Copyright ? 2010 Ed Bagley
You visualize it attending college football games every Saturday - missed assignments, missed tackles, players throwing themselves at runners and hoping they may drop. Guess what? The runners don't drop much anymore. They are bigger, larger, faster, stronger and even more elusive.
So how about we more college players square up and tackle runners? The answer is simple - diet program options are not fast enough or too forgetful in filling their gap assignment and/or these are scared to tackle.
The net response to this is exactly what we got last weekend. The 7 highest scoring games produced 703 total points, or even an average of 100-plus points per game. This may be exciting, yet it is lousy football.
So how bad could it get? This bad:
Michigan beat Illinois 67-65 in triple overtime (132 total points), Navy beat East Carolina 76-35 (111 points), Duke beat Virginia 55-48 (103), Kansas beat Colorado 52-45 (97), Tulsa beat Rice 64-27 (91), 3rd-ranked Auburn beat AA Chattanooga 62-24 (86), and 19th-ranked Oklahoma State beat 22nd-ranked Baylor 55-28 (83).
Haven't had enough evidence? Try the following 8 highest scoring games. To wit:
No. 25 Nevada over Idaho 63-17 (80), Florida International over Louisiana-Monroe 42-35 in double overtime (77), Southern Mississippi over Tulane 46-30 (76), Troy over North Texas 41-35 (76), Arkansas State over Middle Tennessee State 51-24 (75), Fresno State over Louisiana Tech 40-34 (74), Central Florida over Houston 40-33 (73), and North Carolina upsetting 24th-ranked Florida State 37-35 (72).
That's 15 games with total numerous 72-plus. Fifteen games that generated 1,306 points, or perhaps an average of 87-plus points per game.
So you saw lots of offense, lousy defense, instead of lots good, solid football. Suspense? There was virtually none. It was just a matter of who had the ball moving along the field with little resistance.
Not to bore you, but to create a point:
The 5 scoring offenses in the united states are Oregon (54+ points per game), Boise State (47+), Oklahoma State (46+), Nevada (44+), and Stanford (42+).
The worst 5 scoring defenses near your vicinity are Eastern Michigan (gives up 43+ points per game), Memphis (42+), New Mexico (42+), East Carolina (41+), and Louisiana-Lafayette (40+).
This is simply a small problem for just a lousy team just like the Eastern Michigan Eagles, who stop trying 43+ points per game and simply score around 19+ points per game. No wonder they're only 1-8 about the read more season. They did find a way to beat Ball State 41-38 in overtime.
All right Ed, have an escape. OK.
Who has acted toughest schedule one of several AP Top 25 teams? I am glad you asked. Read them and weep if you will not find your preferred team.
Arizona has unquestionably toughest schedule; the Wildcats are ranked 12th nationally. Next is LSU (15th), then Stanford (16th), Missouri (18th), and Oklahoma (19th).
Who has acted worst schedule one of the Top 25?
Try Central Florida at 95th, then Ohio State (87th), Nevada (86th), Virginia Tech (80th), and Utah (79th).
Wins do count, it also enables you to place it into perspective.
Oregon is 9-0 and contains literally 36th toughest schedule. Auburn is 10-0 and ranks 40th in schedule strength. TCU is 10-0 and ranks 62nd. Boise State is 8-0 and ranks 72nd.
Since you can find only 120 Division 1-A teams, both TCU and Boise State are mounting up victories resistant to the bottom 1 / 2 of area of (61st to 120th). Despite their protestations otherwise, both TCU and Boise State love playing in mid-major conferences, along with Utah.
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