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Week 9 Top 25 and Commentary
Category: NCAA
Tags: NCAA Football Alabama Georgia Kansas St. Louisville LSU Nebraska Northwestern Notre Dame Ohio St. Oregon Stanford Tulsa

Top 25

rank / team / prior

1 Notre Dame 2

2 Alabama 1

3 Ohio St. 5

4 Kansas St. 4

5 Oregon 6

6 Florida 3

7 Louisville 12

8 LSU 8

9 Oregon St. 7

10 Georgia 21

11 S Carolina 15

12 Florida St. 16

13 Stanford 18

14 Toledo 13

15 TX Tech 9

16 Clemson 22

17 Boise St. 17

18 Nebraska Ė

19 Níwestern Ė

20 Miss. St. 11

21 Rutgers 10

22 Texas 20

23 TX A&M 25

24 Oklahoma 14

25 Tulsa Ė

Out of rankings: (20) W Virginia, (24) USC, (25) Wisconsin

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Iím going to write separately about LSU-Alabama. For now, Iíll just mention that while I expect LSU wonít win, I had the same feeling the last time a coach I particularly dislike as a person brought a top-5 team to Baton Rouge. LSU may also have benefited from that experience. I certainly hope the Tigers are at a higher level than Mississippi St. is, and that was probably the best team Alabama has played by far. I believe that South Carolina and Florida are both better teams (or at least South Carolina was).

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The Mad Hatterís Mad Accomplishments (so far)
Category: NCAA
Tags: NCAA Football Alabama Florida Georgia Les Miles LSU Michigan Nebraska Notre Dame Ohio St. Oklahoma Ole Miss Penn St. Texas

I was talking to a Florida fan the other day, and shortly after we talked about Spurrier, he mentioned that Miles wasnít doing a very good job at LSU.

Iím as frustrated as a lot of LSU fans with some issues. Clock management at the end of certain games against Ole Miss and Tennessee, refusing to give Jarrett Lee a chance in the BCS championship game in January, sticking with former OC Gary Crowton as long as he did, and so on.

But the man wins games and somehow finds a way to take teams that donít seem particularly strong and have them win 7 of 8 or 6 of 7 and so forth. There was sort of a 2-year rebuilding process after the national championship, but take away Leeís interception affliction in 2008 and a couple two-point losses in 2009, and those teams have similar records to the teams in Milesí other 5 full seasons before this one.

The gold standard in recent coaching stints is Pete Carroll at USC, who went 110-20. I think Miles would have to have a few 1- or 0- loss teams in a row to even come close to 85% (Carroll won 84.6%), but heís competitive with or ahead of other recent luminaries, particularly if you limit it to tenures in the last 10 years or those that (have) lasted longer than his. Iím not looking at career winning percentage but only at a particular school.

Saban (Ala.) 62-12 (83.8%)*
Spurrier (Fla.) 122-27-1 (81.7%)
Meyer (Fla.) 65-15 (81.3%)
Tressel (Ohio St.) 94-22 (81.0%)
Miles (LSU) 71-17 (80.7%)*
Stoops (Okla.) 144-35 (80.4%)*
Brown (Texas) 146-41 (78.1%)*
Richt (Ga.) 122-39 (75.8%)*
Carr (Mich.) 122-40 (75.3%)
Saban (LSU) 48-16 (75.0%)

*=active; record and percentage as of Week 8

Before I continue, I wanted to mention that of course I realize winning 70 games is nothing like winning 150 or 400. Being able to keep ahead of the other great programs over a decade or more is no easy task. Urban Meyer seemed to be on the verge of a nervous breakdown after 6 seasons at Florida.

But nonetheless, this is pretty good company to be in as far as how often your team wins games, and any fan of these teams will tell you that.

These are some historically great coaching tenures that had lower winning percentages (ties counted as half a win) than Miles has had so far:

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LSU vs. (Steve Spurrier and) South Carolina
Category: NCAA
Tags: NCAA Football Curley Hallman Florida Georgia Lou Holtz LSU Michigan St. Nick Saban South Carolina Steve Spurrier

Iíll just write a brief intro to bring this current (some of which is a repeat from my blog from earlier this week), and Iíll also provide the updated records instead of what I had on the original blog (replaced by ellipses).

LSU is 17-2-1 against South Carolina all time, which now includes three wins in the Spurrier era. South Carolina won the first game between the two schools in 1930 and didnít win the second until 1994 (its only win in Baton Rouge), then earning the tie in 1995.

This was the 9th time in the LSU/South Carolina series that the game was decided by 8 points or fewer, so LSU is 6-2-1 in such games against the Gamecocks.

If youíll look at my LSU/Florida rivalry post, I included a list of the larger point totals in that series. In four of the five instances in which the Gators scored over 40 and two of the three instances in which they scored over 50 against the Tigers, Spurrier was their coach. Obviously this game yesterday was a huge game anyway, but it always adds a little extra to the spirit of LSU fans to have Spurrier there.

Spurrier has now fallen to 11-4 against LSU now that he has lost all three games against the Tigers since beginning in South Carolina. Spurrier is now 67 years old, so there may not be too many more games against LSU, particularly if the league sticks with the 6-1-1 format, which means that every year LSU would only play one of the 6 teams in the East apart from Spurrierís alma mater, who the Tigers play every year. If they continue on the same rotation, LSU will not play South Carolina again until 2018 and then not again until 2024. I have a feeling he wonít still be coaching at 79, but I guess itís conceivable.

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(if you follow that link, it will also take you to the other "rivalry" entries, including LSU/A&M.)

Week 7 Top 25 and Commentary (including LSU post-game)
Category: NCAA
Tags: NCAA Football Alabama Florida Kansas St. LSU Northwestern Notre Dame Ohio St. Oklahoma Oregon South Carolina Texas Tech Texas A&M WVU

Top 25

rank / team / prior

1 Alabama 1

2 Notre Dame 2

3 Ohio St. 3

4 Kansas St. 9

5 Florida 7

6 Oregon St. 8

7 Oregon 5

8 TX Tech 14

9 S Carolina 4

10 W Virginia 6

11 Rutgers 17

12 LSU 20

13 Oklahoma Ė

14 TX A&M 23

15 Miss. St. 18

16 Louisville 19

17 Cincinnati 15

18 Boise St. 21

19 Stanford 10

20 Níwestern Ė

21 USC Ė

22 La. Tech 11

23 Texas 12

24 Florida St. 22

25 Georgia 16

Out of rankings: (13) Iowa St., (24) Toledo, (25) Duke

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Since losing his first home game against Tennessee (in which the Tigers gave up a 21-point lead before going on to lose in overtime), Les Miles has only lost 5 home games. Three of those losses occurred in the 2008 season (Georgia, Alabama [in overtime], and Ole Miss), with one loss each in 2007 (Arkansas, again in overtime) and 2009 (Florida). From 2005 to 2007 (Arkansas was LSUís final home game in 2007), the Tigers won 19 straight games at home. Their current streak, however, is the longest in LSU history at 22 games. Nick Saban, who incidentally won his last 10 home games (and 14 of his last 15) as LSUís head coach, will be the next coach to attempt to put a stop to that streak.

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The Beeze's College Football Wrap Up 10-7-12
Category: FEATURED
Tags: NCAA College Football SEC ACC Big12 Big10 Pac12 Manti Te'o Collin Klein West Virginai Penn State UNH LSU Andy Vailas

We'll start this week with one of the day's early games...Big-12 and state rivals, Kansas at #7 Kansas State...If you paid attention to my pre-season predictions, and now my weekly wrap up, you know I'm all in with Collin Klein and Kansas State taking the Big-12 title this year...I have to say, early in this game I was a bit nervous...Charlie Weiss was pulling everything he could out of the playbook, and by halftime the Jayhawks were only down 21-14...But that was it...The Wildcats defense buckled down, and the offense rolled...Klein passed for 129 yards and 2 TD's, while rushing for 116 and two more TD's...K-State drilled the Jayhawks 56-16...

The other early game I was bouncing to was from the MAC...Buffalo was visiting the Bobcats at Ohio U...And things didn't look good early for undefeated Ohio, as Buffalo jumped out to an early 14-0 lead...Ohio battled back and had the lead at halftime...Buffalo kept swinging and had the game tied after 3 quarters...The Bobcats pulled ahead and held on for 38-31 win, even though Buffalo had out gained them in yardage, and had a 10 minute TOP advantage on them...I'm sure this was a good reminder that the Bobcats can't coast though their MAC schedule...

I hadn't planned on writing about the #3 Florida State at NC State game, but now I have to...As I started writing this, I saw NC State was hanging in there...And then they did it...On fourth down, with time running out, Mike Glennon connected with Bryan Underwood for a game tying, 2 yards TD pass...And with the extra point. NC State took a 17-16 lead, and held on for the last few seconds to win...Love seeing FSU...Love seeing an upset live like that...And I was shocked to not see the NC State fans storm the field...Very odd to see a big conference upset like this, and not see the student body go bat-shit!

Now lets go to the SEC...I have never found myself rooting for #10 Florida...But today I was, as they took on #4 LSU...I have grown to hate LSU, and their obnoxious fans who think LSU is God's gift to football...Well, your team may have put some points up on Towson, but they didn't do shit against a real defense like Florida...And then Florida's offense just went ball-control all over your ass, hanging onto the ball for 37 minutes and change...The Gators won 14-6 and are now 5-0...

The other big game in the SEC was suppose to be #5 Georgia at #6 South Carolina...Instead it was an ass beating as South Carolina rushed for 230 yards on their way to a 35-7 victory...and that 230 yards doesn't count the 70 yard punt return for a TD by Ace Sanders... South Carolina QB Connor Shaw looked really good as well...This kid is coming along, and the fact that Spurrier doesn't seem to be screwing with his head too much may be a big reason why...But it all started the Gamecocks defense getting into Georgia QB, Aaron Murray's face, and head early...Just a dominating effort...And with Georgia taking the loss, along with LSU's loss, the SEC is looking more interesting...Game to watch next week, South Carolina at Florida...Should be a hell of a game!

Now, before I get into any other games, I have to get to my Fighting Irish...

Manti Te'o and the dominating #9 Fighting Irish defense took to Soldier field to renew an old rivalry with the Miami Hurricanes...I have to say I was a bit worried about Miami's speed, but once they dropped a few passes, on balls that had the secondary beat, the Irish defense woke up and held Miami to just a field goal...It also helped the defense that Notre Dame held onto the ball for over 39 minutes, and rushed for 376 yards...This was an old fashioned ass beating...The Irish ran through Miami the way Taco Bell runs through me...Damn, I really want a Mexican Pizza! George Atkinson III had 123 yards and a TD, while Cierre Wood put up 118 yards and 2 TD's...Theo Riddick had 21 yards and a TD on 5 carries...Everrett Golson had 51yards on the ground, and Cam McDaniel had 55 yards and 1 TD on 11 carries...

Next week #18 Stanford comes to South Bend to take on the Irish...But this week, Stanford had a bit of a scare, as they didn't feel like playing defense against Arizona...Both teams racked up 617 yards of total offense, each...4 Quarters wasn't enough...Tied at 48, they felt there needed to be more scoring...Stanford must have been feeling the pressure, because they wanted to end this quickly...A rare defense high-light, the Stanford D picked off a Matt Scott pass...Then on their second offensive play, Stepfan Taylor broke off a 21 yard TD run, to end the game 54-48...I hope the Cardinal defense plays this shitty next week!

In the Big-Ten, #24 Northwestern fans were getting excited about their team, until Saturday when they went to Penn State and lost to the Nittany Assholes 39-28...And yes, ESPN televised this weeks game...That's all 6 PSU games on ESPN/ABC...ESPN, the world wide leader in bullshit...Don't worry, if your school and legendary head coach cover up decades of child rape, ESPN will have your back, and do what the can to keep your sanctioned program relevant...

This weeks prime-time Big-Ten game featured #21 Nebraska heading into Columbus to take on #12 Ohio State...Early on this was a tight battle, with plenty of offense...But Ohio State took control and pulled away, winning 63-38...QB Braxton Miller rushed for 186 yards...I have to ask Nebraska, how the hell do you let that happen? Everyone knows this kid is the key weapon for Ohio State...Stop him...Don't let him run all over you...Force him to beat you with his arm...Did you guys not watch any film on how this kid runs? But Buckeyes fans are happy...They saw some high-powered offense that they have been waiting to see from Urban Meyer...

Speaking of high-powered offense...#8 West Virginia went down to Texas to take on the #11 Longhorns...Friggin' West Virginia and their offense...460 total yards...Geno Smith passing for 268 and 4 TD's...Texas tried their best to hang with the Mountaineers, as they put up 404 yards of offense...I was expecting Texas' defense to be the one to slow WV down and put them in their place, but I guess I was wrong, as WV won 48-45...I'm really noticing a lack of defense lately, and it's disappointing...

Also in the Big-12, with QB Casey Pachall suspended, #15 TCU lost to Iowa State 37-23...Looking at the numbers you would think TCU should have won this game, but there is that all important category of TURNOVERS...TCU turned it over 5 times...You can't win doing that...

And since I've found myself paying attention to the University of New Hampshire the last couple weeks, why not see what they did this week in the CAA...Well, QB Andy Vailas passed for 252 yards and 4 TD's, while running back Nico Steriti rushed for 126 yards and 2 TD's...Running back Jimmy Owens also added 120 yards on the ground, as UNH beat-up Georgia State 44-21...

That's it for the wrap up...See ya Monday!

The Beeze.

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