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Harsh toke AP, Coaches

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The weekend is over, and the nation’s observers have weighed in with their opinions. By that I mean the release of this week’s Top 25 lists.

Obviously the top 3 schools are going to be Florida, Texas and Alabama right now. From there, it’s debatable for every other position. However, there is a debate that didn’t seem to take place at all.

When I looked at the Top 25 lists, I was caught off guard and surprised by the fall that Nebraska took. Entering the weekend, Nebraska was ranked 19th in the AP poll and 18th in the Coaches poll. After losing 16-15 in Blacksburg, Va., to Virginia Tech, the Huskers fell to 25th in the AP and 24th in the Coaches.

At the same time the Hokies moved up from 13th and 14th respectably, to 11th and 12th.

This just raises a question for me. How do you justify dropping the Huskers that far after going on the road and nearly beating the Hokies? Yes, they deserve to fall from their spot at the beginning of the weekend. However, falling to 24th and 25th isn’t justified.

The Huskers instead should have been ranked around 22nd. If the loss would have come to Florida Atlantic or Arkansas State, then yes drop them as far as you want. However, on the road against a good — not great but good — Va. Tech team doesn’t seem the justification for a 6-place drop.

All in all, that was a harsh toke from both the AP and the Coaches.

ESPN gets rights to BCS

espn-bcsStarting in 2011, ESPN will hold the rights to air all Bowl Championship Series games except the Rose Bowl — which has a seperate contract with ABC that runs til 2014.

ESPN will air the Fiesta, Orange and Sugar Bowls in prime time on it’s network from 2011-2014, and will have the BCS championship game for all those years except 2014 — when it will be hosted by the Rose Bowl. Along with the TV rights, ESPN will hold the radio rights and the internet marketing.

ESPN currently reaches 98 million homes, and they expect that number to increase before the contract takes effect in 2011.

Muschamp set to coach Texas after Brown retires

Highly energetic Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp reached a new deal with the Longhorns. This deal while still being finalize will boost his salary to $900,000 starting in January, and will designate him as the coach in waiting. Continue reading

Tech stays atop the Big 12 rankings

Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree scores touchdown against Oklahoma State's Quinton Moore and Jacob Lacey during  an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008  in Lubbock, Texas. (AP)

Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree scores touchdown against Oklahoma State's Quinton Moore and Jacob Lacey during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008 in Lubbock, Texas. (AP)

After another great week of Big 12 games, the conference rankings have shaken up a bit — but not much. Obviously the Texas Tech Red Raiders remain atop the standings, but they will face a very tough challenge in what I think is the best team in the Big 12 in Oklahoma. That game doesn’t come for another two weeks because of Tech’s bye week, but it will be a great game to watch when it does hit our TV sets.

So without further ado, here’s this week’s Power Rankings:

  1. Texas Tech (10-0, 6-0) beat a good Oklahoma State team at home 56-20. I honestly thought it would be a close game, but I was very very wrong. Every since Nebraska put a scare in Texas Tech they have looked like a completely different team — especially defensively.
  2. Texas (9-1, 5-1) is waiting for Tech to fall and hoping for a chance to jump back up to where they were. Last week they overpowered Baylor and after starting sluggishly, they cruised to a 45-21 win.
  3. Oklahoma (9-1, 5-1)could still play in the BCS championship. If the Sooners are able to beat Tech in two weeks they will more than likely climb to No. 2 in the BCS and would at that point hold the three way tie-breaker between Texas, Texas Tech and themselves — despite losing to Texas.
  4. Oklahoma State (8-2, 4-2) lost badly to Tech, but so have a lot of teams. The thing I’m concerned about Continue reading

Gameday, 11/1

In this Oct. 11, 2008 file photo, Florida quarterback Tim Tebow throws a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against LSU in Gainesville, Fla. Tebow and Georgia running back Knowshon Moreno had career days in last year's Florida-Georgia game. Moreno ran for a career-high 188 yards and three touchdowns and led the Bulldogs to a 42-30 victory. Tebow, trying to protect a bruised shoulder, was sacked a career-high six times and never got the Gators going. How each team handles the other's star could be the key again Saturday. (AP)

In this Oct. 11, 2008 file photo, Florida quarterback Tim Tebow throws a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against LSU in Gainesville, Fla. Tebow and Georgia running back Knowshon Moreno had career days in last year's Florida-Georgia game. Moreno ran for a career-high 188 yards and three touchdowns and led the Bulldogs to a 42-30 victory. Tebow, trying to protect a bruised shoulder, was sacked a career-high six times and never got the Gators going. How each team handles the other's star could be the key again Saturday. (AP)

There are a lot of games to be aware of today, two battles between top ten teams and some traditional rivalry games. There are also many games today that have the chance for upset — so lets take a look at what I’m looking forward to.

The two obvious games of the day at No. 1 Texas at No. 7 Texas Tech and No. 8 Florida at No. 6 Georgia. These two games should be greatly entertaining, and I can’t imagine which will be better.

Starting in the SEC, Florida wants to avenge their loss to Georgia last season at The Swamp. The Gators especially want to be able to win after the way that Georgia celebrated their first touchdown last season — having the whole team run into the endzone and dance in mass.

Urban Meyer has said he doesn’t want his players to talk about, or think about the endzone celebration that the Dawgs did last season.

The Gators will be lead by reigning Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow. Tebow has been improving lately after starting slow. However, Tebow isn’t nearly the threat on the ground that he has been Continue reading

Texas-Arkansas game postponed

This weekend’s Texas-Arkansas football game to be played in Austin, Texas has been pushed back because of Hurricane Ike in the Gulf Coast. Weather reports say that Ike may strike the Gulf Coast of Texas as a Category Four hurricane and instead of having 90,000+ at the game, they felt it would be safer to postpone the game to a later date.

Luckily, both teams had Sept. 27th set as an open week and the game will be made up then.

I’m sure that both teams are disappointed by this – losing their bye week during conference play. However, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Musings…

With the college football season kicking off this week – notably tomorrow – and so to get rolling I’ve been thinking about a couple of games this weekend.

Of course I’ve been thinking about the Huskers’ opener against Western Michigan … but I’ve touched that subject enough in other posts. So right now I’m going to talk about a couple of other teams, and a couple games to look out for this weekend.

First lets touch base with a couple of important teams in the Big XII – Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas Tech.

Oklahoma

My – and every other journalist’s – favorite to win the Big XII this season. They have all the talent to get the job done. They return record setting sophomore QB Sam Bradford – who last season lead the nation in passer efficiency – and have a stable of young talented running backs. That doesn’t even mention the fact that they still have Head Coach Bob Stoops – whose defenses are always among the nation’s best. This team is poised for a very good season, and at this point in time I see them in the National Championship Game.

Missouri

This Missouri Tigers team returns a core of very talented players in Chase Daniel, Chase Coffman and Jeremy Maclin. They are poised to be the Big XII North champions – at least pre-season – and have the talent to contend nationally. These Tigers pack a pretty wicked bite … and teams will find this out pretty quickly – if they can get past a tough test in Illinois this Saturday.

Texas

I added Texas to this list because they are always good. It’s a stupid decision to every count the Longhorns out of the Big XII and national scene. Colt McCoy returns for a third year at the helm of the offense – and all reports are that he is better than ever. The real question for the Longhorn’s offense is who do they find to replace Limas Sweed and Nate Jones? Yes they still have Quan Cosby, but he’s been injured and will be defense’s focus. And for that matter who is going to replace Jamaal Charles? Sure, Texas has the cream of the crop in recruiting so there is someone waiting in the wings, but McCoy better hope they develop fast.

Kansas

Kansas was the surprise team of the 2007 season finishing an amazing 11-1 – their only loss was to Missouri – and winning the Fiesta Bowl. However, they lost their leading rusher and receiver and must try to catch lightning in a bottle again, and quite frankly I don’t think they’ll do it. Don’t get me wrong, they are a very talented team and will be good, but no one should expect much more than a 9-4 season. Todd Reesing will put up his numbers and will be a great player out on the field, but expect some losses and maybe an upset or two…

Texas Tech

 Who would I be to not jump on the TTech bandwagon here at the beginning of the season? This team will flat out score points. With the return of QB Graham Harrell and All-World WR Michael Crabtree this team has two legit Heisman candidates in their starting line up. The question mark for this team is improved defensive play. Last season they started poorly on the defensive side of the ball, but finished strong under a new Defensive Coordinator – who will lead them from the start this year. If this team can play defense – and not just out score every opponent – they will be sitting in a good spot come the last weekend of the season when they play Oklahoma – maybe for the Big XII South crown.

Anyway, those were some short capsules on the five major players in the Big XII before the season starts. Anything can happen at any time … however, look for those five teams come November to be pushing for great bowl bids.

This weeks games to watch

Thursday: #23 Wake Forrest at Baylor 6 p.m.

Unfortunately this game won’t be televised … at all. But I believe it is the most intruiging matchup on paper. You have a nationally ranked Wake Forrest squad traveling to face an improved Baylor team. First upset of the season?

Saturday: #3 USC at Virginia, 2:30 p.m. ABC

Will USC dominate opponents like they have in the past? Or is there a crack for someone to exploit? Don’t look for Virginia to be the team to exploit any cracks, but it could be interesting to see how USC starts this season.

Saturday: Appalachian State at #7 LSU, 4 p.m. ESPN

Can Appalachian State repeat what they did opening weekend last season? Is LSU the next Michigan? Probably not, but Appalachian State is about as talented a team as you’ll ever find in the FCS, and they might test Tiger team that is breaking in a new, very inexperienced quarterback.

Saturday: #24 Alabama at #9 Clemson, 7 p.m. ABC

Can Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide beat Clemson on the road? This will be a great game, and if for nothing else than we get to watch Clemson RBs James Davis and C.J. Spiller…

Monday: #18 Tennessee at UCLA, 7 p.m. ESPN

What progress will be shown by UCLA under new coach Rick Neuheisel? Not enough to beat Tennessee, but it could be fun to watch. That and we get to find out what UCLA will do without a No. 1 QB.

And finally, the Game of the Week…

Saturday: #20 Illinois vs. #6 Missouri, 7 p.m. ESPN (Held in St. Louis)

I think that this will be the most entertaining game on the slate this weekend. Missouri comes in with all the hype, and Illinois is just an after thought after going to the Rose Bowl last season. Illinois returns QB Juice Williams and this could be an upset in the making. How big of a story would it be in Columbia, Missouri if the Tigers returned 0-1 after all the off-season hype.