Tues. Question ...I was right/wrong about ...

Posted Sep 18, 2007

Tuesday Question ... Only three weeks into the season, I was dead-on right/wrong about ...

Past TQs
- USC, LSU or Oklahoma?l
- Was the App St win good or bad for college football?
- 3 Sleeper Teams

- Predicting the Season
- 3 things we're sure of
- What to look for on Signing Day
- Bears or Colts?

- Early bowl surprises and trends
- 3 things to look for from the bowls
- Do you want the Alabama job?
- What are the 3 best non-BCS bowls?
- Who's 2nd in the Heisman race?
- Michigan-OSU rematch?
- Michigan or Ohio State?
- Should Louisville be No. 3?
- The nat'l title game will be ...
- The best one-loss team
- Rule changes to help the flow
- The Midseason Stuff
- The real top five ranking
- The early coach of the year is ...?
- These three teams are for real, these three aren't
- After 2 weeks, who's better, who's worse?
- 10 Greatest Quarterbacks of All-Time
- 10 Greatest Defensive Players of All-Time
- 10 Greatest Regular Season Games of All-Time
- 10 Greatest Playmakers of All-Time
- 10 Worst Heisman Winners
- 10 Greatest Bowl Games
- All-Time Offensive Team
- All-Time Defensive Team

Pete Fiutak           

Q: So far after three games, I was dead-on right about … Notre Dame

Set the dial to pretentious. Every once in a while there's a game that I consider a test. It's a game that all the research, analysis, and info being fed in is screaming one way, but just about everyone else is going the other. If we're doing our jobs correctly, we have this game nailed cold (and no, my ill-fated Nebraska over USC call wasn't in this category). For me, the Georgia Tech - Notre Dame game was that test. The Irish were two-point favorites, and I stuck my neck out and barked on all the radio and TV shows that Georgia Tech should be a double-digit favorite, and got the predicable batch of hate mail from the Irish faithful. Picking Nebraska over USC was an educated guess, while to me, Notre Dame being bad was an absolute. I believed the secondary wasn't better, the lines were worse, and the loss of the skill players was going to hurt more than anyone thought. And no, I didn't buy into the theory that Charlie Weis could take anyone and make them an immediate star. The Irish might turn it around, but over the first few weeks of the year, this was the one thing I got right.
Also right about: 2) Auburn being mediocre with no offensive playmakers, 3) Oklahoma's offensive line and secondary being the best in the nation, or in the top five, 4) BC being terrific, and 5) Purdue and Missouri being unstoppable

And dead-on wrong about … Michigan's offense making up for the defensive deficiencies

Set the dial to narcissistic. Missing picks and being wrong doesn't bother me, but being dumb, does. This was just flat-out, next level dumb. I never really believed in the Michigan defensive hype last year, and then ignored the obvious coming into this year. I assumed Chad Henne, Mike Hart, Mario Manningham and the boys would simply outbomb their way out of problems and would be right back in the BCS title hunt. And then, even after Appalachian State spread its way to a stunning win, I ignored the obvious again, even though I figured Oregon and its spread offense would provide problems.
Also wrong about: 2) Central Michigan picking up where 2006 left off, 3) the Texas linebacking corps being a sleeper unit and growing into something special, 4) Miami and Florida State taking a major leap forward (but I fall for this every year, and will do it again in 2008), and TCU being a juggernaut.

Richard Cirminiello      

Q: So far after three games, I was dead-on right about … Boston College.  Just a few weeks ago, I remember saying something about there being really good karma around the Beantown sports world, and that Matt Ryan and Boston College were poised to flourish in Jeff Jagodzinski’s first season at the school.  Through three weeks, the 3-0 Eagles, all wins in league games, are performing like the class of the ACC, and Ryan has parlayed a strong start into talk of a possible Heisman run.  As good as the Boston College offense has been, the defense has been even better, creating turnovers and shutting down opposing running games as well as anyone in the country.  With upcoming games against Army, Massachusetts, Bowling Green, and Notre Dame, the Eagles should be 7-0 and solidly into the top 10 by the time they visit Virginia Tech on Oct. 25.     

And dead-on wrong about … Oregon.  Okay, so it’s still too early to anoint the Ducks as one of this year’s mega-surprises, but I had them around 7-5 and in the middle of the Pac-10 which shows little sign of happening.  I also remember repeatedly dogging as a lost cause Dennis Dixon, who’s made that prediction look silly through the first three games of the season.   Dixon has played about as well as any quarterback in the country in blowouts of Houston, Michigan, and Fresno State, accounting for 841 yards and 10 touchdowns without turning the ball over.  If Dixon and that Oregon running game keep churning out 40 points a game, the Ducks have every opportunity to win 10 games and contend along for the spot behind USC in the conference pecking order.    

John Harris

Q: So far after three games, I was dead-on right about … Tim Tebow

I was dead-on right about Tim Tebow throwing the ball much better than people anticipated.  The kid did break all the Florida High School passing records while he was in high school (since broken by Robert Marve).  But, his motion this, his motion that, that’s all BS – Tebow finds open guys partly because he ran so well last year.  This Florida offense is scarier than heck because of his ability to throw the ball downfield, especially off of play action.

And dead-on wrong about … UCLA

I was dead-on wrong about UCLA being the number two team in the Pac-10.  This one is two-fold.  One, Cal and Oregon are far and away the next tier in this conference.  Two, UCLA is still a joke – giving up 30 points in the second half?!?  To a Utah team that had lost its starting QB and RB?!?  Why do I fall for this team nearly every year?  Second place is Oklahoma State – TROY?!?  No more chances for these two.

Matthew Zemek      

Q: So far after three games, I was dead-on right about …

3) Florida State. A shockingly large amount of people felt the Noles actually might contend in the ACC Atlantic. One coordinator does not an offense make.

2) UCLA. Can anyone explain why preseason hype was truly justified? Anyone who pumped up Karl Dorrell's club was engaging in wishful thinking. One rivalry game win (against USC) does not a program make.

1) Any of the several programs whom I criticized for unfairly and unwisely firing their coaches two to four seasons ago: Ole Miss, Syracuse, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh.

And dead-on wrong about …

3) South Carolina. I called them out, said they weren't ready to win. Then they beat Georgia in Athens.

2) Auburn. I didn't think they'd stink. With a senior quarterback?

1) Michigan. See Auburn, only exponentially more surprising. 

Michael Bradley

Q: So far after three games, I was dead-on right about … Alabama

As soon as Nick Saban showed up in Tuscaloosa, I knew the Crimson Tide was going to get it rolling. Even though its first three wins haven’t exactly been over the best competition, last Saturday’s comeback victory over Arkansas was huge and establishes ‘Bama as the main competition for LSU. Granted, that challenge may not be too stiff, but how do 9-10 regular-season wins and a Cotton Bowl berth sound to you?

And dead-on wrong about … Notre Dame
Notre Dame wasn’t winning any national titles in my mind, but 0-3 and no offensive touchdowns? Come on. This team looks destitute. Worse, it appears unable to bring the effort necessary to compete. Charlie Weis may be a “genius,” but he sure doesn’t look like he knows how to run a program. ND won’t lose 10 games, but it’s going to need a Herculean effort to reach .500.