Copyright ? 2010 Ed Bagley
You view it while attending college football games every Saturday - missed assignments, missed tackles, players throwing themselves at runners and hoping they're going to collapse. Guess what? The runners tend not to collapse a great deal anymore. They are bigger, much larger, faster, stronger plus more elusive.
So let's more college players square up and tackle runners? The answer is simple - diet program these are not fast enough or too forgetful in filling their gap assignment and/or they're scared to tackle.
The net reaction to this all is exactly what we got last weekend. The 7 highest scoring games produced 703 total points, or perhaps an average of 100-plus points per game. This may be exciting, yet it is lousy football.
So how bad could it get? This bad:
Michigan beat Illinois 67-65 in triple overtime (132 total points), Navy beat East Carolina 76-35 (111 points), Duke beat Virginia 55-48 (103), Kansas beat Colorado 52-45 (97), Tulsa beat Rice 64-27 (91), 3rd-ranked Auburn beat AA Chattanooga 62-24 (86), and 19th-ranked Oklahoma State beat 22nd-ranked Baylor 55-28 (83).
Haven't had enough evidence? Try the following 8 highest scoring games. To wit:
No. 25 Nevada over Idaho 63-17 (80), Florida International over Louisiana-Monroe 42-35 in double overtime (77), Southern Mississippi over Tulane 46-30 (76), Troy over North Texas 41-35 (76), Arkansas State over Middle Tennessee State 51-24 (75), Fresno State over Louisiana Tech 40-34 (74), Central Florida over Houston 40-33 (73), and North Carolina upsetting 24th-ranked Florida State 37-35 (72).
That's 15 games with total lots of 72-plus. Fifteen games that generated 1,306 points, or even an average of 87-plus points per game.
So you saw many offense, lousy defense, and never a great deal good, solid football. Suspense? There was virtually none. It was just a matter of who had the ball moving around the field with little resistance.
Not to bore you, but to generate a point:
The 5 scoring offenses in the nation are Oregon (54+ points per game), Boise State (47+), Oklahoma State (46+), Nevada (44+), and Stanford (42+).
The worst 5 scoring defenses near your vicinity are Eastern Michigan (gives up 43+ points per game), Memphis (42+), New Mexico (42+), East Carolina (41+), and Louisiana-Lafayette (40+).
This is only a minor problem for just a lousy team such as the Eastern Michigan Eagles, who stop trying 43+ points per game simply score about 19+ points per game. No wonder these are only 1-8 within the season. They did are able to beat Ball State 41-38 in overtime.
All right Ed, provide an escape. OK.
Who has literally toughest schedule one of the AP Top 25 teams? I am glad you asked. Read them and weep if you don't find your preferred team.
Arizona has literally toughest schedule; the Wildcats are ranked 12th nationally. Next is LSU (15th), then Stanford (16th), Missouri (18th), and Oklahoma (19th).
Who has literally worst schedule one of several Top 25?
Try Central Florida at 95th, and then Ohio State (87th), Nevada (86th), Virginia Tech (80th), and Utah (79th).
Wins do count, almost all enables you to place it into perspective.
Oregon is 9-0 and it has literally 36th toughest schedule. Auburn is 10-0 and ranks 40th in schedule strength. TCU is 10-0 and ranks 62nd. Boise State is 8-0 and ranks 72nd.
Since you will find only 120 Division 1-A teams, both TCU and Boise State are turning up victories resistant to the bottom one half of this here line of business (61st to 120th). Despite their protestations otherwise, both TCU and Boise State love playing in mid-major conferences, so does Utah.
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