Copyright ? 2010 Ed Bagley
You notice attending college football games every Saturday - missed assignments, missed tackles, players throwing themselves at runners and hoping they're going to collapse. Guess what? The runners will not crumple a lot anymore. They are bigger, much wider, faster, stronger plus more elusive.
So let's more college players square up and tackle runners? The answer is simple - plan these are not fast enough or too forgetful in filling their gap assignment and/or they can be scared to tackle.
The net consequence of this all 's what we were treated to last weekend. The 7 highest scoring games produced 703 total points, or perhaps an average of 100-plus points per game. This may be exciting, but it's lousy football.
So how bad could it get? This bad:
Michigan beat Illinois 67-65 in triple overtime (132 total points), Navy beat East Carolina 76-35 (111 points), Duke beat Virginia 55-48 (103), Kansas beat Colorado 52-45 (97), Tulsa beat Rice 64-27 (91), 3rd-ranked Auburn beat AA Chattanooga 62-24 (86), and 19th-ranked Oklahoma State beat 22nd-ranked Baylor 55-28 (83).
Haven't had enough evidence? Try another 8 highest scoring games. To wit:
No. 25 Nevada over Idaho 63-17 (80), Florida International over Louisiana-Monroe 42-35 in double overtime (77), Southern Mississippi over Tulane 46-30 (76), Troy over North Texas 41-35 (76), Arkansas State over Middle Tennessee State 51-24 (75), Fresno State over Louisiana Tech 40-34 (74), Central Florida over Houston 40-33 (73), and North Carolina upsetting 24th-ranked Florida State 37-35 (72).
That's 15 games with total numerous 72-plus. Fifteen games that generated 1,306 points, or even an average of 87-plus points per game.
So you saw a great deal of offense, lousy defense, but not a great deal good, solid football. Suspense? There was virtually none. It was just a matter of who had the ball moving about the field with little resistance.
Not to bore you, but to create a point:
The 5 best scoring offenses in the united kingdom are Oregon (54+ points per game), Boise State (47+), Oklahoma State (46+), Nevada (44+), and Stanford (42+).
The worst 5 scoring defenses in the united kingdom are Eastern Michigan (gives up 43+ points per game), Memphis (42+), New Mexico (42+), East Carolina (41+), and Louisiana-Lafayette (40+).
This is only a slight problem to get a lousy team just like the Eastern Michigan Eagles, who stop trying 43+ points per game in support of score around 19+ points per game. No wonder they may be only 1-8 within the season. They did have the ability to beat Ball State 41-38 in overtime.
All right Ed, provide an escape. OK.
Who has acted toughest schedule one of several AP Top 25 teams? I am glad you asked. Read them and weep if you usually do not find your best team.
Arizona has acted toughest schedule; the Wildcats are ranked 12th nationally. Next is LSU (15th), then Stanford (16th), Missouri (18th), and Oklahoma (19th).
Who has totally worst schedule on the list of Top 25?
Try Central Florida at 95th, as well as Ohio State (87th), Nevada (86th), Virginia Tech (80th), and Utah (79th).
Wins do count, just about all allows you input it into perspective.
Oregon is 9-0 and possesses unquestionably 36th toughest schedule. Auburn is 10-0 and ranks 40th check here in schedule strength. TCU is 10-0 and ranks 62nd. Boise State is 8-0 and ranks 72nd.
Since you'll find only 120 Division 1-A teams, both TCU and Boise State are turning up victories from the bottom one half of this line of business (61st to 120th). Despite their protestations otherwise, both TCU and Boise State love playing in mid-major conferences, along with Utah.
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