Monday, August 31, 2009

College Football Preview: The Over/Underrated


It's that time of year again...that's right, college football kicks off this week. And much like last year here, we are going to unleash an entire weeklong dedication to the sport with some predictions from myself and 5 of our least favorite commenters. On board for the second year in a row are Damman, Dut, Drew, The Wig Master, GSaul, and myself. This could get wild. The schedule for the week looks like this: Monday is Over and Underrated Day, Tuesday is Firings Day, Wednesday is dedicated to sexy predictions, Thursday is all Heisman all the time, and Friday is picks for the BCS title. Should be interesting. On with the show:

Damman
Overrated - Va Tech. Every year they are ranked in the top 10 in preseason and every year they lose at least 3 games. Sure they win the ACC almost every year, but it's a mediocre conference at best. They never beat anybody worth a damn. When was the last time these guys had any sort of offense? Pig Face is a good coach, but he's a little overrated in my opinion as well for the same reasons listed above.
Underrated - Illinois. You will be hard pressed to find a team with more offensive weapons than Illinois. With Juice Williams and Daniel Dufrene in the backfield to go along with Arrelious Benn, Jeff Cumberland and Florida transfer Jarrod Fayson as receiving options, Illinois will be able to score with anyone in the country. They will challenge Ohio St. and Penn St. in the Big Ten despite being coached by Ron Zook.

GMoney
Overrated - Cal They seem to be the sexy pick to be the team to finally win the Pac-10 instead of USC. I don't buy it. Jeff Tedford's teams are never that good. Jahvid Best is sick, but he's already hurt. And the few times that I watched the Bears last year, I thought that Kevin Riley was one of the worst QB's on the planet. We're talking Ken Dorsey bad. Maybe USC doesn't win the conference this year, but it's not going to be Cal that overthrows them.
Underrated - Ole Miss I know what you're thinking, they are a top ten team right now! Well, everyone in the country thinks that they shouldn't be there and I (in my Jo Galloway voice) strenuously disagree. This team is really good, very well-coached, and don't play any tough road games. They will be in the top ten all season long and Jevan Snead will be the next QB of the Tennessee Titans.

Dut
Overrated - 8th ranked Ole Miss Rebels. This team didn’t win a game in the SEC in 2007. Then in 2008 they snuck up on a few teams who didn’t take them seriously and finished 3rd in the mighty SEC. There’s a huge difference when you’re the hunter vs the hunted. I do buy that Ole Miss was a better team (Jevan Snead is a stud), but I also believe that the SEC was down last year compared to most. Do people forget that they lost to Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, South Carolina, and Alabama? Do people only remember that they made Tim Tebow cry? One thing that will really help is their schedule. For being in a conference that hillbillies in the south believe could compete with the NFL, this schedule is fucking easy. They don’t play Florida or Georgia, and their toughest non conference game is Memphis. This team would finish 4th in the Big 10. 8th in the nation is ridonculus.
Underrated - Unranked Illinois. I can’t believe I’m picking a Ron Zook coached team here, but Illinois should at least be ranked. It seems like Juice Williams has been around forever, and this is his time to shine. He has one of the best receivers in the nation to throw to- Arrelious Benn. Also, number two receiver Jarred Fayson once played with Tim Tebow so he at least has Jesus on his side. I don’t know anything about the Illinois defense, but this offense should be able to score on anyone. I’d say that they’re a sleeper to win the Big 10, but then I remind myself that Ron Zook is the head coach. This team definitely has talent, and they have potential to turn in a solid season.

Drew
Overrated - Virginia Tech. They are ranked seventh in the country and will find a way to lose three games this year, while playing an ACC schedule. Their starting QB named Tyrod Taylor (true first name) actually called Mike Vick for advice once he left prison. I wonder if Seung-Hui Cho's line was busy?
Underrated - Illinois. They are currently unranked, but I think they are going to finish second in the Big Ten. The Illini play their four toughest games in their first five games. They will get through those games with only one or two losses and coast the rest of the way. I also think they will thump Mizzou on opening night to prove they are for real.

The Wig Master
Overrated - USC Trojans
Although USC returns nine starters on offense, they will not have an experienced heartthrob of a quarterback to 'Lean On'. Instead they will have a lanky redshirt sophomore known as 'Corpy' who won the starting job based on his grasp of the playbook and not performance (note: this was turned in before Ramblin' Red Barkley was named the starter). Not only is USC inexperienced at the most vital position but they also face the challenge of adjusting to a new offensive coordinator. Last season USC's defense made a greater contribution to the team's success than that of the offense. This season they only return three of those defensive starters. USC's four toughest games of the season are on the road. After a loss to The Ohio State University in game two they will slip out of the top five. When they are stunned by one of their PAC 10 peers their spot in the latter portion of the top twelve will be solidified.
Underrated - Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Welcome to the long awaited 'Year of the Irish'! Well, maybe that's a stretch. Notre Dame won't quite live up to Lou's prediction but they will be considerably better than season's past and that of their No. 23 preseason ranking indicates. Dr. Holtz does make some solid points. The Irish return 18 starters which include third-year quarterback Jimmy Clausen. The three leading Irish players in scoring, rushing yards, receiving yards, all-purpose yards and total offense are all back. Their schedule is 'manageable' enough that they could produce their best record in four years. Notre Dame's only opponent ranked in the top 25 is their rival from the west, USC. Not likely but if the Irish can pull off a home field upset and win the Jeweled Shillelagh their season could take everyone by surprise. Notre Dame does lead the series 42-33-5. Crazier things in the confines of that Catholic Campus have happened...

GSaul
Overrated - The Overrated State University. I already discussed Ohio State’s failures on the national level last year, and the Buckeyes did not disappoint me in 2008. Look for much the same in 2009. Let’s be honest, this Buckeyes team is not worthy of a top 10 ranking. You already have two dates circled for losses: September 12th against USC: guaranteed loss; November 7th against Penn State: if you could not beat Penn State at the Horseshoe with the team you had last year, what makes you think you can beat the Nittany Lions in Happy Valley with the team you have this year?! Expect another embarrassing bowl loss and another 10-3 season.
Underrated - Troy Trojans. Troy is always at the top of the Sun Belt Conference and was leading LSU last year 31-3 in the third quarter before a monumental comeback from the Tigers. They also played the Buckeyes tough last year. The Trojans are not shy about scheduling top-ranked competition as they also faced Florida and Georgia in 2007. Troy again plays the Florida Gators this year and look for the Trojans to knock off Dut’s BGSU Falcons on September 3.

Oh no. The dreaded overrated term for the Buckeyes. That should get things going in the comments. More tomorrow...

45 comments:

Anonymous said...

Troy? Come on GSaul. This was supposed to be a serious discussion about college football. I vote that GSaul lose his spot on the panel for this. By the way Ohio St. beat Troy by 18 points last year, so I'm not sure what your definition of "playing them tough is.

I am not taking the bait on the "Ohio State is overrated" rant. But I'll take our "embarassing" last second loss to Texas last year over Michigan's tough, hard fought loss to Toledo at home.

-Damman

GMoney said...

So...you're not taking that bait but you sort of are anyway??? Yes, he should be embarrassed for discussing a Sun Belt team though.

Nate B. said...

Before you laugh, hear me out on this...

East Carolina.

They return eight starters on each side of the ball, along with star QB Patrick Pinkney.

The team went 9-5 last year with wins against then No-17 Virginia Tech and then No-8 WVU.

Four of the five losses were against unranked competition, which shouldn't be an issue this year with more experience returning. The fifth loss was a six-point downer to a (gasp!) SEC opponent in a bowl game (Kentucky).

ECU should be the top non-BCS school in 2009, while receiving very little attention.

Dustin said...

Yeah losing a last second heartbreaker to the number 2 team in the nation is so embarassing!

Anonymous said...

Leave it to Gmoney and his incredible predictions to go out on a "limb" to say that Ole Miss is underratted!? You cannot pick a team ranked in the top 10 and say they are underratted no matter what your arguement is.

Seal

GMoney said...

Seal, when I start writing this site based on your guidelines, then I will perhaps give a shit about your opinion.

When everyone says that a team is overrated, no matter where they are, they can be underrated. Feel free to go stick your head back up your ass now.

Anonymous said...

Of course, anyone who does not write through the rosy-colored perspective of a Buckeye fan should be banned from the panel.

I'm not sure why you two are limiting the comment "another embarrassing bowl loss" only to the last-second loss to Texas. If your selective memories can recall, OSU has lost three bowl games in a row.

And the bait on the Troy comment was really for Dut because I just wanted to talk shit about them beating his BGSU Falcons this week.

-GSaul

Anonymous said...

G$, your DFL name and picture might be the worst thing I have ever seen produced by you.

I will let G$ elaborate if he so choses haha

- Jon Saul

Mr. Ace said...

I'm with Damman. I hate the Fuckeyes just as much as anybody, probably more, but GSaul proved himself to be a complete fucktard with this one.

Nate B, I like your ECU idea, but they won't be the best non-BCS team this year...that would be Toledo...

I'm not buying into Illinois. They have zero defense and the combination of Juice and Zooker means they have to lose at least 4 games.

I'm with you on Cal, G$. I have no idea where all the Cal hype is coming from. I would pick the two Oregon teams before Tedford's taints.

Wig Master...ND underrated?!?!? Are you out of your fucking mind?

Anonymous said...

Damman you are a smart man.

--Drew

Anonymous said...

Mr. Ace...Illinois has zero defense? Ever heard of Martez Wilson? Might want to check that out.

--Drew

GMoney said...

The fuck is Martez Wilson? Does he own a landscaping company? No one cares about Illinois's's's's defense.

Jon, there was one even worse that had I used it, I would not be able to update my team. It was too disgusting. Even for me. You know how South Park draws Canadians with the flappy heads. Yeah, that's what Nicole Brown Simpson looked like.

Ron Zook is 18-30 at Illinois yet you fucking fartsniffers want us to believe that THIS IS THEIR YEAR. Fuck that.

Tony B. said...

I just assume that Cal will be overrated because I have to hear from Cal fans about "how great they're going to be this year." They underachieve every year, so you probably made a good pick, G$.

Anonymous said...

Ace, thanks for your opinion, but your writing is so terrible that I refused to read G$'s blog during the two weeks that he was gone.

-GSaul

Dustin said...

We got the 2 Michigan fans fighting!! YES!!! Hopefully you both kill eachother.

I can name 2 players from Bg, so it will take more than troy to lure me in. The only reason I know the 2 is because they ran trains on my ex girlfriends roommate. I didn't even know they played Troy. I am actually looking forward to the Bg boise state game.

Mr. Ace said...

GSaul, way to defend your argument...like a prepubescent school girl.

I'm probably the greatest blogger of all time.

Anonymous said...

I have not seen G$'s avatar yet, but I am cringing just thinking about it.

Drew, we are pretty much on the same page when it comes to the terribleness (if that's a word) of Va Tech. Since no one has given you props on the Cho reference, let me be the first to do so. Well played.

Too bad I have to destroy you when our paths cross in the G$FL. Vandalay Industries with coach Kel Varnsen are going to be a force to be reckoned with.

GSaul, it seems like you tone down your Buckeye hatred whenever I see you, but on this blog you turn into Trev Alberts and Mark May. What's up with that?

-Damman

Anonymous said...

Child please! The only reason why G$'s blog ranking did not go down was because you sat on-line all day refreshing the page to keep the number of hits to the site up to the G$ level.

Dut is right, we need to stick together...props on the Chuck Woodson jersey at the draft yesterday.

-GSaul

Anonymous said...

I have not figured out the love affair with Penn State. They lost all three wide recievers, three offensive lineman, there top three defensive lineman, and there entire secondary. They return 8 players from last year.

But, I guess when you run the Spread HD all things are possible.

With that schedule an 85 year old can lead them to 10 or 11 wins.

Hoffman

Anonymous said...

GSaul,

Here you go with calling Ohio State overrate again without providing any analysis. As I said last year, if you actually provided some thoughtful analysis, I would have no problem with it. Howeer, because you did not, I do not know how anyone can see it as anything but an attempt to display your bias. Even Mr. Ace, a die hard Michigan fan, sees right through it.

-Lil' Strut

Dustin said...

Gsaul you can spit aces sperm out of your mouth anytime now.

KPietsch said...

I wasn't shocked to see the posting from GSaul. But to see you pick Troy... crazy!!! I did see Rich Rod about to cry on ESPN. It's not the first time we saw a Michigan Coach cry before. Good luck with that one.

GMoney said...

To defend GSaul, LS, he did mention that a better overall Buckeyes team from last year lost 3 games so why wouldn't they again this year and that is a valid argument. I think his claim that OSU is overrated this year is MUCH more valid than his claim last year. But that's just my opinion (which is always right) so I guess that makes it fact.

Ace is a fucking terrible blogger who doesn't pay up on his bets. YOU KNOW DAMN WELL THAT YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN WEARING MY PORTIS JERSEY YESTERDAY, YOU FAG! You lost the damn bet and tried to weasel out on a technicality. You are dead to me...just like my team logo. AND you forgot my JFL money! You are the worst person ever. Worse than Spencer Pratt.

Hoffman, Penn State will be favored in every game this year. They schedule worse than anyone in the country.

Dustin said...

With all the shit that happened last year, I'm not sure that you can say that last years team was better across the board. This team has a lot more potential, but time will tell how fast all these new guys mature.

Anonymous said...

Watching Rich Rod cry today has been the highlight of my day.

--Drew

GMoney said...

With all the shit that happened last year...

Ummm, what are you talking about? The benching of your shitty QB? That's about it as USC would have killed you with or without Beanie.

And stop saying "potential". You have the potential to be the world's greatest rusty trombone giver, but I'm not ready to take the title from Jon Saul yet.

Mr. Ace said...

G$, there was one point yesterday where I almost wore that shitty jersey. But then I said fuck that shit because this ain't the JFL and has nothing to do with it. Even you yourself said at one time that I was lucky because you weren't going to be in the JFL.

I'm the greatest blogger ever...only behind Maurice Clarrett...and maybe the ultimate warrior.

Remember when you said you would pay me for covering for you during your two week vacation? Why didn't you pay up on that, bitch?

I am not easily offended. But your team logo is on a different level.

Drew, remember when you said Roy Small is/was good enough to be a first round draft pick? YOU FUCKING MORON. Your opinion is about as intelligent as Michael Rosenberg's.

GMoney said...

You are lucky I'm not in the JFL because I OWNED THAT LEAGUE!!!

I did consider paying you for filling in, but it was never agreed upon.

Roy Small, Ray Small, no one fucking cares.

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