Monday, November 29, 2010

Pass/Fail FBS Week 13 (Thursday/Friday Games)

Here is our next to last pass fail report for the FBS 2010 season. Let's take a look at the games played over the weekend.

Miami (Ohio) 23, Temple 3
Pass: The Redhawks have gone from being one of the worst teams in college football to playing in the MAC title game with the win. Thomas Merriweather rushed for 182 yards in the win and backup QB Austin Boucher passed for 2 scores.
Fail: Temple has really punked out the last few weeks. They went from a team that should have dominated this season to a team that will fill some other conference's useless bowl slot.

Texas A&M 24, Texas 17
Pass: Give it up for Mike Sherman. This team was listing badly at mid-season, and he made a QB swap that saved theri season.Cyrus Gray rushed for 223 yards and a pair of scores to lead the way against the hated Horns.
Fail: Texas is under .500 for the first time in over a decade. Mack Brown does not tolerate such failure. Garrett Gilbert had his customary game were his picks outnumbered his scoring strikes.

Kent State 28, Ohio 6
Pass: Doug Martin had already been canned, so it was win one for the Gipper time. Too bad that the Flashes didn't play with that kind of passion all season.
Fail: Talk about punking out. Ohio could have taken the reins in the MAC, but didn't bother to show up. Boo Jackson played like crap.

Louisville 40, Rutgers 13
Pass: The Cardinals are going bowling with this win, which is solid progress in Charlie Strong's first season.
Fail: Rutgers was just garbage all season on offense. It cost them here for certain, but the defense gave up too.

Northern Illinois 71, Eastern Michigan 3
Pass: The Huskies rushed for 8 TDs in this rout. Next up, MAC title tilt.
Fail: Eastern Michigan got off of the bus, didn't they? Like watching Foreman fight a 4 year old girl.

West Virginia 35, Pittsburgh 10
Pass: The Mountaineers owned Pitt all day long, and Geno Smith was firing on all cylinders. He only attempted 12 passes, and 3 of them went for scores.
Fail: This entire season was like watching a train wreck progress in slow motion for the Panthers. This game was no different.

SMU 45, East Carolina 38 (OT)
Pass: Kyle Padron passed for 3 scores and Zack Line rushed for 2 more on the day for the Mustangs. The win sends SMU to the CUSA Title game to face UCF.
Fail: ECU was victimized by their faulty defense once again. What started out as a surprise success ended pretty much like I thought it would.

Western Michigan 41, Bowling Green 7
Pass: Bill Cubit may have saved himself by ending the season on a 3 game winning streak.
Fail: Everything went wrong for the Falcons again, and the season ends with a miserable thud.

Toledo 42, Central Michigan 31
Pass: Toledo was another surprise team out of the MAC, and Tim Beckman has things headed in the right direction.
Fail: Dan Enos has a lot of work to do, but CMU should not be down for long. This was supposed to be a rebuilding year anyway.

Akron 22, Buffalo 14
Pass: Akron's win means that there will be zero winless teams in FBS football.
Fail: This was as bad a loss as you can have for Buffalo. Jeff Quinn is up against the ropes at the end of his first season at the helm.

Auburn 28, Alabama 27
Pass: Auburn's huge second half keeps them in line for a shot at the title going into the SEC Championship Game.
Fail: How did Bama blow that 24-0 lead? A tale of two distinctly different football games all in one day.

Nebraska 45, Colorado 17
Pass: The Huskers earned their way to their second consecutive North title, and will finish their Big 12 membership in the way that it should be...against Oklahoma.
Fail: Colorado ended their Big 12 membership with a resounding thud, and now they go about the business of hiring a coach that likely won't improve much as they won't pay much.

Arizona State 55, UCLA 34
Pass: The Sun Devils finally got great QB play out of Brock Osweiler, who made the Bruins look like tackling dummies that could not figure out how to cover receivers.
Fail: Everything has gone wrong for the Bruins. Complete change is in order, except at QB, where Richard Brehaut looked solid. He never stopped fighting, unlike the rest of his teammates and coaches.

Tulsa 56, Southern Mississippi 50
Pass: GJ Kinne is finally starting to live up to his billing, and Texas is wishing he had never transferred to Tulsa.
Fail: Defense on both sides of the field was non-existent. Arena Football never looked so good. (I happen to like Arena Football)

Oregon 48, Arizona 29
Pass: The Ducks toyed with the Wildcats for about a half, and then they opened up the can of whoop ass. The Ducks can pretty much do whatever they want to do.
Fail: Arizona has come to the final week of the season looking like a pile of slop that the cat dragged in. They had better get it together against their arch rival Sun Devils next weekend.

Nevada 34, Boise State 31
Pass: If you were shocked by this, than you have not watched enough football in 2010. Nevada is awesome in their own right, and they deserved this victory at home on Senior Night.
Fail: Has anyone checked on Kyle Brotzman since Saturday? Is he ok? God, what a choke job. Now Boise is going to play in some dumpy third tier bowl. They deserve better, and they lost to a damn good team.

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