2019 College Football

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  1. random_roller, Aug 31, 2019

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    Week 1 of the 2019 college football season is finally underway.

    Ohio State is off to a fast start under new head coach Ryan Day and new starting QB Justin Fields. The Buckeyes lead Florida Atlantic 28-0 in the 1st quarter.

    Elsewhere, Nebraska is leading South Alabama 7-0 midway through the 1st quarter. Husker defense not playing smart this far, though. Should have been 3 personal fouls already called against the so-called Blackshirt defense, but officials have only called 1.
     
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  2. random_roller, Aug 31, 2019

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    I can almost hear Midnight yelling as Boise State closes to within 5 of Free Shoes U after trailing by 18 points earlier.
     
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  3. yacraps, Aug 31, 2019

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    What a finish to that game ....I believe your right I thought I heard a faint hooray coming from up north ;)
     
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  4. random_roller, Oct 13, 2019

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    I've been traveling for a while so I haven't been able to follow college football this season. Now I'm back home, so what the heck, let's get the show on the road with my review of what really happened this past week. Or at least my take on what might have happened in college football.

    Apparently it took Joe Burrow -- former Buckeye QB & son of former Husker LB Joe Burrow -- to finally bring LSU's offense out of the early 1900s playbook Les Miles had installed years ago. So now it looks like the World's Biggest Cocktail Party will be a Crying Game CFP elimination game. Who's getting voted off the island? Stay tuned...

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    Raise your hand if you saw this one coming. Aw, shaddup, you're FOS if you said you did.

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    Uh oh, the Badgers might have a pretty good team this year. We don't need no stinkin' Badgers...

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    Boise State is up to #14? Really? Who knew? I mean, who (other than Midnight) is going to admit to following Boise State football?

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    Apparently the 2019 college basketball season has already started. Wonder who the defensive player of the game was.

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    Big XII officials screw up a call -- stop me if you've heard that before -- at the end of the game to keep one team undefeated and help its CFP chances. The only "real" news here is the beneficiary team wasn't Oklahoma or Texas.

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    Hey, the Bengals beat the Oilers. Oh, wait, that was from 1999. Who knew Cincinnati Moeller, er, Bearcats had the 2nd best football team in the state? If you don't get that joke, Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller High School had a juggernaut of a high school football progam in the late 70s early 80s.

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    Are the Husker faithful calling for Scott Frost to be fired? Not yet, but they are looking into whether he still has eligibility. As for the Husker alleged Blackshirt Defense, it hasn't existed since Ndamakong Suh was terrorizing QBs back in 2009. Who knew Minnesota was still undefeated? Maybe that Minnesota team should have played the Yankees in the 2019 MLB Playoffs. I mean, the Gophers couldn't have done any worse than the Twinkies.

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    Rutgers is just awful and might be the worst team in college football except Illinois is also horrible and might even be worse (is that really possible?). Potential college football game of the year on 11/2 when the Scarlet Letters travel to Champaign to face the Futile Illini in a contest with absolutely nothing at stake. Not even pride, as neither team apparently has any left. The teams should agree in advance the loser will drop football as a varsity sport for 5 seasons.

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    That's all for this week.
     
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  5. KokomoJoe4, Oct 17, 2019

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    After dismantling the Crimson Tide in last years championship game, how the hell does the Tide jump over Clemson in the polls?

    TDB will like this, I think that the Badgers look like a playoff team, but it won't be easy for them to get in unless they finish undefeated.

    I realize it's a bit early for this, but I'm picking Clemson, LSU, Oklahoma and Alabama.
     
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  6. random_roller, Oct 19, 2019

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    Way early, lol. Lots of games still to be played. That being said:

    Clemson narrowly escaped 21-20 against a lousy UNC team when the Heels couldn't convert a 2 point play at the end of the game. This isn't the same team that won the CFP Championship last season, at least not at this point. Kind of reminds me of 2015 Ohio State.

    LSU still plays Auburn 10/26 and at Alabama 11/9. The Tide play at Auburn 11/30 after a disgraceful intramural scrimmage 11/23 against FCS Western Carolina (1-5).

    The Florida-Georgia winner still has a shot at the CFP if it wins out. It will likely face the winner of the Alabama-LSU game, which could be undefeated.
     
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  7. lone irish digit, Oct 19, 2019

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    This is Barney

    I don't watch the TV device, but the LID said Ohio State is by far bestest team this year.
     
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  8. MisterInside, Oct 19, 2019

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    You nailed it Lid.......It sure ain’t Wisconsin no more.

    Badgers were 30 point favs and -10000 on the money line. Ouch!
     
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  9. yacraps, Oct 19, 2019

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    I agree I think the LID is on to something here...and I dont mean siilysiban or a casino chick :rolleyes:
     
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  10. random_roller, Oct 19, 2019

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    That's Upset of the week:

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    Half a pie.

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    Server errors prevented me from posting this earlier. There's a reason it's called a trap game. It was obvious the Badgers were looking ahead to the game against Ohio State next Saturday. And Illinois players had to be tired of hearing how bad they were. Great win for the Illini.

    The Buckeyes took nothing for granted and demolished Northwestern last night 52-3.
     
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  11. random_roller, Oct 19, 2019

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    You want a mulligan on this one, Koko?
     
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  12. yacraps, Oct 19, 2019

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    Wisconsin's history always does this
     
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  13. random_roller, Oct 20, 2019

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    I have to walk a fine line at the household. My wife is from Wisconsin and attended UW. So next week, I might have to watch the game at a bar, lol.
     
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    ...oh @#$t..LOL...its all good like you say you have a awesome wife...I'm looking forward to the game we will see how for real the Badgers are we know Ohio St is good could be a one sided game and you could be finding yourself sleeping on the couch o_O:) college football is so cool
     
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  15. random_roller, Oct 22, 2019

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    Week 8 of the 2019 college football season is in the books.

    The 2nd biggest upset of the season happened in Champaign, as the Fighting Illini absolutely stunned the Looking-ahead-to-next-week #6 Badgers courtesy of a final play 39 yard FG. Wisconsin had entered the game a 30 point favorite and left with the dubious honor of the biggest point spread favorite to lose those season. It was readily apparent to anyone watching the game (all 17 of you) the Badgers were thinking about their game next week at undefeated Ohio State. It wouldn't surprise me if part of the week's practice leading up to the Illinois game was spent preparing for the Buckeyes. Doh!!

    at Wisconsin 35, Michigan 14
    Michigan 42, at Illinois 25

    Therefore, per the transitive property, a not-quite-proportionate but rational projection was Wisconsin 221, at Illinois 16. Alas, the game didn't end way. As for the biggest upset of the season, it was South Carolina 20, at #3 Georgia 17 (2OT). The impostor USC was a 24.5 point underdog in that game, but the game was in Athens. The Dawgs had home field.

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    Apparently #14 Boise State didn't get the memo about taking a team with a losing record seriously, even if the opponent had lost 3 straight games and was starting a 3rd string QB making his first college start. Note to the Broncos: 3rd string QBs can be very good. Just ask Alabama and Oregon about Buckeye QB Cardale Jones.

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    Vanderbilt -- the rare academic powerhouse in the SEC -- upset #22 Misery. The Tigers were playing their first road game of the season and apparently Missouri's offense -- which had been averaging 30 points a game -- either missed the wake-up call or forgot to bring the playbook. Could have been both.

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    Even though Kansas lost, KU (how is it even 'KU' when the school is the University of Kansas?) showed a lot of fight in this game. Les Miles has the program headed in the right direction. Of course, when you're the worst FBS program, there's only upside. Jayhawk fans, better start watching some football. Once the NCAA is done with its LOIC investigation of the pay-for-play basketball program in Lawrence, Kansas hoops might be joining SMU football as "death penalty" recipients.

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    Speaking of SMU, who knew the Pony Express, I mean Mustangs are still undefeated? It's been a long time since SMU had a football team worth talking about. I think Eric Dickerson and Craig James were on that squad. Good to see the poll voters are thinking outside the box.

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    Who knew Appalachian State was undefeated? Good thing Michigan didn't play the Mountaineers this season or the Wolverines might have another loss. That's right, they're the Mountaineers. Take that, West Virginia.

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    Northwestern wanted a Friday night game to showcase it's football program. Nothing wrong with that, but it probably should have scheduled a different opponent. Ohio State? Really? And I thought they were smart people in Evanston. There might be some future Nobel laureates at the university, but definitely some questionable scheduling here. As for the Buckeyes, they quickly and methodically took care of business even with the game against Wisconsin next weekend.

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    That's a wrap for this week.
     
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  16. random_roller, Oct 28, 2019

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    Another week of college football and yet another Top 6 team is upset by an unranked opponent.

    This week's (dis)honor goes to #5 Oklahoma, which lost 48-41 on the road to Kansas State. The Wildcats almost choked a 25 point 4th quarter lead but held on thanks to replay, which (correctly) overturned an onside kick recovery by OU late in the game. Smart bettors might have suspected OU would have trouble in this game after the Boomer Schooner flipped over during the previous week's game. It was definitely an omen. Fortunately for the Sooners, every other "good" Big XII team that played (Texas & Iowa State, I guess) also lost following a directive from the conference commissioner (in order to help Oklahoma qualify for the College Football Playoff).

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    Apparently someone forgot to wake up the echoes (and the Irish) and Notre Dame was humiliated by Michigan on national tv, 45-14. No wonder ND didn't want to join the Big Ten Conference. Now the Wolverines have bragging rights for the next 14 years in this rivalry, as the teams will not play again until, uh, 2033. Sleep well with that knowledge, Irish fans. Hahahahahahaha!! At least Brian Kelly likely won't be the head football coach in South Bend when it's time to play Michigan again. I hear Gerry Faust is looking for a job...

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    Saying Texas is back is like saying Nebraska is back. Everybody, just stop with that kind of crazy talk. Neither team is anywhere remotely close to being "back" to where their fanbase thinks their team should (rightfully) be (e.g., national champions). Perhaps the 2 teams will meet in the Idaho Small Potatoes Bowl, if they can both (somehow) manage to eek out 6 wins. BTW, congratulations to the Hoosiers for becoming bowl eligible before the end of October! I can already see the Hollywood writers working on a script for Hoosiers II, staring 932 year old Gene Hackman. Looks like Big Red is a big mess again, and I don't mean Indiana (or Cornell).

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    Anyone aware the Fighting Illini have won 2 conference games in a row for the first time since Red Grange was in the backfield? Okay, Illinois actually managed to accomplish that feat sometime earlier this century even without Grange. Things are definitely trending up for the football team from Champaign-Urbana. A week after upsetting #6 Wisconsin, Illinois went on the road and completely *dominated* Purdue from the beginning of the game until the end. Wow, what's going on in C-U? Did grad students at the very highly-regarded College of Engineering develop a new type of super robot? If so, is it possible the robots are now suiting up for football games? Think about this -- if the Illini win 2 of the next 4 games, they will be bowl eligible. Remember how I said things were trending up for Illinois? Next game is at home against Rutgers, arguably the laughingstock of -- and worst team in -- FBS. The Scarlet Knights offense is averaging 2.8 points -- not a typo -- per conference game this season. That's less than a FG!! Not to be "outdone" in the futility metric, the defense is yielding 40+ per Big Ten game. Note to Illinois: Remember when Wisconsin came to Champaign focused on a game the following week against Ohio State instead of taking Illinois seriously? Don't be Wisconsin and look past Rutgers.

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    We all know the real test is a few weeks away, but both LSU and Ohio State took care of business against ranked opponents. As a reward, the Tigers will travel to Tuscaloosa to take on undefeated #2 Alabama on 11/9, while the Buckeyes will take on undefeated #5 State Penn in Columbus on 11/23, a week before traveling to face the school up north.

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    Apparently 1 team in the 12 Pack plays defense. For the rest of the league, it's still a Wild West shootout.

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    Several of the top teams have a bye this coming week, so looks like the World's Biggest Cocktail Party gets top billing. Which team -- Florida or Georgia -- will be kicked out of CFP consideration? Also undefeated #15 SMU visits #24 Memphis in a key Group of 5 game, while #7 Oregon travels to USC.

    Ugly game of the week: #14 Michigan at Maryland. The Wolverines will be very confident coming off an impressive win over Notre Dame. Potential trap game for the Terrapins, with a game the following week at #3 Ohio State. Apparently Maryland pissed off someone in charge of scheduling at the Big Ten office.

    That's a wrap for another week.
     
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  17. KokomoJoe4, Oct 28, 2019

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    Congrats to RR. It appears as if OSU is as good as anyone in the country. Penn State will be a tough game for them. Is this game in Columbus or Happy Valley? The winner of this game should be in the playoff. Minnesota might be undefeated, but they're not in the same class as either of the SU's.

    The Sooners have played themselves right out of the picture.

    I don't know much about the PAC 12. Are any of these teams deserving over a one loss SEC team?
     
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  18. random_roller, Oct 28, 2019

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    We'll find out more on 11/9, when Penn State plays at Minnesota. That will be a very interesting game. Minnesota has been playing well of late, but its opponents (Illinois, Nebraska, Rutgers, Maryland) have been, well, lousy. Both teams have a bye week, so plenty of time to put in a few new plays. I'm not writing Minnesota off in this game. Any team in this part of the country that can run the ball (200+ yards/game) and takes care of the ball (only 7 TOs on the season) has a chance in November.

    Penn State head football coach James Franklin is being unusually quiet even though his team is currently undefeated. The Nittany Lions have a pretty good team this year even without Trace McSorley and Saquon Barkley piling up yards & TDs. Solid win at Iowa and PSU (barely) managed to hang on and beat Michigan, a win that looks even better now. Fortunately, the game will be played in Columbus in a few weeks. I think Ohio State has too much firepower on offense for Penn State to try and trade TDs. The one wildcard (besides weather) is Ohio State will play at Michigan the following week and sometimes college players get caught looking ahead, especially when the next game will be against the rival. Penn State closes out at home against Rutgers in a "name the score on Senior Day" game.

    Your alma mater (Pitt) is having a pretty good season and played Penn State tough earlier in the year. The loss to Miami over the weekend hurt, though, as the Panthers would have been in 1st place in the Coastal Division (had they defeated the Canes) for the right to be the sacrificial offering to Clemson in the ACC Championship Game.

    As for the Pac 12, a 1 loss Oregon/Utah should get into the CFP ahead of a 2nd SEC team but I highly doubt it gets in ahead of a 1 loss SEC Champion. Georgia's CFP resume took a big hit when Michigan completely exposed Notre Dame on Saturday. The Dawgs barely beat the Domers in Athens earlier in the season. Even if UGA beats Florida on a neutral field this Saturday, it will still have to win the SEC Championship game. That means likely having to beat the Alabama/LSU winner, and that's probably not happening. But stranger things have happened.
     
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  19. MisterInside, Oct 28, 2019

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    Excellent recap. OSU is looking great but they still have to face PSU (home), at Michigan, then Minnesota or Wisconsin for the Big Ten title BEFORE the playoffs. Minny still plays PSU, Iowa and Wisconsin and they'll probably lose at least two of their remaining games. Great upcoming B/10 action. Penn State scares me. What a fantastic turnaround for that program.

    The Alabama/LSU game will be the most viewed college game in recent history. What will be
    the line for that game? I'd guess Alabama - 3 1/2 as home team.

    The next 12 weeks of college football promises to be outstanding.

     
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  20. KokomoJoe4, Oct 28, 2019

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    As an outsider looking in, the SEC appears so fricking strong that I believe two teams with one loss in that conference gets in before the PAC 12 champ. I know that the powers that be want representation for 4 of the 5 power five conferences, but the SEC is very strong.

    Even with a single loss, the Buckeyes (and maybe even the Nitanny Lions) are in, as the Big Ten is also very strong at the top.
     
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