Friday, September 21, 2007

Weekend Watching

Before we get to the games of the weekend some news on a former WVU quarterback. TJ Mitchell was a star in the spring game two years ago, but after a redshirt year he saw the writing on the wall and the writing was Pat White and Jarrett Brown for the next 4 years. That left Mitchell fighting for third string. He was mobile in the pocket, but not enough to move to another position and so he transferred out of Morgantown back towards his hometown of Virginia Beach to Hampton University a historically black university in Hampton, VA. Mitchell has worked his was to the starting quarterback for the Pirates and in a win over Morgan State last night threw for 253 yards and 3 touchdowns to bring his season total to 773 yards and 9 touchdowns. Hampton is currently 3-0 and according to ESPN are playing Morgan State AGAIN in TWO days. This could be a mistake or it maybe the two schools think off days are for pussies.

USC(Cocks not Trojans) v. LSU--On to the games on television. Saturday will start slow with no ranked teams squaring off until South Carolina visits LSU at 3:30. The Tigers are a full fledged nightmare defensively for opposing teams right now. They are number one in total defense, number one in scoring defense at 2.33 points per game. Also the Tigers have 7 interceptions in three games, although they did have 6 in the first. However, LSU always seems to have a lapse game or two during the season and Blake Mitchell is hoping for it to be Saturday. The Gamecocks sandwiched a Georgia victory around a La-Lafayette/South Carolina State shit sandwich. They are lead by the number 8 scoring defense in the country. That may change this week.

Penn State v. Michigan--ABC brings us this as the Big 10 afternoon game of the day. I give the remote a rest and stick with South Carolina and LSU until that gets ugly then it is nappy time. I suggest the same for all.

The late games include two watchable games, a blowout possibility and a pig in a skirt.

Kentucky v. Arkansas--Kentucky likes to throw and run (504 total yards per game). Arkansas likes to run (325 yards per game). Neither play much defense (Kentucky 70th and Arkansas 85th). The chain crew on the sidelines are bringing on IV kit to the sidelines to keep up with the hydration problems.

Georgia v. Alabama--Georgia lost to South Carolina but rebounded by taking out Western Carolina to split with to of the four states of Carolina this season (North and East didn't make the schedule). Matt Stafford has thrown for 621 yards this season and Knowshon Moreno has 268 rushing yards for the Bulldogs. If Georgia is able to stay two-dimensional they could give 'Bama fits. Last week Alabama gave up 450 yards to Arkansas. Arkansas is a one-dimensional team, but that one dimension includes Darren McFadden and Felix Jones (who looks to be 50 years old in his picture) which is like Chuck Norris without a gun. Maybe he'll have to pummel you to death slowly with just his hands and feet, but that doesn't make it any better. The Tide will try to shut down the Bulldog run game and force Stafford to beat them. Stafford doesn't mind the pressure as long as there is beer after the game.

Washington State v. USC--This one could be the blowout for ABCs primetime game for most of the nation. Washington State beat San Diego State and Idaho after losing to Wisconsin. The Cougars are 80th in total defense and scoring defense with most coming through the air at 265 yards a game. Of course the Trojans shouldn't have much problem running the ball either. USC dismantled the Black Shirt defense with 313 yards rushing against the Huskers. John David Booty has yet to unleash the aerial attack and if it doesn't happen soon he is going to assassinate somebody.

Iowa vs. Wisconsin--The other late game and one to avoid unless you graduated from one of these schools or have money on the game. Wisconsin is undefeated but has played even for a half with the Citadel trailed UNLV until the final two minutes. Iowas is 201 with wins over Northern Illinois and Syracuse and a loss to Iowa State. Iowa State had lost to Kent State and Northern Iowa before beating Iowa. If this game comes on in your area do yourself a favor and leave the house, smash the tv, or gouge out your eyeballs to be safe.

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