Saturday Is The Holy Day

For God so loved the world, that on the sixth day, he created college football . . .

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Week 11 Postcard - Confused in State College, PA

STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 12: A fan holds up a sign that reads “Joe Pa Got Screwed” before Penn Stateplayers make their way into the stadium before playing Nebraska in a college football game at Beaver Stadium on November 12, 2011 in State College, Pennsylvania. Head football coach Joe Paterno was fired amid allegations that former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was involved with child sex abuse. Penn State is playing their final home football game against Nebraska. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)


I wonder if this guy actually believes that sign he is holding up.  Now that this most darkest of secrets that was kept inside the Penn State family for years has come to light you would think even the most short minded fans would glean some perspective from it.
I agree with comments from Chris Fowler earlier in the week.  The possibility of Joe Paterno being carried off the field by his players today in light of the enormous scandal is an image that the Board of Trustees could not tolerate.
There will be a time to celebrate his coaching career but it is certainly not this weekend.  This scandal will scar his legacy. 

Week 11 Postcard - Confused in State College, PA

STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 12: A fan holds up a sign that reads “Joe Pa Got Screwed” before Penn Stateplayers make their way into the stadium before playing Nebraska in a college football game at Beaver Stadium on November 12, 2011 in State College, Pennsylvania. Head football coach Joe Paterno was fired amid allegations that former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was involved with child sex abuse. Penn State is playing their final home football game against Nebraska. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

I wonder if this guy actually believes that sign he is holding up.  Now that this most darkest of secrets that was kept inside the Penn State family for years has come to light you would think even the most short minded fans would glean some perspective from it.

I agree with comments from Chris Fowler earlier in the week.  The possibility of Joe Paterno being carried off the field by his players today in light of the enormous scandal is an image that the Board of Trustees could not tolerate.

There will be a time to celebrate his coaching career but it is certainly not this weekend.  This scandal will scar his legacy. 

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REMEMBER THE ALMA MATER JOE, REMEMBER THE ALMA MATER …

I thought this photo captured a powerful symbol of the only way forward for Joe Paterno and Penn State.  It apparently was placed there by a student, and I’m sure has probably been ripped down by now.

The line is taken from Penn State’s alma mater, and it needs to be forefront in the minds of Joe, his handlers, and the university leadership.  Horrible, unspeakable damage has been done … stop compounding it by dancing around, and treating this like a hundred dollar handshake scandal, and remember what your program, and UNIVERSITY, supposedly stood for.  Scrape together what little honor you have left, and start viewing all your actions through the prisim of this one simple statement.  And I’ll give you a hint … lawyers, the phrase ‘met the legal obligation’, and focusing on football don’t generally cotton with ‘bring no shame’.



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MR TEXSUN’S BCS RECAP

#1 LSU - They are one of the more solid #1’s that I can remember.  After their great win this week lets not forget beating Oregon in game 1 and a road win at West Virginia.  The next major rendezvous on their way to the title is on Black Friday when Arkansas travels down to the bayou.

LSU head coach Les Miles celebrates with his team after the second half of an NCAA college football game against Alabama, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. LSU won 9-6 in overtime.  AP Photo

#2 Oklahoma State - This is probably the most explosive team right now.  With the exception of the first half in Aggieland I can’t remember the Cowboys being slowed down by anyone.  Even with their great success everything is still riding on the Bedlam game in Stillwater on December 5.  But first they meet the Sooners tormentors in crazy Lubbock.   I see this as an explosive win for the Pokes that will further solidify their #2 ranking.

Kansas state defensive back Nigel Malone (24) looks on as Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon (81) runs for a touchdown, during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011.  AP Photo

#3 Alabama - The Tide would not have had a resume equal to LSU win or lose last Saturday night.  They did have ample opportunities to win that game.  I think that if the rankings were flipped we could have had a possibility of a rematch in the BCS title game.  Now if Alabama ends up in that game it will be because LSU is not there.

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 05: Members of the Alabama Crimson Tide marching band react before the game-winning field goal by the LSU Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 5, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

#4 Stanford - For me they are the great unknown, and yes there is a great deal of east coast bias involved.  It’s too much work sometimes to seek out there games.  This week will be different.  If Stanford gets past Oregon I think that they could end up at #2 at the end.  I do think that would require some key losses in the top 3 along the way.

CORVALLIS, OR - NOVEMBER 5: Running back Stepfan Taylor #33 of the Stanford Cardinal leaps over cornerbackJordan Poyer #14 of the Oregon State Beavers in the third quarter on November 5, 2011 at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon. Stanford won the game 38-13. (Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer/Getty Images)

#5 Boise State - Another year and here is Boise State sticking there nose in among the giants.  Don’t worry they still have to play TCU.  After the Frogs lost in week 1 the match up in Boise this week became the biggest game they will play.

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 05: Gabe Linehan #87 of the Boise State Broncos reacts after scoring a touchdown as Tim Hasson #43 of the UNLV Rebels looks on during their game at Sam Boyd Stadium November 5, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Not Pictured This Week - #6 Oklahoma, #8 Arkansas, #11 Houston

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Week 10 Postcard - Vegas Baby Vegas!!
2 signs of intelligent life in the stands in Las Vegas.

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 05: Boise State Broncos fans Tim Dudley (L) and his wife Kara Dudley of Idaho hold anti-ESPN signs during a game between the Broncos and the UNLV Rebels at Sam Boyd Stadium November 5, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Boise State won 48-21. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Week 10 Postcard - Vegas Baby Vegas!!

2 signs of intelligent life in the stands in Las Vegas.

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 05: Boise State Broncos fans Tim Dudley (L) and his wife Kara Dudley of Idaho hold anti-ESPN signs during a game between the Broncos and the UNLV Rebels at Sam Boyd Stadium November 5, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Boise State won 48-21. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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Week 10 Postcard - Hello again from Austin, TX.  Next time we’ll play defense
I’m so happy that we are coaching defense again in Lubbock.  I’m disappointed that this is what it looks like every week.  Thanks Tubs.

AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 5: Running back Joe Bergeron #24 of the Texas Longhorns makes a second quarter long run down the sidelines against safety D. J. Johnson #12 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders on November 5, 2011 at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

Week 10 Postcard - Hello again from Austin, TX.  Next time we’ll play defense

I’m so happy that we are coaching defense again in Lubbock.  I’m disappointed that this is what it looks like every week.  Thanks Tubs.

AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 5: Running back Joe Bergeron #24 of the Texas Longhorns makes a second quarter long run down the sidelines against safety D. J. Johnson #12 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders on November 5, 2011 at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

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Week 10 Postcard - Howdy from Austin, TX.
This is what pregame looks like just before Texas crushes Texas Tech with 439 rushing yards on 54 carries.  That is 8.1 yards per rush or 0 punts needed for Texas.


AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 5: Fans watch the pre-game show before the start of the NCAA Big 12 game between theTexas Longhorns and the Texas Tech Red Raiders on November 5, 2011 at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

Week 10 Postcard - Howdy from Austin, TX.

This is what pregame looks like just before Texas crushes Texas Tech with 439 rushing yards on 54 carries.  That is 8.1 yards per rush or 0 punts needed for Texas.

AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 5: Fans watch the pre-game show before the start of the NCAA Big 12 game between theTexas Longhorns and the Texas Tech Red Raiders on November 5, 2011 at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

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Week 9 Postcard - It’s snowing in State College, PA

STATE COLLEGE, PA - OCTOBER 29: A general view of Beaver Stadium as snow falls before the game between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Illinois Fighting Illini on October 29, 2011 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Week 9 Postcard - It’s snowing in State College, PA

STATE COLLEGE, PA - OCTOBER 29: A general view of Beaver Stadium as snow falls before the game between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Illinois Fighting Illini on October 29, 2011 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

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WEEK 9 SITHD – TV GUIDE

Lets take a little break from the SEC.

Michigan State @ Nebraska (12:00 ESPN) – It’s still very strange seeing Nebraska in Big 10 matchups each week.  I’m really hoping that Sparty gets it done again.

Missouri @ Texas A&M (12:00 FX) – Well this must be the final Big XII matchup for these two schools before they head to the SEC.  In my eyes Missouri has been a disappointment this season.  Even more disappointing is their exit from the Big XII.  The Big XII has done well to replace A&M with TCU but I’m not sure how things will work with West Virginia.  The closest Big XII campus to Morgantown is Iowa State at 800+ miles.  The Aggies slim BCS hopes could be erased with a poor result.

Baylor @ Oklahoma State (3:30 ABC/ESPN2) – The Cowboys have all to play for now.  Will the Oklahoma result from last week have any impact on their play?  I think they are for real and that we will see the best from Pistol Pete today.  Baylor are not an easy test these days, they can be explosive.  I see this one decided on Baylor mistakes; if they can play clean they will be right there otherwise there may be too much to overcome.  This should be exciting.

Oklahoma @ Kansas State (3:30 ESPN) – This matchup lost some of its sizzle very late last Saturday night, but no complaints from me.  I would guess that it’s been a long time since Oklahoma has lost two conference games in a row.  It could happen this week.  It’s advertised as the powerful Sooners against the gritty and pure footballing Wildcats.  I can see OU getting control of this game early and staying in front to win.  Kansas State has been a surprise team all season and they will need to surprise again today.

Iowa State @ Texas Tech (7:00 FSN) – The Raiders need to put last week’s game behind them and take care of business against the Cyclones.  Tech is #6 nationally in total offense, that sounds impressive but that’s only good for #4 in the Big XII.  This would be an important win for the Matadors with a trip to Austin coming next week and Oklahoma State arriving on the south plains in two weeks.  The excitement may be returning as this game is a near sellout; 60,000 in Lubbock for Iowa State seems unheard of.

Clemson @ Georgia Tech (8:00 ABC/ESPN3) – Undefeated watch.  Can Dabo solve that tricky triple option?  Yes!  Beware Craig James.

Stanford @ USC (8:00 ABC/ESPN3) – Undefeated watch.

Wisconsin @ Ohio State (8:00 ESPN) – Is it national championship or bust for Bucky?  All will be lost if the Buckeyes pull the upset.  Where will Todd be for Taste of the Town?

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Week 8 Flashback - Game of Inches

In this photo taken Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, Michigan State's Keith Nichol, center, pushes his way toward the goal line to score a touchdown after catching a tipped-hail Mary pass as Wisconsin’s Jared Abbrederis (4) and Mike Taylor (53) defend, as Marcus Cromartie (14) and Adam Hampton (26) look on, as time expires in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game in East Lansing, Mich. Nichol surged forward to break the plane of the goal to give Michigan State a 37-31 win.  AP photo

Week 8 Flashback - Game of Inches

In this photo taken Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, Michigan State's Keith Nichol, center, pushes his way toward the goal line to score a touchdown after catching a tipped-hail Mary pass as Wisconsin’s Jared Abbrederis (4) and Mike Taylor (53) defend, as Marcus Cromartie (14) and Adam Hampton (26) look on, as time expires in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game in East Lansing, Mich. Nichol surged forward to break the plane of the goal to give Michigan State a 37-31 win.  AP photo

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MR. MAN’S WEEKLY COLLEGE FOOTBALL WRAP UP - WEEK 8

1.      The ‘SEC-ageddon Lives’ Award – To LSU and Alabama, who both convincingly won their games on Saturday and set the stage for the latest “GAME OF THE CENTURY” to take place on November 5th.  SITHD put quotes around GOTC as our hyperbolic 24/7 sports media circus seems to christen a new GOTC every season.  This one might live up to the billing though, as both teams have defenses that seem to be populated by deranged, evil genius genetic experiments (330 lb d-linemen that are quicker than QBs?  Shutdown corners that lay the wood more fiercly than most fullbacks??).   Offense will be a question, clear your schedules for next Saturday, and smear the sacrificial lamb’s blood on your threashold … the seventh seal is about to be broken.

2.      The ‘Shock The World’ Award – To SITHD’s beloved Red Raiders of Texas Tech, who did in fact, shock the world with their colossal upset of the heavily favored Oklahoma Sooners … IN NORMAN, no less.  Kudos all around to Tommy Tuberville and his staff for finding a way to keep his team believing after back to back weeks of heart-breaking 4th quarter losses, and finding a way to get his players to come out, punch the Sooners in the mouth, and go toe-to-toe with the Stoops juggernaut.  This marked only the third time in the Stoops era that Oklahoma had lost at home, and it could not have been sweeter for the Raiders.  Mr. Texsun is a Red Raider alum, and he’s long deserved a win like this.  Justice prevails in the world, and the rest of the country is suddenly back in the race to take an ass-whuppin’ from the college football anti-Christ that will emerge from SEC-ageddon.

3.     The ‘And Then There Were Eight’ Award – To Alabama, LSU, Boise State, Stanford, Clemson, Oklahoma State, Houston, and Kansas State, who this week stand as the final eight undefeated teams for this season.  I’ve listed them in order of my odds on favorite to remain unbeaten and run the table.  Alabama & LSU we’ve discussed at length, Boise State is pretty much playing against themselves at this point, Stanford only really has to worry Oregon, and Clemson and Oklahoma State have the talent to make it through their schedules but have tough opponents left.  Houston and Kansas State are my next on the chopping block candidates as I think Houston will get caught looking ahead to their SMU showdown, and Kansas State is just now getting to their big boys part of their schedule.  Still, regardless, 7 or 8 and 0 is nothing to sneer at, so take a bow boys … you’ve all done well.

4.      The ‘Welcome To The Party Sparty’ Award – To Michigan State, who under Mark Dantonio might finally be shedding their ‘Sparty-ness’, which if you’re unfamiliar is defined as “the quality of taking better than average talent and finding a way to waste it through a torturous series of mistakes, turnovers, dumb plays, and heartless, underwhelming performances”.  Sparty bagged a big one on Saturday night, taking down the prematurely crowned Badgers from Wisconsin, who got a bit exposed in their first trip outside of Camp Randall.  A great game with a classic, thrilling finish, the take away is that Sparty is looking good in their division of the B1G 10, and that Bucky Badger still has some work to do.

5.      The ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ Award – To Houston Nutt, who’s Ole Miss squad proceeded to lose its tenth consecutive SEC game, something not even Kentucky (basketball school) nor Vanderbilt (pointdexter school) has pulled off.  Since getting himself ejected from Arkansas, Nutt has followed the Charlie Weiss career path while at Ole Miss : come in spouting loud and proud about “a new day, a new way”, win early with your predecessor’s top notch recruits, then slowly fade into levels that make mediocrity look like a conference championship.  The SEC is unbelievably tough, no doubt, and the SEC West is the killer side of this conference.   But you can’t go O for double digits in this football crazy conference and expect to keep your job.  Look for The Reverend Nutt to be color commentating on a network near you …

6.      The ‘That’s Just Zook Being Zook’ Award – To Ilinois, who flamed out another engine on this crashing plane of a season this past week by losing to doormat Purdue.  Yes, folks, it’s a Ron Zook team alright … raise expectations through victories over less than quality opponents, then start losing like clockwork once you get into conference play.  I mean, with Rich Rodriguez gone, I guess someone had to take up that mantle.  I feel for Illini fans though … you’re the home to Dick Butkis for Christ sake, you deserve better.

7.      The ‘When We All Get A Soccer Trophy, None Of Us Gets A Soccer Trophy’ Award – To the Big East, who outside of Cincinnati, keeps eating their own, as West Virginia and Rutgers went down over the weekend.  In a season that’s been more focused on the conference fighting for its very existence, let alone its BCS standing, the Big East has done nothing to convince anyone to join their conference, nor anyone to argue that they should have a BCS auto-spot.  Truth be told, the Big East never should had an auto-BCS spot … they got one based on 1 dominant program (Miami), and then had that bolstered by a second up and comer (Virginia Tech).  At least with a couple of beasts, the conference could lay some claim to national relevance.  But now, with the UConns and Pittsburghs and Syracuses of the world knocking each other off every week, the argument to allow the Big East to continue to sit at the adults’ table, eating steak that by all rights belongs to the SEC is getting impossible to make. 

8.      The ‘You Sneaky Bugger’ Award – To Joe Pa and the Penn State Nittany Lions, who find themselves atop the Leaders division of the Big Ten as the lone team in that division without a conference loss.   Of course, Penn State hasn’t really played the meat of their schedule … finishing their year hosting Nebraska, and then finishing the year by traveling to Ohio State and Wisconsin.  Not exactly the season ending trio you’d wish for, but still … PSU controls their own destiny, and we all know how coaches love that.

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MR TEXSUN’S WEEK 8 ROUNDUP

Overreactions from Week 8

LSU, Alabama – The countdown continues to November 5.  LSU had a nice easy Saturday and it looked like Alabama took the 1st half and killed the Vols softly in the 2nd.

Stanford, Boise State, and Houston - The other unbeaten teams that no one is talking about yet.  Will Stanford or Boise State be a benefactor after OU’s loss?  Houston will have to keep their undefeated record all the way to then end before they move into a BCS position.  Even if UH goes undefeated I don’t see that happening.

North Carolina 38 @ Clemson 59 – Undefeated records are harder and harder to protect this late in the season.  Clemson controlled this game throughout and wasn’t as close as the score indicates.  Clemson travels to Georgia Tech next Saturday night, which should be interesting.

Oklahoma State 45 @ Missouri 24 – Missouri stayed in contact during parts of this game but the Pokes had too much firepower.  After the developments in Norman will the Cowboys be able to maintain focus week to week and not have an eye on Bedlam?  Baylor visits Stillwater next week for what should be a really entertaining matchup.  I’m leaning towards State but Baylor is capable of winning this game.

Kansas State 59 @ Kansas 21 – The Wildcats are the surprise team of the season so far.  I still would bet on them losing twice before the season is over.   Next week they will welcome an angry OU to the Little Apple.  The Big XII has a nice little slate coming together next Saturday.

Wisconsin 31 @ Michigan State 37 – As you will soon read I didn’t have a chance to really watch this game closely.  I was tuned to watch the final play happen live.  Wow what a way for a game to end.  Hands down must be the best way to win and worst way to lose and the added drama of waiting for the replay official to review the play.  I thought it looked very close and I could see the call going either way.  Play of the season so far.

Texas Tech 41 @ Oklahoma 38 – You crazy Raiders I can never quit you.  Obviously, I did not see this result coming.  The Raiders had already helped the Aggies and Wildcats put them away in the 4th quarter and I completely expected something to similar or worse to happen in Norman.  The kickoff was delayed for 100 minutes because of lightning.  Hindsight clearly shows that was a huge positive for the Raiders.  Being able to take the field and just play without having to sit through the anthems, Schooner, and other fanfare I think limits that home field advantage.  It’s easily the finest win of Tuberville’s tenure.  I’ve been critical of him but he did something that his predecessor could not do, pull a giant upset on the road.  Something was different about the Raiders this week.  They had success early and played with lots of confidence.  Tech played at a very high level all night, but at Norman that isn’t always enough.   Sure the Raiders got some breaks but it’s a very fair result and the Raiders were the better team on the night.  Wow!

It was great to see Seth Doege have the night he had.  He’s a west Texas kid that always wanted to play at Tech.  What a great night for him and it was really great to see those cutaways to his dad in the stands.

Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege passes against Oklahoma in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011. Texas Tech won 41-38.  AP photo

It also should be noted that Adam James had his best game at Tech.  I will always be critical of his father but I’m glad that Adam will have this game as a highlight of his Tech career.  Hopefully he can build on it.

NORMAN, OK - OCTOBER 22: Inside receiver Adam James #82 of Texas Tech rushes up field during the first half against Oklahoma at at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on October 22, 2011 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma was upset by Texas Tech 41-38. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

The Raiders host Iowa State next week and OU heads to Manhattan.

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Week 8 Postcard - Having Fun in Boulder, CO


BOULDER, CO - OCTOBER 22: “Ralphie” the mascot of the Colorado Buffaloes leads the team onto the field before a game against the Oregon Ducks at Folsom Field on October 22, 2011 in Boulder, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Week 8 Postcard - Having Fun in Boulder, CO

BOULDER, CO - OCTOBER 22: “Ralphie” the mascot of the Colorado Buffaloes leads the team onto the field before a game against the Oregon Ducks at Folsom Field on October 22, 2011 in Boulder, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

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Week 8 Postcard - Hello from Clemson, SC

CLEMSON, SC - OCTOBER 22: Sammy Watkins #2 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates a second half touchdown against the North Carolina Tar Heels during their game at Memorial Stadium on October 22, 2011 in Clemson,South Carolina. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Week 8 Postcard - Hello from Clemson, SC

CLEMSON, SC - OCTOBER 22: Sammy Watkins #2 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates a second half touchdown against the North Carolina Tar Heels during their game at Memorial Stadium on October 22, 2011 in Clemson,South Carolina. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

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