Friday, September 4, 2009

Opening Night thoughts

-The Boise State / Oregon games was kinda disappointing last night, I was hoping for some offensive fireworks, and Oregon did their best impression of Michigan's 2008 offense. Its just one game, but Chip Kelly looked kinda lost out there. It doesn't help that Mike Belloti was running around after the game telling reporters the coaching adjustments that needed to be made. And of course, the despicable display by Oregon's starting RB after the game can only serve to create some pressure on Kelly.
-There is a great old quote about former president Warren Harding by senator William McAdoo;

His speeches leave the impression of an army of pompous phrases moving over the landscape in search of an idea. Sometimes these meandering words would actually capture a straggling thought and bear it triumphantly a prisoner in their midst until it died of servitude and overwork.

that I am reminded of whenever I watch a game with Bob Davie announcing. Most of it is mindless drivel, but every once in a while he actually stumbles upon a decent point. Last night he made in relation to the question of could Boise compete in the BCS conferences. He pointed to the fact that even a slightly above average BCS team like Oregon has had three times as many NFL draft picks as Boise. Simply put, they don't have enough talent to make it through an entire season in a BCS conference unscathed.
-That being said, if they go undefeated they should get some consideration for the national championship game if there aren't other undefeated teams. The way college football crowns its champion right now rewards the team with the best record, as opposed to the team that is the best.
-I watched a little bit of the Indiana / Eastern Kentucky snoozer. The new addition to the IU stadium look good. Empty, but good. I question the need for an addition to a stadium that never sells out. Do 30,000 empty seats really look more impressive than 20,000 empty seats?
As for the game, Indiana looked pretty bad. I wonder if they would ever consider scrapping the football program, so they could just concentrate on basketball.