SI.com college football writer Stewart Mandel shares his commentary, analysis and random tidbits on the latest developments around the country.
11/04/2006 03:11:00 PM
Saturday Observations Part I
Quarterback Chase Daniel threw two interceptions in Missouri's loss to Nebraska.
Everything was going just dandy Friday night. Upon returning from Louisville around 6 p.m., I took a cab back to may apartment, dropped off my bags, then dashed back out to meet friends and attend an opening-night screening of Borat. I’ve never heard a theater laugh so hard for practically 90 straight minutes. While the movie is entertaining throughout, there are two scenes in particular (I won’t spoil ‘em for you) that are so shocking your jaw would drop if not for the fact you're laughing uncontrollably while watching them.
Anyway, I finally got back to my place around midnight only to find out that sometime while I was out of town, my cable went out. And I mean, it’s out. The whole “reset the box” thing wasn’t doing it. Nor was trying another coax. Nope, this was going to require a technician … so of course the cable folks told me, “Our next available appointment is next Thursday between 2-5 p.m.” I pleaded my case, explaining that my job is entirely dependant on being able to watch television today, but no, the woman at RCN (the low-rent cable company my apartment building uses) would have none of it. Wait in line with everybody else who’s freaking out because they can’t watch CSI.
So today, I have set up shop at my friend Hank’s place. Many, many thanks to him for his hospitality (though he is actually not here, as he and the fiancée had a standing date at the Cheesecake Factory). The good news: He has HDTV. The bad news: I’ve been here an hour and I’ve yet to find an available electrical outlet, which means the clock is ticking on my laptop battery and, in turn, the Blog.
Basically, this is my equivalent of playing on a bad hamstring.
Some quick, early observations:
∙ Major kudos to Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema for finding a loophole in the new clock rules that may just force the NCAA to scrap the darn things. After scoring a touchdown to go up 10-3 against Penn State with 23 seconds left in the first half, the Badgers intentionally lined up offsides on consecutive kickoffs. Because the clock starts at the kick, and because they were technically free plays for the Nittany Lions, Wisconsin was able to whittle the clock down to four seconds before kicking off for real. Needless to say, Joe Paterno was not happy.
∙ The Chase Daniel bandwagon is suddenly a lot less crowded. The ballyhooed Missouri quarterback threw two first-half interceptions as Nebraska rolled to a 27-3 lead over the Tigers. Mizzou’s spread offense is fun to watch when it’s clicking, but when it’s not -- and when the other team can run the ball like Nebraska -- it’s as if the Tigers never have the ball.
∙ Example No. 768 why Vegas is smarter than me: I thought it was a misprint when I saw earlier this week that Minnesota was a six-point favorite over torrid Indiana. Midway through the second quarter: Minnesota 35, Indiana 7.
∙ We can now confirm that Florida RB DeShawn Wynn is indeed alive and still a member of the Gators’ roster. He had six carries in the first 18 minutes of Saturday’s Vanderbilt game -- which is exactly six more than he had in the first half last week.
Alright Mandel, let's look at FSU. All I have heard for a month is how bad Bobby Bowden is and how his program is going into the tank. Nobody has mentioned the 6 injured LBs or the 5 walkons playing on defense and ST. Looking into the future I see the makings of a really good team. Be honest man, all programs go through stretches of rebuilding. FSU has a lot of young talent and looks like they weeded out all the problem kids over the spring and summer. The Noles will be back sooner than people think.
kudos to bret indeed, the goal is to do everything in your power and within the rules to win the game. he did that. not only was it within the rules its practically embraced by the rules. also why is it that an 80 yr old man screaming at an official who is clearly doing his job not seen as a sad sad thing. yeah yeah paterno is old and venerable and all that stuff but he also gets away with abusing the refs in a way no other coach even tries. anyone remember the great paterno-referee chase? Penn State fans, your team isnt that good. its been beaten by UM, UND, OSU and now UW(who was supposed to finish 6-7th in the big ten btw) know what that means? they are a mediocre team this year WE ARE.... better than penn state -life long Mad Towner