Bad chicken and writer's block, a bad combination.
How many games has Charlie Weis won by his brains this season? By my count, three. Down four, under three minutes, Weis looked unflappable as his play calls, perfectly executed by Brady Quinn by the way, led to the winning score. Certainly having UCLA stop playing the las two minutes helped a great deal, but it's clear that the Irish believe in Weis and rise to the occasion. This isn't a knock on Quinn, who certainly rose to the challenge yesterday, but Weis, from his days with the Patriots, knows how to press the right buttons and get performance. It was Quinn's bet play of the season. If you are wondering, Georgia Tech and Michigan State are the other two.
Speaking of Sparty, I don't think that yesterday's record-setting comeback against woeful Northwestern saves his job. The fact they were down by 35 tells a lot. Yes, they scored 38 in the second half to win, absolutely incredible, but they were down 35-3 to a school that lost a home game to I-AA New Hampshire, and a game to in-state rival Illinois. Smith has choked away bigger games. Let's not get gushy on Sparty, they got incredibly lucky. Drew Stanton will own Sunday afternoons for the next 15 years, by the way.
When West Virginia and Louisville pound Rutgers, let me know. I'm flip-flopping again and will have WVU over Louisville in my Top Ten, as struggling with Syracuse is not a good sign. Rutgers will beat one of these teams, I'm not sure who.
All those who don't think Texas will be a BCS finalist next season are excused. Can Colt McCoy get flustered? His first game out of Texas sees snow in Ocober, but he doesn't throw a pick and Texas wins. The kid has got moxie, not that nasty stuff in a bottle either.
We'd like to thank Georgia Tech and Oregon for playing the BCS game. We have some lovely parting gifts including the home game, where you will watch Clemson and Cal play in the BCS.
Duke nearly beat Miami. Restores my faith in humanity.
We'll leave it there.
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