Monday, December 31, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Regardless, if Butch took his name out, I think it means he wasn't likely to get the job. This seems to happen in most cases so that the coach doesn't look bad. I guess we'll find out at some point though.
UPDATE: According to West BY GOD Virginia, the statement has been retracted. What the hell is going on?!?! This coaching search is hilariously bad.
Mitch Vingle says so. Granted, nobody seems to know what the hell is actually going on at this point, so this article is being taken with a massive grain of salt on my end. That being said...
Any thoughts on this situation if it's accurate? Anyone? My initial reaction is that I might vomit. Though I would prefer Jones to Holliday. I think. Hell, I don't know. I don't want either one of them to be totally honest.
All I know is that we have one hell of a football team coming back next year. I guess I'd like to see the Butch Jones offense with our current guys running it. I think we'd finally be able to score up to our potential. Sadly, that means we'd also have to see the Butch Jones defense. Ugh. This appears to be a lose-lose situation right now.
I am hoping and praying that the AD pulls something out that we're just not expecting. Will it happen? I doubt it. But until they hold a press conference naming some garbage coach, we always have hope.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Frankly, the longer it takes, the less chance we have of getting someone shitty. Fine. Anybody have any ideas how they think this will play out?
Here's mine. Holliday is the #1 pick. The fan backlash terrifies the AD. The AD backs off and acts like the search is open, hence the Jimbo Fisher Incident. We botch the Fisher deal, on purpose, and look like we made the effort. Then we start talking about Butch Jones like he's for real. Everyone freaks again. Suddenly, the AD saves us from Butch Jones and names Doc Holliday as head coach. We're all relieved? Somebody give me a scenario that doesn't end this way. I dare you.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Many Mountaineer fans have been contacting WVU in regards to Mike Locksley, and some have contacted Locksley directly. His response in an email to a fan (not me)and the discussion about it can be found here:
Here is his answer to my inquiry as to his interest in the job...
"(personally called me by name),
Thank you and all the Mountaineer fans for your interest in me. I would have a genuine interest in the job if I had a legitimate chance at the position.
I have no interest in being a BCA interview. I feel like I'm a perfect fit for WVU, but am also very satisfied with continuing the process of making Illinois a national contender.
I have been following the hiring process very closely and it seems like they have a pretty good idea of the direction they're interested in going.
As if I didn't like the guy enough already.
Monday, December 24, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Eddie pulled the old switcheroo on Jimbo, and tried to renegotiate a portion or portions of the already agreed upon contract at the last minute. Smooth move brother. Now we're going to be stuck with Doc or Terry. FUCK!
Look, I love the coaching search. I really do. But I hate the way it's being run and the list of guys we're considering. Uuuuuuuuugh.
UPDATE - The Post-Gazette Article has just come out.
Where we stop nobody knows.
Jimbo's looking good right now.
Here's some more, from the FSU side.
How about from the FSU president? The key phrase in this one is "Wetherell said he had not talked to Fisher since Thursday".
This is getting downright exhausting, and there aren't even any damn flights to track! Curse WVU's administration for either being too dumb to run a real search or too smart to let us figure it out!
Subject: Letter to Coach Rodriguez
I don’t know if this was actually sent to Rodriguez but I hope he reads it.
Dear Rich Rodriguez,
We don't know each other. I've met you a couple of times at various fan events like the Spring Game and the Coaches' Carousel, but the same could be said for thousands of others. I just thought I'd drop you this letter to let you know specifically what residents of West Virginia and West Virginia University fans think about your decision to leave WVU to become the new head football coach at the University of Michigan.
See, we West Virginians are a prideful bunch. You probably know that, considering you're from here, as is most of your immediate family. And despite the running jokes and insults spewed by stereotyping windbags across the country, we know that what we have here in West Virginia, what we have here with West Virginia University, is special.
We don't expect outsiders to really understand. That's why when John Beilein fled for Michigan a year ago, people largely wrote the experience off to an outsider that was just climbing his own personal coaching ladder. He wasn't from here, he didn't have any intrinsic connection to the program other than as an employer, and he wanted to move on. Before long, a native son risked his career and reputation nationally to leave a great gig at a Big 12 school to take Beilein's place, and the program was made better for it in the long run.
But you, Rich... you were our native son.
Honor among thieves.
As much as we dislike being spurned by outsiders, we really dislike one of our own sneaking out the back door and leaving our program, our state, in a state of disrepair. You said at your press conference this morning that hopefully we'd understand that you left our program in a better state than you found it. That might be true.
But you didn't mention the fact that you were actively taking steps to harm the program for your own personal benefit by contacting recruits and attempting to talk them out of their commitments already made to WVU. You didn't address the fact that according to Dave Poe of the Parkersburg News and Sentinel, you had your recruiting director contact Josh Jenkins to ask him to renege on his verbal commitment to WVU and follow you to Michigan. Who knows how many other recruits you've already talked to or turned away? That work you were doing recruiting for WVU really represents unearned salary if you're going to travel on the University's dime, get paid for the University's time, and then sabotage your loyal employer to help you win at the next level.
Those aren't your recruits. They don't belong to you.
You also didn't mention the fact that you stand to irreparably harm the program by placing the players in a state of disorder before the second BCS Bowl game in program history. Your former players were going to have a tough task in front of them anyway facing a team that might be playing the best football in the country in the Oklahoma Sooners. Now they get to do that without their head coach. They will have to answer endless questions about you in the weeks leading up to the game. And you have abandoned them.
Even after the debacle against Pitt (which, make no mistake, will be the defining moment of your career as the head coach of the Mountaineers), your former team, the players you recruited, the players you coached, stood a very good chance of starting next season in the Top 5 and poised to make another championship run if they could represent themselves well in the Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma. And this isn't to say that they won't, because let's face it, the crop of players that will take the field on January 3 will probably have no problem running your offense. But there's no way they'll be as focused as they should be. There's no way they can approach this game in a business-like manner. And that's your fault.
You'll have to forgive us as fans for looking at you as a villain. It's certainly understandable, considering that the University gave you as much as it could after your flirtation with Alabama last year, pricing many true fans out of the stadium in the process. Many, like myself, paid for such a salary increase this year with a massive jump in ticket prices that was probably more than many could afford. In a roundabout way, the desire to keep you at West Virginia took money out of my pocket. And it shames me to realize that I thought it was worth it.
But it wasn't enough for you.
And you certainly didn't do yourself any favors by keeping your (now) former President and your former Athletic Director in the dark during your negotiations (which, by all accounts, weren't authorized) with Michigan. This included handing your resignation in to WVU Athletic Director Ed Pastilong after you'd already accepted the Michigan job. And according to this article from the Charleston Daily Mail, you didn't even do it yourself- you had a graduate assistant deliver it.
Maybe there were problems between yourself and the athletic department as has been rumored since your exit, and as reported here, in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Maybe giving you more than they could afford and giving you nearly every facility improvement you asked for wasn't enough for you. But why, then, did you sign a one-year contract extension earlier this year, signing on as the coach of the Mountaineers through 2013? What happened for you in that course of time? (Other than your colossal failure to prepare the team for the Pitt game. We know that happened to you.)
And what of your word?
Just last December, you stated that 'When the details come out, you'll see that I'm committed to West Virginia University for a very, very long time.'
(Source- Previously linked article)
Three weeks ago, you told media outlets that there wouldn't be any coaching carousel in Morgantown this year, saying, 'We're not done here ... you're stuck with me.'
Shortly after this picture was taken, the two men conducted a seminar on what it's like to lose to your rival in the biggest game of your life.
Fortunately, we in the Mountain State will be just fine, despite your best efforts.
The immediate future for the players of your former team should be solid, as there are plenty of galvanizing forces on the team that will allow them to represent themselves well in the Fiesta Bowl. Patrick White, Owen Schmitt, Eric Wicks, et. al. will see to that. They have too much pride to be defined by their coach's decision to sacrifice the welfare of his team to jumpstart his career ambitions. They'll play. They'll play hard. And they'll be a source of pride for all of us in Mountaineer Nation.
More generally, WVU football and its fans will be just fine, as well. (Again, not that you're worried about our future. If you were, you wouldn't have put yourself before the team by declaring your departure before a BCS bowl, and you wouldn't be presently trying to talk kids out of their previous commitments to WVU.)
Yes, Michigan is a prestigious program, but so is West Virginia. There will be another successful coach to follow you, and with success both on and off the field, he will be revered in all the ways you used to be. I can say this because WVU isn't the stepping stone to the big time. It is the big time. It was before you, and it will be after you, despite your best efforts to sabotage our immediate future in the process.
Unlike Michigan, there won't be 107,000 fans in the seats in Morgantown next year. We don't have the winningest program in the history of college football at WVU either, though 17th is certainly respectable.
But the 60,000 that will fill Mountaineer Field long after you are gone all understand that what we have at WVU is something special. Something to be very proud of. And we'll keep it that way.
Meanwhile, you're off to Michigan as a mercenary. A hired gun. Make sure to beat Ohio State every year, or they'll run your carpetbagging ass out on a rail after two seasons. You can play 6 degrees of Bo Schembechler all you want, but you won't be cut slack for being a home-grown product if you go 28-21 in your first four seasons, as you did at WVU. (Without Pat White, this is actually pretty likely. He made you.)
You'll be unemployed.
So while Michigan may be a step up the coaching ladder nationally and may be the winningest program of all time, it will never be home.
And now, West Virginia won't be either.
Like I said, we West Virginians are a prideful bunch.
Very truly yours,
A Mountaineer Fan
WVU's victory of Canisius today gave Mr. Huggins win #600. That's quite an accomplishment to say the very least. Only Bob Knight, Coach K, Jim Calhoun, Jim Boeheim, and Lute Olsen are active coaches with more wins. I'm glad to have him in Morgantown, and I love what he's doing with this team. He has made all the difference in the world for Joe Alexander.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Paul Maguire makes me want to stab out my eardrums with a sharpened pencil when he's on the broadcast. God, he's awful. We've had him, Dave Barnett, and Pam Ward all in one day. Ugh. Get me a job in the booth!! Sadly, I curse too much.
I really hate the son of a bitch from the Astrive Student Loan commercials. "It's a better option than a high interest credit card!" No shit asshole. Thanks for the PSA.
Bob Griese - "No booze, no tobacco, no gambling, no sex...Maguire could never go to BYU, let me tell you that." I CAN'T BELIEVE HE JUST SAID THAT ON THE AIR!!! And Maguire agreed with him!
Courtesy of dreameer, on the WVU Scout Board:
chapter 11 The rise of Fan
All is quiet on the west virginia front
but don't be fooled by the kings punt
the real heros of the gridiron are home in bed
scattered home to family quickly they fled
but the slaves of benjimans are not asleep
the old blood line tentacles do run deep
plotting and planning at this moment for their win
hoping the fan is taking a real long weekend
the common mans entry into the battle has caused a scene
the fractures are widening between the court and the king
just when an ally is given the word
the bond is broken by a new one heard
we have been called out in the battle of our cause
why are you creating a riot, inciting a mob
it isn't our intent to tell them how to do their job
we just want it done right, not look like a slob
call the system ole boys, mafia, or down right incestious
we just want what's right, what's best for us
our ire is with the short list for the next leader we will love
one is friend of the king, the other a friend of the gov
both are righteous and may be coronated still
the fans want all to apply and you have tested our will
the grassroots campaign has had its impact
the king must walk easy and that is a fact
the king and his court are sleepless and nervous
they know they can no longer get by with just simple lip service
we don't like your dog and pony plan
we want you out there scouring the land
a phone call interview is classless and a disgrace
we want you out there meeting face to face
the prince of change is weakening and losing power
this is a call to arms, this is the hour
wake up the neighbors rattle the cages
this battle for change is one for the ages
everyone must dig deep down, it must come from the heart
only you can create change, you must do your part
this is working folks, they are hearing the soul of the common man
this is epic, this is the rise of Fan
email@example.com BOG secretary. members are on the search committee. Stephen Goodwin and Robert Wells(chairmen)
Mike Parsons? student president
firstname.lastname@example.org for the locksley fans
Phone calls and emails are working. Make sure they stay polite though, these are good people.
Friday, December 21, 2007
Locksley, though, I think we can get. He's an offensive coordinator that wants a head job, he's contacted WVU, and he's from Washington DC. I wish it were realistic.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Is this real? It certainly looks it if you don't pay attention to the University of West Virginia thing. I haven't even heard this name mentioned, but I would be so f'ing happy. I LOVE THE FAT MAN!!!
UPDATE: It is now being called a hoax. That is hilarious!
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
It's looking like Doc Holliday and Rick Trickett are coming home.
Read it here.
I know this came out this morning and has probably made all the rounds at this point, but some of us have real jobs to deal with. Let me start out by saying I don't know how much of this I take at face value. Currently, the RRod side of the story is the only one being heard.
The major point of this is that the AD only had to agree to some trivial bullshit to get RR to stay. The demands listed are indeed trivial, and shouldn't have been that big a deal to the AD. That being said, shouldn't they have been equally as trivial to Rich?
Do we really believe that RR would leave over shit like free parking for high school coaches? If that side can claim that the dispute is so childish that there's no reason for those requests to be denied, can the other side not claim that they aren't worth leaving over? I mean, let's be serious about this.
Rich Rod is using this garbage as a means to get out of the buyout. He is doing anything and everything he can to make it null and void. That's why he put the January 3 date on his resignation. That's why he's airing grievances against supposed "broken promises". He doesn't want to pay for leaving, and making the AD look like it screwed him is his only option.
So let's look at it another way. If Rich is the victim here of a power play, why is he trying to destroy WVU football on his way out? Filing a suit to get out of the buyout, leaving before a BCS game, contacting WVU recruits, badmouthing WVU...are these things a person does to a place they claim to love? Actually, yes, and I'll explain here in a minute.
No matter what explanation he gives for leaving, realize this. Rich Rodriguez is now trying to destroy WVU football, and that makes him no victim in my book. He has proven now that he's the asshole many of us thought he was. He has finally pushed his "WVU is the stepping stone" routine too many times, and now wants to break free with no repercussions, while killing our program at the same time.
As for the donors mentioned, well, to each their own. It's rumored that most of the guys in question are RR donors first, and WVU donors second. There's another group out there that supports WVU in this clusterfuck, and they have not been heard from at this point. Neither has the AD. So before everybody stands up for that sneaky bastard, let's get the other side of this story. And it is next.
Read the response from the WVU Board of Governors here. This shit is going to get ugly, and it's not going to be over soon.
I hope Michigan truly realizes what they've "won". His remarks say he's happy to be there and that he came because he loves what Michigan has to offer. His actions say he's a bitter, scorned lover and wishes he hadn't cheated. He really reminds me of a guy who is now dating the mistress fulltime, but can't get over the one he truly loved. The guy who fucked around and treated her like shit, and ultimately got told to fuck off. In that situation, what's the guy's next reaction? Bitterness, anger, and nasty, nasty bullshit. In other words, exactly the situation we're going to have right now.
Rich, you have fucked up with your little poker game, and I hope you enjoy second-guessing yourself from here on out. WVU is currently in the process of suing for full custody, child support, and burning all your possessions. And without Patrick White, you will be exposed for the mediocre egomaniac that you are. Enjoy Wolverines, enjoy.
Monday, December 17, 2007
"I think it's a great, great, great opportunity for him," Bryant, who coached at Alabama from 1958-82, said in a telephone interview Monday afternoon. "I think it's tremendous. There are very few West Virginias. When you coach at Alabama, you walk on water in Alabama. At least the non-Auburn portions. But when you coach at West Virginia, you walk on water, period. There's a difference. Some people around here don't want to believe that."
Saban reportedly spent several hours Sunday meeting with Garrison and Pastilong to discuss the vacancy, sources close to the West Virginia search confirmed.
Saban, however, refused to address the speculation regarding that meeting during a Monday morning news conference to discuss Alabama's Mickey-Mouse-Whatever-You-Want-Call-It-Backdoor-Dot.com Bowl preparations.
Bryant said he met with Saban Sunday evening and offered his advice regarding the job opportunity.
"I thought it would be great for him," said Bryant, an Alabama legend. "These opportunities don't come around very often. Nick has found a place that's just special. If you're a football coach, it's a dream come true. I'm certainly not belittling Alabama. It's just different at West Virginia."
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Rich wants to coach the Fiesta Bowl, or at least he wants WVU to think so. If we don't let him, it might mean WVU breaches the contract before he does. Thus, he won't have to pay the buyout. What a cocksucker he is.
Rich's success can be correlated 100% with the emergence of Patrick White as the WVU starting QB. Without White, we were perennially an 8-4 to 9-3 sort of squad. With Patrick, we are much, much better. Why is this one might wonder. Well, I'll tell you why. That's what I'm here for, dammit.
Rich Rodriguez is a fucking egomaniac who cannot prepare his team or call a game. It is physically impossible for him to come up with imaginative plays or make adjustments. In short, he's an idiot. We run 7 plays, and 5 of them are bubble screens. The other two are the "wildly inaccurate bomb" and "run fast somewhere they ain't". His only clutch playcall is known as "Patrick, please do something!", and Pat comes up with that one by himself.
Let's face it. WVU is the same team that was going 8-4 or 9-3, but we have a QB who can get out of almost anything. Virtually every single big play we have is a broken play. Thank you Patrick, you are fucking sweet. Fuck you Rich, you fucking suck.
Everyone also wants to discuss his 3 10-win seasons in a row. These coincide with not only Pat's presence, but also the added 12th game. In reality, we are still almost always a 2 loss team, with our 10th win coming from some garbage OOC game. 9-win seasons are nice, but not nearly as impressive as the old 10-win variety. So let's not get our panties in a bunch over the 10 win thing. He gets 10 wins by default. We play no one, I'm not even going to bother defending that statement (you know it and I know it), have an extra game, and have much better players than most everyone we play. We also don't play Miami, BC, or VT anymore (yes, it does make a difference).
And let's not credit RR too much with the recruiting either. First of all, it's not that great. We get a couple great players, but not many. Secondly, he doesn't do much of it. Props to Magee, et al. for that. Rich is not responsible for players coming to WVU. He's too much of a stupid dick to be a good recruiter.
We also never talk about all the chokes. 2004 BC and Pitt, 2005 (VT? Nah, they were better than us) but almost the Sugar Bowl, 2006 UL and USF, 2007 USF and the Atrocity of Which I Shall Never Speak. Rich has ALWAYS lost games he shouldn't. Why? Poor preparation, no adjustments, and blaming the players for the losses. SURPRISE!! He's an egomaniac.
With the talent this team has, a monkey could win 10 games a year. Only poor preparation and playcalling can keep us from losing only 1 game. And guess what...Rich is a poor at preparation, attrocious at playcalling, and incapable of adjusting. He also blames players for EVERY SINGLE LOSS!! He's an egomaniac.
Fear not Mountaineer fans, we've been better than we are now, and we'll be better again. RR has been holding us back. Did he rebuild the program a bit? Sure, I'll credit him for that. But let's not forget that we were only down at the tail end of Nehlen's career. All RR did is get us back to where we already were. We have a lousy schedule and nothing to show for it. Why? Because Rich is terrible at preparing a team, can't call decent fucking plays, won't make adjustments,and blames players for losses. He's an egomaniac.
Next year the OOC improves, and hopefully, so will our coaching. Good riddance to bad rubbish. Let's get back on the right track, and thank Michigan for taking this stubborn, idiotic asshat off our hands. They helped us upgrade in basketball, and are giving us the chance to upgrade in football. Let's not blow this. NO TERRY BOWDEN!!
So remember kids, don't fret. Rejoice!! We are now Rodriguez-free! We may struggle some with the transition (see Louisville), but we might not (see Cincinnati). I, for one, am more than willing to take the gamble.
Let's go Mountaineers!!
NOW GO OUT AND GET US A REAL PLAYCALLER!!
Saturday, December 15, 2007
"See ya Rich
toeblake2 on Sat Dec 15, 2007 10:04 am
First I would like to say I am a huge Eers fan and overall I am happy with RR success mostly because he is from WV. He is great at getting recruits that fits his system, aka Pat White who everyone wanted as a WR. However there are many misconceptions about RR that only people who follow WV religiously can pick up on. First, he gets credit for being an offensive genius. I agree the spread is a great system that is hard to defend. However, RR never has used half the talent he has on probably the fastest team in the nation. He has depended on White to win every game single handedly. He has run 6 plays all year! He hasn't even used Slaton all year. Any fan can sit on their couch and call every play before it happens. My biggest complaint is that he is the WORST GAME DAY COACH in the country. There are zero adjustments made at the half. Check the facts, but other than the Sugar Bowl that he almost pissed away in the 2nd half - he has choked in every big game the past 2 seasons. He pisses down his leg which causes his team to play very tight. EVERY BIG GAME! WVU played for a national championship before he got here and had many players go to the NFL. So good luck Michigan with the genius and his 5 plays. I am pretty sure that Tressel will stop a bubble screen every other play. OSU should be dancing in the streets because Rich would ensure that they will continue to beat Michigan every year when Rich craps is pants on the sideline. I PRAY TO GOD THAT WVU GOES AFTER BRIAN KELLY. He runs the spread and actually has the balls to call different plays and throw the ball. He would do more with WVU talent than RR would ever dream about. Everyone cried about Belien and now he is getting his *** kicked by HARDVARD while Huggins has us flying high. Thanks for your time Rich, but there is no room in Morgantown for a money wh0re!"
Do not fret WVU faithful, do not fret. We are 15th in all time wins. Rich didn't do that by himself. We've had 3 10-win seasons in a row. Does that not coincide with the adding of a 12th game? It does. In the past, we'd be rocking 3 9-win seasons. That's not nearly as impressive. Finally, with the schedule we play, I could coach to 10 wins a year. If you need more reasons why I'd be happy to see him go, let me know and I'll produce. The only thing that makes me nervous is the natural disorder that takes place after a coaching change. But I'll make that trade...
Friday, December 14, 2007
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and we finish off by beating that ass. Well played gentlemen, well played. I look forward to seeing more of this in the near future. I am once again excited for WVU athletics. Woohoo!
Monday, December 3, 2007
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
Beat the HELL out of Pitt!!
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Is rushing the field dumb? Sure. Is it worth treating students and fans like a band of rioting thugs for doing shit every other school does? Absolutely not. At least wait until they try to burn the town down. Cops beating kids for being on the field only escalates the situation. I can't believe they're too stupid to realize that. When you fight a student section and unleash police dogs and blast clouds of pepperspray, what do you expect? They will raise hell where the cops aren't, and that's in the streets right after the game. Idiots.
That would be sweet. The Florida receiver is seeing little time with Percy Harvin in the picture, and would be a badass pickup for the Mountaineers. This is being reported on many message boards, and scrolled on ESPN as well.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Shifting focus a bit, it seems that a host of haters have popped out of the woodwork around cyberspace and the media to decry the Mountaineers' ascent to their lofty BCS ranking for a variety of reasons. While soaking up the criticism of others is a sign that your favorite team has truly reached the pinnacle of success, it will be necessary to put the jealous and misinformed haters into their place over the course of the next month and a half. So here, for your convenience, is a crib sheet for Mountaineer fans to refute the various incorrect arguments against the Mountaineers inclusion in the BCS Championship game.
Argument #1- "Your schedule is a joke!"
Response- Apparently the Sagarin ratings don't agree.
See, the BCS takes strength of schedule into account via the Sagarin Ratings, which make up a percentage of the "computer" vote that is weighed along with the human polls.
WVU's present strength of schedule in those ratings is 35th. Not particularly low or high, but better than other BCS Championship game hopefuls like Ohio State (56), Kansas (90), Oklahoma (67), and Virginia Tech (45), and not significantly statistically different from other teams like Missouri (34), USC (33), Georgia (22), or LSU (26). The only team in the Top 10 of the BCS with significantly better strength of schedule is Florida (5), who also has three losses on their resume.
So when the champion of the SEC is either going to have the 26th or 25th hardest schedule (LSU and Tennessee, respectively), and the likely champion of the Pac-10 has the 33rd hardest schedule, exactly how hard does WVU's schedule need to be?
Forget what a fan's biased eyes see as far as strength of schedule. I'll take the facts. And I'll be right.
Get ready for the Hater's Ball.
Argument #2- "You didn't beat anyone! _________ is more deserving!"
This is the point at which the traditional powers of college football and present realities part ways. There are plenty of traditionalists who live in a world which South Florida, Cincinnati, Rutgers, and UConn are afterthoughts. Doormats. These same traditionalists view Notre Dame's season this year as a hiccup, rather than a continuing trend of mediocrity.
Does it matter that WVU drilled Mississippi State, who beat Auburn and Kentucky this year? Does it matter that WVU has played 4 ranked teams this year and beaten three of them?
Not to these people. It just matters what the school's name is, and whether that school was ranked when daddy was growing up.
Additionally, almost as important as the "who you beat" argument as far as deserving a chance to play for the title is the "who did you lose to" contingent. Of all the teams in the BCS Top 10, only Missouri (a road loss to Oklahoma) has a loss on their schedule that is as respectable as WVU's loss to South Florida in October.
WVU lost to a team presently ranked 21st in the BCS. On the road. At night. In what that team considered "the biggest game in the history of the program."
Contrast this these teams' losses, in order of their BCS rank after Missouri and WVU:
1) Ohio State- Lost AT HOME as the #1 team, knowing a national championship was at stake, to an unranked Illinois team.
2) Georgia- Lost AT HOME to presently-unranked South Carolina, and lost at presently-ranked 14 Tennessee. Also failed to even win its conference.
3) Kansas- Respectable loss to now-#1 Missouri at a neutral site, but that 90th-ranked SOS isn't going to help them. Plus they, too, will not win their conference.
4) Virginia Tech- Lost AT HOME to a Boston College team that couldn't pass effectively because the game was played in a monsoon. Also got shellacked by LSU so completely that the Tigers are still finding hokie feathers around the field.
5) LSU- Lost AT HOME to presently-unranked Arkansas, and lost at presently-unranked Kentucky. Yes, their two losses were both in triple overtime, but knowing that a national championship was at stake, they couldn't figure out how to stop the spread option. (And the claim that WVU couldn't score on LSU was rendered completely moot.)
6) USC- Lost AT HOME to doormat of NCAA D-I football Stanford, and lost at Oregon.
But honestly, anything after "lost AT HOME to Stanford" doesn't even need to be listened to. Sorry, USC. You lost to Duke. No BCS Championship for you.
7) Oklahoma- Lost to presently-unranked Colorado and presently-unranked Texas Tech.
So exactly who are you going to promote from this group over Missouri and WVU, should both teams win out? While there were some impressive wins among them, there were also some pretty big slipups that neither the (Mizzou) Tigers nor the Mountaineers have.
Argument #3- "You don't play a conference championship!"
The Big East, unlike other conferences with championship games, plays a schedule in which every team plays every other team during the course of the regular season.
Exactly WHY do we need a championship game? It's already been settled on the field!
Argument #4- "Missouri/WVU would be the most boring BCS Championship Game ever!"
Really? Two of the most dynamic offenses in college football- both in the Top 8 of scoring offense- with 3 pre-season Heisman candidates on the field (and 2 that will be going to New York City as finalists for the award), running two drastically different versions of the spread offense which one of the coaches happened to invent... won't be fun to watch?
One team ranked 2nd in the nation in rushing yards per game, the other ranked 4th in passing yards per game... is a dull game?
Two of the most talented QB's in college football, each imposing their will on the game in different, thrilling ways... won't move the ratings needle?
Patrick White- boring. Who knew?
Two schools that have never won a national championship, including one that is the winningest team in the history of NCAA D-I football never to have won a title... won't draw a crowd?
Please. Exciting football is exciting football. And unless I missed a memo and fast-moving, high-scoring offenses suddenly became boring, I'd say that a Missouri/WVU title game would be a hell of a game to watch.
So there you have it. A possibility that we (ok, I) thought all but dead, the potential to fulfil all of our wildest dreams as Mountaineer fans, and the ammo to shut up the haters who are jealous of the success presently being enjoyed by our beloved program."
The Buckeye fans are mouthy, which is nothing new. I am reading on an awful lot of websites that tOSU would kill us. I read them saying that we shouldn't be in the game, but they should. I keep hearing them say we have no tradition. I keep watching them on TV talking about what a joke we are. They keep saying we have no history, and therefore they say we have no chance.
That's fine. We have no national title. We have no Heisman winner. We don't have a 100,000 seat stadium.
One thing for the Buckeyes to remember though. Tradition and history can't tackle Patrick White and Steve Slaton you mother fuckers. And based on Juice Williams' performance, neither can James Lauranaitis.
Nice picture douchebag. And for what it's worth, this dude is pure, utter garbage of a linebacker. He's undersized and slow. But in Columbus, it doesn't matter. They don't play any decent offenses, EVER, so they all look like stars. Hopefully we can change that on January 7. Bring on the Browneyes.
This is going to be a long fucking week...
Monday, November 26, 2007
It's so much fun being a WVU fan in Ohio. Sometimes. Like today for instance. They look down on us. They loathe us. They don't respect us. They never will. I live for this.
You can read any variety of articles about WVU in regards to the national championship game. Some heap praise upon us, while others degrade us. I don't give a damn what either of them says. We are one epic beatdown of Pitt from a national title game appearance, and there is nothing anyone can do about it. God that feels good.
I heard Kirk Herbstreit on the radio quite a lot today. There is some serious spin going on right now in Columbus. The radio hosts here (well, Kirk and Hooley) have concluded that tOSU doesn't want to play for the title. They want to play USC, as that will supposedly get them more respect in the end. Well, I'll tell you what then. You can have the respect. We want the trophy.
We also want the Buckeyes. There is nothing that would make me more happy than to smoke them in a title game. Not to just beat them, but to humiliate them. How much good would that do for those of us that grew up near the Ohio border? It's unfathomable. Playing Mizzou? Fine. Playing tOSU? Glorious.
But just so I don't get ahead of myself, I'm not counting any chickens just yet. Anything can happen, and we have one more to play. This is our time to prove we belong. It's been long enough.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Ladies and gentlemen, we have successfully completed our first objective. The Big East Championship and BCS bid belong to us. Objective number two is on deck.
Let's end what's going to be the longest week of my life with an absolute groin kicking of Pitt. Let's go Mountaineers!!
We'll get caught up a little bit upon our return to Columbus tomorrow evening. Man, it's tough being a WVU fan there right now.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
I'm heading to Morgantown tomorrow for the game, but I'm pretty sure I won't be able to sleep at all tonight. I am enduring a huge high right now after that LSU result, no drugs needed. In the morning I'm going to climb aboard my cloud of ecstasy, elation, and pure joy, and float my happy ass right over to West by God. Upon arrival, I shall partake heartily in the spoils of the soon-to-be-victorious (ie. Captain and Coke) so that I may remain warm and pure of voice while donning my exceptionally burly and Viking-rific coonskin cap. I shall also covet a reasonably sized flask of the dear Captain just in case things are tighter than I am comfortable with. Upon completion of the contest, I will triumphantly return to The Editor's domicile to watch Armageddon in Arrowhead play out with much glee and lightness of heart. I shall also scream often at the television for little to no apparent reason.
I tell you what people, I'm fucking pumped up. If I were a Viking, I'd be pillaging right now. Yes I would. I almost feel guilty being this jacked for a game against UConn.
It looks like Hawaii is going to pull this one off. Is it just me or do their fans look like the biggest bunch of dangerously crazed idiots west of Morgantown. I mean it. I think I would be terrified to be a visiting fan there. Gadzooks are they rowdy. Despite the picture above, they do seem to be much more dangerous in medium sized to relatively large packs, such as those found at the actual stadium. Also, it would appear they love to throw an unending stream of garbage on to the goddam football field. You'd think people that live in paradise would care a bit more about the environment.
Friday, November 23, 2007
Now this is the Morgantown I know and love. I've missed you, and I can't wait to see you again.
Well, other than that car situation. That's just fucked up.
LSU is gone friends.
Our time has finally arrived. We now have the shot we have so desperately wanted for so desperately long. There is no more time for lazy fumbles, a lack of focus, or poor execution. We are now in the full glare of the spotlight. No stumbles. Let's show these mother fuckers what we've got.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
This is the coolest alteration of a field logo I've seen. Awesome stuff. It's also quite nice that this game is going well for WVU. If ASU does lose, it will get one more team off our back. Had ASU won out, they could have an argument as a one loss team. It looks as if that shall not be a worry. Excellent.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Johnny inspired me last night by letting me know that I have saved many a child's life with my inane video posting. Therefore, I will now attempt to further my heroism. Watch this, turkey fryer afficianados. Let's stay safe out there kiddies.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Courtesy of the World Wide Leader, a fine article. This is worth reading if for no other reason than the quote of the year.
"So, Keilen, do you watch those BCS standings pretty closely?
'I'd be lying if I said I didn't. ... If we had a different logo on our helmet, they'd probably put us higher. But it is what it is. ... Hopefully, we'll go out and win these two games [including the season finale against Pitt], and see what happens.'
Any bowl game in particular you're hoping for?
'Well, nobody wants to go to the Backdoor-Mickey Mouse-Whatever-You-Want-to-Call-it-Dot.com Bowl,' Dykes said."
For the record, I had a great time at our last Backdoor-Mickey Mouse-Whatever-You-Want-to-Call-it-Dot.com Bowl.
It's been reported for several days now, from several quasi-reputable sources, that Steve Kragthorpe has indeed started looking for a job. How prophetic of Mr. John Radcliff. It would appear that the Kragthorpe is going to take the SMU job and leave UL after only one year. At the very least, he is seriously considering it.
Now, I know that Kragthorpe has F'ed up their season royally. He's suspended countless players, had no communication with anybody about anything, and lost way too many games given the talent level there. I am 100% certain that I would be furious if we were in the same situation.
But while I understand that Cards fans will rejoice by the thousands, what does this mean for their program's immediate and long-term future? It certainly goes a long way towards making that a less desirable job, I would think, and might even drive Tom Jurich (their outstanding AD) out the door. After all, he made the hire, and the fans haven't supported it, even after all Jurich has done there. I mean, he only got them into the Big East and hired Petrino and Pitino for the love of God. Don't you think they might owe him some trust? And what coach wants to take a position where he literally loses his fanbase after 5 games? He's been treated like garbage by the fans there, and they would likely say he has returned the favor. It's quite ugly if you aren't aware.
We'll have to wait and see what happens here, but I wouldn't be surprised if the Kragthorpe is out of there in 2-3 weeks, and UL is searching for a coach again.
For more information, I direct you to the UL Rivals and Scout boards, Card Chronicle, and ESPN. The story originally broke on Football Rumor Mill, and I've been monitoring it for several days on several sites. It's pretty damn intriguing, and could mean a lot one way or the other for the Big East.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Check this out. ESPN has Noel Devine listed as one of 5 choices for athletes that are NEXT. I think this is ESPN's lame way of trying to point out who might be the newest future star of whatever sports are popular. Somehow, they included baseball in that mix...Regardless, visit the little spot and give him your vote. He is, after all, a badass. And a Mountaineer badass at that.
I will take this opportunity to stand on my soap box and scream "HEY RICH, GIVE HIM THE F'ING BALL!!"
Can you people believe it? We have an actual, legitimate opportunity to make the national championship game. Next step, UCONN.
EDIT: Rodriguez removed himself from consideration today per the ESPN2 Halftime show of tonight's incredibly crappy football game.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Alright people. It's been a long, crazy, fantastic weekend. I'm just getting home from my journey, and it's going to take some time to unravel all this. The Steelers just lost to the Jets, unreal, so I'm kind of bummed out. But I just looked at the new BCS, and my mood was brightened substantially.
We are #3 in the BCS after jumping Mizzou. Our computer ranking is tied for 3rd with OSU and Arizona State. OSU has no more games, so they're stuck. Arizona State plays USC, but won't jump 3 places IF they win. Missouri or Kansas will lose, and the winner of their game will likely be #2 after next weekend. But that's not important. This is. We have 2 games left and a computer ranking of #3. If we win, our computer average can only go up. Thus, as long as one of two scenarios plays out, we're a lock, assuming we win out.
If LSU loses, we're in. If the Big 12 South rep beats Kansas/Missouri in the Big 12 title game, we're in. That's all people. We need Texas/Oklahoma to beat Kansas/Missouri in two weeks. Or we need Arkansas/Georgia/Tennessee to beat LSU. As long as we win out, it's a lock. Holy shit.
Friday, November 16, 2007
And then it all comes down, and we're right back in the hunt. Thank you Arizona, thank you. Let's get it done on Saturday, Mountaineers. Since two of the three Big 12 teams in front of us will have to lose, we're actually sitting at #4, not #6. Now that Oregon goes down, we're #3 in the BCS. There is no more time for excuses or a lack of intensity. It's fucking showtime. Let's do this.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Holy crap. I felt stupid for thinking this might be a tough game for Oregon, but look at what we have. This is insane.
On the surface, this game looks like it should be blowout. Oregon is 8-1 and ranked #2. Arizona is 4-6 and frankly, pretty crappy. That being said, keep your eyes on an interesting stat. Oregon's pass defense is ranked #105. Meanwhile, the Arizona passing offense is ranked #9. Could it be enough to keep this game close? Possibly. Could it be enough to cause an upset? Let's hope so. I still feel like this game will be a rollover for the Ducks, but they did lose last year to these guys. You never know this season.
And tonight is no exception on the insanity of 2007's version of college football.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Holy crap does this game suck ass. This is absolutely putrid. And OSU beat this Akron team 20-2. Outstanding. And yes, that is a drunken Ben Roethlisberger before facial reconstruction and bionic limbs.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
This is brilliant.
As an FYI, now that they've lost, the fans have taken to attacking other teams. Michigan, WVU, LSU, Oklahoma, and USC are the main targets. If you're in the vicinity, beware. But feel free to remind them of Juice Williams peeholing their defense for an entire quarter when everyone knew what was coming. Sweet glorious justice.
If we just keep winning, we should get to #4 at minimum. Two of the Big 12 teams in front of us are assured of losing. We will pass whichever two drop a game. That leaves 1 Big 12 team ahead of us no matter what. Whoever wins the Big 12 Championship game will remain above WVU, and there's nothing we can do about it but complain.
That leaves the other slot open for Oregon or LSU. It's unlikely that Oregon will lose, but they do have a rivalry game coming up against Oregon State, and play an improving Arizona team this Thursday. Pray for them to lose a game. We need it badly.
LSU has Arkansas and the SEC Championship game left as their only challenges. Ole Miss doesn't count. I can see LSU losing to Arkansas, it's not that far fetched considering their penchant for letting garbage teams hang around for 4 quarters. If Georgia makes it to the SEC title matchup, I go with the Bulldogs to win. They are really looking great right now. That being said, if UGA wins out, would they pass us? I'm not sure. Either way, we have to hope for an LSU loss somewhere.
So there's the scenario at this point. If Oregon and LSU win out, that's your BCS title game. If one loses, it's the other vs. a Big 12 team in the title game. If they both lose, it's likely our spot to lose against whoever the Big 12 team is. Unless, of course, we get jumped. Georgia could jump us, but no one else is in position to do so. OSU will not, VT will not, etc...
Bottom line? West Virginia has to win out, and pray for both Oregon and LSU to lose. An upset in the Big 12 would be nice too, and maybe give us some room to breathe a little bit.
But let's not get ahead of ourselves. We have a huge game coming up on Saturday that no one thought would be that big before this year started. I don't think their crowd will bother us any, as the stadium is too small. But make no mistake, UC is treating this as their game of the year. It seems like we're that game for everybody doesn't it? That makes me happy. Regardless, UC will come out fired up in this game, and we have to match that intensity. We cannot come out flat, we cannot turn the ball over, and we cannot have a crappy gameplan (fat chance). Our season, and all our hopes, can come down to this one.
Other than that, we just need some help elsewhere. So root for every crappy team against every good one, and let's just see what happens.
Also, root for Michigan. It can't hurt, and makes my life much more enjoyable.
Monday, November 12, 2007
1. Oregon - I love them
2. Non-fumbling WVU - I love them too
3. LSU - They annoy me, so let's hope they lose.
4. Oklahoma - Why not? They beat Missouri and Tejas.
5. Missouri - Is that spelled right? I think they might be really good.
6. Georgia - Have you seen them lately? Yikes.
7. Virginia Tech - Have the turkeys found an offense? Perhaps.
8. Arizona State - They are good. I've dogged them too long.
9. Ohio State - Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.
10. USC - Back in the mix, sort of.
11. Florida - Looking good again, but actually only beating shitty teams.
12. Cincinnati - This game is going to be TOUGH.
13. Clemson - On fire right now, which is unprecedented!
14. Kansas - Look, I like these cats, but they just aren't that good. Sorry.
15. Tennessee - Uhhh, sure.
16. Auburn - What is wrong with these guys? UGA is good though.
17. UConn - Was that just an off-day, or was it the real team?
18. Louisville - Why do they lose so much? I don't get it.
19. Rutgers - What do they have against service academies? They taunt Navy and run up the score on Army. What a bunch of guido dicks.
20. Virginia - So tired of the Hoos winning, though that was a nice one on Saturday.
21. Boston College - Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha.
22. Illinois - maybe too high here
23. Wisconsin - 2 decent games in a row, HOLY SHIT!!!!!
24. USF - Ehhhh, they have totally fallen apart.
25. Fumbling WVU - I hate them.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
As far as the CBS article is concerned, I reread it sober, and found that there is much of it that I do not agree with. Mostly because Doyel left out several games that invalidate his points.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
I'll get back to doing something productive tomorrow. There was a pretty nasty article written about WVU and the fans on the CBS website that I'm going to analyze. The worst part? I agree with much of it...and that breaks my heart.
Friday, November 9, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
1. Oregon - I'm not so sure about their defense, but they are sweeeeeet on offense.
2. WVU - When we come to play, I think we're more like #1. Big game this week to prove that.
3. LSU - They are so damn lucky, but they just keep doing it.
4. Ohio State - They play so close to the vest that they don't make mistakes.
5. Oklahoma - Remain to be tested by Mizzou
6. Mizzou - We'll see what happens in the Big XII title game against OU.
7. Georgia - I dunno about this one.
8. Arizona State - They really are good, but Oregon made them look stupid.
9. Kansas - Good for them running it up on the Huskers. I love Mangino!
10. Virginia Tech - Sadly, they have absolutely no offense.
11. USC - Still wouldn't want to play them really.
12. UConn - Keep on winning and we'll crush your dreams.
13. Auburn - Sure.
14. Texas - Sketchy? Absolutely.
15. Cincinnatti - Great defense, good enough offense.
16. Florida - No defense, subpar offense, somehow I still think they're good.
17. Virginia - Apparently they only lose to the crappiest teams on their schedule.
18. USF - 8 turnovers and still almost pulled it off. I hate them.
19. Boston College - Yeah, this is more like it.
20. Tennessee - Whatever
21. Alabama - Whatever
22. Louisville - I like beating ranked teams!
23. Michigan - HOT! HOT! HOT! and almost Sparty'd
24. Clemson - Did I drop them? I can't remember, and I don't care.
25. Rutgers - Keep chopping! Hahaha.
I can't believe WVU lost to USF. I really can't. We should be sitting on top of it all right now, or at worst, #2. Now, we can't even get past #7 because we continue to be jumped by teams that we would hammer. Oh well, we just have to keep winning. We've still got a ways to go with this season, and some teams have championship games. Sadly, our schedule is crap. Maryland is killing us, as are USF, UL, and RU. Sigh.
Monday, November 5, 2007
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Saturday, November 3, 2007
So the day starts off alright, except for the selection of games being televised (3 putrid Big10 matchups, ugh)...we have a WVU flag at Gameday, Purdue runs back the kickoff at Penn State, and I'll be watching football all f'ing day. Yes!
Notes: PJ Hill not be playing for Wisconsin today, so that's even more of a cakewalk for the Browneyes.
Wisconsin goes for the fake punt and succeeds. Finally, a Big10 team challenges the Browneyes, but it reeks of desperation. The Big10 is terrified of Ohio State. It always is. Winning 19 straight conference games says something about the rest of the Big 10 and its approach to beating OSU.
The BADgers just blew their shot at keeping it close by having to punt. It's 7-3 right now in favor of the Bucks, but this game is pretty much over. Wisconsin has nothing.
BigTenNetwork announcing sucks. Also, it is a fucking joke that Michigan is ranked 12th. It is an absolute travesty.
OSU 10 - WIS 3 at the half. Pure excitement.
There has been a noticable crack in the facade of confidence normally exuded by the Buckeyes. They look....nervous. I've only seen it from them a few times under Tressel, and while they're still likely to win this game, it may actually be a good finish. They're giving up some relatively big plays on defense, and are largely unable to move the ball on offense. It's intriguing.
The instant I put that last note up, Wisconsin breaks a tackle for big play, and then punches it in for a TD.
Now that tOSU has the ball back, they're looking more normal.
Somebody reminded Wisconsin that they are Wisconsin. Game over. I'm almost certain that Wisconsin threw that game, based on the stupid fake punt call at their own 27, and then a bizarre fumble, thus letting tOSU blow them out. Moving on.
Big10 games are almost done ruling TV, thank God. Penn State, Purdue, Iowa, Northwestern, Indiana, and Wisconsin all suck. tOSU is alright. There, I said something positive about them.
HOLY KANSAS!! The fighting Manginos put up a 48 spot on Nebraska in the first half, and show no signs of letting up. Granted, this is the Husker defense we're talking about, so I'm not sure whether to be impressed. Also, I forgot to mention that Kansas gave up 4 Nebraska touchdowns, so apparently the Jayhawk D blows too.
Syracuse at Pitt: who gives a shit? Not me!
USF-Cincy game is ridiculous. How did we lose to that team again?!?! Oh yeah, thanks Rich.
Texas losing to "I'm a man! I'm 40!" 14-0. How is UT ranked in the top 15 again?
Texas has tied it!! Geewhillikers.
Sparty goes down, Cincy's trying to blow it.
Bama up at the half....PLEASE LET THIS HAPPEN!!!
Filthy Domers lose to Navy!!!
Oregon up already 14-3 over Arizona State. Ummm, Oregon is the tits.
Friday, November 2, 2007
You know what? I'm going to drink some rum and liveblog this damn thing. YEEHA!! Yes, this is my life...
UPDATE: On second thought, there is no one at this game. Not a soul. If the home crowd isn't bothering to watch it, why should I? Well, because I have nothing else to do. But I'm going to take a stand and refrain from wasting my time blogging about it. For now. Yum, rum.
DOUBLE UPDATE: This has been an unbelievable game since halftime. This is why I love college football so much. Absolutely brilliant offensive effort by both teams in the 2nd half. I feel bad for people not watching this. OMFG A MISSED EXTRA POINT!! I'm calling it now, NMSU comes back to win on a field goal now that the deficit is only 2. Wow.
Well, shit. The Nevada kicker will now survive the night, and the New Mexico State kid will be the goat. Either way, this was a fantastic game. I know it meant nothing, and no one was there, but it was a hell of a game. This is just one more reason we all love college football. I really feel for that NMSU kicker though. Ugh.
EDIT: This has also been mentioned on Card Chronicle, and it is largely downplayed.
Thursday, November 1, 2007
This game should, well, suck. On a brighter note, some of the Virginia Tech jerseys were stolen/lost, so several players will be wearing Georgia Tech jerseys altered by magic marker. Also, both teams are rated 100+ in total offense. I love ACC football.
EDIT: Antonio Freeman just did the worst player introduction of all time. I don't think he knows any of their names, is able to read their names, or speaks English. I do think he's a complete idiot, and we are all now more stupid for listening to him try to speak. Hokie football player academics are outstanding people!
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
1. Oregon - so smooth and delicious to watch. They are what we should be.
2. LSU - still dumb and shaky, but no other choice really
3. WVU - Great O, great D, we're really F'ing good.
4. Oklahoma - whatever, who cares, they suck on the road.
5. Arizona State - I don't know anything about them, but I have no idea who to put here. Hey, they're unbeaten!
6. Missouri- again, I know nothing, but that's a bonus now.
7. Georgia - at this moment, they are this good. That will likely change next week.
8. Auburn - sure, why not?
9. Ohio State - Have proved nothing still, but neither has anyone else below them.
10. Alabama - I hope they beat LSU!
11. Virginia Tech - should've won that game
12. Boston College - DIE, should've lost that game
13. UConn - surprise!
14. Kansas - no idea who's on this team. LOVE MANGINO!!
15. USF - umm, play in the 1st half too idiots!!
16. Mississippi State - why the hell not? They have good wins!!!!
17. Florida - ugh, Tebow is slowly wearing down, and they will suffer even more
18. USC - the Mexican football Jesus!!
19. Clemson - who cares, they play in the ACC so it matters not
20. Boise State - smurfs! i love these bastages, but they're not great
21. Hawaii - poop, poop, poop, poop, poop schedule
22. Rutgers - we are just that damn good, and they really aren't bad
23. Cincy - still a fine team, but we'll see what happens
24. South Carolina - love me some Spurrier, but hate his QB situation
25. Michigan - they have to be in here somewhere, but still lost to HOT!HOT!HOT!
I'm gonna be honest here people. I complain an awful lot when I look at the AP/Coaches/Harris/whatever polls. But now that I'm working on my own, it's much more difficult than I thought. There are so many crappy teams that I don't feel should be ranked at all, yet no one to be put above them. 2007, my friends, is completely and utterly insane.
On a very cool note. Check out this link, and you can see how every team is voted by every AP voter. Awesome stuff.