I think I set a world record for football watching today. Thanks to Gameplan and having two TVs sitting next to each other (it's a sickness), I watched at least a substantial portion (more than half) of the following games: Michigan/EMU, Syracuse/Virginia, Ohio State/SDSU, Notre Dame/MSU, BC/FSU, Florida/Tennessee, UNC/Wisconsin, Vanderbilt/Ole Miss, USC/Arkansas.
I also caught at least a portion of: Pittsburgh/Nebraska, Clemson/Miami, Indiana/Kentucky, Oregon/Fresno State, UCLA/Oklahoma, and WVU/Maryland. That's a substantial portion of nine games, and 15 games total. I saw little snippets of other games (Iowa/Northern Iowa, Army/Baylor and a few others) but those don't really count.Crazy stuff
- Urban Meyer goes for it on 4th-and-1 from his own 44, doesn't make it... and Tennessee can't capitalize (thanks to a correctly overturned call and a blocked field goal). Right then, you know UT was D-U-N.
- Phil Fulmer looks like a fat orange creamsicle in his shirt. That's not a good look on anyone.
- The "WTF?" scores of the night: Tulsa 54, North Texas 2 (in Denton). That one was actually 2-2 at one point. Patrick Cobbs went for 98 yards on 17 carries, but Jamario Thomas had only 13 yards on 7 carries. Does this somehow validate Laurence Maroney and Minnesota's performance against the Golden Hurricane a couple weeks ago? No, but it helps. The other one that I kept watching with morbid fascination finished: Cincinnati 7, Western Carolina 3. That must have been a doozy.
- An honorable mention "WTF?" score goes to San Diego State 6, OSU 0 with 14:49 left in the first. After netting 80 yards on their first play, and the Aztecs got 99 the rest of the afternoon.
- Buffalo finally scored. After 10 scoreless quarters, the Bulls kicked a field goal in the third quarter against Rutgers.
- Oregon's uniforms
. I mean... my god. They look like something you'd see in an over-the-top football movie. But even then you'd say they were too garish to be real. They wore neon yellow pants with neon yellow jerseys with green sleeves and green helmets. I've seen them before, but didn't remember how hideous they were.Spectacular Finishes
At one point late in the 3:30 games, I was flipping around between three classic finishes in-the-making. ND/MSU went to OT, Nebraska/Pitt was settled on a bizarre sequence involving a field goal try at the gun, and Clemson and Miami went to three OTs.
- Clemson should have won in regulation. The Tigers were down 3 with about 20 seconds to play and Charlie Whitehurst had a guy painfully
open in the end zone. He overshot him and they had to settle for a tying FG by Jad Dean (second to Jim Bob Cooter in the "this guy must
be from the south with that name" contest). Miami won in triple-OT.
- I know Michigan State's defense isn't good, but there's just no way you should let a guy like Brady Quinn go off for 487 yards and five touchdowns. He couldn't throw it 10 yards down the field last week against Michigan, and he's David Klingler this week? Come on. That being said, Drew Stanton is a scary, scary dude to see out there. I'm not looking forward to his visit to Columbus, even against that stout Buckeye D.
- How was it not intentional grounding on the Pitt kicker on the next-to-last play of that game? If you missed it, he caught a high snap on what was supposed to be a field goal try. He just heaved one straight down the field and it fell incomplete. He was not outside the tackle box and there were no Panthers downfield (or within 20 yards of where the pass fell). I was waiting for a flag that never came. It ended up being moot because his ensuing kick was blocked. 7-6? The Bill Callahan era has been a thriller in Lincoln, hasn't it? Coverage and General Thoughts
- I normally love listening to Gary Thorne call a game (especially hockey). But he was absolutely terrible during the OSU/SDSU game. For one thing, he kept calling SDSU "San Diego"-- I think he got the name of the school correct about three times all game. That's fine, I figured out who he was talking about, but there is another school called "San Diego", that's completely separate from San Diego State. This drove me insane. He called the Buckeyes "Ohio" a couple times too. He was also 2-3 yards off on spots a lot, mispronounced guys' names all game and botched something else (an interpretation of a penalty or something-- I forget now) that had me screaming at my TV. I also could have done without the repeated references to Ryan Hamby's hate mail (either Thorne or the color guy said something about "the whole state of Ohio won't let him forget", when in reality Hamby got a handful of letters at the most), and his dismissing the crowd's cheers when Hamby caught a pass as being sarcastic. As I mentioned, I watched an awful lot of games, but Thorne was the only announcer that made me want to hit the mute button.
- The score ticker on CBS (during the Tennessee-Florida game) was a good 15 minutes behind the ticker on ESPN. I would see scores as final on ESPN, flip around a bit, end up on CBS and see the same game posted as having 5 minutes left. Is it that hard to keep those up to date? Really?
- Gameplan raped me again. In week one, I missed the first quarter and a half of the OSU game because they couldn't get the signal working. Today, the Buckeye game was blacked out on Gameplan because it was on the local ABC station. But when the local affiliate switched away from the game with five minutes to play, it was still blacked out on Gameplan. So I spent $100 to ensure that I wouldn't miss games and I've now missed parts of two. Douchebags.
- Maybe NBC can find a way to make their scoreboard at the bottom of the screen a little harder to read. Smaller font, maybe? Smoosh it down even lower on the screen? What the hell's wrong with putting it in the upper corner of the screen?
- Can we just agree on one common system for the 1st down line? Don't get me wrong, I love it-- frankly, it's the only TV sports development of the last 10 years that I give a crap about-- but it's a little disorienting when you flip back and forth between games.
ABC and ESPN don't identify the line of scrimmage and just use a yellow line at the first down mark.
CBS uses a blue line for the line of scrimmage and a yellow line for the first down.
TBS uses a red line for the line of scrimmage and a yellow line for the first down.
Jefferson Pilot doesn't identify the line of scrimmage and uses a purple line for the first down.
I'm pretty sure someone (ABC, maybe?) changes their first down line to red on fourth downs.
I don't really give a crap what color everyone makes it. Can we just make it consistent, please?
- I'm officially on the Vanderbilt bandwagon. I got totally sucked into their game with Ole Miss today, and am rooting hard for them to make a bowl game. They're 3-0 right now, and probably should be 5-0 in a couple weeks (home dates with Richmond and Middle Tennessee await). After that, they only need to win one of their last six games (LSU, Georgia, @ South Carolina, @ Florida, Kentucky, @ Tennessee) to make a bowl. If they can't win home games against Richmond, MTSU and Kentucky, they don't deserve to go bowling.
- Wisconsin is a pretty solid team all around. Good rushing game, good defense, pretty good special teams. But good lord... the thought of John Stocco throwing it with the game on the line must make Badger fans vomit up their cheese and brats and cheese. Singling out the quarterback is almost always oversimplifying things, but in this case I think it's fair. He's the only reason I don't think next week's game against Michigan is a "likely" win. (Translation: I'm not saying that I don't think they'll win.)