Obviously, I'm not a football analyst
That much will be proven true in the following paragraphs. I am, however, a rabid college football fan, and so here are a few thoughts on last night’s contest, and other events from the weekend in CFB.
Throughout the lead-in to this game, my greatest fear as a Florida State fan was UM tight end Greg Olsen. UM tight ends have made a habit of killing FSU over the years, thanks to a cover-2/aggressive pass rush scheme that leaves openings for them. FSU made a point of covering Olsen heavily this time around, and Kyle Wright and the WRs were unable to exploit the openings elsewhere. Major point in this game.
One of my best friends from college — the person who knows more about football than just about anyone I’ve ever met — has a belief about how games turn out. Actually, he has a lot of them, but one in particular stands out regarding this game. I actually call it the Wamsley Principle — the team that takes physical control of a game in the second half of the third quarter tends to win. There’s an initial rush early in the third, but the team that starts dominating the line of scrimmage and dictating play AFTER that is the team that will win. FSU was absolutely that team last night. Even before they had taken the lead, they were in control of the game.
Drew Weatherford’s game reminded me of Roethlisberger in the Super Bowl — and yes, I do intend that as a compliment. He never made the major mistake (OK, the pick was really bad, but it was only one), and when he had chances to make plays, he made them. Nice scramble to avoid a 3rd-and-very-long, couple of big passes, he looked like a winner.
FSU stubbornly stuck to "establish the run" a little too long. But not a lot too long. So I guess that’s a small victory.
Elsewhere in college football…
I’m feeling pretty good about USC as No. 1. … Not feeling so good about having been on the Cal bandwagon. Ouch. … Mitch Mustain is really exciting, but the boos from the Arkansas fans for Johnson were uncalled for. … Under-the-radar good game of the day, for me, was BYU-Arizona. Love the late night TBS game.
And now, to close this out, this week’s top-10.
1. USC. Not many teams had quality wins this weekend, but they had one.
2. Texas. I think they beat OSU on Saturday.
3. Ohio State. Northern Illinois is a pretty tough opponent.
4. Notre Dame. I give them credit for beating GT on the road, even if it was ugly.
5. FSU. Put aside the rivalry — it’s tough for anybody to beat UM in the Orange Bowl
6. LSU. Don’t know any more about them than a week ago.
7. Auburn. Conference road game is a good opening win, even against one of the worst teams in the SEC.
8. Florida. Took care of business.
9. Tenneseee. Best win of the weekend.
10. WVU. Overrated most places, but a good team.
Teams to watch: Oregon, Clemson, Georgia, Iowa.
Game of the week: Texas-Ohio State, of course. But Clemson-BC is a very intriguing matchup, as is ND-Penn State.
I promise my next post will be baseball.