The Sports Section – Hoody Hoo Edition

by Tony on October 23, 2012

A new week, a new round of BCS standings, and tonight, we finally learn that it will be Detroit vs San Francisco in the World Series! We’ll talk about that as it happens, but let’s get to college football!

BCS Top 25Kansas State has jumped Oregon to take the number 3 spot, knocking Oregon down to 4, based on a couple of Big 12 Conference wins for KSU and their respective strengths-of-schedules. This ties the highest-ever spot for Kansas State in the polls, going all the way back to 1998 when they were also ranked number 3. Also, with Oregon being number 4 and Oregon State being number 7, this is the first time since 2000 that two same-state rivals have both been ranked in the top ten.

For the first time this year, we see Michigan in the polls at number 22. Wisconsin shows up at number 25, and for the first time ever, we see Ohio at number 24. Alabama stays at number 1 and Florida holds onto the number 2 spot, marking 34 of the last 35 weeks that the SEC has had a team in either the number 1 or number 2 slots, going back to December of 2007. That’s one heck of a stretch!

Speaking of number 2 Florida, the number 10 University of Georgia is coming to The Swamp this weekend for The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, a huge rivalry game that Florida needs to win if they intend on staying in the top 5 and keeping their dreams of the Dr Pepper Trophy alive!

Another great test this week will be number 5 Notre Dame when they travel to Norman to take on the number 8 Oklahoma Sooners. I have even heard rumors that the field will get a throwback paint-job for this game. The Fighting Irish surely need a win to show that they are for real and that their number 5 ranking isn’t artificially inflated, and the Sooners need it to stay relevant in the top 10 this year.

Sports Illustrated - Why Oklahoma Is UnbeatableThis is an old rivalry that is being brought back, and I think both schools are happy about it. Oklahoma would have had 6 straight undefeated seasons in the 50s if not for their losses to Notre Dame, who are 8-1 against Oklahoma. Oklahoma had the record for the longest winning streak in Division 1 football at 47, and their last loss before the start of that streak was Notre Dame in 1953. After win 47, Sports Illustrated gave the Sooners the cover, with the story being named “Why Oklahoma Is Unbeatable“, and sure enough, Notre Dame broke that winning streak the very next week. Some people say this is the beginning of the Sports Illustrated Curse. It is definitely the first time I have seen it documented.

We’ll see who hangs on and who drops out of the top ten on Saturday. It may be one slot easier if USC gets disqualified for their antics this past Saturday, when they dressed up a backup QB in the Punter’s jersey to try and fake a kick and go for a two-point conversion (even though they were up 19-0 in the first quarter.) We’ll keep an eye on that and see what happens.

Something else to look out for is number 12 Florida State‘s offense, which may sputter after losing Chris Thompson for the season. It could be costly for the ‘Noles.

Also, keep a watch out for the 52nd Battle For The Keg Of Nails, as the now-unranked Cincinnati Bearcats head to Kentucky to fight number 16 Louisville to try and keep the Keg and claw their way back into the top 25.

On to the NFL. We see what a difference the defense makes as the Ravens got rolled by the Houston Texans. Flacco turned in the worst performance by any quarterback in years, but even though he did, what’s left of the defense gave up 43 points. It’s going to be a long rest of the season for Baltimore.

Vince YoungVince Young gets a shot in Arizona to try and jump start their offense, since they are down to John Skelton and Ryan Lindley on their QB roster. With Larry Fitzgerald making tons of money there, let’s hope they can find someone to throw him the ball.

In Kansas City, Brady Quinn replaces Matt Cassel for starting quarterback position, much to the delight of the fans. We will have to wait and see how much of a difference it makes.

Cam NewtonQuarterbacks can definitely make/break the team, but they can’t do it alone, as evidenced this year by Cam Newton in Carolina. After he lost Saturday and had a very emotional press interview about it on TV afterwards, the Panthers fired their long-time GM Marty Hurney. Hopefully they can start grabbing some more playmakers in there to give Mr. Newton some help. He has every bit of the same potential that RGIII does if he has the right team around him.

Coincidentally, the Redskins lost Fred Davis for the season but have signed Chris Cooley again. We could see some super-offenses in the future if they manage to set themselves up correctly. With the new over-the-middle rules and these awesome-throwing and running quarterbacks, this may mean the end for the old mantra “defense wins championships.” Green Bay already broke out of that mold, solely relying on just outscoring opponents, and it got them a Super Bowl win. If you like offense, this is an exciting time to be watching NFL football. Let’s keep on watching as the playoff picture begins to show up, even if it’s a long way from being clear right now. See you all next week!

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