September 28, 2009

The Mourning After: Week 4

It's kind of hard to argue that this college football season is going to end up like the 2007 college football season. After last Saturday when four top-ten team lost(Ole Miss, Miami, Cal, and Penn St.), this season is shaping up to be just like the 2007 season.

Think back to the 2007 season. LSU started the season as the number one ranked team in the nation. LSU lost twice that year and still made it to the national championship game. Remember the controversy over who was going to play them? USC was the most likely choice, but they lost at home to UCLA on the last weekend, thus opening the door for Ohio St. to make their way to the national championship game. The 2007 season also featured many upsets within the top-ten. And so far, the 2009 season is shaping up to be identical to the 2007 season.

Already so far Oklahoma, USC, Cal, Penn St., Ole Miss, and Miami have all lost while being ranked in the top-ten. Injuries will also play out for the rest of the season.

Injuries have already affected both Oklahoma and USC as both teams have lost their starting quarterbacks to injury. Florida may be without Tim Tebow who suffered a concussion against Kentucky this weekend.

Florida though has a bye week, before they have to travel to LSU. Maybe Tebow can recover in time to play that weekend, but he will still be affected by that injury. Head injuries are very serious and Tebow's looked serious as ESPN camera's caught Tebow vomiting on the sideline's on Saturday. Will Tebow be the same after that injury? Who knows. But it has given this season even more intrigue.

Falling Apart?: After a weird offseason in Lubbock which saw Texas Tech almost fire Mike Leach over a contract dispute, the season has become even stranger. Tech allowed Houston to make a 95-yard game-winning touchdown drive. And then things got weird.

On Sunday it was announced that Leach had suspended offensive lineman and captain Brandon Carter. You might recognize Carter as the player who looks like a guitar player for Slipknot. Carter was suspended for undisclosed team reasons. And how was the story broke? You guess it twitter. Here's what Carter tweeted after he was suspended.

"I am not a captain anymore and will not be playing this week. Good luck red raiders ill still be cheering on my family from the stands!!:)."
And according to a tweet by Tech linebacker Marlon Williams, not every player is exactly happy with Tech coach Mike Leach.

"Wondering why I'm still in this meeting room when the head coach can't even be on time to his on [sic] meeting," Williams wrote on his "Kos 39" Twitter account.
Things have quickly fallen apart for Texas Tech. Last week Tech played Texas tough but lost at the end. Then this week they allowed that game winning drive by Houston. And now the players have no faith in their coach. Maybe Tech should have let Leach go after the season? It has become clear that Leach is no longer wanted in Lubbock and he probably doesn't want to be there any longer than he has to be. Either way this isn't going to end well for Mike Leach or Texas Tech.

Danny Hope Should Be Fired Today!: I'm sorry but Purdue coach Danny Hope should have been fired as soon as he walked off the field on Saturday. Purdue was leading Notre Dame late in the 4th quarter. Jimmy Clausen drove the Irish down the field to Purdue's red zone. With no timeouts remaining for Notre Dame, Purdue stopped Notre Dame running back Robert Hughes at the two-yard line with 37 seconds remaining. Then inexplicably Purdue coach Hope called a timeout.

So instead of forcing the Notre Dame offense to hurry up and make a play, Hope called a timeout, stopped the clock, and allowed Notre Dame to adjust their offense. Clausen hit tight end Kyle Rudolph for the game-winning touchdown. Danny Hope should be out of a job because of that decision. As for Notre Dame, what can you say? They had to catch breaks to beat both Michigan State and Purdue in back-to-back weeks. So how's that whole Notre Dame to play in the national championship game working out for Dr. Lou?

Video of the Week: After a controversial interception call by the referee's that ended Indiana's hopes at upsetting Michigan, Bill Lynch lost his mind and threw his gum at the stands. It was truly epic to watch.

Where's the nearest bar?: Dennis Erickson probably drank heavily after his Arizona State team lost to Georgia on Saturday. With the game tied in the remaining minutes of the fourth quarter, Georgia blocked a potential Arizona State game-winning touchdown. Then Georgia drove down the field to set up a game-winning field goal of their own. Georgia kicked the field goal and sent Arizona State packing and Erickson to the nearest bar.

Hit of the week!: Watch Alabama running back Trent Richardson run over a Arkansas defender. The Earth shook after this hit.

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