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NCAA Roundup: UCLA, TCU and Alabama For the Wins

What a terrible weekend for watching football. First, Texas loses in what can only be one of the worst offensive games in college football (Thank you, Greg Davis), then the Texans lose on Sunday. Followed by my contracting the worst allergy/sinus infection/coughing disease this side of Typhoid. So, yeah…in summary…

I’ve been in mourning. Not really. I knew going in to this season that Texas would lose three. (Too young, lost pass-rush playmakers) I just figured the three would be OU, Nebraska, and Texas Tech or Texas A&M. NOT UCLA. How embarrassing. We deserve falling to #21. I don’t even know if we deserve to be in the top 25 anymore. Five turnovers. Five! It tends to happen when your offensive director is total crap. Greg Davis has gotten by and Texas has flourished in large part due to two things: 1) A lights out awesome defense. 2) Extremely talented recruits who make even crappy offensive schemes work (eventually). I don’t understand why Mack Brown has such faith in Greg Davis, only that he does and there is little use whining about how much Greg Davis sucks (A LOT) because Mack will never get rid of him. Greg Davis running this offense at any other school would FAIL miserably because the talent isn’t there to make it work. Clearly when the talent is young, like this Texas team, it doesn’t work either. Also, I really dislike Neuheisel. I have long thought that he is a schmuck. I believe that he cheats his way to victories and has just missed numerous penalties. Maybe that’s why he moved to the Pac-10…

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So, onto the other big games of the week- TCU and SMU 41-24. How much did I hope SMU won? A lot. Why? Because it would support my theory that the WAC-MWC, etc is not half as good as the polls say they are. Don’t get me wrong, I am excited that TCU has taken the past decade to cultivate a better football program. But, comparing TCU and Boise State to the bigger conference teams? It’s just not the same. This was TCU’s last non-conference game, its last real test (such as it was) and TCU allowed the most points and showed the most holes. They certainly aren’t regularly playing against quality teams in the same way that the Big 10, Big 12, and SEC are. But, TCU managed to pull it out. Down 14-17, they took the second half to score 21 points and the win.

Alabama vs Arkansas 24-20- My pick for game of the week because the implications were just so awesome. This game was the only thing that kept me going after Texas’ miserable playing. In fact, I had to turn off the TX game to watch Alabama. I would not have been at all sad to see Arkansas pull off the upset, not in the least little bit. Alabama managed to win by defaulting to their Heisman trophy winner Mark Ingram, who rushed for 157 yards and 2 touchdowns. It was too bad since Arkansas’ QB, Ryan Mallett, came in with a lot of Heisman buzz. By the end of the game (and 2 fourth quarter interceptions), the only Heisman talk centered on the previous winner- Ingram.

Two to watch this weekend:

TX v OU- It pains me to say this, but looking through my sports analyst hat, OU will win.

Florida v Alabama- Tough one, but I’m going with Alabama.

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Laurie won her first writing award at her Maryland Catholic elementary school - an envelope of two-dollar bills from football-crazy nuns - in the second grade for a poem about the Washington Redskins. She still does not understand downs, so this just proves that she will write just about anything for the promise of money and minor glory. Try her. Her other interests include the WNBA, Dayton basketball (Go Flyers!,) tailgating, Capitals first-period goals, three-pointers and beer. She dislikes any former Patrick Division team, (especially the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers) overtime any time and serial retirers. She will someday have Capitals season tickets, attend an NFL game, and understand downs. Other writing happens at LaurieWrites and BlogHer. She still lives in - and loves - Maryland.

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