Thursday, September 6, 2007

Week 2 Preview

  • Upset of the Week
Vanderbilt over Alabama: I don't know. I just have a funny feeling about this one. Although Bama is unranked, this would be a big upset considering the hype of Nick Saban and the history of this series.

  • Lock of the Week
Georgia over South Carolina: Georgia is back to being really tough this year. Spurrier almost pulled the upset in Athens two years ago, but the Dawgs will be ready this time.
  • Best Game on TV
Virginia Tech @ LSU: Night games in Baton Rouge are legendary, and this one will be one of their latest kickoffs ever (9:15 Eastern Time on ESPN). The visitor is a unique out-of-conference opponent who happens to come to town ranked in the Top 10.

  • Should be the Best Atmosphere
Virginia Tech @ LSU: See Above.
  • "Why is This Game on TV?"
Samford @ Georgia Tech
  • Biggest Blowout
Florida over Troy

  • Good Matchup Flying Under The Radar
South Florida @ Auburn: Nobody seems to be talking about this one, but it could be a great game. South Florida is still a program on the rise, and this is another huge opportunity for them to knock off a giant on national television.

  • Game With Best Storylines
NC State @ Boston College: It's only Tom O'Brien's second game as the wolfpack head coach, and he already returns to his former homefield to face the team that he just said goodbye to.
  • Best Rumor of the Week
Lloyd Carr out. Les Miles to Michigan. Nick Saban back to LSU. Wow...

  • Team That Needs A Win The Most
Florida State: I never thought I would feel sorry for Bobby Bowden, but it's getting difficult to watch him on the sidelines. They need to take care of business this week against UAB.

Staying at home this weekend?
Here's what to watch:
all times Eastern
***= don't miss this one

***10:00-11:00 College Gameday ESPN
11:00-12:00 West Virginia at Marshall ESPN2
College Gameday ESPN
***12:00-4:00 Miami at Oklahoma ABC
Nebraska at Wake Forest ESPN
4:00-6:00 NC State at Boston College ESPNU
Oregon at Michigan ABC
***6:00-9:00 South Carolina at Georgia ESPN2
Notre Dame at Penn State ESPN
***9:00-1:00 Virginia Tech at LSU ESPN
South Florida at Auburn ESPN2

Traveling This Weekend?
Here's what to record:
all times Eastern

10:00-12:00 College Gameday ESPN
12:00- 3:30 Miami at Oklahoma ABC
5:45-9:15 South Carolina at Georgia ESPN2
9:15-1:00 Virginia Tech at LSU ESPN

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Week 1 Awards

  • Best Quote by a Coach
"[Virginia] stayed so conservative the whole game," Wyoming defensive coordinator Mike Breske told reporters. "I kept thinking, 'When are they going to try and win the game?' We thought with eight minutes left it was still anybody's game."

-Wyoming coach after defeating Virginia 23-3
  • Best Quote by a Sportscaster
"Michigan lost to an insuperior team in Appalachian State"

-Mark May, ESPN, September 1, 2007

  • Picture of the Week
Appalachian State quarterback Armanti Edwards

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  • Team of the Week
Appalachian State
  • Biggest Upset
Hmmm...let me think...Appalachian State over Michigan?
  • Best Atmosphere
Florida State @ Clemson- 83,000 in solid orange came strong for the Labor Day primetime game. The Clemson team matched the crowd's intensity in the first half, and then the national audience was treated to a nail-biter of a fourth quarter.
  • Most Prepared Team
East Carolina- They lost, but it was a very impressive performance. Just a couple of mistakes prevented another big upset on the first Saturday of the season.
  • Most Unprepared Team
Notre Dame- All week long, Charlie Weiss acted like he didn't know who his quarterback would be. Then we found out he wasn't acting. He really had no idea! Hilarious! And the rest of the team was just as unprepared.
  • Best Uniforms
Mississippi State- I loved how their white jerseys at home forced LSU to wear their "home" uniforms, which they never wear. As it turned out, the Tigers didn't seem to mind, though. 45-0.
  • Worst Uniforms
This one is too easy. Oregon Ducks
  • Emerging Team
Georgia Tech
  • Fading Teams
Michigan & Notre Dame

More to Come...