Monday, October 09, 2006

College Football Delayed Reaction

I. I don't know that I've ever been more emotionally invested in a game than the one I was at Saturday. Through 3 quarters my Deacons could do no wrong, and then on the first play of the 4th quarter it all went away faster than the career of Men Without Hats. Hopefully the teams emotional status is better than mine with a tough road game against a seemingly rejuvenated NC State squad this weekend.

II. Speaking of NC State, are they a different team under Evans or is their 2-0 conference start a fortuitous combination of luck (Boston College) and emotion (NC State always gets up for FSU)?

III. What has happened to Fresno State? With their loss to Utah State (1-5) the Bulldogs drop to 1-7 since nearly shocking the world in Los Angeles last November.

IV. Congrats to Louisiana-Lafayette. In a win that definitely flew under the radar the Rajun Cajuns defeated Houston 31-28 (in Houston) to run their record to 3-2. Since becoming head coach in 2002, Ricky Bustle, has helped the Rajun Cajuns improve their winning percentage each season, culminating with their 6-5 Sun Belt Co-Championship last season. Don't expect them to compete with the big boys any time soon (witness their beatdowns to LSU and Texas A&M to start the year), but beating a team on the road that came within one point of beating Miami in the Orange Bowl is a pretty big deal for the Sun Belt favorite.

V. The NCAA's best coach (Paul Johnson) has Navy sitting at 5-1 after a victory over Air Force. The Midshipmen are a missed extra point away from being unbeaten. The talent differential is probably too great for the Mids to hang with Notre Dame, but no coach in the country gets more out of his players than the Navy head man.

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