Monday, October 3, 2011

College Football Week 6

Observations from a weekend that allowed me to get caught up on College Football from my couch:

  • Virginia has become a forgotten team. Over the weekend the Cavaliers needed overtime to beat the Idaho Vandals. An ACC team with the tradition of Virginia shouldn't have so much trouble with a team like Idaho at home. This will be the beginning of a very long year.
  • June Jones is quickly taking another down program to the top of its conference. Coming from Hawaii where the Rainbow or Warriors achieved a BCS bowl birth against Georgia in New Orleans, Jones has had the most success at SMU since the boosters stopped paying for their athletes.
  • On October 8th the two best teams from the Big XII square off at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. Oklahoma has handled their non-conference schedule, but this will be their fist outing with a conference opponent. And Mack Brown has shown improvement with his Longhorn squad. Oklahoma will likely be the favorite from the boys in Vegas.
  • The Big Ten have a great team, but how difficult will it be for the Badgers to get the elusive wins to finish unbeaten? A difficult road trip to East Lansing and Columbus will define how good the Badgers are.
  • And I've never bought into Clemson. They are a team that can't live up to expectations and I can't figure out how they get high pre-season ratings. But the road win over Virginia Tech should make me a believer. Not yet. The ACC is a conference they should win if they are as good as last Saturday showed. And not only should they win it, but win it convincingly. I'm still waiting to jump on that bandwagon.

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