Friday, September 22, 2006

Looking Over the Slate

I immensely enjoyed our game last night. I had not seen us beat UVA since I got here, so seeing us destroy them was great. Even better was seeing Calvin Johnson hit in-strike over the I also liked the 70's unis. What a night. The only thing better would be a win at VPI next week, giving us our best win so far and putting us in the driver's seat for the division.

Poor Virginia, though. I don't think they're the best oppenent we've beaten this year - I think Troy could probably take them by a touchdown or two. Did you see their "passing offense"? That guy made Reggie look positively awesome (Reggie's never been as bad as that guy was). I think my brother summed it up best: "These guys couldn't score against air." The UVA QB threw everywhere but at his receivers, and in the off chance he actually got it to them, I think they were so surprised they just dropped it.

Our receivers are okay this year - we're lining up playmaker Rashaun Grant in the slot and have shown depth behind Calvin. Our running game could use some work, though - I like that we're trying to use the option, but Reggie pitches too soon and Choice seems to have trouble turning the corner and running upfield.

Our kickoff coverage still sucks, but it's getting better.

I'll now try to sum up all of Saturday's games that will be on TV, since for the first time I'll actually be able to watch them all. Onward!
Noon games:
  • UNC @ Clemson (ACC regional): Watch one of the many trainwreck ACC teams this year get destroyed by Clemson.
  • Colorado @ UGA (SEC regional): About the only way Colarado wins is if Ralphie gets loose and tramples the entire UGA team. Additionally, as a Tech fan, I'm conflicted by who to root for here, by which I mean, should I root against UGA (and for CU), or just not watch it all. The latter seems a better option.
  • Cincinatti @ VPI&SU (ESPNU): Virginia Tech wins again. Over/under on unsportsman like penalties in this game is approximately 15 for both teams.
  • Wisconsin @ UMich (ESPN): Michigan cruises again. Man, the games today suck, but I think I already elaborated on that.
  • Minnesota @ Purdue (ESPN2): I always enjoy rooting for Purdue. They're the Big Ten's version of Georgia Tech: an engineering school focused on academics. Tech has a better football history, of course, but hey.
  • Louisville @ Kansas St. (FSN): Petrino-ball continues.
3:30 games:
  • Penn St. @ Ohio St. (ABC): Is this really the best game available at this time slot for ABC? Since the alternative is another likely blowout (ISU @ Texas), probably.
  • Alabama @ Arkansas (CBS): Go Razorbacks!
  • Rice @ FSU (ESNPU): Why? Maybe FSU's offense will look good for the first time this year.
  • Arizona St. @ Cal (FSN): The game isn't at ASU, so there probably won't be much to look at here. Cal probably wins.
Everything else:
  • WVU @ Eastern Carolina (4:30, ESPN2): Yarr! ECU loses, though. At least WVU's offense is fun to watch.
  • UCLA @ Washington (7:00, TBS): UCLA dares to find out if it is indeed harder to "push across" U-Dub's "line than to pass the Dardenelles." And yes, I know where and what the Darndenelles are.
  • Miami (OH) @ Syracuse (7:00, ESPNU): Everyone hates it, but I think Otto the Orange is an awesome mascot.
  • USF @ Kansas (7:00, FSN): FSN continues on their parade of crappy Big 12 teams against Big East oppenents. Neither KSU or KU will win, likely.
  • UK @ UF (7:45, ESPN): I'd be a lot more interested if this were a contest between each schools' basketball team.
  • ND @ Mich. St. (8:00, ABC): I'd prefer Notre Dame lose most of the time, and I still sorta do. But if they build up another winning streak, they'll a) make us look better and b) build up some momentum heading into Los Angeles. I think they're the ones with a chance of beating USC this year.
  • NCSU @ BC (8:00, ESPN2): Watch Chuck Amato continue his quest to get fired!
That's all, folks. Also, Tito, I hope the Harris Poll voters thing the same way the AP guys do. And if your schedule is better, then the computers will help you out. If those two things happen, then you'll be ahead of USC in 2 of the 3 polls. Also, while USC may play more ranked teams than you guys, if you beat both UGA and UF you should gain ground in the coach's poll, and you're only down by 60 votes to begin with. (Hopefully, that will also be UF's only loss - I'd, of course, like to see UGA lose at every oppruntunity.)

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