Monday, September 19, 2005

Weekend Wrap-Up: "16 de Septiembre" edition

With the Texas-Oklahoma game drawing near, a young fan at the UT-Rice game mocks how the Sooners' season is going so far. (Deborah Cannon/Austin American-Statesman)With the Texas-Oklahoma game drawing near, a young fan at the UT-Rice game mocks how the Sooners' season is going so far. (Deborah Cannon/Austin American-Statesman)

Happy Mexican Independence Day Weekend to all.

In the spirit of the weekend, the revolt is on in college football. UCLA played Augustín Iturbide to Oklahoma's Imperial Spain. Florida, vanguard of college football's "offensive revolution", beat a Tennessee team that was a preseason #3 in most polls. Michigan State came in to Notre Dame Stadium and beat the previously undefeated Fighting Irish. Florida State and Miami both needed late rallies to hold off the Father Hidalgos of the ACC: BC and Clemson. TCU bounced back from a horrible defeat at the hands of SMU to snap Utah's 19-game win streak.

As for the NFL, it resembles Mexican history in between it's independence and the beginning of Porfirio Diaz's presidency: No one's sure who's in charge, and it could change at any moment.

The Eagles, who lost in Week 1, beat a 49ers team that beat it's Week 1 opponent. The Lions, who looked like world beaters against Green Bay, came crashing down to earth against the Bears, who looked horrible in a loss to Washington in week 1. The Patriots looked on track in Week 1 against the Raiders, then they lost to Carolina, who lost their Week 1 game to the inspired New Orleans Saints. The Jets looked bad in week 1 against the Kansas City Chiefs, then bounced back agains the Miami Dolphins, who slaughtered the Broncos in their opener.

Seems like the entire league is 1-1 right now. I give up.

Colleges

Big Story of the Weekend: UCLA puts the nail in the coffin of OU's BCS aspirations

Ironically, OU's BCS Bowl aspirations died on the very field that the BCS championship will be decided on in January.

If Oklahoma can take any solace out of this, it's that Rhett Bomar showed some flashes of ability and solidified his hold on the QB job. Also, Travis Wilson established himself as an offensive playmaker.

Still, this defense still has issues in the secondary and Maurice Drew still got 4.6 yards per carry despite the fact that OU was keyed to stopping him.

More Commentary:
Gaylord Memorial Gathering
My Opinion on Sports
Bruins Nation: Article 1 /Article 2

The Rest of the Big XII

Texas 51, Rice 10 - No letdown here in Texas's final tuneup for the OU game. Jamaal Charles has established himself in the Texas backfield after his second 100-yard game this season.

More commentary: All Things Longhorn

Texas Tech 80, Sam Houston State 21 - Nope, not a misprint. Nor is this: Cody Hodges had 436 yards and 5 touchdowns. 14 of Sam Houston State's 21 points came against the reserve defenders, and the only Sam Houston State score against the first-stringers came after a special teams mistake.

Nebraska 7, Pittsburgh 6 - For those of you who were subjected to this game on your local ABC affiliate, I'm sorry you had to see this game. This was a horrible game. It was supposed to be a statement game for both teams, but the only statement that was made appears to be, "Nebraska and Pittsburgh both stink."

More commentary:
StrugglingJoe
Pitt Sports Blather

Texas A&M 66, SMU 8 - SMU basically tried to run Clemson's game plan. Unfortunately, they don't have Clemson's personnel and it showed. Reggie McNeal set an A&M school record with 449 total yards and was A&M's leading passer and rusher. And apparently Dennis Franchione has stolen Urban Meyer's spread option play because that's what they seemed to run every other down.

More Commentary: Texas A&M and Baseball

Kansas 34, Louisiana Tech 14 - The Kansas defense everyone anticipated in preseason finally showed up as the Jayhawks registered 7 sacks and 4 picks.

Missouri 52, Troy 21 - Missouri avenged it's biggest loss of last year, but still gave up 260 yards passing

Oklahoma State 20, Arkansas State 10 - A repeat of all Oklahoma State games to date: defense performs well, offense has issues. Still, the Cowboys are unbeaten so far, something their Bedlam Series rivals can't claim.

More Commentary: Cowboy Brand (a new OSU blog)

Baylor 20, Army 10 - To everyone's surprise, Baylor is 3-0, which puts them 3 wins away from bowl eligibility.

Colorado has the week off to prep for their game against Miami.

Kansas State and Iowa State also had the week off.

Our adopted team

Mississippi State 21, Tulane 14 - In a battle of two programs that have been deeply affected by Hurricane Katrina, Cheap Seats' adopted team Tulane came up just short. The Green Wave came back to tie M-State in the fourth quarter, but they muffed a punt, which was recovered by the Bulldogs' Lance Long. The Bulldogs scored a TD on the following drive and Tulane could not muster another score.

More Commentary:
Frank McGrath (Tulane blogger)
Mississippi State Sports Blog

Around the State

TCU 23, Utah 20 (OT) - The way is open for TCU to take the Mountain West Conference, if they stick to the same offensive game plan. Utah couldn't handle TCU's running game, and not many defenses in the Mountain West will be able to either.

UTEP 44, Houston 41 (2 OT) - Jordan Palmer, Tyler Ebell, and Johnnie Lee Higgins all put up gaudy stats, but this game was rife with turnovers and penalties.

Tulsa 52, North Texas 2 - The era of North Texas's Sun Belt dominance may be over. The rest of the Sun Belt has to be licking it's chops. The Mean Green's defense was exposed.

Around the Country

The best blog recaps of the Weekend's action

Florida 16, Tennessee 7
Every Day Should Be Saturday
VOLuminous
Florida State 28, BC 17
Sporting Fools
Eagle in Atlanta (Article 1/Article 2)
Miami 36, Clemson, 30 (3 OT)
Canes Addiction
Clemson Sporting News
Happy Valley Tiger Chunks
Michigan State 44, Notre Dame 41
Blue-Gray Sky (Article 1/Article 2)
Georgia 44, Louisiana-Monroe 7
Georgia Sports Blog

Blogpoll Ballot

1. USC
2. Georgia
3. Texas
4. Virginia Tech
5. Louisiana State
6. Louisville
7. Florida
8. Florida State
9. Purdue
10. Ohio State
11. Michigan
12. Tennessee
13. Arizona State
14. Miami (Florida)
15. Texas Tech
16. Georgia Tech
17. Clemson
18. Notre Dame
19. UCLA
20. Alabama
21. Boston College
22. Texas A&M
23. UTEP
24. Iowa
25. TCU

First 5 Out:

Fresno State
Colorado
Utah
Michigan State
Oklahoma

NFL

Pittsburgh 27, Houston 7
It was an offensive performance so pitiful that the Texans canned offensive coordinator Chris Palmer. Ironically, he is being replaced by offensive line coach Joe Pendry, who seems to be the least qualified candidate after his offensive line allowed 8 sacks.

Monday Night Football vs. CSI:Miami

This week's Monday Night Football(Cowboys-Redskins and Saints-Giants):
A rare Monday Night Football doubleheader, with the nightcap being one of the few true rivalries left in the NFL: Cowboys vs. Redskins. Plus, we get to see the team everyone is pulling for.

This week's CSI:Miami(Season Premiere "From the Grave"):
Yahoo TV Listings
Horatio finds himself with a price on his head when he makes plans to shut down the illegal smuggling operation of one of Miami's fiercest gangs
And according to the advertising, we get to find out more about Horatio Caine's past. Rhis makes it a tough call.

The Verdict
It's the first new CSI:Miami, but I gotta watch my Cowboys whoop up on the Redskins. Anyone out there got a DVR?
Monday Night Football

Tomorrow: Are You Ready For Some Football?
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