Loony Weekend In Loony Year
Another wild few days both on and off the field
Oct. 24, 2007
By Tom Hart
Special to CSTV.com
Tom Hart calls football play-by-play for CSTV and is a contributor to CSTV.com.
This season, every week of the college football calendar has been crazy. Some are busier than others, but all have been straight loony.
Busy for me entails two games in three days. This week, the two games couldn't have been more different; or further apart. I spent Thursday night in rainy and cold South Central Nebraska; followed by a gorgeous Saturday afternoon in
It made for an interesting trip. Flying into
2. Tom Osborne is a winner.
3. Bill Callahan is not from
4. Bill Callahan is not a winner.
That's all I need to know.
I was looking forward to seeing Danny Woodhead, the all time yardage leader in the history of NCAA football, tote the ball for Chadron. His first carry of the night, off the right side for five yards, was his last carry. His streak of 38 straight games with a touchdown (also an NCAA record, in case you thought otherwise) came to an end after he left the game with a sprained right arch. He was done after one snap. My journey was just beginning.
Following the game I was poised for a return trip to
My connection in
My drive from the RDU airport to
I don't mean to complain, I only want to point out that sometimes when all you want is take a big juicy bite out of life, the gods drop a ketchup stain on your new white shirt. It would be trite to point out the reasons life isn't always fair, so all you have to do is turn to Phil Steele. Armed with numbers and tendencies and completely devoid of emotion, feeling, and heart, the best prognosticator in college football uses quirky abbreviations to break the game down to its simplest forms: numbers. AP polls, BCS rankings, third down conversions, Les Miles' hat size all get plugged into the equation. While numbers can't measure heart, passion, luck and leadership, we're learning this season that they are all that matter. Cinderella stories have dropped by the wayside already, and more will follow. We're learning that all that matters this season is wins.
One second separated Auburn from a dramatic win in
Two special team fakes did in USF. It just didn't seem fair to USF. Having risen as high as a No. 2 ranking, the Bulls were poised to bum rush the show. Then a bunch of dudes from
It may seem unfair to leapfrog an idle Boston College, but LSU showed us all that teams who tug on Superman's cape, spit into the wind and keep Bengals in wave pools deserve to hold the most dangerous spot in the nation, the No. 2 ranking.
This week many pollsters dropped USF to the mid-teens. They didn't fall out of my top 10. It makes me wonder, are all the teams that were behind the Bulls last week better than them this week?
Virginia Tech is still waiting for a signature win.
The last spot was hotly contested. Wake Forest and Clemson each had good wins this weekend, but the Tigers still haven't proven themselves. The same can be said for UConn. I spend a lot of time judging small conference teams with weak schedules, so it's only fair that the same applies here. One win against an inconsistent Florida State team shouldn't be enough to gain entrance for Clemson.
Hart's Top 25
11. Virginia Tech
15. South Carolina