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All Out Blitz – Week 1

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Roll Tide

All Out Blitz is our contribution to the world of college football wrap-ups. This will be a recurring post focusing on the weekend of college football that was.

The first week of college football has come and gone and what did we learn? Quite a bit, actually:

If National Champions were voted after week one, USC would be first with Alabama as a close, close second. Both teams played teams from the ACC conference — Virginia and Clemson respectively — and both teams put a beating on their opponents.

Mark Sanchez

Mark Sanchez Arrives
USC whacked the Cavaliers in a such dominant fashion, some are already looking ahead to the BCS Championship. Is this a little premature? Probably but if USC continues to play that way on offense, coupled with their NFL-like speed on defense, they’ll be really hard to keep out of Miami. Another area of interest concerning USC has to do with quarterback Mark Sanchez.

After his brilliant performance against Virginia — 26-35 for 338 yards and three touchdowns and a “not his fault” interception — the “Leinart or Sanchez” discussions are already heating up. Based on my limited expertise, it certainly looks like Sanchez has the better skill-set than the Heisman-winning Leinart but he has a long way to go before he’s considered “better.” Remember, he has to at least win a National Championship before he can overtake Leinart.

Next up for USC is the much-anticipated battle with Ohio State, which takes place a week from Saturday.

Bama Rolls

Tide Rolls
After all that happened this weekend, if USC is number one, Alabama is a close second. Now, this will probably change as the season progresses, but after the first week and because you are only as good as your last game, Nick Saban’s Tide has to be considered one of the top teams. Their destruction of Clemson was so thorough — and surprising — Bama should vault into the top ten after starting the season ranked 24th.

Who says true freshmen need to be redshirted?

Special Teams Irony
Isn’t it ironic to watch Virginia Tech, a team noted for its sound special teams play, get beat on a special teams error? I wonder if Frank Beamer enjoyed the irony as much as I did. It’s doubtful, but you never know.

Tennessee Disappoints the SEC
Tennessee’s season got off to a rough start against UCLA. After a dominant, defensive first half that saw the Vols intercept UCLA quarterback Kevin Craft four times, giving them a 14-7 edge going into the second half, the Vols apparently left their defense in the locker room when the second half started.

Phil Fulmer

In the second half, Craft was as great as he was horrific in the first, throwing for almost 200 yards and a touchdown. He also threw zero interceptions in the second as UCLA shocked Tennessee in overtime. If you think “shocked” is a little over-the-top, description-wise, be sure and read the reaction of Volunteers fan. If the vomiting doesn’t translate to shock, nothing will.

In other news, LSU avoided the Appalachian State pitfall; Kentucky’s defense outscored Louisville’s offense in a game no one thought UK would win, making your author very happy indeed; and Rich Rodriguez started his Michigan tenure with a loss. Missing out on Terrell Pryor is going to haunt him until he gets a quarterback capable of running his spread offense.

Too bad Pat White is in Morgantown West Virginia tearing new holes into his opponents.

The Intentional Foul top five*:

1. USC
2. Alabama
3. Ohio State
4. West Virginia
5. LSU

*This is not based on preseason hype. It’s based on who looked the best during the weekend and accumulates from there. Yes, Bama started the season ranked 24th in the ESPN poll, but if they didn’t look like the second best team in the country as they dismantled Clemson, you weren’t watching close enough. However, if they look bad against Tulane, they will drop out, just like any other team in the IF top five.

The BCS Remains As Clear As Mud

Thanks to LSU’s choke against Darren McFadden (the proper choice for the Heisman) and the rest of the Arkansas Razorbacks and a football-filled Thanksgiving weekend that actually clarified some things, the BCS standings needed another bout of musical chairs-like rearrangement. Because of Les Miles’ inability to coach his team in an overtime setting (both of LSU’s losses came in overtimes), we now have a new number 1 atop the BCS polls.

Welcome to the party, Missouri Tigers. Enjoy your stay.

The top of the new BCS looks like this:

1. Missouri
2. West Virginia
3. Ohio State
4. Georgia
5. Kansas

But how will it play out? Will these teams remain in their current positions? Given the fact that Missouri and West Virginia still have games to play, there’s no telling who will wind up in New Orleans on January 7, but we will try to clarify things a little:

On Saturday, the Tigers play Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship, giving Mizzou an opportunity to avenge their only loss of the season. Lots of Missouri defenders try to excuse the loss by saying the Tigers were in it until some mistakes in the 4th quarter gave Oklahoma the win. Sorry folks. A loss is a loss. It doesn’t matter if you look good doing it or not. When the historians look back at MU’s schedule, they will see a loss next to the Oklahoma game, not a disclaimer saying the Tigers played well but gave the game away when it mattered.

When you consider the fact that, much like Kansas, Missouri hasn’t played ANYONE of note (I don’t really count Illinois because the Big 10 is very average this year and Ole Miss was just horrid), it’s hard to see them beating Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship game. If they do happen to win, it’s welcome to Louisiana. If not, expect more BCS chaos to ensue.

West Virginia Mountaineers
Pat White and the gang are in a great position going into the final weekend before the bowl selection process. After dispatching conference foe UConn in convincing fashion, some expected the Mountaineers to leap-frog Missouri for the top spot in the BCS. Alas, this did not happen but West Virginia still controls their destiny. They finish the season with a home game against the 4-7 Pittsburgh Panthers.

Provided they don’t fall flat on their faces against Dave Wannstedt’s mustache, the Mountaineers will be in New Orleans on 01/07/08. Hide your couches.

Burn The Couch


Ohio State Buckeyes
With their regular season over (you may want to stretch this out next season, Coach Tressel), the Buckeyes can sit and watch this weekend play out, knowing if Oklahoma beats Missouri or West Virginia loses to Pittsburgh (better root for the Sooners, Buckeye fans), they will be playing in the BCS Championship game. While this OSU team may not be as strong as previous versions, they do have a chance. I just hope their fans can stand rooting for different teams on Saturday.

Georgia Bulldogs
As of today, Georgia is probably playing the best football of any BCS team, but their two losses will be difficult to overcome. The only thing Georgia fans can do is hope both WVU and Missouri lose on Saturday. If that actually does happen, look for a Georgia/Ohio State National Championship game, much to the chagrin of Kansas fans everywhere.

Kansas Jayhawks
Sorry Mangino fans, your team absolutely does not belong in the top 5 of the BCS (but then again, neither does Missouri). The Jayhawks have not played anyone of note all season and when they were given the opportunity to prove themselves, they failed. If you think this Kansas team could stand toe-to-toe with any of the 5 teams below them (LSU, USC, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, Florida), then you haven’t been watching any football outside of the Big 12 North (something Jason Whitlock is obviously guilty of).

Of the 12 games they played, only three were against teams with winning records (Mizzou, Central Michigan and Texas A&M, a team so successful, they fired their head coach). The rest were either .500 or below. If that sounds like a team deserving of shot at the title to you, you may want to have yourself checked for delusional thinking.

As it stands, the only team I’d bet on making it to the January 7th match-up is West Virginia… and for all you BCS defenders out there, do you really think this is an acceptable alternative to a freaking playoff???

Agree? Disagree? Let us know what you think.