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Monday, October 23, 2006

Week 8 Recap

My apologies to the State University of New Jersey. I said a few weeks ago that they'd never make it to their Nov 9th date with Louisville undefeated as they had to get past Navy and Pitt. Turns out that neither team was much of a problem for Rutgers top-rated defense and their unstoppable running game. They still have to get past UConn, but at this point, I don't think it's unrealistic to think that Rutgers is likely to get past Louisville unscathed as well.
Coaching changes are a-brewin'. John Bunting is officially out at UNC. FSU boosters are calling for Bowden to step down. Larry Coker is reportedly safe, but I would still not be surprised to see him axed at the end of the season. John L. Smith is probably done at the end of the season (a record-breaking comeback against Northwestern hardly offsets Notre Dame's similar miracle comeback a month ago). His teams always have flashes of greatness and then descend back into medicrity.
Speaking of which, what's up with all the over-hyped, one-side matchups this year? Has there been a single really-well-publicized matchup that was actually worth watching? The latest victim was Georgia Tech's complete and utter lack of offense against Clemson. So much for progress. Even our usually stout defense crumbled, which I blame entirely on the offense. Clemson's O-line outweighs Tech's D by 40 pounds a piece, so they were bound to get tired, and it showed in the second half when no one could make anything even resembling a tackle. But when the offense is on the field for 3-and-out almost every possession, you're just going to exacerbate the problem. Congrats to Clemson's running tandem on their huge game. Tech had better get their act together this week before facing off with Miami for the ACC Coastal lead.
Troy Smith increased his supremacy in the Heisman race while everyone else kind of fell by the wayside. Slaton got bottled up, giving Pat White a huge game instead. Calvin Johnson had 0 catches and negative yardage. Brady Quinn might have been the only one really helping his chances this weekend, thanks entirely to Jeff Samardzija. Garrett Wolfe had a second straight lousy week. Ray Rice had some big runs against a quality opponent, but without posting an undefeated season, he's probably got no real shot (though an undefeated season is looking more and more realistic). I'm still throwing in my (non-existant) vote with Ian Johnson though.
I'd also like to give a shoutout to Ty Willingham. He seems to have things turned back in the right direction at Washington and I'm excited to see where things to from here. They're not winning yet, but they're right on the doorstep. I wouldn't be surprised to see them at 8-4 next season and knocking off a good opponent in a bowl game.


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