Cavalcade of Whimsy
Oct. 9, 2012 - Midseason
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The C.O.W. airing of the grievances followed by the feats of strength
The Midseason morsels for a starving college football nation …
My Big Dumb Call For The Second Half, Part One - Florida State will slip back into the national title discussion in late November.
One huge aspect to the loss to NC State that flew under the radar – the Noles didn’t really drop as far as they should’ve. No. 11 in the Coaches’ Poll is still in range for big things, and while there won’t be too many big chances to shine in ACC play, that Florida game at the end of the year is looking very, very fun. FSU will get past Boston College, get up for Miami, and blast away to 10-1 and a No. 5 spot in the polls before hosting the Gators.
My Big Dumb Call For The Second Half, Part Two - USC is going to slide into mediocrity with at least two more losses.
Has anyone actually noticed that the Trojans have been sort of average? Oh sure, there are some big, splashy Marqise Lee plays here and there, but it took way too much work to beat a bad Utah team and to hold on against Syracuse. Stanford beat up the USC lines, and Notre Dame will do the same thing at the end of the regular season. While getting up for Oregon won’t be an issue, watch out for a letdown against Arizona or even this week at Washington.
My Big Dumb Call For The Second Half, Part Three - Wisconsin will win the Big Ten championship, go to a third straight Rose Bowl, and will get absolutely obliterated by Oregon.
But the Badgers are awful this year, right? Yup, but who’s going to win the Leaders? Ohio State? Can’t. Penn State? Can’t. Purdue? Won’t. Illinois? Indiana? You, Lieutenant Weinberg? Bucky will lose at least two of the three games to Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State but will beat Purdue, Minnesota and Indiana to get back to Indianapolis, upset Nebraska, go to Pasadena, and lose to the Ducks 267 to 4 with its points coming on two self-inflicted Oregon safeties to give the offense a few seconds to rest.
My Big Dumb Call For The Second Half, Part Four- Alabama will lose to either Tennessee or Texas A&M after having problems recognizing what it looks like when an opposing team throws a forward pass.
My Big Dumb Call For The Second Half, Part Five - Just about the time some brainiac from some gimmick site writes something about how Ohio deserves to be in the BCS, Ball State will come up with a double-digit victory.
My Big Dumb Call For The Second Half, Part Six - Boise State will finish third in the Mountain West behind Fresno State and Nevada.
My Big Dumb Pretentious Call For The Second Half Because You Care That I Actually Do Watch All Aspects Of The College Football World While Clinging To A Misguided Notion That It Could Conceivably Get Me More Smoochies - UTSA will finish with more wins than any team in Texas except for the Texans.
Team of the Midseason Besides Alabama
Florida. There were hints that South Carolina might have been really, really good, but no one had the Gators making too much noise. They’re better than you think, but they’re still not getting a lot of love because this a grindy team that beats people up and finds ways to get the job done. Collectively, there aren’t three better wins this year than at Texas A&M in the Aggies’ SEC kickoff, at Tennessee and against LSU.
2) Notre Dame, 3) West Virginia
Clunker Team of the Midseason
Wisconsin. Arkansas might seem obvious, but the Bobby Petrino fun set the stage for the fall off the cliff. The Badgers supposedly had the best defense in the Bret Bielema era, the O line was supposed to be the Bucky O line, Danny O’Brien was supposed to be a decent fill-in for Russell Wilson, Montee Ball was back, and the schedule appeared to be a breeze. No passing game and a line that couldn’t push around a bag of Funyuns meant a 4-2 start that should really be 2-4.
2) Missouri, 3) Virginia Tech
Player of the Midseason Besides Geno Smith, Braxton Miller or Collin Klein, Because I Already Wrote About Them
Manti Te’o. The Irish defense has been every bit as good as Alabama’s, and Te’o is the catalyst. He has taken his game to a whole other level with improved instincts and more big plays. There aren’t any wasted steps.
2) Kenjon Barner, Oregon, 3) Jesse Williams, NT Alabama
Coach of the Midseason Besides Bill O’Brien
Will Muschamp, Florida. Remember, there were rumblings that he might be on hot seat before the season started. Now he’s looking every bit like the superstar head coaching prospect he was expected to become.
2) Nick Saban, Alabama, 3) Bob Davie, New Mexico
Biggest Surprise of the Midseason
Oregon State. The Beavers can get into shootouts, they can stop the run, they can win tight games and they can come through on special teams. Over four games, this has been the nation’s most shocking unbeaten team. It’ll be even more stunning if it keep it all gong without injured quarterback Sean Mannion.
2) Duke, 3) Arizona State
Too Boring. REALLY, The Biggest Surprise of the Midseason Is …
San Jose State. There might not be a great win in the 4-1 start, but beating Navy and San Diego State on the road isn’t bad. The lone loss came to Stanford in a 20-17 fight. At the time it seemed like the Cardinal couldn’t adjust after losing so much talent, but as it turns out, the Spartans were just that good. Defensive end Travis Johnson is the best player you’ve never heard of.
2) ULM, 3) Kent State
Random Acts of Nutty … Provocative musings and tidbits to make every woman want you and every man want to be you (or vice versa) a.k.a. things I didn’t feel like writing bigger blurbs for.
- Six bucks and my left … arm if you can name the nation’s leader in rushing yards per game? It’s Air Force senior Cody Getz averaging 177.4 yards per game. The No. 2 man, Stephon Jefferson of Nevada, is averaging 159.17 yards per outing.
- Boston College might be the new Linebacker U. First Mark Herzlich, then Luke Kuechly, and now Nick Clancy. The senior leads the nation in tackles with 24 against Northwestern and 15 last week against Army. Also adding to the mix is Steele Divitto, who made 18 stops against the Knights.
- Florida has faced two of the nation’s five most talented offensive lines and beat the spit out of both of them. Texas A&M and LSU came away from their losses to the Gators battered and bruised. There might not be a more physical defensive front in college football right now.
- NFL drafts in the near future will prove that no coaching staff is doing less with more than Texas is with its defensive talent.
C.O.W. shameless gimmick item … The weekly five Overrated/Underrated aspects of the world
1) Overrated: The Tim Tebow jump pass against LSU … Underrated: The Matt Elam strip against LSU.
2) Overrated: Jerry Sandusky speaking … Underrated: Never having to hear from Jerry Sandusky ever again
3) Overrated: Playing baseball on an NFL Sunday ... Underrated: My roto team’s epic collapse thanks to a starting pitching staff that collectively went 0-13 to close out the season.
4) Overrated: The upcoming BCS rankings ... Underrated: Two years from now
5) Overrated: Richt and Pelini on a hot seat after big blowout losses ... Underrated: Those blowout losses coming to coaches who actually won national titles
“Oh, see, I made Louis a bet here. See, Louis bet me that we couldn't both get rich and put y'all in the poor house at the same time. He didn't think we could do it. I won.” … ATS: 13-4
Yup … 9-0 over my last two weeks against the spread. Get out. Now.
- Texas +3 over Oklahoma
- Kent State -1.5 over Army
- Toledo -14 over Eastern Michigan
- Florida -7.5 over Vanderbilt
- Kansas State -7 over Iowa State
- Fresno State +7 over Boise State
- Alabama -21.5 over Missouri
- West Virginia -4 over Texas Tech
Sorry this column sucked, it wasn’t my fault … Cardale Jones thought it was pointless.
- Oct. 9, Part 1 - The two stars
of the first half of the season