Sunday, September 2, 2007

College Football, Day One

Alright, so technically Saturday wasn't day one for the college football season, but if you are a fan of either Michigan or Notre Dame, then it was the only day that mattered. Teams all over the league will be thinking about firing their coaches after the season, because it looks as though Lloyd Carr will be looking for a new job before you can say "Byron Leftwich". Losing to Division 1-AA Appalachian State, Michigan's season is just about done. Not because they just lost one game, but because they will obviously lose more. I'm struggling to find a reason to watch any games that don't involve an SEC school. Well, unless the Girl Scouts Of America are playing Notre Dame anytime this year. Actually, that game will be on November 17th.

And speaking of Notre Dame, is Rudy currently available? Because this team is no good. Now we know why Charlie Weis loved Brady Quinn so much. I'd be lying if I said that I wasn't laughing throughout most of this game. Just the thought of this team playing USC on national television gives me a reason to rejoice. And after their break, which is preceded by games at Penn State, at Michigan (which is looking like another must-see TV moment), at UCLA and the before mentioned game against USC, they get to pump up the left side of the W-L column by playing Navy, Air Force, Duke and Stanford, the first three being at home. These cupcakes at the end of the season are actually going to be interesting to watch, since there is no clear winner of any of these contests.

One quick note about the Kansas State/Auburn game. I still find it nearly impossible believe that K-State lost this game. Now, looking at the game after the fact, it seems that Auburn was winning this thing all along. Auburn finished the game with a ten point lead, held the Wildcats to 27 yards rushing, and won the turnover battle. But this is the stat that tells the story: Kansas State had 16 penalties for 141 yards. Never before have I seen a team kill themselves so badly in a game. At the beginning of the fourth quarter, Ron Prince had the expression of a five year old kid about to open presents on Christmas morning. By the 1:30 mark, he had the same look as fantasy owners who reached for Byron Leftwich in their draft.


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