Saturday, September 26, 2009

College Football Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous college football thoughts and observations for Saturday's early games.

You really do have to hand it to Fresno State coach Pat Hill and his "Anybody, Anywhere, Anytime" philosophy. Today the Bulldogs have another tough non-conference game. This time against #14 Cincinnati. It should be noted that a focused Cincinnati team really could run the table. The talent is there and the Bearcats don't face a ranked team the rest of the way. If they slowly climbed the rankings from their current #14 - a potential Florida / Cincinnati championship game is not out of the realm of possibility. Remember where you read that possibility first... I think Indiana will take a page out of Tennessee's playbook against Florida and try to run and stall to keep the game against Michigan (at Michigan) close. The Wolverines are favored by 20 and as much as Urban Myer wanted to run it up against Tennessee - I see Michigan being more successful in covering the 20 points against Indiana... I'm amused by the name Southern Miss Golden Eagles. To me it sounds like a beauty queen winner. Is there a Northern Miss Golden Eagles? It could be a code - "hey look at the golden eagles on that one!" And yes sometimes I've got the sensibility of a 13-year old boy... Interesting - Southern Miss running back Damion Fletcher could become just the 8th player in FBS / Division 1 history to run for 1,000 years in each of his 4 seasons. He has 344 rushing yards already this season...

Buffalo (+3.5) at Temple
Fresno State (+17) at Cincinnati
Minnesota at Northwestern (over 49.5 points)
Indiana at Michigan (-20)
Southern Miss at Kansas (-13.5)
North Carolina at Georgia Tech (under 46 points)
LSU at Mississippi State (+12)

Edit Note: I'm posting this on the fly as I do my Saturday morning studying - so be sure to check back as I'll be adding stuff right up to 12:00 kickoff.

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