Sunday, September 3, 2006

And We're Off to the National Title

The first weeekend did not provide any major upsets in the ACC or SEC and now we have a better idea of who is who this season. Let's dive right into the post game analysis of some of the big games on Saturday. But wait... it is not over yet as FSU-Miami match up Monday night.

Notre Dame 14 Georgia Tech 10
The Irish escaped Atlanta with a narrow victory after being down 10 points in the first half. Brady Quinn did not have a Heisman type performance, but he did score one rushing TD and managed to pull out the victory. I thought Georgia Tech's Reggie Ball needed to throw 2 TD for his team to win because I felt 1 TD and 1INT would not get it done. Well, Ball only threw 1 TD, but did not throw a INT either. Prior to this game, Ball had thrown 7 TD and 27 in 16 losses as a starter. The Yellow Jackets got after Quinn early in the game pressuring him most every pass play, but Charlie Weis changed his philosophy in the second half going to rushing attack with some dink and dunk mixed in. In the end, Tech managed just two sacks in this game - I thought they needed at least three to beat the Irish.

After scoring a late first half TD, Notre Dame dominated the second half by pounding the ball with Darius Walker. The Irish had 78 plays to Tech's 52 and simply wore down Jon Tenuta's defense by controlling the ball for 35 mintues of the game. With the Yellow Jackets lack of offense, they need to catch a break somewhere but they had two controversial calls the other way which kept a ND go ahead drive alive and ended a Tech drive.

Georgia Tech almost pulled another major upset, but fell just short. Their new offense looked pretty impressive in the first half, but as Notre Dame brought the blitz in the second half Ball looked very average. The Yellow Jackets need to regroup and not dwell on what could have been. I think we found out that Notre Dame has some chinks in their armor, but they have compsure to come from behind on the road. The Irish have a tough road ahead and will tested many times like tonight this season.

Around the rest of the ACC...
Clemson looked very impressive in a blowout of Florida Atlantic. Will Proctor stepped and picked up right where Charlie Whitehurst left off.

Now to the bad...
The Big East could have some bragging rights after going 2-1 in the opening weekend with Rutgers and Pitt beating UNC and Virginia. Wake Forest's defeat of Syracuse prevented a sweep.

The Ugly...
Duke got beat by Richmond - I guess it is not as bad as losing to Montana St (Colorado)

Around the SEC...
Tennessee looks like they are back after going up 35-0 versus Cal and winning 35-18. All of sudden, you are talking about the Vols being favored over Florida in two weeks. Georgia, Florida, LSU, and Auburn all rolled.

The bad...
A different year, but the same result as USC blows out Arkansas 50-14.

The ugly...
Well, Kentucky has not played Louisville yet so this category is empty.

Week 1 Results
4-0 SU, 3-1 ATS, 3-1 O/U

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.