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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2005 - 09:47 am:   

#3 Virginia Tech at West Virginia  
Michigan at #11 Michigan State
Indiana at #17 Wisconsin  
Fla Atlantic at #24 Louisville    
#1 USC at #14 Arizona State
#5 Florida at #15 Alabama  
South Carolina at Auburn  
#13 Notre Dame at #22 Purdue   Tickets
South Florida at #9 Miami
#2 Texas at Missouri
Pitt at Rutgers

Those would appear to be the games of most interest to people on the board....

The Pitt game's on Friday, the rest on Saturday.

I mention Louisville-Fla Atlantic only to see if Fla teams can sweep L-ville. :-)
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Dave G.
Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2005 - 11:06 am:   

Va Tech knocks off the Mountaineers and clears USF's path to the BCS! My diabolical plan is coming to fruition!
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2005 - 11:24 am:   

USF will have to knock off Miami first -- just don't think that'll happen. Besides, the Bulls have already lost a game.
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lakewood
Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2005 - 12:54 pm:   

Wisconsin is way over-ranked. And now Indiana! What a creampuff schedule! Even Stucco can beat Indy.

How can Purdue still be ranked?

I think WVa takes VaTech and Rutgers beats Pitt in a nail-biter. Oh, and the Tide rolls over the gators.
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Deborah
Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2005 - 01:22 pm:   

Pitt's all re-animated from wearing those throw-back uniforms. You NJ guys have your tickets already, right? Minz? Klima? Ford? You're gonna be there to cheer the Panthers, right?

Even if VT beats WVU, that won't help USF win the Big East title...conference record comes first. Although I admit that if Pitt can't wint he conference, seeing USF take it would be amusing. Fun fact: Bama almost made an offer to USF coach Jim Leavitt when they hired Mike Price.

I would love to see the Spurrier's chickens beat Auburn.
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Josh Rountree
Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2005 - 01:25 pm:   

The Texas / Missouri game should be interesting. They gave the Longhorns a tight game last year and their QB is an amazing runner when he wants to be. I think the UT defense will be ready, though.

A QB running in space? I bet Michael Huff is licking his chops.

And just for Deborah's sake, I'll root extra hard for Pitt this week. I owe them one anyway for producing my favorite running back of all time, late of the Dallas Cowboys.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2005 - 01:29 pm:   

Nobody's rolling over the Gators. Fla-Bama promises to be a tight and probably low-scoring game. If anyone rolls it up, it'll be Florida as their offense is more high octane than Bama's. Florida's problem will be for the OL to keep Bama off Chris Leak. I believe Meyer will tinker with the spread and find ways to do this...and that's where Florida's biggest advantage lies: on the sideline. Shula ain't much. The Tide's biggest advantage is the game's at Bama.

Va Tech large over WVU.

Rutgers-Pitt? Pick 'em.

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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2005 - 01:33 pm:   

Deborah, I understand Pitt-Rutgers tickets are readily available. :-)
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Dave G.
Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2005 - 05:12 pm:   

Why does USF have to beat Miami to win the Big East?
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2005 - 05:50 pm:   

they already have 1 loss--they're not going to be in the national championship game even if they win the Big East, unless every other conference champ has two losses. And if they lose to Miami....you get the picture?
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Minz
Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - 06:02 am:   

Hate to say it, Deborah, but Klima is actually attending Rutgers these days, so I'm not sure you're going to win him over. As for Ford, I'm not certain we'll be able to draw him north of the Pine Barrens for a Big Least game. And while I can feel the sirensong of watching a game under Friday Night Lights, i'd rather cash my "abandoning wife & child" chits to go see Ford read the following weekend (in Philly). (And don't forget, Rutgers is my darkhorse pick to win the Big Least. But I'll get my grrr on anyway. Go Panthers!)
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Dave G.
Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - 06:19 am:   

Doesn't the Big East champ get an automatic BCS berth no matter what? I may have misspoke. I didn't mean they would play for the NC, just one of the big bowls. That's farcical enough for me!
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Deborah
Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - 06:24 am:   

Thanks, Minz...every grrr helps.

Yeah, Dave,the BE does still have an auto bid to one of the BCS bowls and a loss to an ACC team might not turn out to mean anything if USF were to run the table in conference.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - 09:03 am:   

Oh, come on! A two loss team from the BE, even a one-loss team, isn't gonna be playing for the NC.
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Dave G.
Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - 09:07 am:   

Right, not the NC game, but aren't they guaranteed one of the other BCS slots?
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Deborah
Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - 09:19 am:   

Right. Nobody said anything about a NC...just a BCS bowl. Pitt played in one last year. Somebody from the Big East will play in one this year...and probably get their ass kicked. More likely WVU, but could be USF. Stranger things have happened.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - 09:35 am:   

Oh, you're right. I thought Dave said the NC.

What do you think of Bama-FLorida? Yer analysis?
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Deborah
Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - 09:55 am:   

It's going to be close. Bama's offense is starting to come together. Their defense is as solid as last year.FL is going to have a very hard time running on Bama. Croyle is finding his rhythm...Ken Darby needs to have a good game. It may go to overtime. Indeed, it could be a lot like '99. Let's hope those kickers are practicing hard this week.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - 10:39 am:   

Yeah, I agree basically. Low-scoring, tight. I glad we've got meyer and not shula, though. It's a towel game, for sure.
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Deborah
Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - 11:11 am:   

Yeah, to quote Spurrier, "Meyer's had a good four-year career."

:-)
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Dave G.
Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - 11:27 am:   

I was watching part of the Fresno-Toledo blowout last night and heard what I have to feel is the dumbest thing anyone has said all season. Kirk Herbstreit was waxing indignant about the fact that the Oklahoma Sooners didn't receive any first place votes in this week's AP poll. "How can a team with Adrian Peterson get zero votes?" he raved. Because they stink, that's how. Sports have become so hostage to the cult of the superstar. I mean, a team with Jerry Rice on it got no votes; a team with Marshall Faulk on it got no votes. Great players on bad teams...what a concept...
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minz
Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - 11:31 am:   

At the risk of sounding pedantic, it'll come down to turnovers, or even more specifically, Leak, Leak, Leak. As goes Leak, so goes the Gators. Real low score, 'bama wins.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - 11:55 am:   

Yeah, well. He has had a good four-year carreer. And Spurrier's a funny guy. I love him. But Meyer's an offensive innovator, just like the old ball coach, and I imagine when the chickens visit the Swamp, he'll have a different kind of quote, like "Ouch!"

Minz, you don't know Jack about southern football, so shutty. :-) The Gator d will emerge from a scrum carrying Croyle's liver on a pike, and Leak will make a couple of big plays.

Herbstreit's a ninny.
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Deborah
Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - 11:59 am:   

Well, you're right about Herbstreit anyway.

When the Tide boys have finished picking the Gator strings out of their teeth, we'll talk.

:-)
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - 12:25 pm:   

Yup... that is if you still have vocal chords after bewailing the Tidey Bowl boys, all that remains of whom will be particularly noisome Gator scat. :-)
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Deborah
Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - 12:38 pm:   

Eww.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2005 - 12:53 pm:   

Yechhh!!!! :-)
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Minz
Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 06:39 am:   

I've always wondered: does "Crimson Tide" refer to the blood of their foes left in their wake, or that they soldier on, ignoring their own wounds and blood as they advance?

Or to put it more succinctly: From Whom the Tide Flows...

(ummmm, sorry. Couldn't resist.)
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 07:44 am:   

I think refers more to the Red Tide, an infection that kills thousands of fish in southern waters, causing a slight reddening of the dead fish's flesh....
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lakewood
Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 12:15 pm:   

Herbstreit is a buckeye, so you can safely disregard everything he says.
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Deborah
Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 01:43 pm:   

Crimson Tide is apparently an elephant (see "Big Al").
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 02:17 pm:   

Apparently? They're not sure? :-)
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 07:11 pm:   

Is anyone watching the Colo. State-Air Force game? The Colo St. QB is a terrific passer with a great touch on the ball. Seriously good.
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Josh Rountree
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 07:23 am:   

Didn't catch that game, but I'll keep my eye out for the next televised Colo State game.
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 08:28 am:   

Justin Holiday's the guy's name.

Good luck with Rutgers tonight, D.
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 05:40 pm:   

Sorry, Deborah. This looks bad. Maybe I'm jinxing them. I think Wannstadt sucks. These special teams breakdowns are nothing but coaching.
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, October 01, 2005 - 08:57 am:   

Watching Mich-MSU, keeping an eye on Texas-Missouri.
Then the only game that matters....:-)
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, October 01, 2005 - 09:24 am:   

What a pretty drive! Mich goes 98 yards, culiminating in a perfect fade.
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, October 01, 2005 - 09:34 am:   

If anyone's out there, watch the Mich game. It's far from over, but Michigan has found a new no 1 receiver. Mario Manningham. Two TDs, the last a 43 yarder.
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, October 01, 2005 - 12:44 pm:   

Awesome game. Mich 34-31 in OT....
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, October 01, 2005 - 12:53 pm:   

Well, Deborah must be excited. Tide rolling, but its early....
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, October 01, 2005 - 02:07 pm:   

Grumble...I'm going to the movies. Congrats, D.
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Forrest
Posted on Saturday, October 01, 2005 - 02:46 pm:   

MI/MSU was an awesome game. I'm stunned by what 'bama is doing to FL and by what PSU is doing to Minnesota. Didn't see either one of those coming.
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Forrest
Posted on Saturday, October 01, 2005 - 02:47 pm:   

Oh, and ASU putting it up on USC. Wow. I don't think the Trojans can save themselves this time.
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, October 01, 2005 - 03:18 pm:   

OK I didn't go to the movies. :-) I'm not stunned by Bama. Surprised, but not stunned. It's possible with Bama that we're gonna see something like what happened with Auburn, that they could go undefeated and get frozen out of the NC game. They played with a huge amount of emotion and, though I'd make them favorites to win the sec now, I don't know if they can play that well the whole season. I mean SC put up a better game against them than the gators. Penn State stunns me. As for USC, it ain't over. Go Boliermakers.
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Josh Rountree
Posted on Saturday, October 01, 2005 - 03:22 pm:   

Go Arizona State! Keep the pressure on!

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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, October 01, 2005 - 03:34 pm:   

My god! Did you see that injury no. 4 suffered? For Alabama? Prothro. That was the worst thing I've seen since Theisman and LT. Jesus! Got to be a break and a bad one.
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Deborah
Posted on Saturday, October 01, 2005 - 05:39 pm:   

Yeah, that was gruesome...and he was having a career day, too.

I wasn't surprised by Bama. I've been saying they had the best D I've ever seen and with any offense at all they would be winning a lot of games this year. Healthy, Croyle is as good a WB as they've ever had. In fact, he passed Shula's mark as all-time TD leader today.

BADgers looked pretty good today.
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Deborah
Posted on Saturday, October 01, 2005 - 05:40 pm:   

Typo...of course I meant Croyle is as good a QB, not WB.
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Deborah
Posted on Saturday, October 01, 2005 - 05:43 pm:   

Oh, and one more thing before the weather knocks out my internet connection again...Quote du Jour:

Joe Kines (Bama's DC): "Defending against the spread is like driving a dynamite truck through the Chicago Fire...let's just say there's room for error."
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, October 01, 2005 - 05:59 pm:   

Props to Bama, they had a great game and would have beaten Florida anyway, but the whole team has an awesome game and the Gators had a terrible game, so I'd hold back on "best D I ever seen." That includes a lot of good Ds, and it's apparent that Fla hasn't mastered the spread yet. But that said, it is a great d and I'm pulling for 'em the rest of the way -- unless they happen to meet Fla again. I wonder what losing prothro will do to them, though. I don't know what the prognosis is, but it's clearly not good. He seems so integral to their offense. Oh, well. As long as they beat UT and Georgia, I'll be happy.
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Deborah
Posted on Saturday, October 01, 2005 - 06:08 pm:   

But it may not include some Ds that you've seen that I haven't, right?

They're saying Prothro broke his leg in two places and is out for the season.

Bama doesn't play UGa...remaining schedule: At Ole Miss, TN, Utah St., At Miss St., LSU, at Auburn.

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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, October 01, 2005 - 06:21 pm:   

I remember some Miami defenses that put seven, eight first rounders in the pros and won NCs is all I'm saying. Bama's won four or five games.

That's too bad about Prothro. He's a fantastic player. I hope it's not his career.

Well, they got to get past LSU and UT...then Auburn.
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Lucius
Posted on Sunday, October 02, 2005 - 06:10 am:   

This is like my worst nightmare...Well, maybe not the worst. The worst was a story I dreamed that began with the line, Everyone has cancer. But aside from that, think about it -- Notre Dame resurgence; Nebraska QB passes for 400 plus yards, evidence that the west coast O may be catching on in cornholer country; southern cal a dominant team; MSU a potentially dominat team and OSU dominant. It's like we're back in the 60s, when Miami was pooting along with 3-7 seasons (soon to be a reality under Coker). Maybe it's all a dream.
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Forrest
Posted on Sunday, October 02, 2005 - 12:22 pm:   

It's a nightmare.

Bama looked impressive, and so did Penn State. I don't think the BADgers looked all that great, to be honest, against Indiana. Alvarez commented after the game "I'm please with the game, but not with our performance". I'd echo that.

As for FL, I just can't believe how badly Leak lost his composure. He was walking around in a daze for half the game - very un-FL-QB-like.

If by MSU you mean Michigan State, I don't mind them being a dominant team, but the rest of your list is truly nightmarish. At least TN isn't dominating. Oh, and you forgot to mention FSU.
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Lucius
Posted on Sunday, October 02, 2005 - 12:38 pm:   

I mention MSU because it was dominant in the 60's as were the rest.

FSU isn't gonna dominate -- Va Tech will rip ;em a new one.
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Dave G.
Posted on Monday, October 03, 2005 - 06:36 am:   

We can't be marching back in time. After all, look at the Sooners! There ain't no ghost of Bud Wilkinson in that locker room!
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, October 03, 2005 - 06:53 am:   

May I remind you of the recent Sooner NC and their appearance in the NC game last year. Stoops does a pretty fair Wilkinson impression. He'll have it back together next year.

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Josh Rountree
Posted on Monday, October 03, 2005 - 02:07 pm:   

Let's just hope he doesn't have it back together this Saturday.
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, October 03, 2005 - 02:30 pm:   

Probably not....
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Dave G.
Posted on Monday, October 03, 2005 - 04:51 pm:   

The Big 12 is definitely Texas' to lose.

Somehow that doesn't sound as reassuring as I meant it.
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, October 03, 2005 - 05:31 pm:   

:-)
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Josh Rountree
Posted on Tuesday, October 04, 2005 - 07:34 am:   

"The Big 12 is definitely Texas' to lose."

We'll find a way!

Er, uh...I mean, we'll find a way to win!
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, October 04, 2005 - 07:42 am:   

We'll find out this week, huh?

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