Things That Make You Go, HMM
Sun Belt err..Conference USA..(HT Middle Tennessee Scout board readers) Alabama-Birmingham for three quarters before pulling it out, with the troubles in South Bend and Ann Arbor, Bobby Bowden is getting ignored. He won't be much longer.
I wonder if you took a poll this morning in the dorm lounges in Ann Arbor about who had the worst weekend between Lloyd Carr and Brittney Spears, if the embattled singer would still win.
While Spears was giving another all-American moment last night at the revamped MTV Video Music Awards, Carr and his Wolverine's were still trying to circle the wagons after one of the worst national television beating the school has ever seen. While getting tattooed by Oregon is a bit different that getting beat by a lower division school, or looking like trash in fishnets (the Brittney video is on youtube), it was painfully obvious that not much was learned from Michigan's loss to Appalachian State last weekend. For the second straight week, the Wolverines were not prepared to play. When you lose by 32, you probably weren't going to win anyway. The fact remains, however, that this team cannot really be as bad talent wise as they have shown. I'm looking at the coaching staff as a major problem.
When the final gun sounded Saturday evening, the vaunted Michigan offense had given up 624 net yards. You can hear Charlie Weis breathing easier already.
Speaking of Notre Dame, they have as many rushing yards after two games as I do, zero. While there were parts of Notre Dame's game that had shown improvement from week 1 to week 2, the offensive line is truly horrible and Weis called nothing for true freshman quarterback, Jimmy Clausen, that was remotely risky. Whether it is fair or not, calls for Weis' head will start if they lose to Michigan on Saturday, the first time that both these schools have ever started the season, 0-2.
Penn State looks close to their form two seasons ago that got them a BCS bid. The defense ws solid and the offense loked much more comfortable than last year. Wisconsin and Ohio State will determine the fate of all three.
Whle the SEC may be going through a "down" year with Auburn losing to South Florida at Jordan-Hare Saturday night, let's not overlook how strong the Big East has become. West Virginia looks unstoppable, Louisville is still throwing passes, Rutgers looks like they did last year, and Cincinnati received points in both the major polls this week. It may not be the gritty hard nosed defensive football we are used to seeing in the Big 10 and SEC, but like their counterparts on the west coast, the Pac-10, don't let these pinball offenses fool you into thinking that they can't play at a top level. South Florida got over a major hump in the development of their program by scoring a win in Auburn. These boys are good.
One more SEC point, LSU is being penciled in by some for the National Championship game. While throttling Virginia Tech, 48-7, Saturday night, it's fair to say that the Hokies were a bit overrated going in. The Hokies started the season behind the eight ball with all the attention and added pressure that came from the shootings. They looked tentative against East Carolina in the opening week and were flat out steam rolled in Baton Rouge. The Hokies will be a top 25 team this year, they are a good team in a weak conference, but they weren't the stern test that LSU will have to rise above if they want to spend the second week of 2008 in New Orleans.
By the way, watch out for Boston College, 2-0 already in the ACC. Expect more bad stories from Seminoleland, the Seminoles trailed