Oct. 10, 2006
By Eric Sorenson
Special To CSTV.com
Eric Sorenson is a regular contributor to CSTV.com, covering football, basketball & baseball. E-mail here!
I know this is an over-used, hackneyed and tired phrase in college football, but I have three words for you: Pair-Uh-Tee.
That's parity, folks. Exactly what we saw in full effect this weekend.
And don't worry, just because I spent a four-day weekend in the
I'll have some quick comments about those games later on, but first, let's get to the most cogent questions surrounding the landscape of Division I following this crazy weekend.
Question No. 1 - After what we've seen recently, who wants a "Mulligan" for week one?
USC was like that dude with super-sonic speed from the Fantastic Four against
Oh, what the Bears wouldn't give for another shot at Tennessee. They walked into Neyland Stadium thinking they were too big for their britches then got their britches handed to them, 35-18. But a new attitude permeates
The Jackets got a shaky performance vs. Maryland this week, but survived, 27-23. Now if the 5-1 Engineers could just get that painful 4-point loss to Notre Dame back again. But Calvin Johnson has been monstrous and living up to his hype as the best wide out in the country and Tech still leads the Coastal Division with a 3-0 mark.
Question No. 2 - Which teams would really love one of those schoolyard "do-overs" from Saturday's games?
Washington (Lost 26-20 at USC)
Clock mismanagement on the last play. Remember guys, you must be ready when you have the ball at the opposing 15-yard line with two seconds left and the referee blows his whistle.
This could have been a season-turning win for Ralph Friedgen's Under Armor boys. Allowing Tech to score 14 4th quarter points to pull the rabbit out of the hat and having quarterback Sam Hollenbach sacked at the Jacket 19 on the last play of the game is painful.
Question No. 3 - Why must we all bow to the all-knowing words that Tommy Tuberville speaks?
Because he's right about the SEC.
That sonic train-wreck sound you heard this weekend was the carnage that the SEC has started. Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville talked last week about how the SEC was too good to let any teams go through unbeaten, thus assuring no national championship team from the deep south. And he's right, Tommy Tooby's two-ranked Tigers fell hard to a questionable
Guess what guys? That BCS thing that SEC kingpin Roy Kramer helped start is still partly your fault. And so is the gluttony of 12 teams in one conference, requiring a conference title game. Sorry, you'll just have to live with the consequences.
Question No. 4 - Who had the best comeback of the weekend?
The Tigers could've seen their season lost in the abyss after trailing
Question No. 5 - Which teams are making us all wear one of those huge over-sized neck braces because we have to snap a "double-take" to see these teams are at the top of their respective league standings?
Wasn't it just a year or two ago that the Vandals considered joining their
Great jobs by both teams so far, sure. But can you imagine the miniscule TV ratings this championship game will pull in December?
In eight days time this team lost by a single point at Miami and then lost by three to lowly Louisiana-Lafayette.
Question No. 6 - Why don't we just go ahead and bring the tie back to college football?
Here's an example of why:
Question No. 7 - What two immediate changes need to take place in college football officiating?
1. Replay officials need to pass an eye-chart test.
That's it. That's all I'm asking. Hell, I'll settle for them being able to see the giant "E" at the top and that will suffice. `Coz I don't think there are many replay officials out there that can even see that.
2. Pass interference.
Is it just me, or has P.I. become way too much of a feather foul? In the Oregon State-Washington State game I was at Saturday, pass interference was called twice in the game. The first time the "penalty" was called on a guy that was merely going for the ball and there was minimal contact between defender and receiver. The second time it was called on an OSU defensive back but the ball was well over-thrown and should have been ruled un-catchable.
Question No. 8 - What hot seat coaches bought themselves some more time?
Chuck Amato, NC State
Although a win over FSU nowadays isn't carrying much marquee value anymore, Amato does have the Pack in first place in the Atlantic Division at 2-0.
Gary Pinkel, Missouri
I mentioned Pinkel's admirable use of quarterback Chase Daniel and his season in general last week. But after the complete-game win over Texas Tech, it's obvious that Mizzou is THE team in the Big 12 North. But a showdown with
Question No. 9 - What was the coolest things about the two games in
At Griswold Stadium on the Lewis & Clark campus, from the upper rows of the grandstand, you could see through the trees and across the
Revamped Reser Stadium is now first class all the way. The year-old east side features numerous luxury boxes, kids play areas (indoors at that, with air hockey, pop-a-shot, pinball machines and video games) and great views no matter what seat you're in. The stadium itself sits right on top of the field and makes for great sightlines.
2. L&C's punting formation
I've never seen a team set up two punters 15-yards back. Yes, TWO players in punt formation. One a lefty and one a righty. The ball is hiked to either one and that punter rolls out to his respective side and kicks the ball, sort of rugby-style, while the "other" punter runs forward and blocks. Bizarre.
3. The impatient, yet inventive OSU fans
A row of OSU fans first held up giant letters that spelled out "C-A-N-F-I-E-L-D" which called for the back up quarterback to starter Matt Moore. Then, late in the game, when Wazzu was running out the clock, those same eight people stood up and held up letters that spelled out "C-A-N R-I-L-E-Y," hoping to sack current coach Mike Riley.
4. The popularity of OSU Baseball coach Pat Casey
I saw Casey walking through the crowd after the game (he being the coach that led the Beavers to its first ever national championship). He was shaking hands every few steps, getting pats on the back and hearing cries of "Can you coach football too?"
5. Everything in
Especially the trees and campuses that surround the stadiums these games were played in. Living in
Question No. 10 - What do you think will happen first in college football: the student-athletes at the highest end of Division I-A getting paid, an incredibly lucrative post-season playoff overtakes the bowls or the college football players forming a union and forcing the NCAA to pay them and give them a playoff at the same time?
It's a rhetorical question... Or maybe a prediction. But feel free to send me your feelings on the subjects.