by Todd Helmick
September 20, 2007
59 Tennessee 20 - Sophomore Sling in Gainesville
knew in the preseason that Florida was a young football
team. But no one knew how good some of the second year
sophomores could be in such a big game including Urban
Meyer. The true sophomore trio of Tim Tebow, Percy Harvin
and Brandon James combined for 600 all-purpose yards
Tebow threw for 299 yards and two TDs passing; ran for
61 yards and two TDs
- Harvin had 75 yards rushing and 120 yards receiving
- James had 203 all-purpose yards including an 83-yard
punt return for a TD
told after the game about these accomplishments, "Did
they really?" coach Urban Meyer said. "Wow.
resurgence while Ohio State hides in the polls
QB Jake Locker looks to be the future for the Huskies
under the direction of Tyrone Willingham. Opponents
need to take notice of his running skills as Jake successfully
sets up most plays by implementing his feet first. However,
as expected for a young QB, his three interceptions
against a good Ohio State defense will have to improve.
On a similar note, the defensive minded Buckeyes may
have been underrated. Lest ye forget…Jim Tressel
can recruit and he can coach.
Dame Stat of The Month
media can continue to drill Charlie Weis for his lack
of getting the Irish to score an offensive TD, but here
is the stat of month: The Notre Dame ground attack has
attempted 100 carries for -14 yards.
Nick Saban or Major Applewhite
how the media loves a guy like Nick Saban, who takes
over a storied program like the one in Tuscaloosa. But
the real credit has to go to new offensive coordinator
Major Applewhite as his Bama attack put up some lofty
numbers in the last second win over Arkansas. Isn't
Saban supposed to be the defensive mind? The Crimson
Tide defense gave up 38 points and 450 yards of offense
to the Razorbacks.
Woodson moving on up to a deluxe draft pick in the sky
beat in-state rival and (then No. 9) ranked Louisville
Saturday. This was the Wildcats first win over a top
ten team in three decades. Woodson has now thrown 257
passes without an interception. The offensive skill
positions in Lexington are proving to be all they were
cracked up to be. To win in the SEC, the defense will
have to show more. They will find out this week as McFadden
and Company welcome UK to Fayetteville. Only time will
tell SEC fortunes with the Cats and the time is now.
Ryan For Heisman
senior Boston College signal caller threw for a career
best 435 yards in beating Georgia Tech on the road.
Through three games Ryan has amassed 1000 yards through
the air. The ACC finally has a QB being mentioned from
an NFL perspective and BC looks to be the best the ACC
has to offer at this point.
has holes that need filled
are not the kind of holes that are referred to from
a problematic standpoint. This reference has to do with
the kind of holes made for running backs to literally
walk through. With a new starter at center in true freshman
Kris O'Dowd, who had to take over as the starting center
when Matt Spanos was injured, USC blew open holes on
the Nebraska defense that were big enough for three
running backs holding hands to blow through. Either
the USC front line is that good or Nebraska, we have
Pride of Pennsylvania
Picking Penn State to win
the Big Ten does not seem so far fetched at this early
point of the season. The Nittany Lions are only giving
up a nation's best 17.7 yards rushing a game and a mere
0.6 yards per carry. The pass rush also has racked up
17 sacks, also tied for best in the nation. Senior QB
Anthony Morelli has thrown eight TDs to only one INT
against Florida International, Notre Dame and Buffalo.
Due to competition levels, everyone but ESPN’s
Kirk Herbstreit remains in a "wait and see"
looked good in a 17-13 defeat at the hands
of Michigan State considering redshirt freshman Kevan
Smith had to spell the injured Bill Stull at QB. Smith
went almost three full quarters before completing a
pass. However, Pitt can play defense and the running
game is solid...the best "old school" formula
offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh could have asked
Defensive About The Big East
Watch out, Cincinnati is a very good football team.
New head coach Brian Kelly has this ball hawk defense
playing as if 13 players were on the field. Anyone traveling
into the confines of Nippert Stadium better be careful.
That includes Louisville and West Virginia.
The Sooners were selected in the NationalChamps.net
Preseason Unit Rankings as having the No. 1 rated offensive
line and the No. 1 rated defensive backs. No one had
OU slated as a team worthy of playing for all the BCS
marbles due to a freshman playing QB and RB. The youngster
under center, Sam Bradford, ranks third nationally in
pass-efficiency rating and already has the two longest
streaks of consecutive pass completions (22 and 21)
in school history. The youngster carrying the pigskin,
DeMarco Murray, is legitimate according to Tulsa's (Sooners
next opponent) coach Todd Graham, "They had Adrian
Peterson the last time we played, and I don't know if
they've dropped off at running back."
and Tuberville Battle For The Bottom
Most felt Mississippi State was in for another long
season after their debut on national television versus
LSU. QB Michael Henig and the Bulldog offense looked
the same as before, basically in SEC hot water. Then
Brandon Cox and the Auburn offense, full of holes and
question marks, arose to steal the title of the worst
offense in the SEC after getting beat at Jordan Hare
stadium by none other than…Mississippi State.
The Texas Longhorns are eighth in the Big 12 in scoring
(30.0 points per game), eighth in passing (240.3 yards
per game), seventh in rushing (174.0) and eighth in
total offense (414.3). The real problem stems from the
fact that two of the Horn's opponents have been Arkansas
State and UCF with both games going down to the wire.
Defense Taking A Nap In Annapolis
Navy's streak of eight or more wins over the last four
seasons is in jeopardy. The Middies still possess the
nation's No. 1 rushing attack per usual. The problem
is the nation's No. 93 ranked defense. The triple option
is a masterful offensive design by head coach Paul Johnson
for neutralizing the opponents overwhelming team speed,
size and athletic ability Navy faces. Defense cannot
be so easily disguised.
Oklahoma State traveled to Troy on Friday night. Apparently,
none of the current players stepped off the bus, at
least not mentally. This Cowboy team was originally
though to be a true sleeper in the Big 12 South race
led by QB Bobby Reid. He has been benched and this OSU
ball club looks totally lost in the shuffle. The beat
down Georgia put on this team to open the season does
not look so overwhelming at this point.
Syracuse looks like the worst BCS football team in 2007.
This depleted defense would have a hard time matching
up with most Division I-AA teams.
The Florida State woeful offense continues to raise
questions about the talent level in Tallahassee. The
Noles are 10 of 44 on third down conversions thus far
in '07, worse than Notre Dame. Only four other schools
have a lower rate. The receivers are having a difficult
time getting open and catching passes. Consider this...receivers
Fred Rouse, Lorne Sam and TE Brandon Warren were once
top rated recruits for Bobby Bowden and would likely
be starting if they were still wearing the Garnet and
Gold. Rouse and Sam are now at UTEP and Warren moved
back home to Tennessee.
Was UCLA really the No. 11 team in the polls heading
into Utah to take on the injury riddled Utes last Saturday?
The 44-6 beating placed on the Bruins only proves that
Karl Dorrell's team will have to continue to live off
of the reputation built by upsetting USC last December
while knocking the Trojans out of the BCS title race.