Count on it.

So, in about 2015 or so, when the conference members start getting a little tired of the schedule ("Wow, it's ISU-Texas to kick off the conference season AGAIN"), that'll be one more accelerant to the process of expanding the conference back to its previous 12. It's all quite perfect, really.

Posted on: September 25, 2010 5:40 pm
Edited on: September 25, 2010 6:17 pm
 

Storm delays Kansas State and Central Florida



Posted by Tom Fornelli


Mother Nature provides some pretty cool special effects, doesn't she?

Those nasty storm clouds and thunder kept today's game between Kansas State and Central Florida delayed for an hour and 26 minutes after the game had to be stopped in the first quarter.  Clouds kept rolling in to Manhattan and nearly a half inch of rain had fallen before the two teams were finally able to resume play at 1:15pm.

I highly doubt that there was anything seen on the field as gorgeous as the show going on in the sky.

In fact, had I been at the game I'd probably have been disappointed to see the storm come to an end.

It did though, and after the storm clouds had their moment in the, um, shade, Kansas State would go on to beat UCF 17-13 and improve to 4-0 on the season.

Posted on: September 11, 2010 10:56 am
 

Bryce Brown won't be suing Tennessee

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Earier this week Arthur Brown -- the father of former Tennessee running back and current Kansas State student Bryce Brown -- made some waves when he went on a Knoxville radio station and said that he and his son planned on suing the University of Tennessee and head coach Derek Dooley for not releasing Bryce from his scholarship.  Bryce has transferred from Tennessee and enrolled at Kansas State, but since he doesn't meet Dooley's three requirements for releasing a player from his scholarship -- and, no, "shower discipline" is not a must -- Brown will have to pay his own way in Manhattan whie he sits out the 2010 season.

Well, considering that the Browns didn't have much of a leg to stand on as far as a lawsuit is concerned, it's not that shocking to find out that they've suddenly changed their minds about that whole lawsuit thing .

The family of the former Tennessee running back has retained the services of Knoxville attorney Greg Isaacs, who has advised the family not to sue UT or coach Derek Dooley.

“After reviewing the matter, we’ve decided not to initiate any legal action against the University of Tennessee, contrary to earlier reports,” Isaacs said Friday.

“The family has no animosity toward the university. Bryce is a good kid. Bryce wants to make sure that everything is positive.

“(The Browns) want to make sure there’s no ambiguity about whether Bryce and his family enjoyed and respected their time here at the University of Tennessee.”


While they won't be pursuing legal action, the Browns and Isaacs do plan on petitioning Tennessee in the next "seven to ten days" to reconsider releasing Brown from his scholarship.  If the school still decides against releasing Brown from his scholarship, well, then maybe that lawsuit happens after all.

Posted on: September 8, 2010 9:36 am
Edited on: September 8, 2010 10:04 am
 

Bryce Brown's father planning to sue UT, Dooley?

Posted by Chip Patterson

Bryce Brown was once one of the most prized recruits in the nation, a running back with explosive speed and power from an athletically impressive family.  But ever since he signed with Tennessee back in the spring of 2009, he has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons.

After head coach Derek Dooley denied Brown a release from his scholarship with Tennessee, his father began considering legal action.  In an interview with Arthur Brown on Knoxville radio station WNML, the running back's father is planning to hire an attorney and potentially sue Tennessee and coach Derek Dooley for keeping his son from being able to be placed on scholarship at Kansas State.

But WNML reported that Arthur Brown received a registered letter on Tuesday from UT chancellor Jimmy Cheek upholding the decision and is looking for another option to gain a release for his son, which would allow Kansas State to put Bryce Brown on scholarship right away as he sits out a mandated year for transferring.

"Bryce has done nothing wrong," Arthur Brown told the radio station. "I don’t understand."

"If he used that criteria, he should have released Bryce. I think that’s bogus. I’m disappointed in UT’s stance."

That criteria which Brown is referring to is Dooley's criteria for granting release in different transfer cases.  

“As with the other players who have asked for a release, I went through the same process with the same criteria with Bryce,” Dooley told the Knoxville News Sentinel last month. “These are the three key factors - what their personal investment into the program was, did they have their heart into it and did they give it a good, fair shot. No. 2, the harm that their departure creates for the organization. No. 3, how they handle it as a professional.

“I’ve done that with every one of these guys -- with Aaron (Douglas), with Todd Campbell, with Nick Stephens, Nick Lamaison and now Bryce. So now my decision, based on those three factors with Bryce, is not to release him.”

Of course, trouble has followed Brown since he arrived on campus in Knoxville.  First there were the questions about his eligibility before his freshman season.  Then after showing bursts of potential but little production in 2009, Brown disappeared from Tennessee in the spring semester without consulting with new head coach Derek Dooley.  His lack of effort to give the Volunteers a chance makes it no surprise that the university is not jumping at the opportunity to release him from his scholarship.


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