Monday, September 17, 2007

Weekly Top 25

Roughly 1/4 of the college football season is finished and I'm not quite sure we have learned that much yet. I had to admit we are seeing much more parody in college football than I ever remember and I'm not very happy about. What we've learned nationally is there appears to be 4-5 dominate teams. After them it's about 40 teams that can all beat each other.

TOP 25
  1. LSU
  2. USC
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Florida- Tennessee isn't anything special and they scored a bunch late, consider me unimpressed
  5. West Virginia
  6. Cal
  7. Texas
  8. Ohio State
  9. Penn State- for the record i think michigan beats them this week
  10. Rutgers
  11. Wisconsin
  12. Boston College
  13. Oregon
  14. Virginia Tech
  15. Clemson
  16. South Carolina
  17. Alabama
  18. Georgia
  19. Louisville
  20. USF
  21. Cincinnati
  22. Arkansas
  23. Georgia Tech
  24. Texas A&M
  25. Nebraska
The final 10 teams in that poll are terrible and if i didn't have to rank 25 i probably wouldn't this week. Anyways on to Ohio State. There were some very nice things to pick out of the game this week, but on the flip side there were some pretty awful things as well. In the end it was a nice win- something to build upon- and the best effort of the season so far. We still have a ton of work to do in order to become a championship level football team. So the good and the bad against washington this week....
The Good
  • Nice win on the road in a place that hard to play. Even if washington turns out to be pretty shitty it's nice to be the first big ten team to win there in something like 25 years.
  • Comeback after halftime. It was shitty we had to actually come back, but it's the type of thing thats a good experience and builds character amongst a team.
  • Todd Boeckman's 2nd half. The 1st half was so bad it's possible anything could have looked better though. He seemed to step up though and make some good reads ( the long pass to robo looked to be altered at the line) . I'll take it as a good sign

Washington should start cheating again, if they want to return to the glory of past years.

The Bad
  • Penalties. They are nearly as bad as turnovers, they made the game much too tight and shouldn't happen. I expect this to get better as it was a road game and there are distractions that happen.
  • Todd Boeckman's 1st half. It was bad- It was almost a lot worse. The under throws and throws into coverage continue to be a problem, I hate to say it but if they don't get better they are going to cost us dearly. In his defense much of the team played terrible in the 1st half and hopefully that will be fixed after going through the tape.
As for this week I expect to coast to victory. Northwestern is as bad as they have been in along time. That being said there are some distractions this week ( classes start, back from good win on the road) that can lead to a let down. My prediction is a pretty boring 35-10 victory for the bucks.

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