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Week 2 Pac-10 Wrap up: Oregon & Stanford lead the way

September 12, 2010

Football Fiends,

It was an interesting weekend for the Pac-10.  With the exception of Stanford @ UCLA, the Pac-10 went undefeated against four different conferences, including future Pac-12 member Colorado.  Let’s take a look:

USC vs UVA : – 17-14 USC. Where did last week’s offense go? We sputtered offensively and GOD you know I love my Trojan football but when you’re heading into the 2nd quarter and the score is still 0-0,  AND you’re sitting up in Row 90 with fog rolling in… well its not all that exciting. The good news is our defense looked much better this week. The bad news is it was against a mediocre at best ACC team.  USC was up 14-7 at the half,  17-7 near the end of the 4th, and then the defense allowed a late TD from the Cavaliers.  Winning 17-7 is one thing. Winning 17-14 is another and it is very strange to win and feel like you lost. I am very worried for the start of Pac-10 play. With USC @ Minnesota next week and @ Washington State the following week we should head into the meat of our schedule 4-0 but have no real clear indicator of whether this team is good, out of shape, or just plain bad.  Our next home game is vs. Washington and GULP–Steve Sarkisian and Jake Locker scare me.

Oregon @ Tennessee – 48-13, Oregon. The Ducks are a force to be reckoned with. They went down to Rocky Top and hung 48 points on the Volunteers.  Oh and by the way, those 48 points are the most allowed @ Tennessee since Washington State scored 52 points in 1988. With Oregon now ranked #6 in the Coaches poll, they are within striking distance of being a national title contender.

Stanford @ UCLA – 35-0, Stanford. I said in my 2010 Pac-10 Preview (Part One) that I wasn’t sure Stanford would be able to match last season’s 8 wins. I have changed my mind. Stanford is the main challenger to Oregon for the Pac-10 title. The Cardinal went into Pasadena and shut out Coach Neuheisel’s Bruins. Stanford being so strong is not that much of a suprise. Andrew Luck is one hell of an efficient passer, runner and clock manager. What is shocking, even to this Trojan is how bad UCLA is. Stanford was 9-16 on 3rd down conversions to UCLA’s 1-9. UCLA turned the ball over 4 times, Stanford never did. Kevin Prince threw 2 interceptions to Luck’s zero. UCLA fumbled twice, Stanford never did. Jim Harbaugh went in and decimated the Bruins.   Oh, and by the way, Stanford pitched that shutout on the road without two of their best players – LB Shayne Skov and WR Chris Owusu.  It will be interesting to see how Stanford’s season plays out. UCLA – well, they might finish ahead of Washington State, but right now it’s hard to imagine them really competing in the top half of the conference.

Cal vs Colorado – 52-7 Cal.  Colorado is no powerhouse, but they may be nervous about their 2012 date to join the Pac-12 after being totally dominated by the Golden Bears in Berkeley. Cal’s new defense was remarkably efficient in dominating the line of scrimmage. Colorado turned over the ball five times, lost two fumbles and QB Tyler Hansen threw three interceptions.

Washington  vs Syracuse -41-20, Washington. It is clear that this Washington team is on the rise. Sure, they absolutely SHOULD have beaten Syracuse, but 2-3 years ago this game would not have been a gimme.  QB Jake Lockers connected with WR Jermaine Kearse for three teams en route to their convincing victory over the “Cuse.  After getting off to a slow first quarter start, the Huskies rolled with Locker completing 22 of 33 and hitting seven different receivers. Washington’s offense was expected to be one of the best in the conference with Locker under center. Last week against BYU, the Huskies faltered. By the second quarter Saturday night, they hit their stride.

Washington State vs Montana State -23-22 Wazzou. Well hey, lookie there the Cougars won a game. Never mind that it took a herculean 4th quarter effort to make it happen. The crowds were rejoicing in Pullman Saturday night.  Oh and that effort was required against an FCS opponent. I’m worried about my Trojans in Pac-10 play, but I am terrified for Wazzou. This program needs wins to gain the confidence to keep winning. And I am not sure they have quite the firepower for that yet.

Arizona State vs Northern Arizona -41-20 ASU. Looks impressive, right? It really isn’t. NAU is another FCS school that the perennial Pac-10  pre-season contender (until they implode) ASU should have beat without breaking a sweat.  The game was 17-10 at the half and 27-20 at the end of three. Only QB Steven Threet’s two 4th quarter passes put the game out of reach for the NAU Lumberjacks.

Arizona vs Citadel –52-6 Arizona. This was just a good old-fashioned rout of another outmatched FCS team down in Tucson.  I mean, do we really gain anything beating up on non-FBS conference teams. Sure Nic Grisby rushed for three touchdowns including one that was 62 yards. Sure QB Nick Foles completed 17 0f 22 passes in three quarters, but do we really know how this team will stack up against Oregon and Stanford? That is the problem I have with these cupcake out of conference schedules. Arizona is good, but Pac-10 play is brutal and it will determine just how good these Wildcats are.

-Your Gridiron Goddess

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Gridiron Goddess’ Week 2 CFB Picks

September 7, 2010

Final Stats 13-3

Football Fiends!!

How INSANE was that Boise State-Virginia Tech game?! It exemplified all the reasons I LOVE College Football so much!!!!

Anyway, for week 1 I went 15-1!!!! Who fucked it all up for me? Those damn bRuins from Westwood, of course!!! I should have known!! Damn my Pac-10 loyalty!!!

The Gridiron Goddess Official CFB Week 2 Picks:

USC over UVA

WVU over Marshall

GA Tech Over Kansas

UGA over So Carolina

Wake Forest over Duke

Florida over South Florida

LSU over Vanderbilt

Iowa over Iowa State

Cal over Colorado

Oklahoma over Florida State

Notre Dame over Michigan

Ohio State over Miami (FL)

Oregon over Tennessee

Washington over Syracuse

Alabama over Penn State

Stanford over UCLA

-Your Gridiron Goddess

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Guest Post: 2010 Big East Preview Part 1

August 4, 2010

Folks, what would Your Gridiron Goddess do without her fellow football addicted pal Oh No Romo? Well, she would go insane, and you would not get ALL BCS Conferences previewed this year. So many many thanks go out to Oh No Romo and let’s all send him a bunch of virtual beer, OK?


Ahh yes, the Big East! Oh how I love you, Big East.  I can’t think of a better way to spend my Monday night than to watch Big Monday on ESPN. My favorite part is when Bill Raftery says ONIONS!

Wait a minute! We’re talking about basketball right? Crap damn it! This is turning into a disappointing day.

What’s so special about Big East football? They don’t even have Miami to dominate the conference anymore. Who’s actually good in the Big East?

Syracuse

No Greg Paulus? No problem! Ryan Nassib is going to guide the Orange to a conference championship and be hailed in the form of statues on campus and folk songs, right?  I wouldn’t count on it, but who knows.

This will be Nassib’s first chance to shine. In a backup role last season, the soon-to-be sophomore passed for 422 yards and three touchdowns in eight games.

Of course, quarterback might not be the Orange’s biggest problem.  In fact, Delonte Carter and Averin Collier both face the possibility of not playing in the 2010 season. Carter is facing misdemeanor assault charges and Collier is facing academic ineligibility. This is still a game of running the football, after all.

Connecticut

Let me start out by saying that this guy is crazy. The idea that UCONN can go undefeated seems unlikely. Then again, they do have teams on their schedule like Buffalo and Texas Southern. So anything is possible, I suppose.

That said, I do think there’s a lot of potential with this UCONN team. They’re a team with eight starters returning on both sides of the ball, including quarterback Zach Fraser.

The redshirt senior split time with Cody Endres last season and will most likely do so this season. One concern for UCONN is their receiving game. They lost their top receiver, Marcus Easley, to graduation.

We should have a better idea on what to expect from this UCONN team when they head to the Big House to take on Michigan, Sept. 4.

Cincinnati

No Tony Pike, no Mardy Gilyard, no Brian Kelly. These three reasons alone are enough to make Cincy Bearcat fans turn their focus to their pro counterparts, the Bengals. Fear not CatBear fans! Quarterback Zach Collaros is on the Davey O’Brien award watch list.

The junior did get playing time behind Pike, last season. Collaros passed for 1434 yards and 10 touchdowns in 12 games, last season.

As for coach, well the Bearcats picked up the guy who replaced Kelly at Central Michigan, Butch Jones (great name by the way!) I suggest you read this story on Jones. It’s definitely a good one.

As for receiver, they did lose Gilyard, but they still have Armon Binns for his senior season. Binns was fifth in the conference in receiving yards and tied for first with Gilyard for receiving touchdowns. The potential is there for Cincy to make another run. And they won’t have to run into Tim Tebow in a bowl game.

West Virginia

Can senior Noel Devine take the Mountaineers to the top of the mountain? If he rushes for 1400 yards and more than 10 touchdowns this season, then it’s certainly a possibility. Devine in fact stayed for his senior season to improve on his skills.

As for quarterback, it will be Geno Smith’s offense to run. The sophomore did see action, last season. He played the most against rival, Marshall.  In the game, Smith took over for an injured Jarrett Brown and threw a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to put the Thundering Herd away.

This season could be one of growing pains for Smith. However, with a solid running back in Devine behind him, the process should be a bit smoother than usual.

This concludes part 1 of the Big East preview. I’ll try to keep it all together for part 2.