Tuesday, November 14, 2006
#1 Ohio State 54 Northwestern 10
Nothing here to comment about, the win preserves the showdown in C-Bus for Saturday. Wait, theres a game this weekend for the Buckeyes? Is it a home game? Who they playing?
#2 Michigan 34 Indiana 3
No comment on the game, time to get to the Shoe and prove that Ron English and his defense are for real.
#3 Louisville 25 #15 Rutgers 28
A very exciting Thursday night game that Rutgers showed a lot of heart in coming back from an early 25-7 deficit. I don't want to extrapolate anything out of this game for the Scarlet Knights except it was a great win for the program in a feature game and one really has to respect what coach Greg Schiano is doing with that program.
#4 Texas 42 Kansas State 45
One of the upsets of the weekend that looks like a shock if only the score is analyzed. Losing standout QB Colt McCoy in the 1st quarter was the one turning point in this contest. Backup QB Jevan Snead stepped in, but as goes Colt so goes the Longhorns hopes of a title defense.
#5 Auburn 15 Georgia 37
I was completely wrong with my assesment of this SEC matchup. Georgia has found their QB of the future in Matthew Stafford, and Auburn coach Tube had better find himself a future QB too. Tigers QB Brandon Cox has a great on and off field story but has regressed in his time at Auburn.
#7 USC 35 Oregon 10
The real highlight of this game was the challenge of a play by USC fist-pumping coach Petey Carroll that was won and the rechallenge of Carroll's challenge by Oregon coach Mike Belloti that he im turn won. Petey's reaction was one that would make coach Weiss proud. The door is open for the Trojans to return to the BCS title game now and I for one do not care for that prospect.
#8 Cal 20 Arizona 24
I basically called this out, wording this as a "trap" game for the Golden Bears, but still felt they could find a way to squeak out a road victory heading into the showdown at the Coliseum with USC. Cal QB Nate Longshore had other plans throwing a perplexing pick-six to Wildcat CB Antoine Cason. Iam still hanging on to the fact that not only is the Cal defense not that great, but the preseason loss of standout CB/PR Tim Mixon is affecting defensive performance more than many will let on. CB Daymeion Hughes had one interception in this game to increase his season total to 9 but was robbed of a second that would have negated an Arizona TD that may well have allowed Cal to survive. I still think Cal finds a way to bounce back and beat the Trojans Saturday.
#11 Arkansas 31 Tennessee 14
Arkansas is a win away from the SEC Title game appearance and they have definately hit their stride. RB Darren McFadden displayed his versatility by lining up at QB and throwing a TD pass and also running in a score off of a shotgun snap.
#14 Boise State 23 San Jose State 20
The Broncos have had past issues in San Jose (won a 56-49 shootout in OT in 2004) but continue to exert their dominance over the WAC. Although they play close games against lesser competition at times, like all good teams they find a way to win in whatever fashion necessary. The question following this victory is the health of all-everything RB Ian Johnson who had a rib injury versus the Spartans.
#18 Wake Forest 30 Florida State 0
This is no typo, Wake is the class of the ACC with Maryland right behind and the Demon Deacons dominated the Seminoles. When will embattled FSU Offensive Coordinator Jeff Bowden resign? How about Tuesday, its as good a day as any.
#19 Georgia Tech 7 North Carolina 0
The Tar Heels came into this game with newfound confidence following a loss to Notre Dame. They performed well in a super-exciting game nobody got excited enough to watch.
#24 Texas A&M 27 Nebraska 28
Coach Fran has lost his last two home games by a total of 2 points. Its just too bad there wasn't a rule that the Aggies could bring out the "12th" man to help in pass coverage during the 4th quarter of home games.