Anyone watching 1st and 10?

Discussion in 'College Football & the NFL Draft' started by texan279, Jan 5, 2006.

  1. texan279

    texan279 Hall of Fame

    Apr 30, 2004
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    Rosenberg TX
    Bayless says we take Young, Paige says Bush. Bayless had an interesting top 5, he said we take Young with 1st pick, Saints take Bush with 2nd pick, Titans take Jay Cutler with 3rd pick, Jets take LenDale White with 4th pick, and Green Bay takes A.J. Hawk with 5th pick, he thinks Leinhart hurt his draft status last night and will not be chosen in the top 5. Interesting...
  2. BigBull17

    BigBull17 Hall of Fame

    May 13, 2005
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    Just wait for 5 min. he will change his pick.
  3. Texas_Thrill

    Texas_Thrill Hall of Fame

    Apr 19, 2005
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    H-Town stomping once again!
    bayless is a damn fool. Lendale white did NOT and I repeat did NOT jump over D Williams with one freakin performance.

    Not only that he had no more success running to the outside than Bush did. Great he can run up the middle. Whoopity freakin dooooooooooo.
  4. awtysst

    awtysst Draft Guru

    Apr 3, 2005
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    Lendale White has officially jumped into the first round. I am projecting him to be the third back taken after Bush and Williams. I am guessing he will be somewhere around top 20.
  5. Blake

    Blake MMQB

    Apr 29, 2004
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    Good call. White had a good game. Thats all. A good game. He ran through truck size holes, and didnt break as many tackles as you would think.

    20 sounds about right. Kudos.
  6. Texas_Thrill

    Texas_Thrill Hall of Fame

    Apr 19, 2005
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    H-Town stomping once again!

    I didn't say he wasn't going to be a first round back. He was a first round back BEFORE this game. I simply said he did NOT jump over D Angelo Williams and certainly didn't jump into the top 5 picks. :ok:
  7. Bullpen Drew

    Bullpen Drew All Pro

    May 25, 2005
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    By Skip Bayless
    Page 2

    Thirty-two days. Going on five weeks. Only in college football: Texas and USC haven't played a game since way back in 2005.

    Imagine the NFL making conference winners wait 32 days to play the Super Bowl. Imagine the outrage from coaches, players, fans and media members.

    Especially media members.

    The Longhorns may have a tough D, but stopping Leinart, Bush and Carroll isn't going to happen.

    How many ways for how many days can you analyze one football game?

    Which -- at long last -- brings us to tonight's national championship game between the in-Vince-ible Longhorns and the overconfident, overfed, overrated, overanxious-to-make-NFL-millions Trojans. At least, that's the final impression I'm left with after watching 32 days of analysts slowly talk themselves out of USC and into Texas.

    Astonishing things have happened in the endless lull before this epic storm. Mack Brown has turned into Vince Lombardi. Vince Young has turned into a bigger, stronger, faster and more powerfully armed Joe Montana.

    The Longhorns now have three running backs better than Cedric Benson, who went fourth overall in last April's NFL draft. They've suddenly become deeper at receiver than USC, and just as talented. Their offensive line has simply matured into America's best.

    And holy Tommy Nobis, their defense has gotten so athletic and fast and brilliantly coached that Peyton Manning's receivers would struggle to get open against this secondary before Manning went down under a heap of burnt orange.

    Yes, for nearly five weeks, you've heard the Horns have fire in their eyes because they "get no respect." That, say so many analysts, gives them a huge psychological edge over a bored USC team trying to get excited about playing for yet another national title.

    Are these Hollywood Fat Cats ever in trouble.

    Or so I keep hearing and reading as the media pendulum keeps swinging toward the in-Vince-ibles.

    And I just don't get it.

    Maybe I'm the only crazy one. Maybe I'm as wrong about this championship game as I was about last year's, when I actually gave Oklahoma a pretty good chance against USC, which won 55-19.

    But in these Longhorns, I'm seeing another overblown product of a pretty bad conference -- Oklahoma's conference, the Big 12. So much has been made of Texas' getting no respect that Texas is getting too much respect. Thirty-two days later, the Fat Cats must feel a little like underdogs.

    No doubt this has played into the hands that Pete Carroll must be rubbing together. You can't turn on ESPN without hearing an analyst say "don't underestimate" this or that about the in-Vince-ibles ... or seeing Mack Brown get more and more attention for saying Texas doesn't get enough attention ... or even being entertained by a Kenny Mayne-style feature by Steve Cyphers on how well the Texas line protects in-Vince-ible.

    Sorry, Longhorns: Beating up on Missouri didn't prepare you for USC.

    You can bet the Fat Cats are watching, too.

    And quietly seething.

    And preparing to put on another show against another fraudulent Little 12 power.

    Granted, these Longhorns are a little better than last year's Oklahoma. But win-the-game better? Even make-it-a-game better? Last year, in-Vince-ible's second season as starting quarterback, Oklahoma shut him out 12-0.

    That Oklahoma team wound up having two players drafted in the first round (offensive tackle Jammal Brown and receiver Mark Clayton), three in the second (safety Brodney Pool, receiver Mark Bradley and defensive end Dan Cody), one in the third (receiver Brandon Jones), one in the fourth (cornerback Antonio Perkins), three in the fifth (safeties Donte Nicholson and Michael Hawkins and linebacker Lance Mitchell) and one in the sixth (offensive lineman Wes Sims).

    And those draftees did not include 2003 Heisman Trophy winner Jason White, the quarterback, and last year's Heisman runner-up, running back Adrian Peterson.

    That's why, one year ago, the point spread for Oklahoma-USC was pick 'em.

    And USC could have won 100-0 because Oklahoma hadn't faced anything like USC's combination of speed and power or Matt Leinart's passing accuracy and artistry.

    This year, USC is favored by 7½.

    It should be more like 17½.

    Yet all you hear is that in-Vince-ible will wreak havoc on USC's weak link: it's defense. Yes, off last year's unit, defensive tackle Mike Patterson was drafted in the first round and defensive tackle Shaun Cody and linebacker Lofa Tatupu in the second.

    Other than that, though, only backup quarterback Matt Cassel was drafted, in the seventh round. So a ton of talent remains at USC -- even on defense.

    And after an injury-plagued, out-of-whack first four or five games, that defense has slowly gotten quietly good. Real good.

    Yet even though it leads the nation with 37 takeaways, the USC defense gets no respect.

    Crosstown rival UCLA gave the 2004 USC team a game. This year, UCLA entered its Dec. 3 finale at USC averaging more than 40 points a game. USC led 66-3 before UCLA scored two late touchdowns against Trojans backups. USC, defenseless? Texas wishes.

    Reggie Bush is averaging 8.9 yards per carry. Good luck, Texas.

    By the way, against UCLA, Leinart played the worst game of his college career.

    And USC scored 66.

    In his two national championship games, Leinart has thrown eight touchdown passes against zero interceptions.

    Texas has no real idea what it's getting into.

    This is the eighth or ninth bowl game USC has played this season. USC served as the equivalent of a bowl for nearly every team on its schedule. Oregon gave USC its best shot in Eugene. USC, 45-13. Look out for Arizona State in Tempe. USC won the second half 35-7 and the game 38-28.

    Notre Dame broke out the green jerseys and leprechaun dust in South Bend, played a near-perfect game -- and still lost 34-31 when Leinart converted the College Football Play of the Year, fourth-and-9 from his 26.

    Game after game, challenge upon challenge. High-powered Cal in Berkeley? USC, 35-10. Upstart Fresno State, lying in the weeds between Cal and UCLA? Reggie Bush 50, Fresno State 42.

    USC did not play a Big 12 schedule.

    Then again, USC did not have to play at Ohio State.

    But for Texas, that game was the first sign that, for Mack Brown, this was a meant-to-be, Phil Mickelson-at-the-Masters season. Remember Mickelson's first victory in a major, in 2004 at Augusta National? That week, Mickelson walked the fairways wearing a smile so serene it seemed almost creepy. It was as if he had been hypnotized. Or brainwashed. Or abducted and inhabited by aliens.

    Mack and Mickelson are good buddies -- and kindred spirits. Like the pre-2004 Masters Mickelson, Mack has always had the talent but hasn't been able to win the big one.

    After that Masters, a giddy Mickelson told Mack, "Now it's your turn!"

    This season, Mack has worked with Dr. Richard Coop, the sports psychologist who has successfully reshaped the thinking of several pro golfers. Mack's transformation has been nearly as startling as Mickelson's was. Mack is so what-the-heck loose it's almost scary.

    Of course, it's easier to let go and have fun when Vince Young is your quarterback. This young man is a tremendous college football player -- a rare leader and winner and face-saver for his head coach. Young's transformation as a passer -- even with that wristy flip -- has been eye-popping.

    Still, Young isn't good enough to do what King Kong does -- whip three T-Rexes (Leinart, Bush and LenDale White) by himself.

    No way Young's team would have won at Ohio State if Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel hadn't played musical quarterbacks with Justin Zwick and Troy Smith. Ohio State led 22-16 going into the fourth quarter when Tressel inexplicably went back to Zwick. If Tressel had settled on Smith before the Texas game, Ohio State might have been playing USC tonight.

    The Longhorns' next break came against Oklahoma. Adrian Peterson (sprained ankle) tried to but couldn't play. A healthy Peterson, who had 240 yards on 32 carries as a freshman, would have made a big difference. Texas still might have won, but not 45-12.

    Otherwise, the Longhorns' toughest regular-season opponents (Colorado, Texas Tech and Kansas) weren't all that tough and had to play in Austin.

    And now you're telling me Texas is capable of holding up its end of the bargain in what's being billed as the greatest college football matchup ever? That isn't meant to be.

    Carroll, an underrated defensive football coach, has had 32 days to prepare his underrated defense for in-Vince-ible.

    And Texas has had 32 days to think -- and think -- about the magnitude of this game. The Longhorns can talk all they want about the experience they gained winning last year's Rose Bowl.

    But that had nothing to do with this Rose Bowl.

    The Fat Cats will win this one, 35-17.
  8. TheOgre

    TheOgre Hall of Fame

    Apr 29, 2004
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    Back in the cellar again
    White would be a perfect fit for the Eagles. Their lack of interior rushing really was highlighted early and often.
  9. eriadoc

    eriadoc Texan-American

    Aug 11, 2004
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    It wasn't one game for LenDale White. He had 24 TDs on the season coming into the game. Then, in the biggest game of the season, he scored three more. And, by the way, running up the middle is a lot more likely to translate to the NFL than trying to get to the edge against NFL-speed defensive players.

    I haven't watched DeAngelo Williams at all, so I am not making any assertions in regards to that. I am just saying it's not like this one game made White's season - it was just the icing on the cake.
  10. Joeymousepad

    Joeymousepad Rookie

    May 2, 2004
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    This guy is ridiculous, Leinart had a great second half, and finished with a great performence (72.5%comp, 367yds, 1TD). He clearly must have said that before the second half.

    And by the way, everybody is sayingt that bush didn't have a good game, but he only got the call 13 times for 80 yards, 6yds/carry. He also had 94 rec yds. He had a great game for anyone else but a decent game for Reggie Bush.

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