Now that's What I Call a Football Weekend
Well what a great weekend of football!! The two SEC games were both nail-biters and there were plenty of other games that were close. So far this was the best weekend of football yet this year. Auburn will still remain my #1 team as they beat LSU 7-3. The game was much more exciting than the score showed. LSU seemed to be able to move the ball between the 20's but never could materialize a score. The game did mark the end of Kenny Irons' heisman hopes. He finished below 80 yards for the 2nd week in a row, but I am sure he doesn't mind as long as Auburn keeps winning.
Michigan pulled the shocker of the day beating up on Notre Dame. To be honest Michigan did not impress me the first two weeks because of a lack of a passing game. The offensive line gave Henne tons of time to find Mario Manningham 3 times in the first half for TDs. Maybe the Irish defense isn't as stout as they thought. Offensively Brady Quinn put up some nice numbers but had 3 interceptions and some of them came at key points of the game. The Irish have another undefeated team this week as they will travel to East Lansing to play the Michigan State Spartans. The same Spartans that beat the Irish last year in South Bend and planted their flag in the middle of the field. Don't think Charlie Weis will let them forget that.
Speaking of Michigan State, they did not look good in the first quarter against Pitt but spouted out 38 straight points to beat the Panthers in Pittsburgh. We will find out this week if they are for real against Notre Dame. Chris Leak against silenced his critics by leading Florida to a comeback victory in Tennessee. He will be in my top 5 for the Heisman when I place my CSTV votes.
Another team that was really impressive Saturday was Louisville but before we get too high on them we might want to look at Miami. The Canes did not look good against Florida State and we have seen the Seminoles struggle two weeks in a row. So before we get all high on Louisville lets look at the quality of the teams they played not just the name value.
Oregon came back to beat Oklahoma even though Peterson had over 200 yards rushing for the Sooners. Dennis DIxon looked good at QB for the Ducks but this game was not without a controversial calls. It amazes me that the replay officials did not see the illegal touching before the 10 yards. I can understand the refs not seeing it because it happens so fast but replay is suppose to make up for that. That is NOT the reason the Sooners lost but it did not help any. Either way the Ducks looked good and will challenge USC for the top spot in the Pacific 10.
Finally Nittany Lion fans should not be happy with their team's performance on Saturday. Yes they did win by a hefty margin but the score was 0-0 going into the 2nd quarter. The coaching staff did not learn from their mistakes against Notre Dame and let the Penguins complete the short passes over the middle all day. Anthony Morelli had his worst game to date, throwing into double coverage and missing open receivers. It also amazes me that the coaching staff thinks they are tricking people every time they line up Derrick Williams in the backfield. All 100,000 people in attendance know he is getting the ball. Why not get him the ball as a WR and not worry about all these trick plays. If they want any chance in beating Ohio State this weekend they must improve on both ends of the ball or it will be a long day in Columbus.