The perfect example of why any serious college football fan simply MUST have ESPN Gameplan – the fact that ABC showed the USC/Arizona State showdown to only a tiny sliver of the national broadcast audience. And it wasn’t like there were other compelling choices that ABC simply had to show – middle America got pedestrian Iowa State/Nebraska and Penn State/Minnesota matchups (yes, their records were good, but does anyone really care?). Even worse, the entire eastern seaboard (including North Carolina) got a terrible, lopsided Syracuse/FSU matchup. Simply inexcusable. Put simply, ESPN Gameplan is the best $100 you will ever spend.
Rant aside – what a game. USC has incredible resilience, and they can beat you so many different ways. I also liked seeing the Trojan defense pressure ASU QB Sam Keller in the last 2 minutes, rather than laying back and making the Sun Devils one onside kick away from a real chance at victory. Take note, coaches of America.
The night games on the main channels all sucked (ND spanking fraudulent Purdue, Auburn woodshedding Visor Boy, Oklahoma surprisingly smashing Kansas State), so I spent an unexpected amount of time watching MTSU/Vandy on Gameplan. Now, alot of bubbles burst on Saturday (Baylor, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota), but none quite as spectacularly as Vandy. Only Vandy could find a way to avoid its first 5-0 start in nearly 50 years by losing to an 0-3 doormat like Middle Tennessee State. And find a way they did. So, you probably won’t see Vandy in a bowl after all, which is a good sign for all of us who aren’t ready to witness the Apocalypse just yet.