2005-10-30

Football Day: 10/29


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What a day of ups and downs.

First Miami shows up with these hideous uniforms. I didn't get the whole story, but I hope it's not permanent. Their Orange, Green and White unis were awesome. And it must have had an effect because North Carolina totally outplayed them to take a double-digit lead into the half.

Thankfully Miami got it together in the second half - riding Santana Moss and a ferocious defense to a big win. The bad news is that Kyle Wright's learning curve is turning out to be much more shallow than I had hoped. Virginia Tech looms on the horizon - a game the 'Canes won't survive without the total package.

Then Ok State roared out of the gate to take a big lead over Texas. The match was generally pretty even, but Ok State was getting every bounce imaginable, and turned a few big plays. I'm not a big fan of the Cowboys or anything. I just despise Texas-mania and its ugly step-mother Big XII mania. Truth is, the Longhorns championship hopes should have died in Columbus, OH where they were outplayed for an entire game. Forget Vince Young. So far Coach Tressell is Texas' MVP this season. Alas, the beat goes on, as the real Longhorns apparently arrived at halftime and ran right past Ok State in the 3rd Quarter.

Finally, hats off to Steve Spurrier and the South Carolina Gamecocks. They went into Knoxville and came away with their school's first road victory over Tennessee. Granted, the Gamecocks are just the latest in a long line of teams ringing up the Vols this year, but it's a symbolic reward for a team that has taken some big strides this year.

You know, College Football is one of those sports where change is not good. Aside from the semi-pro team out in SoCal, this season has been awesome because; Steve Spurrier is back, Alabama is back, Notre Dame is back, Penn State is back, and once again we may end the season with more than one team having a legitimate claim on the championship.

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