10 Questions, Week 5
Questioning the Top 10, Missouri impressing, and coaching hits and misses
Sept. 24, 2007
By Eric Sorenson
Special to CSTV.com
Eric Sorenson is a regular contributor to CSTV.com, covering football, basketball & baseball. E-mail here!
It was ironic that my return flight from
Isn't the "Fantastic Four" something the college football media have already labeled the teams that they feel are above-and-beyond the rest of the pack? It seems as if everybody is ready to give USC, LSU, Florida and Oklahoma some kind of super-human powers and tag them as the only worthy teams to face off for the national title right here and right now.
But in my best Sol Rosenberg/Jerky Boys imitation, all I'd like to say is that I'm very insecure with this type of logic. VERY insecure.
Though the polls will count them out if the season ended today, I say keep an eye on the
So while wondering if
Question 1: Who in the Top 10, doesn't deserve to be in the Top 10 - at least not right now?
A: No. 7
The Longhorns look like something out of Elvis' "Jailhouse Rock" video, with their numerous run-ins with the law and poor opposition so far. They've played one-score games with the likes of
I'm not gonna dance around this second one, the Badgers have been the Bad-gers. How can anybody look at their escapes against UNLV and Iowa and think they deserve to be one of the best 10 teams in the country? Turn in your voting privileges people. Myself and a blackjack table-full of drunk friends can do better than you.
And as for the Scarlet Knights - I'm not saying they're not a good team, but please play somebody soon so that we don't just reward you for the carry-over effect of last season. For those of you who don't know, Rutgers beat somebody called
Question 2: Which teams deserve to replace them in the Top 10?
A: No. 11
The Ducks trailed Stanford at the half, but reverted to form in the third quarter to win 55-31. So for that they'd drop from my Top Five, but stay in my Top 10.
BC is just plain good. Still can't figure out why they're not rated any higher to begin with. Might be that whole anti-ACC stigma that's goin' around like the Asian flu.
And Rich Brooks' Wildcats faced another volatile situation in
Question 3: What was the worst coaching call of the weekend?
A: South Carolina going for it on 4th-and-one from its own 30 midway through the third quarter.
Forget that easy fake field goal that LSU's Colt David scored on. You know, the one that had Garo Yepremian smiling out there somewhere. It was the
Sure enough, it was another Cory Boyd running play that went freakin' nowhere against that fleet and mean LSU D and a couple plays later, the Tigers got a touchdown pass from Matt Flynn to put the game out of reach at 28-7. Game. Set. Match. Natural disaster. Flail the arms and fling goes the visor.
See, Steve Spurrier can be a bad coach at times too.
Question 4: What was the best feel-good story of the weekend?
A- Georgia winning one for the Munson.
Longtime Bulldog play-by-play radio voice Larry "Lindsay Scott! Lindsay Scott!" Munson missed only his second game assignment in 42 years, and it was a beauty. The Bulldogs went into the elephant's den, played their fight song over the Bear's JumboTron introduction, had `Bama down but let them back in and then brazenly pulled out a tough OT win with a Matthew Stafford pass to Mikey Henderson. Ahhhh yes, like those reality shows splattered all over prime-time TV, nothing in the SEC goes on without a fair amount of drama. You gotta dig that (the SEC, not the reality shows, that is). Almost as much as you've gotta dig Mark Richt's 23-3 record in SEC roadies. Incredible.
Meanwhile Munson was back in
Question 5: Who did the best imitation of Lazurus this weekend?
Face it, you're like me, you saw them laying there on that cold, marble slab, deader-than-a-doornail too, huh? Hell, they came in getting outscored 118-32 so far this season and I don't know how they did it, but the 'Cuse looked nothing like the 'Cuse we've become used to seeing in the last few years, pasting Louisville 38-35. Shockingly, it was
Orange QB Andrew Robinson... first off, where has THIS kind of performance been my man? What a field day he had, going 17-for-26 for 423 yards, four touchdowns and not a single pick. And all you guys saw what a phenomenal game wideout Taj Smith had, pulling in two long touchdowns including a 79-yard alone-in-the-moonlighter on the game's first play. That set the tone for the rest of the day as once again the UofL defense was shoddy at best.
A couple quick things I'd like to mention about the UofL-'Cuse game:
1- Tough crowd. That same
2- Like almost everyone else, I have been hard on Coach Greg Robinson, but this game was a potential program-changer.
3- I think color commentator John Congemi did a great job in this game, including his one-on-one chalk talk with Brian Brohm and his quarterback-relevant commentary throughout.
4- I still want to keep calling
Question 6: Why am I suddenly impressed with Missouri?
A: For many reasons. But it became clearer this weekend.
Three weeks ago the Tigers blasted Ole Miss in
I'm also becoming an even bigger fan of quarterback Chase Daniel. I liked him even before Brad Smith's tenure was done in
You also have to figure that with the rest of the Big 12 North looking Jerry Quarry-like punchless (I'm looking your way Nebraska, Colorado and Iowa State), this is likely going to be Missouri's year to finally play in the Big 12 title game.
Question 7: Why should those computer rankings be taken with a huge grain of salt?
A: Because here is what Warren Nolan's computerized Top 10 looked like before this weekend:
After this weekend, here is the slightly more-plausible, updated Warren Nolan Top 10:
Now that also brings up another scary thought... How does
Question 8: What was the best Email I'd received all week?
A: One from "Alex J" concerning my old Point-Counterpoint articles.
Alex was nice enough to write me and Brian Curtis and remind us of our 2005 weekly edition that featured the question, "Is the Oklahoma dynasty over?" I was logical enough to take the "NO" stance and pointed out that OU was merely going through a lull and would be back in the national picture in short time. And lookie here, slicker than a mayonnaise sandwich, they've made it back, just like I said. Or, as Alex J pointed out in the Email, this debate has been settled. The answer is/was obviously NO.
Question 9: (Sniff... sniff!) What's that burning smell?
A: Dennis Franchione taking his rotisserie turns on the hot seat.
Like fellow Big 12er
Harking back to my pre-season 10 Questions for 2006, Franchione is now a pedestrian 28-24 overall in four years and four games of his tenure in
One more thing... What's going on with
Question 10: Does it border on cruelty to have Nate Weinstein, one of the Going South roadtrippers, be sent to south
A: Yes. And...
Sorry Matt, but you missed out on taste bud nirvana! And according to the religious records I checked, nobody has burned in Hell for letting the Day of Atonement go for the sake of cajun food, the best edibles God has ever allowed to be invented.
In fact, my palate is counting the freakin' days 'til I get to
The 11th Question
Considering their TV ads have shown men with plungers stuck on their foreheads, when do you think those people at The Home Depot (and their Dallas-based ad agency The Richards Group) will ever depict men as competent do-it-yourselfers again in their TV commercials?
Just wondering people.