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"Steveo's Salvos" - November 2008 Edition
"Salvos" is presented as the editorial content of CollegeFootballFan.com focusing on current issues surrounding college football and news about some of the teams on the CFF schedule this year. Originally from a newsletter, this web site, CollegeFootballFan.com, has evolved.
We did it!!! - October 27, 2007. CollegeFootballFan.com is #1!!! Aside from any media types, no one can say that they've seen more College Bowl Subdivision teams than we have. It's impossible. There are 119 teams and now we've seen 'em all! Great time with some big Nevada Wolfpack fans for the Grand Finale against Idaho in Reno. Now we move on to more great football games season after season! Western Kentucky becomes #120 in 2009. We hope to be at their opener, but a certain Guest Game Analyst (GGA) we've had with us over the years will probably start playing Freshman football in HS that season. We'll have to work around that.
Collegefootballfan.com Update - CFF's accomplishment was to have been featured on ESPN's "E:60", but excess contend when they edited their final show of the season, the Collegefootballfan.com segment ended up on the cutting room floor. Possibilities exist that another ESPN show may air the segment, or E:60 may run it when repeats start in January. We will let you know and where the party will be!
Tales from the Tailgate - Many people have asked if we will possibly write a book about this adventure. Click here to read Excerpts from our upcoming book, Tales from the Tailgate, or how I got to see every 1A football team play at least once in person ! Read the Introduction and three chapters. It's coming along pretty good. We hope it will become one of the Classics!
PSAC teams forge ahead
Bowl Game - With their six wins, Navy has already been offered and accepted the inaugural Eagle Bank Bowl on Dec. 20 in Washington, D.C. We plan to be there! The question is, will a team from the ACC be there. Clemson (6-50 defeated Virginia last weekend, 13-3. We only saw Clemson play once before -all the way back in 1980 when we saw the lose to Maryland, 34-7, in their next to last game of that season. The Tigers won their next 13 straight to win the national championship in 1981! We are working on getting a Clemson home game on to our schedule next season, but now we're looking forward to this one. Go Navy!
Dropping like flies
- A review of last season and this season so far indicated we were on the
right track selecting Football Bowl Division teams to watch on our schedule, but
as the season progresses, a lot of the teams that were expected to be in the Top
25 are long gone.
Only five of last season's teams we saw remain in this season's Top
25 , and now only three are left on this season's slate. 2007 included
Who wants to be the "Beast"?
"Pappy" Waldorf Update - We've gotten word that a list of potential candidates is being pared down to about 12 players. Hopefully, we'll get to see some of the candidates play before the end of the season. For those who are hearing about this for the first time, Collegefootballfan.com is on a panel to select The Best Walk-on football player in college football each season. We're looking forward to it. A sponsor is still being sought. Anyone out there have a Dr. Scholl's connection? Get it? "Walk-on? Dr. Scholl's?
That's cold - CBS-TV has reached an agreement to televise the Army-Navy game over the next ten years on the second Saturday of December instead of the first. This allows the classic to become the focal point of college football's last regular season game each year. Over the last few years some of the significance has been taken away with the playing of conference championships played on the first December weekend. During those last few years, that weekend in Philly always seems to be the coldest of the year! Don't be surprised if it feels warmer on the second Saturday!
Best Conference?- There's only one good BCS conference out there this year. The Big Ten is down. Nobody in the Big East wanted the title except for Cincy. The ACC is a mad scramble of ineptitude. The PAC 9 made USC look good. Only Alabama and Florida stood out among the SEC. For balance, excitement and big games, the Big 12 showed it had most of the best teams in the country. Look for them to dominate during bowl season. Why do so many conferences seem so weak? I think it's a sign of the times - too many kids spend too much time playing game on their computers instead of playing ball outside when they're kids - seriously! All the hype we hear about these great individuals coming out of high schools is overblown. Kids don't understand the meaning of teamwork any more.
Memorabilia - We received a call recently from Rich Goff in Morristown, NJ who will be retiring shortly to South Carolina. He called to say he might have something we'd be interested in. In cleaning out his garage, he told us he had a piece of the goal post from the 100th game played back in 1969 between Princeton and Rutgers. Seeing the article in the Daily Record recently, he thought we would appreciate it. He was right! After that particular game Rich, an RU grad, attended in New Brunswick, an RU student was dragging the 12-foot post along and Rich asked, "Do you have a piece for me?" He offered the kid a six-pack. The student put it down on the ground and stomped off about a 3-foot section. Rich took it home and stenciled the white painted piece in red, "1969: Rutgers 29 Princeton 0". It stuck us that they don't make wooden goalposts like this any more! It looks good on my home-made bar out on my deck already. It'll be a great conversation piece. Thanks for thinking about us, Rich!
- This bowl season we've booked our first game to attend the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl in Nashville.
Arrangements are now being determined for
the AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis. Now that PSU has a shot at the Rose
Bowl instead of the BCS championship, we'd love to go, but our former contact
from 12 years ago, Bud Griest, is nowhere to be found. Hopefully he still has
that PSU sweatshirt we gave him on Jan. 2, 1995 and thinks of us again! If
not, we'll see three bowls as we bought tickets
Defense? Defense? - In a D-2 playoff game, the Abilene Christian Wildcats defeated the West Texas A&M Buffalos, 93-68! The No. 2 Wildcats (11-0) scored on 13 of 15 possessions. RB Bernard Scott scored seven TDs, six on the ground, one via pass. He rushed for 292 yards. His QB Billy Malone passed for six TDs and 383 yards. For the Buffs (10-2), QB Keith Null connected on 42 of 63 passes for seven TDs and 595 yards. WR Charly Martin was on the receiving end for 14 of those completions for 323 yards and five TDs. The two Lone Star Conference teams combined for 22 TDs in the three hour and 55 minute game. Maybe that wasn't the real Mike Leach along the sideline for Texas Tech last Saturday in the Red Raiders 65-21 loss to Oklahoma. Sounds like he was up in Abilene instead pushing the buttons for both of these offenses instead! ACU next plays Northwest Missouri State in the next round of the D-2 play-offs.
Tale of two schools -
We started the season when we saw
Passing yard leaders
- Last season, we saw four of the top five play in person - 1.) Graham Harrell of Texas
Tech (4,438 yards),
- Oregon State is one win away from re-playing Penn State in the Rose
Bowl. A win over Oregon could put the
Beavers into the Rose Bowl for the first time in 45 years. Penn State (11-1) defeated
Michigan State, 49-18, to handily win the Big Ten. This would be a
re-match of this year's game in State College won by PSU, 45-14. A lot of
people are hoping that the Ducks beat the Beavers and USC gets to mix it up with
the Nittany Lions instead.
D-3 update - 11-0 Mt. Union rolled
over Randolph-Macon, 56-0. In the East alone, #6 Muhlenberg (9-2) fell
for the second week in a row to Wesley of Delaware (10-1). #18 Ithaca
(9-2) fell to 10-1 Curry.
MAC balance - In the MAC West, four teams have four+ conference wins. In the East, two have two and five have only one. And the title will go to... How about Western Michigan with their 23-17 win over Illinois this past weekend. Although Ball State and Central remain 5-0 in the conference, WMU trails a strong 5-1. Buffalo earned their sixth win to become bowl eligible for the first time. At 6-4, Turner Gill's charges have Bowling Green and Kent left to play to possibly wrangle eight wins for the Bulls.
Rivalries - The recent trip to see Lafayette host Harvard made us want to plan to see the Leopards host Lehigh there in the longest college football rivalry. We saw Yale and Harvard this past week in Cambridge, MA, for their 125th meeting where the Crimson won, 10-0. This means we'll have to wait until 2010 for the 146th meeting between the Leopards and Mountain Hawks when they meet at Fisher Field. Who should we see in 2009? We're thinking Pitt at WVU in the Backyard Brawl.
CFF Twenty-five years ago - On September 10, 1983, John Massimilla and I traveled to the second game of our small school double-header. After watching Lafayette defeat East Stroudsburg in Easton, PA, 20-10, we headed out to Montclair, NJ where we saw something we'll never see again. MSU tied the Wagner Seahawks that evening, 20-20.
CFF History Lessons - Through 2007, below is a pretty impressive list of some all-time leaders we've seen play over the years since we started this crazy, fun-filled "diversion":
Passing yards: 1) Timmy Chang, Hawaii -17,072 yards; vs. Rice, 2002 ; 2) Ty Detmer, BYU - 15,031 yards; vs. Navy, 1989
Touchdowns: 1) Travis Prentice, Miami (O.) - 78 TDs; vs, Army, 1998
Points: 1) Travis Prentice, 468
TD passes: 2) Detmer, 121; 3) Chang, 117; 5) Danny Wuerrfel, Florida - 114; vs. Florida State, 1997 Sugar Bowl; 6) Chad Pennington, Marshall - 100; vs. Army, 1997
Rushing yards: 1) Ron Dayne, Wisconsin - 6,397 yards; vs. Syracuse, 1997; 3) Tony Dorsett, Pitt - 6,082; vs. Navy, 1974.
Heisman Hype - Over the years, 14 Heisman Trophy winners have played on teams we've seen. Not all performed for us the year they won the award, and as you'll see below, not many played on teams that fared well. And to be honest, few individual performances lived up to the hype:
1976 Tony Dorsett, Pitt - beat Navy 13-11, 1974
1983 Mike Rozier, Nebraska - walloped Penn State, 44-6
1985 Bo Jackson, Auburn - lost to Florida, 14-10 and lost to Miami (F), 20-18, 1984 (got hurt in both)
1986 Vinny Testaverde, Miami (F.) - beat Auburn, 20-18, 1984 (sat on the bench behind Bernie Kosar)
1987 Tim Brown, Notre Dame - lost to Penn State, 21-20
1990 Ty Detmer, BYU - beat Navy, 31-10, 1989
1992 Gino Torretta, Miami (F.) - beat Penn State,17-14
1993 Charlie Ward, Florida State - destroyed Kansas, 42-0
1995 Eddie George, Ohio State - crushed by Penn State, 63-14
1996 Danny Wuerffel, Florida - picked apart Florida State for the National Championship, 52-20
1997 Charles Woodson, Michigan - embarrassed Penn State, 34-8 (played both ways)
1999 Ron Dayne, Wisconsin - shut out by Syracuse, 34-0, 1997 (held to 46 yards)
2002 Carson Palmer, USC - clubbed Penn State,29-5 (two years before Pete Carroll showed up)
2006 Troy Smith, Ohio State - beaten by Penn State, 17-10, 2005
Maybe we've already seen another or two - Missouri's Chase Daniels, Texas Tech's Graham Harrell and Michael Crabtree, and Oklahoma's Sam Bradford have potential as do a few others!
CFF Ten years ago - On November 11, 1998, I attended UConn's final win in D-1AA as they defeated the Hampton Pirates, 42-24, in the opening round of the playoffs at their old Memorial Stadium. Head Coach Skip Holtz would leave after the season to become the offensive coordinator at South Carolina where his dad, Lou, stepped in as Head Coach. Rand Edsall stepped in from Georgia Tech as new Head Coach of the transitional program and we added new teams such as Middle Tennessee, Utah State, Kent State, and Akron over the next few years as UConn played an Independent schedule before joining the Big East.
Second time around - We've seen 'em all, but we've got teams appearing on our slate this year for only the second time. Among them are Fresno (done), Oregon State (oh well), Louisiana Tech (done), Indiana (done), LSU (done), and Mississippi State (done). Akron will appeared for the second time as a Bowl Division squad when we saw them visit Army. We also saw them play in 1-AA at Rhode Island. We think we have potential second-timers to add during our three bowl teams in Clemson, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, and/or Kentucky.
FCS playoff excitement
Watch for more Salvo updates throughout the season!
- Steve Koreivo, ed.