Saturday’s College Football open thread

Let me remind everyone that SFN now has a chat room associated with the site. We don’t use that much, but I figure it would be a nice place for some of you to convene during the day.

There are some interesting games in the ACC today starting with Miami @ Virginia (that just kicked-off). I am probably most interested in Clemson’s visit to Boston College. I’m pulling for Dabo Swinney to make a nice run to end the year at Clemson. Dabo has done a lot of things right with alumni and students since taking over for Tommy Bowden; and reaching out to Danny Ford certainly doesn’t make him look bad. Today Swinney is trying avoid becoming the first Clemson coach to start his coaching career with two consecutive losses.

It is time for the ACC to start to revert to some natural order and for BC to take some steps toward their rightful place near the bottom of the league. It is almost reprehensible that, “Boston College is 3-0 against Clemson since joining the ACC. The Eagles could just as easily be 0-3. They won the 2005 game by three points, the 2006 game by a point and last year’s game by three. That’s three wins by seven total points, and two went into overtime.”

It is odd to note that Clemson’s last win over BC came in 1958.

As Giglio and Tysiac share, the ACC has definitely made some nice strides since a horrible opening weekend:

* After a miserable start, the ACC has improved to 11-7 against nonconference Bowl Championship Series opponents (including Notre Dame). Included in that record is a 4-0 mark against the Big 12.

* 10 ACC teams with a winning record, the most among BCS conferences.

In light of the league’s balance, if we could have avoided some of the inexcusable first couple of weeks of the season the conference’s balance would be earning more national respect. The computers typically account for depth and balance more than humans. Click this link for something that will surprise you. Heather Dinich has a little more in this link that is related.

App State walloped Wofford last night, but at least the absurd proclamations from the mighty midget’s fanbase has been more quiet this year. Kudos to the N&O for pointing out earlier in the year that Duke > App State.

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19 Responses to Saturday’s College Football open thread

  1. choppack1 11/01/2008 at 1:49 PM #

    UVa beating the U so far. This game should be over. But Miami’s defense, combined w/ missed FGs, have kept this game in reach for the Canes.

  2. Noah 11/01/2008 at 2:39 PM #

    Miami pulls it out in OT. UVa needed that one.

  3. LRM 11/01/2008 at 2:49 PM #

    Rock, paper, scissors to decide the Coastal.

  4. Trip 11/01/2008 at 4:42 PM #

    Florida’s about to turn their game into a blowout. Might be another championship-game year for UF if Texas loses today.

  5. Trip 11/01/2008 at 5:02 PM #

    Check that, Florida just turned it into a blowout. 35-3 almost in the 4th, and one of their 300 pound DT’s just grabbed a fumble, did a spin move and almost took it home for a touchdown.

  6. LRM 11/01/2008 at 5:28 PM #

    I estimate there must be no less than 20,000 FSU fans in Atlanta today.

  7. BJD95 11/01/2008 at 6:15 PM #

    Let’s hope Duke has a hangover after today’s tough loss. Maybe then we can pull off the upset.

    Wow, that was sickening to type.

    I will never understand how Florida lost to Ole Miss. They are really, really good.

  8. RabidWolf 11/01/2008 at 10:55 PM #

    Hows about those Red Raiders!!! Anytime Mack Brown loses is a good time!! Apparently 1:28 is waaaay too much time to leave on the clock in Lubbock.

  9. class of 74 11/02/2008 at 8:18 AM #

    Well I just saw the best team in the country today in UF. But then they run that inferior spread offense, so how good or smart can they be? Right Noah?

    And gosh then you have Texas Tech and look at that silly spread they run. With all those 6’6″ 330+ linemen Tech has, someone needs to tell them they are missing the boat by not running a pro I or twin back set.

    The facts seem pretty clear. If you have playmakers with good speed, like a UF or Texas Tech, the spread is a fantastic offense. Only once this season has anyone held either team to less than 30 points (UF26 Miami 3). If either team’s defense can hold the remaining opponents to under 27 points we could have a spread offense BCS championship game. How entertaining would that be? Let Penn State play USC in the Rose Bowl.

  10. Dr. BadgerPack 11/02/2008 at 12:41 PM #

    “I will never understand how Florida lost to Ole Miss. They are really, really good.”

    From some of the guys on the team I talked to– some individuals wanted to put together highlight reel plays. Others were in cruise control. Several guys just didn’t care.

    Of course, that isn’t going to happen again anytime soon.

    P.S. My Badgers suck.

  11. Greywolf 11/02/2008 at 2:47 PM #

    This is off the wall, but I get annoyed every time I see Audi Augustin wearing #11. That is so “Florida State.” Your’e a defensive lineman, Audi, take a number that fits your place on the TEAM not something that makes YOU stand out. Another reminder of the ‘look at me’ era.

  12. Slader4881 11/02/2008 at 10:23 PM #

    yeah Mario Williams was soo horrible for us when he was wearing #9….

  13. Greywolf 11/02/2008 at 11:39 PM #

    “yeah Mario Williams was soo horrible for us when he was wearing #9….”

    Did you not comprehend that the annoyance was about calling attention to yourself with your number, not your play and had nothing to do with how well or “horrible” the player played. I guess by your need to point out Mario wore #9 that you were in favor of self before team.

    I seriously doubt the walk-ons would be occupying the single digit numbers under Chuck.

  14. Noah 11/03/2008 at 9:11 AM #

    Well I just saw the best team in the country today in UF. But then they run that inferior spread offense, so how good or smart can they be? Right Noah?

    If they ran a conventional I-formation offense, they’d be undefeated and getting ready to defend their third straight national title.

    Instead, they pussy-foot around, dance in the backfield, fake it to the center who then does a pirouette before pulling to block the other team’s mascot and then goes out by the Chevy in the parking lot so Tebow can fake it to him…and then Tebow quick-kicks.

    Florida has superior personnel. Their offense is still the suck.

  15. Dr. BadgerPack 11/03/2008 at 9:21 AM #

    “If they ran a conventional I-formation offense, they’d be undefeated and getting ready to defend their third straight national title.”

    Nah. They don’t have enough tight ends left to run that offense this year. :)

    That description of the offense was hilarious. You forgot the post route by the Tackle-eligible however.

  16. Greywolf 11/03/2008 at 12:08 PM #

    If they pass GO, do they collect $200?

  17. class of 74 11/03/2008 at 1:46 PM #

    Noah,
    Yeah that Urban Meyer is a lunatic isn’t he? Hard to believe someone that accomplished could be that blind?

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but yours in this case is way off base. And if UF did not have to go through the yearly SEC meat grinder, and played a softer ACC schedule, I think their championships would probably double too.

  18. Noah 11/03/2008 at 8:41 PM #

    Yeah that Urban Meyer is a lunatic isn’t he? Hard to believe someone that accomplished could be that blind?

    No, he just runs a shitty offense. It was fine when he was outmanned at Utah, but now, he’s just setting himself up to be upset.

  19. class of 74 11/04/2008 at 7:31 AM #

    ^again opinion that facts can’t back up.

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