Tuesday, August 26, 2008
If you didn't like yesterday's Buckeye love/Matt Millen hate fest, you're going to love this post. Today, we are lucky enough to be joined by one third of The Money Shot's legal counsel...Mr. G-Saul. When not refreshing my site numerous times a day to see if I've updated eventhough he knows that I only post once and it's in the morning, our guest lector is a jack of all trades. He is an HD-TV connoisseur and borderline snob about it, a lover of Tuna Helper, and also is in possession of some nude photos of former Michigan coach, Gary Moeller, which may or may not have had anything to do with his exit from Ann Arbor. If you can't tell, this is written from a Michigan fans perspective so it should be much more rational than yesterday's (and tomorrow's) guest posts. It's all you, kind sir...
G-Saul's Top 5
Pete Carroll does not rebuild, he just reloads. While I believe that his teams the past couple seasons have underachieved, I think this group will overachieve this year. Any possible threat on the schedule this season – OSU, Oregon, Arizona State, and Cal – all have to travel to the Coliseum. Mark Sanchez and Joe McKnight should be lights out on offense, and Rey Maualuga is the best linebacker in the nation (yes, better than Mr. Laurinaitis). Also, I do not think many people know this fact, but USC has two weeks to prepare for OSU – they have a bye week on September 6. Look for USC to be playing for the BCS championship.
The ACC is weak this year, and Clemson does not have to play Va. Tech in the regular season. Tommy Bowden has been pulling insane recruiting classes the last couple years, and I think this is the year that the Tigers get over the hump. I do not see them losing in the regular season, but a possible match up with Va. Tech in the ACC championship game could be the only hurdle. It’s not that I think Clemson is this good, I just do not see anyone on their schedule that can bring them down.
Georgia has the talent this year to go all the way, but lofty expectations and a brutal schedule never seem to add up to success. Seriously, have you seen their schedule this year? They play six top 25 teams, with three of those in the top 10. They will stumble somewhere along the way, but a one loss (or even two loss) SEC team should still have a strong argument for BCS championship consideration.
4. Ohio State
Even if OSU only loses to USC this season, they should not be ranked higher than fourth. As the last two years have demonstrated, going undefeated in the Big Ten is not the feat that it once was back in the day. Plus, I think everyone wants to save OSU fans from having to endure that pain and suffering for three years in a row. While I respect seniors who shun the NFL’s millions and who come back to school (Laurinaitis and Malcolm Jenkins), they will not have a happy ending to their careers.
5. Texas Tech
Winning the Big 12 South is going to be tough with the likes of Texas and Oklahoma, (plus an away game against Kansas on the schedule), but I think this is the year that the Red Raiders break out. Their offense is going to be the real deal. You will be hearing “Harrell to Crabtree” a ton this season. Also, their defense is rumored to be much better as a result of some JUCO transfers. I’m predicting a top 5 finish.
Winner: Ohio State. Period. Question: Who got out-coached by both Ron Zook and Les Miles last year? Answer: Jim Tressel. Let’s not forget the 41-14 loss to Urban Meyer and the Florida Gators in 2006, almost the same team that was beaten by Lloyd Carr and Michigan in 2007. In 2005, Mack Brown and the burnt Orange came into your own house and left with the W (a game that I attended and thoroughly enjoyed, the Shoe sounded like a funeral afterward). Also, do not forget that OSU lost to a team that year coached by the rotting corpse of Joe Paterno during the “White Out.” The year 2004 included impressive losses to Northwestern, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Purdue. In 2003, the Bucks lost a chance to repeat their bogus national championship at the hands of Lloyd Carr. Yes, the same Lloyd Carr that lost to App. State last year. And everyone knows that the 2002 team should have lost 5 games that year – Cincinnati, Purdue, Illinois, Michigan, and Miami. Tressel’s only bowl wins have come against the likes of Oklahoma State, Kansas State, and Notre Dame (I cannot count the Miami Fl win because a certain ineligible player scored the winning TD, and there was a phantom pass interference call). Congratulations Ohio State, at least you always are on the center stage with all of the nation watching when you produce your greatest letdowns! Editor's note, come on, you've proved your point...reel it back in.
Runner-Up: Oklahoma. When was the last time Bob Stoops won a bowl game?
Nebraska. The Big 12 North is not as strong as the South. I like the Bo Pelini hiring and I think he will have this team back up near the top of the conference even this year. Pelini is a defensive guru and will have the “black shirts” back to playing solid defense. I would not look past this Cornhuskers team if they are on my schedule.
This Year’s Kansas
Kansas was a fraud last year. They did not have to play Texas, Oklahoma, or Texas Tech last season. That is a joke! If they had a real schedule last year, they would have been 8-4 and we would not even have this category (which is why I’m protesting and not predicting a team). Editor's note, poop in your fist!
The First Coach Fired
Charlie Weis, Notre Dame: Notre Dame was 21-15 from 2002-04 and 22-15 from 2005-07, but the only difference is that Tyrone Willingham was shit-canned and FUPA Weis was granted a 10-year contract extension. I think most people know where I stand on affirmative action, but is there any more of a double standard than the one at Notre Shame? Charlie Weis is a horrible coach, and I hope he does not get fired because he will run their program into the ground. But another losing season this year is only going to make the seat hotter. Oh yeah, and mark down October 25 ladies and gents, Notre Dame travels to Washington to take on Willingham and the Huskies in a night game – a loss that could unleash his critics.
*If Ohio State gets by USC on September 13, then the other set of Trojans the following week may get overlooked. The Trojans of Troy come to Columbus on September 20, and I have two tickets to this game so I can witness the upset. The long travel and hangover from a night-game victory at the Coliseum will take a toll on the Buckeyes, and Troy is no stranger to big-time competition. Three of Troy’s four losses last year came against Arkansas, Florida, and Georgia. This year, Troy plays LSU before taking on OSU. I believe Troy is the only team in the nation that has both the 2007 national championship teams on its schedule. Troy will not be afraid to take on the Buckeyes after playing the team that handed OSU a 38-24 beat down in the Sugar Bowl last year (I just had to get another reminder in there). Appalachian State will be a distant memory. I can see the shirts already – “Remember Troy?” Editor's note yet again, I would totally buy one of those.
*For some reason, and I really have no idea as to why, but I think Duke will make it to a bowl game this year.
*Bobby Bowden 373, Joe Paterno 372. That’s the career wins and neither is going to retire until the other steps down. But, my bold prediction is that Paterno dies this fall, resulting in Bowden leaving at the end of the season as the winningest NCAA football coach.
Winner: Michael Crabtree, WR Texas Tech: I realize that a WR has not won the Heisman since Desmond Howard in 1991, but this kid is amazing. He had 134 receptions, nearly 2,000 yards receiving, and 22 receiving TD’s as a FRESHMAN last year. I know he ran back a couple punts for TD’s also. I’m sick of this award always going to QB’s and RB’s, and I think this is the guy to bring it back to a WR.
Runner-Up: Tim Tebow, QB Florida: This is where I will reveal facts to OSU fans about their OVERRATED Archie Griffin. Ole’ Archie only scored a TOTAL of 26 TD’s in his entire four-year career at OSU, and he actually rushed for LESS yards the second year he won the Heisman (1,620 vs. 1,357). Tebow had 23 rushing TD’s last year as a QB and almost 900 yards. He also threw for 32 TD’s, contributing to 55 TD’s total. How many passing TD’s did Archie have at OSU? The sad thing is that in today’s era, Tebow will have to top those amazing stats to win a second Heisman, whereas Archie sucked his senior year and they still handed him the award. Tebow (did I mention he is a WHITE QB?) almost had as many rushing TD’s in one season as Archie did in his entire career!! If Tebow does not win #2, then the fraud that is Archie Griffin should have to give his second Heisman to Tebow.
BCS Title Game
USC 35, Clemson 14
Uh oh, calling out Archie Griffin might just fire up the comments on this post. But, that's what we want. We want controversy. People call me an idiot everyday...time for you to feel the wrath as well, G-Saul. We're back with more Ohio State love tomorrow.