Saturday, September 23, 2006

Week #4 Wrap - Hail to the IRISH and PACK!

Wow, what a Saturday! If last weekend was Separation Saturday this weekend has to be called Comeback Saturday. I came so close to a 55 this week; thanks to BC and SPARTY for choking down the stretch. Is there another team in the land who could have done what SPARTY did in East Lansing last night against the Irish?

NC STATE rallied on a late play in the game for a big-time pass-play that resulted in a TD. Then, somewhow Notre Dame scored 19 points in the 4th quarter led by Quinn's 5 TD's to beat SPARTy in East Lansing. Both were classic games. And both cost me a total of 5 points in PICK EM. Ugh! Jess - you were right about NC STATE and BC this week. I can't believe that nobody had a 55 this week. Mr. Butler came close with 54 and a 1 point loss in the NC STATE / BC game. Ugh! Lots of good stuff here in McCartney's All - Out - Blitz.

Michigan State had a 31-14 lead at the half. Ouch!. But, you knew that this game was going to be close at the finish. Notre Dame didn't quit and in the end found a way to win. They are still alive in 2k6. Kudos to Quinn with 5TD passes tonight. But what the hell did SPARTY do? Choke comes to mind. I mean come on. You were up 17-0 in the 1st quarter. Then the skies opened up and Divine intervention appeared. Seems like SPARTY always finds a way to lose a game like this. Ugh! I want a PICK EM refund. ND just seemed to be in the right place at the right time tonight to take advantage. Is MSU the only team in the country who can do this at home? Nuts, just nuts. The $14M BCS dream lives - on in South Bend after this win for the IRISH. Rising from the dead comes to mind. Notre Dame is looking good right now with only one tough test for them on the road in Colorado Springs and Air Force before USC at the end of the year. The Irish are alive and have a chance to play in the Title Game later in the year of all goes their way. Great comeback, but a great collapse as well. Kudos to the IRISH who had the right adjustments at the half. But this had to be one of the biggest meltdowns of the modern era in CFB. Thank you SPARTY. Rallies, Revivals, and Suprises.

Out West, USC really struggled most of the way tonight with Arizon. I knew this was going to be a tough game for SC on the road in Tucson. Sure they won 20-3 and extend their streak to 55 games of 20 points or more. But this was a defensive battle for both squads. Arizona is going to win some games in the PAC-10 this year. USC is good, but not great.

So who looked good this week? Michigan, Clemson, VA TECH, Louisville, Rutgers, Auburn, BYU, FSU, CAL, TEXAS, SC, BUCKS, TN, UW, OK, FLORIDA, NEB, and ND.

Who layed an egg? Colorado (0-4), Penn State, SPARTY, UCLA, and BC. Ouch - all of these squads had W's in the the left column after the 1st half. What the hell happened in Raleigh tonight? Same for East Lansing? Colorado choked late on the road in Athens against the DAWGS. At least Ralphie ran wild in the SEC. That BC loss really hurt. The Eagles really had poor clock management in the 4th quarter which led to the Wolfpack victory.

As far as the Heisman race goes it's really about about Troy Smith (Ohio State) and Adrian Petersen (OK). Some may argue for Brady Quinn and Kenny Irons, but to me there is clear separation right now from the top - 2 and everybody else. Here's what CBS has to say about the Heisman Race.

So. Cal didn't look that great tonight on offense in their 20-3 win over a very strong AZ team. Let's face it, the WILDCATS can play some defense under Stoops. Not many teams are going to go into Tucson and hang 20 points on that squad at home. But, in the end the Trojans survived to live another BCS day.

Here is my TOP 10: 1) Ohio State, 2) Auburn, 3) Michigan, 4) LSU, 5) USC, 6) Florida, 7) WV, 8) Texas, 9) Va. Tech, 10) Clemson. Others of note: Louisville, Notre Dame, Iowa, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Cal. Just out, the AP TOP 25 for the week. Interesting that RUTGERS makes its first appearance in 30 years. Wow, how the power of college football is changing. This is a good team. Just ask Ron Zook of Illinois.

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