QBs are taking a collective beating around the nation
Are there any mommas out there who still want their babies to grow up to be college quarterbacks?They have been taking a collective beating this year. More teams than at any time I can recall are now dealing with QB injuries. Here is a partial list (based on a check of an injury report): Virginia Tech, Northwestern, LSU, Maryland, South Carolina, Purdue, Pitt, Indiana, Navy, North Carolina, Memphis, Connecticut, Cincinnati, Central Michigan, Troy, UNLV, San Jose State, Wyoming, and no less than six Pac-10 schools -- Cal, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA, Washington and Washington State.
Chalk Championship Game
Although the Lions and Gators are sitting at No. 3 and No. 5 in the BCS standings this week, they are actually in very good position. In fact, the "No Upset" scenario for the BCS title game would match Penn State and Florida in Miami on Jan. 8. The Gators would be a solid favorite, too. Have we seen his before? SEC versus Big Ten for the crystal ball? In the SEC team's home state? Penn State will be favored to slug past Iowa on the road Saturday, crush Indiana at home, and survive a pressure-filled game with Michigan State, which could be playing for the Rose Bowl on Nov. 22. The Spartans win a three-way Big 10 tie with the Lions and Buckeyes, because they did not face a FCS squad this year. A unique but sensible tiebreaker, from this staid conference, no less!
Playoff: An Executive Order
When Barack Obama told Chris Berman at halftime of the "Monday Night Football" game that the one thing he'd like to change in sports is to scrap the BCS -- because he is "fed up" with the computers -- and implement an eight-team playoff, I just about fell off the couch! My wife and I started high-fiving and toasting him.
Vibe in Lubbock
A Texas Tech home game is a unique atmosphere. Unlike any place I've been in 20 years covering the sport, it's not easy to put your finger on what exactly contributes to it. The feel is part college football, part XFL. There is a vibe that is a little like a semi-pro football team, with fans dressed like pirates, faces painted black with huge white smiles and red-painted lips. I'm told that every home game is like Halloween out there. The crowd was quite polite and almost restrained at "GameDay." (At least until Bob Knight arrived and Corso put on that giant Yosemite-Sam-looking head and shot off two really loud guns. They got a little boisterous then). During the game, they are rowdy and engaged, but the stadium really isn't designed to keep the noise inside. Still, walking on the field, many opponents feel like they are in a strange, remote place. They might be right. Maybe the isolation of West Texas is a large part of what makes the feel so unique. The Red Raiders are West Texas' team, so the fans seem to flock from far and wide, even if they have no direct association with the school.
Bayou Classic or Bayou Beatdown?
LSU's defense has much to be embarrassed about this season. No defending champion has ever allowed 50-plus points in two games. The Tigers -- despite all the hype -- are not in the SEC's top four in any of the major defensive categories, and stand second to last in scoring defense (24 ppg).
Set your alarm clock Saturday. Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso and the rest of the "College GameDay" crew will be in Baton Rouge, La. for Alabama-LSU. Tune in to find out about the Crimson Tide and Tigers, all the Week 11 action and everything else in college football.
When: Sat., 10 a.m. ET (ESPN)
Where: Baton Rouge, La.
One More Nugget
Ohio State visits Northwestern following a week off to recover from the late loss to Penn State. Did you know the Bucks are just 1-4 under Jim Tressel in regular-season games following byes? Those five games have been tricky matchups. All four of the losses were on the road to ranked teams. In all other regular-season games during that span, Ohio State is 75-11.
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