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Football Thoughts 11-5-18

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on November 8, 2018

This was billed as a “shake out” weekend in college football, a weekend when titans would face off and shake the football rankings, but it turned out to go pretty much to form, with very few disturbances at all. More like a wimp out weekend.

There were a few upsets. Unranked Arizona State upset #15 Utah, who all the sportscasters were raving about until the Utes laid this egg. Mizzou upset #11 Florida, and Purdue upset #16 Iowa, although having already beaten #10 Ohio State the week before, should Purdue’s win even be considered an upset?

The most staggering upset was Auburn’s 28 to 24 victory over #20 Texas A&M. The Aggies had this game comfortably in the bag until the last three minutes, when they suffered a complete collapse. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like it, and I think only the Aggies could have pulled off turning sure victory into humiliating defeat.

But for the most part things went as expected. #6 Georgia brought #9 Kentucky down to earth. #5 Michigan beat up on the perennially overrated #14 Penn State.

The “fake news” of the weekend had to do with the game between #4 Notre Dame and unranked Northwestern. Hypesters would have you believe that Northwestern was a threat to Notre Dame, which is ludicrous. Notre Dame, which I also think is overrated, won easily by 10 points.

By far the best game of the weekend, and the only one to live up to the billing, was #13 West Virginia’s win over #17 Texas 42 to 41. It was a terrific game.

But the real loser over the weekend was the officiating. It was on average terrible, and in particular in the Big XII games. Ironically, the worst officiated game was the great one between Texas and West Virginia.

The refs apparently forgot who and what the fans came to see. They insinuated themselves into the game and against both sides. If I were the supervisor of referees for the Conference, I would sit this crew down for a week at a minimum and let them think about what their job is.

UCF deserves a comment. They won again and remain undefeated, using the philosophy that head coach Josh Huepel learned from his mentor Mike Leach, i.e., score a lot of  points and don’t worry about defense, because UCF doesn’t have one. It is one of the two reasons UCF cannot get into the playoffs (which may also be OU’s problem), the other being strength of schedule. UCF doesn’t play anyone, and the way they are playing now, they may have trouble finding someone who wants to.

My beloved Sooners won a shootout over Texas Tech 51 to 46. I’m uncertain what to take away from this game. OU was able to hang a half a hundred on Texas Tech, and they had to overcome great adversity to do it.

Unfortunately, much of the adversity was self-inflicted. Tyler Murray threw two interceptions in the first eight minutes of the game, both near his own end zone, giving Tech an early, easy 14-point lead.

Throughout their catch-up, Oklahoma tripped over itself with penalties, miscues, even stupider penalties and poor clock management. Plus, the defense took a step backward against a good passing team.

I’m still thinking OU can outscore anybody, which would indicate they can win out. However, there are also hints that they could find a way to beat themselves with serious mistakes at a disastrous time. Think Texas.

And even if they do win out, I’m not sure the committee will jump Oklahoma, with its porous defense, over some teams ahead of them. It could be touch and go. The committee might find OU’s offense too good a draw to keep out of the playoffs. We’ll see.

I was wrong when I wrote that I thought the Dallas Cowboys could beat the Tennessee Titans at home, but that it still probably meant they would end up with a 7-9 record. The Cowboys couldn’t beat the Titans – not even close – so now I’m thinking they are going to end up 6-10. Oh, well, there’s something to be said for high draft choices.

The Cowboys were pathetic, apathetic, and every other kind of tic. They stank on ice, and if they ever had a game plan, it never became evident, and it certainly wasn’t effective.

I’ve said all I can say about this incompetent coaching staff, but now I have to call out the owner, who has let this mediocrity carry on for much, much too long. I thought I saw light dawn on Jerry Jones’ face from his box as he watched his team embarrass itself, and him. His ego has kept him from admitting his mistakes.  Maybe his bruised ego – he could hear Boos coming from the stands – will cause him to take some action, though it is too late for this season.

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