Game of the year....so far.
Notre Dame 31
If you watched this game, you know exactly what am i about to say, WOW. First of all, the whole thing just looked cool. It was the first ever night game at Michigan Stadium and the atmosphere was incredible. To go along with the event, Adidas outfitted both teams with their own versions of 'throwback' jerseys. By creating these jerseys, Adidas really made an impact to the country considering the splash Nike makes every year with their Pro Combats, and now with Under Amour's ridiculous opening night jerseys for the University of Maryland. The game, for the first part, looked to be a one sided affair. After losing week one to South Florida, and turning purple with rage while yelling obscenities at his players, ND coach Brian Kelly looked as if he had his team ready to make quick work of the Michigan defense. After leading 24-7 going into the 4th quarter, Notre Dame looked as if they had the game sealed up, but after Denard Robinson took over and five Notre Dame turnovers later, things looked very different. Michigan ended up scoring 4 times in the 4th to overcome the Irish and win 35-31 with the final touchdown coming with :02 remaining in the game. Pandemonium. This was a good program win for first year coach Brady Hoke, the new 'Michigan man.' Simply a wonderful wonderful game. If the Irish lose again this week to Michigan St i wonder what color Coach Kelly will turn now?
Without a doubt the most anticipated game of the year according to most analysts, this one has all the pieces to be a great one. Florida State, with a win here against the top ranked Sooners can finally get over the hump and have experts finally say that the FSU football program is back. In Coach Jimbo Fisher's (great name by the way) second year of head coach of the Seminoles after taking over for the legendary Bobby Bowden, who now stars in Capital One commercials, can bring the program back to glory. Where FSU is sitting right now, they have the potential to win the ACC and if they can win against Oklahoma, there is a chance that they could see the BCS Title game. I know it is a stretch right now, but if they beat Oklahoma, they will surely jump them in the rankings, also both LSU and Alabama are going to play each other this year, meaning that one of them will not be in the top 3 come January. Look for the Seminoles to come out hot in this game, because the entire country is watching them to see what they will do against a very very good Sooner team.
So far in 2011, Pitt RB Ray Graham has rushed for 201 yards and 3 TDs against Buffalo, and 121 yards and 3 TDs against Maine. Now granted, neither Buffalo nor Maine have a top quality defense, but you must take into account what Graham means to this Pitt squad. Now in the middle of a quarterback controversy, although coach Todd Graham denies the existence of such a thing, Tino Sunseri is not getting the job done. Yes, Pitt is (2-0), but I, along with most other fans are not satisfied. The 'high octane' performances we are supposed to be seeing from Sunseri just aren't happening. Sunseri in this new no-huddle scheme has to start getting the ball out quicker, with 4 and 5 wide receiver sets, the Panthers are bound to have somebody open, if not, Sunseri has the skills and speed to scramble and make plays himself. He was sacked seven times against Maine. Pitt's offensive line is not a group to be broken through so many times, which means that Sunseri has to get rid of the ball earlier. Graham leads all FBS rushers with 322 yards. His 6 touchdowns are tied for most in the nation, and without them, Pitt may have had a more embarrassing day against Maine than it did. Pitt travels to Iowa this week and it is the first real test for this team. My prediction, Iowa wins in a high scoring affair 42-38. I do wish that i am wrong, but Pitt gave up 29 to Maine last week, and Iowa is pissed after losing to arch rival Iowa state in 3OT.
So go this weekend, take your remote and watch away, it wont disappoint. The most recent tool I have been using is the ESPN module on the xbox. You can watch every football game espn has on espn3 but not on your tv instead of your laptop.
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