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    Texas 34, Tech 24

    But it was a little disconcerting to see how easily Tech was moving the ball in the second half...
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    That was a heartbreaking game but a very good one. Congrats to Texas, but I thought the Raiders played their butts off, especially on the depleted defense. This Tech team made me feel good about the rest of the season tonight.
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    since the Maryland Terrapins never get anywhere i'm going w/ Virginia.

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    I am interested in seeing how Penn St. fares against the Big Ten this season. If they win out, I don't see how they wouldn't be in the BCS Championship Game.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kelric View Post
    Tennessee just did a good job on the road in a loss to Florida - they did better than I thought they would.
    Wow, Lane Kiffin lost that game. If he so distrusts his QB that he runs on 3rd and 23, he needs a new QB. When you're a decided underdog you have to be aggressive. They lost that game in the first half with missed opportunities. What a bungled game.

    Quote Originally Posted by pure_mercury View Post
    I am interested in seeing how Penn St. fares against the Big Ten this season. If they win out, I don't see how they wouldn't be in the BCS Championship Game.
    Well, they've beaten Syracuse and Temple...and the Big Ten mostly stinks. I think even if they ran the table, they're likely no more deserving than Utah was last year or Hawaii the year before that. Then again, deserving or not, they might wind up there considering how ridiculous the BCS is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeffster View Post
    That was a heartbreaking game but a very good one. Congrats to Texas, but I thought the Raiders played their butts off, especially on the depleted defense. This Tech team made me feel good about the rest of the season tonight.
    I thought TT played pretty well, too - like you say, especially on defense. Their offense in the second half was really clicking on all cylinders, even after losing Harrell and Crabtree from last year - Texas wasn't doing much to stop them (with the exception of some nice pass rushing). Texas' offfense picked up too, of course. In the end, I think it came down to Shipley's punt return in the first half and the turnover swap near Tech's goal line in the 4th quarter. Was a pretty good game, and I agree that it looks good for Tech for the rest of the season... but I'm still glad Texas won .

    Quote Originally Posted by EffEmDoubleyou View Post
    Wow, Lane Kiffin lost that game. If he so distrusts his QB that he runs on 3rd and 23, he needs a new QB. When you're a decided underdog you have to be aggressive. They lost that game in the first half with missed opportunities. What a bungled game.
    Oh, I must have missed that 3rd and 23 play... I was pretty much expecting it to be a complete 60-10 style domination by Florida, but Tennessee did better than I thought they would. You're certainly right about the need to be aggressive in that situation though - perhaps Kiffin was "playing not to get crushed" in an effort to protect his reputation (a poor move, of course)?

    Quote Originally Posted by EffEmDoubleyou View Post
    Well, they've beaten Syracuse and Temple...and the Big Ten mostly stinks. I think even if they ran the table, they're likely no more deserving than Utah was last year or Hawaii the year before that. Then again, deserving or not, they might wind up there considering how ridiculous the BCS is.
    If the go undefeated, and the Big 12/SEC champions both don't, the BCS will put them in. Pretty much a certainty, I think... a one-loss Florida or Alabama *might* beat undefeated Penn State out to the championship slot... but a one-loss Texas probably wouldn't. Which would likely result in another lackluster championship game. The Big 10 is pretty bad... Michigan is okay, Ohio State's good (but not great)... most of the rest of them are bad. There are a number of teams from "lesser" conferences (Miami, for instance) that I think are much better than anyone in the Big 10.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kelric View Post
    If the go undefeated, and the Big 12/SEC champions both don't, the BCS will put them in. Pretty much a certainty, I think... a one-loss Florida or Alabama *might* beat undefeated Penn State out to the championship slot... but a one-loss Texas probably wouldn't. Which would likely result in another lackluster championship game. The Big 10 is pretty bad... Michigan is okay, Ohio State's good (but not great)... most of the rest of them are bad. There are a number of teams from "lesser" conferences (Miami, for instance) that I think are much better than anyone in the Big 10.
    That is how it should be, though. It's not as if the Big Ten were the Mountain West. If a Big Ten team goes 12-0 and there is no/one undefeated Big 12 or SEC team, the 12-0 Big Ten team should be in there. Going undefeated is supposed to weigh extremely heavily in your favor. As great as the SEC and Big 12 are, the BCS Championship Game is not the playoff of the SEC and Big 12 champions, nor should it be. If Florida/Alabama and Texas are undefeated, they should absolutely be in the Championship (Mississippi, I don't know about them), but 11-1 Florida and 11-1 Texas over 12-0 Penn St. (or USC, had they not lost this weekend) would be a major injustice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pure_mercury View Post
    That is how it should be, though. It's not as if the Big Ten were the Mountain West. If a Big Ten team goes 12-0 and there is no/one undefeated Big 12 or SEC team, the 12-0 Big Ten team should be in there. Going undefeated is supposed to weigh extremely heavily in your favor. As great as the SEC and Big 12 are, the BCS Championship Game is not the playoff of the SEC and Big 12 champions, nor should it be.
    I don't entirely disagree with you, Merc - going undefeated should absolutely mean something, and I'd not disparage any undefeated team getting their chance at the championship game (ie, Utah last year - you can say that Florida/Oklahoma were better - and they probably were - but Utah *did* have an argument). But I'm not so sure that the Big Ten's all *that* much different from the Mountain West (other than tradition and history -- although that argument took a bit hit after BYU's stomping at home at the hands of FSU last night). If PSU were the only (or one of only two) undefeated teams I'd have no problem with them being in the championship game, but I may not believe that they were really the best or next-best team in the country (say USC crushes everyone they play from here on out, for example, for a non-SEC/Big12 team). But, an undefeated PSU would have earned the slot, and I'd be happy to see them there (yay Paterno!).

    I guess it's really that the BCS is no guarantee to identify the best two teams of the season - and that teams don't always get a chance to prove themselves against their competitors in the standings on the field. Probably an unavoidable consequence of the number of teams in college football and the lack of a playoff. Fun to argue about, though .
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    Quote Originally Posted by kelric View Post
    I don't entirely disagree with you, Merc - going undefeated should absolutely mean something, and I'd not disparage any undefeated team getting their chance at the championship game (ie, Utah last year - you can say that Florida/Oklahoma were better - and they probably were - but Utah *did* have an argument). But I'm not so sure that the Big Ten's all *that* much different from the Mountain West (although that argument took a bit hit after BYU's stomping at home at the hands of FSU last night). If PSU were the only (or one of only two) undefeated teams I'd have no problem with them being in the championship game, but I may not believe that they were really the best or next-best team in the country (say USC crushes everyone they play from here on out, for example, for a non-SEC/Big12 team). But, an undefeated PSU would have earned the slot, and I'd be happy to see them there (yay Paterno!).

    I guess it's really that the BCS is no guarantee to identify the best two teams of the season - and that teams don't always get a chance to prove themselves against their competitors in the standings on the field. Probably an unavoidable consequence of the number of teams in college football and the lack of a playoff. Fun to argue about, though .
    The BCS Championship Game is not supposed to be the #1 vs. #2 Yahoo! Power Ranking Game. The formula is in place to determine which two teams HAVE HAD THE BEST SEASON. That's why college football is so much fun. You have to win out or lose one game at most to have a chance. Let's look at Florida. If they lost a close one to #9 LSU, and Texas and Penn St. run the table, how could someone justifiably put them ahead of the undefeated team? I don't think that should even be a consideration, because winning every game should be worth a ton. It would be one thing if it were LSU with two triple-OT losses. It would be quite another if Florida loses 21-17 to LSU. It would be quite unfair if Florida loses to LSU, who lose to Georgia, who lose to Mississippi, who lose to Alabama, who lose to Florida, and the one-loss SEC Champion (whichever it ends up being) gets in over an undefeated Big Ten team.
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    We looked like ass against Tenn.

    I only recognized our team for about 6 minutes in the third qtr.

    That being said a W's a W.

    We need to work on defending the pass rush. And Steve Adazzio (O coordinator) needs to return from Narnia or wherever he is that those play calls make sense.

    We have arguably the fastest receiving corps in the country and we didn't throw a ball more than 15 yrds down the field all game.

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