One Hack’s Game Notes – CFB 9/18/10

It is a time-honored tradition at my grandparents’ house:  sitting in the kitchen with Grandpa, and watching all of the football games of the past weekend.  I don’t think there has ever been a time that all of us in the family wasn’t watching a game from any sport in the kitchen.

After watching this weekend’s games and watching the 2:00 a.m. replay of UMass vs. Michigan, I pulled out a pen and started scribbling some thoughts about what I saw and my opinion on several teams.

Iowa is not overrated. In fact, Arizona needs Iowa to win all of their games to help them out.

Iowa: it’s a loss.  Deal with it.  It’s not the end of the world.  Two big mistakes put Iowa in the hole:  the blocked punt and the kickoff return.  Everyone knew that “bad” Ricky would show up sooner than later.  To not think that Stanzi was going to throw a pick-six, is ignoring history.  Besides that, Iowa showed resiliency and guts by coming back to tie it.  Give Arizona props for responding on the ensuing drive.

But that’s all Arizona will get credit for.  This game does not make Arizona’s season.  Winning the Pac-10 title will make the Wildcats’ season and anything less, like a huge letdown to California this upcoming season, will render the win over Iowa useless.  The last time Arizona won their league title?  1993.  They have to go through Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, and an USC team on probation.  They’re playing California this weekend.  Don’t be surprised if they lose.

Competing for a national championship takes more than playing well, not making mistakes, and winning.  It’s luck, a bounce here or there, and things to go your way.  Things have a way of falling into place when you least expect it.

Lose to UNI this weekend, and fans will be demanding Jerome Tiller to start taking snaps under center.

ISU: Whatever the defense couldn’t find last week vs. Iowa, they’re still looking for it, after K-State’s Daniel Thomas ran amok in Arrowhead Stadium last night (19-181 yds.).  The pressure’s on Austin Arnaud to “get it done” or else.  Plus, his WRs need to make catches. On paper, it was an evenly played game stat-wise.

If this continues against UNI next weekend, they’ll be trouble in Campustown.  Speaking of UNI…

UNI: two very lackluster games against NDSU (win) and Stephen F. Austin (22-20 lost on Saturday).  Three times, the Panthers were in the red zone, and three times the Panthers turned the ball over to the Lumberjacks.  UNI doesn’t look good at all.  No wonder why they were picked 4th or 5th in the MVFC.

Rich Rodriguez is 3-0, including a win over Notre Dame. Who's laughing now? It isn't his detractors.

Michigan: for all of those Rich Rod haters who still want him gone…I have bad news for you.  Rich Rod (left) finally has the QB he needs to run his spread offense and Michigan looks good at 3-0.  Somewhere Lloyd Carr and his loyalists are pissed.  Good.

Remember this face, Husker fans. This kid will give you a reason to be pumped up for Big Red football.

Nebraska: remember this name:  Tyler Martinez (right).  This kid is good and fast.  Many didn’t think the Huskers would not only beat Washington, but they boat-raced them (56-21).  Nebraska will win the Big 12 North this year.

Notre Dame: the best 1-2 team in America.  Brian Kelly knows what he’s doing at South Bend.  There’s a certain level of passion that this team plays with and they will be good.  Keeping Dane Crist healthy is a high priority for the Irish.

Michigan St.: about damn time, Sparty.  All of those epic meltdowns in the past were washed away by the play of the year (fake FG try turned into a 27-yd TD catch in overtime).  But Mark D’Antonio will be out indefinitely after suffering a mild heart attack after the game.

I can’t wait to hear what Mike Valenti of WXYT has to say about the Spartans knocking off the Irish.  It’ll be completely different than what he dished out in an audio clip below from 2006 after Notre Dame rallied from a 37-21 deficit to win 40-37 in East Lansing.

Audio:  Mike Valenti Goes Mad After Sparty Chokes to Notre Dame (from 2006)

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2 thoughts on “One Hack’s Game Notes – CFB 9/18/10

  1. Yep, the same analogy goes for Iowa as well. I didn’t need to mention it because everyone knows what the Hawkeyes’ expectations are.

    The challenge for Arizona is can they be consistent and not fall apart in games that they should win. They should have beaten Oregon last year, but screwed the pooch. Stoops have gone 8-5 in the last two seasons, and while his antics is a blip on the screen, he was on the hot seat for most of last year.

    The pundits who are suggesting that the Wildcats will win the Pac-10 are a bit delusional. To me, if they don’t finish in the top half of the conference, with what they have, fingers will be pointing at Stoops again. Oregon’s winning this until they get beat.

    I never thought Iowa was in contention for a national championship. They’re not Alabama or Ohio State. Plus, Iowa historically loses a game or two early in the season and then flip on the switch down the stretch. I have them at 9-3.

    I’m confident ISU will beat UNI. UNI doesn’t look good and their body language was a red flag on Saturday. ISU by 10+.

  2. Romelle,

    While I agree that the Wildcats’ win over the Hawks doesn’t make their season – it does give Mike Stoops and the program validity that they haven’t had in recent years. Some may call Stoops’ antics on the sideline childish but he is passionate about his team and how they play on the field. Arizona doesn’t need to win the Pac 10 title to justify themselves – they just beat the #9 team in the nation. Does that same logic apply to the Hawkeyes? Their season is a disappointment if they don’t win the Big 10 title? Even though its week 3 – Iowa is projected to go to the Capital One Bowl. The Hawks will be fine and play in a decent bowl game – just no National Championship.

    As for my Cyclones – the game against UNI is a must-win and even then, getting back to a bowl game this year will be tough. We still have 3 Top 10 teams to play on the schedule and Utah, who is ranked 13th.

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