For the second week in a row, VPI highlights the TV schedule. This time though, itâ€™s Miami whoâ€™s heading into Blacksburg, and theyâ€™re doing it as an underdog. The athletes the Hurricanes are bringing are nothing like VPI has seen this season on offense or defense, and the unusual position as underdogs should benefit the Canes.
The other big ones this week are Wisconsin versus Penn St., where the winner likely at least ties for the conference championship. Tennessee at ND also looks to be an interesting game. ND has only faced one decent defense, Michigan, who held them to 244 yards. Tennessee actually matches up pretty well with ND bringing their 12th ranked defense versus NDâ€™s 9th ranked offense and their 99th ranked offense versus NDâ€™s 96th ranked defense. The thing to keep in mind is that even without Riggs, Tennessee has more talent than Notre Dame on both sides of the ball. The Irish do have a huge advantage at QB, which could be the key to the game. The firing of Randy Sanders should also help the Vols.
The Love Fest Continues.
Never has one game had such a great influence on perceptions in college football as the USC/OU Orange Bowl. Despite pumping up USC throughout 2004 in no small part to make up for the Trojans being â€œleft outâ€? in 2003, few people may remember that most media types actually reverted and picked OU to win the Orange Bowl over USC last January. Of course, they were very wrong, and now, the USC hype machine is out of control.
CFN for one has taken this Trojan Love Fest to the extreme and now thinks USC should have won the national title in 2002 as well. Does anyone remember how good Miami (34 game winning streak) and Ohio St. were than year? They also just assume that the Trojans would have beat LSU and their #1 defense in 2003 with â€œtoo much offenseâ€? as well as Auburn in 2004. CFN was guilty of the revert as well. Their 2005 Orange Bowl prediction: OU 26 â€“ USC 13. Surprisingly, even CFN stopped short of going back to 2001 to award a 6-6 Trojan team the national title.
A note about LSU in 2003. While the Trojanâ€™s top two receivers from 2003 are having pedestrian careers in the NFL, virtually every player, including key backups, from LSUâ€™s national title defense is either contributing to an NFL team or still playing for the Tigers. Two of the three NFL corners from that LSU team are starting in the NFL and the third may be the best of the three. I guess Nick Saban is not a good enough defensive coach to stop USC and their â€œtoo much offenseâ€? even with all the NFL talent Saban had in 2003.
Weis versus Willingham
This has been covered in many places, but is a 5 â€“ 2 record with one win over a ranked team and a defense ranked amongst the worst in the country worthy of a 10 year 30 or 40 million dollar contract? Apparently. But donâ€™t forget, Ty started out 8-0.