Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Movement Watch: Week 3.

That foot is Michigan trying to get theirs in the proverbial door.
That picture is also damned creepy and I apologize.

The Frogs are 23rd in both polls. That's all the exposition you get. Onward!

Coaches' Poll Rankings this week.

Potential Upsets, effecting:

#21 Texas @ UCLA. Saturday, 2:30PM. ABC. No real reason to call for the upset here other than, "Do you REALLY trust Texas, even against a shit UCLA team? Because you probably did last year too, and look where that got you." Texas will likely win more than 5 games this year, but having a QB controversy under a new OC with one of the QBs only being on scholarship because of what his brother did for the school? Probably not a good sign. Some would scoff at a 2-1 Texas team being ranked lower than a 2-1 TCU team, but that's just the way rankings go, which is what I'm banking on for most of these.

#20 West Virginia @ Maryland. Saturday, 11:00AM. ESPNU. West Virginia opened the year against Marshall and looked dominant in winning a game that could've been worse had it not been shortened by the rain. They then came out and laid an absolute beating on D-1AA Norfolk State, but don't let the 55-12 final score fool you: WVU was down 12-10 at halftime and looked absolutely atrocious. After struggling in the first half, QB Geno Smith unloaded with 371 yards and 4 TDs, but again, Norfolk State. Maryland was off last week after their squeak-it-out win against Miami. It is a game they should've won by far more than 8 points considering the yardage and turnover differentials, plus the fact that Miami was missing half of its team, but hey, it's Maryland, and who expects much from Maryland? Hopefully they will have cleaned all that strangely organized shit off their uniforms in the interim. I suppose you have to give a slight edge to Maryland as they had an off week, are playing at home and have been "tested" this season, but if Holgorsen can get his offensive attack rolling earlier than the second half this week, things could get ugly in College Park for the home team. Or, at least almost as ugly as their uniforms. Seriously die, Under Armour.

#19 Auburn @ Clemson. 11:00AM. ABC.
After bouncing out of the rankings following that nail biter against something called Utah State, Auburn is back in after dispatching then top 20 ranked Mississippi State in somewhat dramatic fashion. This week they travel to SEC wannabe Clemson in a rematch of last year's 3 point overtime win for the Tigers of the Auburn variety. I'd like to say, with the way Auburn's defense has hemorrhaged points these first two weeks, Clemson should be a pretty good bet to take out Auburn. However, after thoroughly taking down Troy in their opener, Clemson had their own WTF moment last weekend in an 8 point win over Wofford. WOFFORD! Sounds like the name of a character from Fraggle Rock. Seriously though, karma has to catch up to Auburn eventually... right? An Auburn loss here would probably move them out of the top 25 for a little while.

#18 Arizona State @ Illinois. Saturday, 7:00PM. BTN. In a game I could not care any bit less about, Arizona State looks to continue their trend of whipping teams from flyover country when they travel to Champaign to take on Ron Zook and Illini. Yawn. Pac-12.

#16 Ohio State @ Miami, FL. Saturday, 6:30PM. ESPN3. Remember when this was viewed as one of the biggest games of the season? Yeah, some stuff has happened since then. But still, the Illegal Booster Bowl should be relatively fun to watch, assuming you aren't glued to Florida State/OU which conveniently comes on around the same time. Pre-bowl season, Ohio State would potentially have been a top 5 ranked team, and maybe even number one. Now? They're without the most potent parts of their offense, they're a nose-hair away from losing one at home to TOLEDO and are getting points against an 0-1 team in a similar boat. Fortunately for Miami, Nevin Shapiro is in jail where he can't do any further damage to the program, and they get back a handful of players who sat out the Maryland opener, including QB Jacory Harris. I'll be honest, this one has cripple fight written all over it, although Miami probably wins by double digits.

Potential Upsets, non-effecting:

#24 Baylor vs. SFA. Just because I have hopes and dreams and this would fulfill a lot of them. Fortunately I don't think the Coaches' can elevate the Bears over us with a win over Herpes U East, although if we both keep winning it's on the way.

That's about it for this section, unless you count Stanford/Arizona or Nebraska/Washington. FSU over OU would hardly qualify as an upset.

ESPN Approved Jumper(s):

#25 Mississippi State vs. #3 LSU. Thursday, 7:00PM. ESPN. This one has seemingly been featured as an early season SEC opener for both schools each of the past several years, and it usually lives up to the hype. Sadly, MSU killed a lot of that for ESPN by losing to Auburn, but it's football and its on so you will watch it, yes? Despite playing at home in Cowbell Land, it's kind of hard to see the Bulldogs pulling the upset here after watching LSU's defense at work the past 2 weeks, but you can't discount the Jarrett Lee factor. He's sure to cost them a game at some point, right? He hasn't tossed a pick six this season, but it's coming. Oh, it's coming. An MSU win would more than likely elevate the Bulldogs ahead of us in the new rankings, but a loss keeps them off our tails for the time being. Go Tigers. I refuse the whole eaux thing.

#26 Michigan vs. Eastern Michigan. Saturday, 11:00AM. BTN. You may scoff, but the media REALLY wants Michigan to be relevant for whatever, which is actually kind of fun because you know how much it irks Herbstreit. However, the fact that it would come at our expense is less fun, so we must root against it for the time being. Michigan provided us with the most entertaining game of the season that didn't make us want to slit our wrists last week against Notre Dame. Can Denard Robinson really do it all again for the Wolverines? Against Eastern Michigan? Probably. Hopefully it won't be enough to make them jump us.

#27 UCF vs. Florida International. Saturday, 5:00PM. Yes, they're 4 spots behind us, but the ESPNs of the world are riding a little high on the Knights this season, although I think they're giving a little too much credence to last week's crushing of Boston College. A win here probably doesn't QUITE get them into the Top 25 mix, but they're lurking annoyingly on the edges right now. Fortunately for us FIU is no slouch, having knocked off Louisville last week, so don't expect this one to be a sleepwalk for UCF.

That's it for this week. Fortunately after we dispatch the directional Lousiana's we'll have a full afternoon to catch the second half of the middle games and all of the late ones. Football. It's great.


VikingFrog said...

But Kirk Hirbstreit told me that Toledo is a legitimate team and deserves more credit than people are giving them.

Why should I not believe him?

Travis said...

Geaux Frogs!(just because you practically dared someone)

Sir Wesley Willis said...

You're right Viking. I mean, it's not like he played QB for the team Toledo went toe to toe with at one point in time or anything. Perhaps I'm being short sighted?