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DTs Dandy Dozen - College Recap Oct 15, 2017

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Thoughts and observations from the just comepleted weekend of college football :

 

1. What the heck happened to Washington State?  Mike Leach is the most entertaining coach in the land.  He makes Bob Knight look like a choir boy when it comes to firing off expletives and F Bombs at the media, his team and anyone else who rubs him the wrong way.  I was really looking forward to a Washington-Washington State showdown of unbeatens in the Apple Cup in Week 12 of the regular season.  Wont happen now, as Wazzu was smoked 37-3 by Cal. Washington also lost, 13-7 to Arizona State.   Wash State, BTW, just lots its AD to Nebraska over the weekend.  

2. Caught some of the Purdue - Wisconsin game Saturday.  The Boilers continue to impress.  They played Wisky close all day, in Madison.  Markell Jones working his way back into the rotation.  Love how Brohm works the TE into the passing scheme.  You just don't see this anymore, at any level.  Old number 81 Ken McAfee of Notre Dame was my boyhood idol, so I love to see the Tight Ends get in on the action.  Purdue has Rutgers, Nebraska, Illinois, Northwestern, Iowa and Indiana over the next 6 weeks.  All winnable games.  Only takes 3 Ws to be bowl eligible.  I see a 4-2 record down the stretch, 7-5 overall and a nice bowl trip for Purdue and Brohm this season.

3. Illinois looks to be the worst team in the Big Ten, and it will likely cost Lovie Smith his job at years end.  Illini are 2-4, 0-3 Big Ten West after losing at home to Rutgers.  Ouch!!  Lovie doesn't look like he is having any fun on the U of I sideline.  Was shocked when he was hired in to this gig.  Looks like his heart is just not in to it.

4. Really have no idea what this Indiana team is all about.  Expected them to get blown out by Michigan this weekend, but Hoosiers hung tough and lost in overtime.  Michigan is not very good, and Harbaugh must be thanking his lucky stars that he got out of Bloomington with a win.  IU has played Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan.  Back half of the schedule should give them some relief and give us an indication of what this team, and Tom Allen, are all about.  I'm clueless at this point,.  

5. Not sure which seat is hotter.  Bret Bielema at Arkansas or Butch Jones at Tennessee.  I expect to see both positions open up, maybe before the end of this season in Jones' case.  Larry Fedora at 1-6 North Carolina also working his way up the list.  

6. Former Northern Illinois HC Dave Doeren is having his best season at North Carolina State.  The Wolfpack are 6-1 after beating Pitt, and are heading in to a nationally televised game at Notre Dame this week.  Doeren could be a hot coaching commodity and may be in line for a bump up to an elite program next season.  Doeren looks and acts like a Big Ten Coach.  Maybe Illinois?  

7. Nebraska's crushing 56-14 home loss to Ohio State might be the all time low point for the NU program.  Certainly the bottom of the pit since the Huskers arrived in to the Big Ten in 2010. Gotta think Bo Pelini might be chuckling a bit after this blowout loss.  Where does NU go from here to reestablish its football identity?  The Texas recruiting pipeline is gone since the departure from the Big 12.  Are California and Florida kids interested any more in playing in Lincoln, Nebraska?  Why would they be?  Mike Riley will be out, and new AD Bill Moos (Just hired from Washington State) will need to hit a homerun with his coaching hire.

Can you say MIke Leach?  :07_v:Wouldn't you love to see the Air Raid in the Big Ten?  

8. Another hot name in the post season coaching carousel could be first year Syracuse HC Dino Babers.  The Orangemen are 4-3 coming off their shocking upset of #2 Clemson on Friday night.  Babers, formerly at Bowling Green, could be a one and done if the Cuse continues to win and show progress over the balance of the season.  If you like 57-49 games, Babers is your guy.  I much prefer 17-14.  

9. Has any rivalry game lost more of its mojo the The Red River Rivalry?  For those of you clueless millennials, that is the Texas - Oklahoma Big 12 matchup, which takes place every year at the Texas state fair.  This game used to have national implications, but OU is still reeling coming off its loss to Iowa State at home last week, and Texas is trying to find an identity under first year coach Tom Herman.  Sooners won 29-24.  Nobody outside of the Big 12 footprint likely watched. 

10. There is something very satisfying in seeing Oregon take it on the chin.  The Ducks, behind all those millions of Nike dollars and those crazy unis, rode to the top of the college football world.  That world has come crashing down over the past two seasons, and Stanford gave the Ducks a lesson in smash mouth football on Saturday night with a 49-7 blowout win.   Loved this quote from first year Oregon Coach Willie Taggart after the game, "we needed to play a little better than we did."  You think so Slick Willie?  This is another coaching hire that looked very skeptical when initially announced.  I say this ends badly, sooner than later.  

11. Penn State enters perhaps its most significant 3 week stretch since emerging from the Jerry Sandusky scandal as the Lions face off with Michian, Ohio State and Michigan State over the next 3 weeks.  The Lions enter this stretch ranked #2 in the nation, but are they for real, with wins over Pitt, Akron, Georgia State, Iowa, Indiana and Northwestern?  The PSU AD did the Nittany Lions right with his scheduling strategy, but doubts remain as to whether this team is truly elite.  I doubt they come out of this unscathed.  

12. Wonder if the NCAA should have just gone ahead and given Baylor the death penalty.  This program which was in national championship discussion just 2 years ago, is 0-6 after getting blown off the field by Oklahoma State 59-16 on Saturday.  OSU Head Coach Mike Gundy is doing his best to bring back the mullet.  It looks pretty good on him.  :07_v:The Pac 12 may view the Baylor situation as their opportunity to raid the Big 12, as a tainted Baylor program can now legitimately be left behind.  PAC will be looking for 4 teams to expand to 16.  Any combination of 4 of the following likely in the mix 

Texas

TCU

Texas Tech

Oklahoma

Oklahoma State

BYU

 

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The Notre Dame - NC State game is not until Oct. 28. ND first has to play USC next Saturday, while NC State has a bye next week.

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Doeren is a very good Coach, someone who may eventually wind up in the NFL, but I do not see how going from ACC NC ST to Illinois is good idea.  

Purdue defense continued to play opportunistic and really really hard.   Creating takeaways.   Purdue's TE's are probably the best overall position group they have on the Offensive side of the ball, so look for them to continue to feature them each week. 

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47 minutes ago, Coach Nowlin said:

Doeren is a very good Coach, someone who may eventually wind up in the NFL, but I do not see how going from ACC NC ST to Illinois is good idea.  

Purdue defense continued to play opportunistic and really really hard.   Creating takeaways.   Purdue's TE's are probably the best overall position group they have on the Offensive side of the ball, so look for them to continue to feature them each week. 

I could see the move from NC State to Illinois as a desire to coach in the Big Ten and rejuvenate a program that is on life support.  

47 minutes ago, Coach Nowlin said:

Doeren is a very good Coach, someone who may eventually wind up in the NFL, but I do not see how going from ACC NC ST to Illinois is good idea.  

Purdue defense continued to play opportunistic and really really hard.   Creating takeaways.   Purdue's TE's are probably the best overall position group they have on the Offensive side of the ball, so look for them to continue to feature them each week. 

Agree Purdue has a nice group of TEs.  They are not overly big.  Very athletic and good speed.  They are more like big NFL WRs.  

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