Well the University of Saskatchewan Huskies beat our illiterate arch rivals from the University of Regina Rams in a close game at Griffiths Stadium. Congratulations to the University of Regina for making it close. Someone just needs to help them understand the score. While the U of S is 2-0 this year, they don’t look that great. I hate to jump off the bandwagon already but I can’t see this year’s team going to the Vanier Cup.
It wasn’t good news at the Big House as Notre Dame squandered a late lead against the University of Michigan Wolverines. What was Mr. Decided Schematic Advantage thinking in calling for long passes when all they needed was some first downs. The defense melted down by yielding 431 yards to a Wolverines offense led by a true freshman quarterback. While there doesn’t look like much heavy lifting is left on the schedule, how will this loss impact the Irish’s psyche? It wasn’t just the defense, Weis play calling was absolutely horrible during that game and now he finds himself on the hot seat in South Bend. I really can’t see Charlie Weis surviving the season in Notre Dame unless he finishes 11-2 or better and I could seriously seeing Michigan State beating Notre Dame in South Bend next week. It gets worse for Notre Dame. The bad news continues for Notre Dame is that they get play USC late in the season and by that time, Matt Barkley should be even better. If Charlie Weis is still Notre Dame’s coach at that time, he can’t be looking forward to that.
If you are a Ohio State University, you need to accept that if you could not beat USC this year, it’s never ever going to happen as long as Pete Carroll is coach at the University of Southern California. I don’t buy the idea that the Big Ten is an inferior conference (although Michigan State’s loss to directional Michigan looks bad) but the issue is that USC may be superior year in and year out to almost every other school in the nation and is one of the three or four elite programs in the country (Florida and Oklahoma being the other two with Alabama and LSU getting close)
Well it took Josh McDaniels seven months to get a break and he finally did. When all seemed lost for the Denver Broncos, Brandon Stokley caught a tipped pass from Kyle Orton and ran 87 yards with 11 seconds left in the game Sunday. Not only was it a great catch and run, it was a smart play. As he raced down the left sideline, he saw that his pursuers had given up, so he started running across the field, parallel to the goal line, just before the end zone. Then, as Cincinnati defenders realized what he was doing, he strolled in for the score. He was able to kill seconds off the clock in the Broncos’ 12-7 victory.
It’s the Banjo Bowl today. Despite what you have heard, the Labour Day Classic is not the Banjo Bowl, the rematch is. The weird thing was that I reading all sorts of media reports calling last week’s game the Banjo Bowl… great job of fact checking there. Saskatchewan won pretty easily 52-10 and the game wasn’t really in doubt. In the end Saskatchewan got excellent quarterback play from Darian Durant while Michael Bishop played his usual mistake filled game and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers turned the ball over eight times and the offense looked like it had given up all hope. While I really like seeing Saskatchewan beat Winnipeg on back to back weeks, I hate seeing a team give up like that and I wonder if the Blue Bombers are going to have trouble selling tickets going forward.