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  • #16
    Re: Ranking the coaches - Big Ten

    Tressel not my favorite coach.

    we had like our whole defense drafted, we shoudn't have given up a yard.

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    • #17
      Re: Ranking the coaches - Big Ten

      Originally posted by RamsFan16
      Why, don't you like Lloyd Carr? I love Kirk Ferentz
      7-5=UNACCEPTABLE AT MICHIGAN!

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      • RamsFan16
        Iowa, we're on to you
        by RamsFan16
        Iowa, we're on to you
        Hawkeyes too good to hoodwink nation once again
        Posted: Wednesday August 3, 2005 10:26AM; Updated: Wednesday August 3, 2005 12:40PM

        CHICAGO -- For three straight seasons, the Iowa Hawkeyes have won at least 10 games and finished in the top 10 of the final polls, each time after the preseason pollsters declared, in a nutshell, "There's no way can they do it again."

        No more.

        Various preview magazines and Web sites (including this one), apparently tired of being duped, have definitively declared the 2005 Hawkeyes to be a preseason top 10 team, in many cases ranking them ahead of Big Ten stalwarts Ohio State and/or Michigan (against whom Iowa has gone 3-2 and shared two of the past three league titles). Hawkeyes receiver Ed Hinkel is a tad perplexed about the timing of such predictions. "If anything, we should probably be lower than we have been in the past," the fifth-year senior said Tuesday at Big Ten media days. "I don't think we're as far ahead now as we've been in the past."

        Nice try, Ed, but you're not going to be pulling another fast one on us this year. Four new starters on the defensive line, two of whom have to replace All-Americans Matt Roth and Jonathan Babineaux? No proven running back? Injuries and inexperience at safety? Boo hoo. After watching Iowa go 10-2 last season despite losing two of its first four games, including an embarrassing 44-7 blowout at Arizona State, and despite losing a staggering four running backs to season-ending injuries and finishing 116th (out of 117) in the country in rushing offense, it's clear by now that no hurdle is too great for a Kirk Ferentz-coached team to overcome.

        In fact, each of the past three years has followed virtually the same script in Iowa City. Following a breakthrough, 11-2 season in 2002, the Hawkeyes had to replace Heisman runner-up quarterback Brad Banks, All-America tight end Dallas Clark and four starters off a powerful offensive line. What did they do in 2003? Go conservative on offense, make big plays on defense and special teams and beat Florida in the Outback Bowl to complete a 10-3 season.

        Last year, same story. Seven new starters on offense, no more Robert Gallery pancaking helpless defensive linemen, no more Bob Sanders making big plays in the secondary. And that was before all the running back injuries. Yet after struggling early, Iowa managed to finish the season on an eight-game winning streak, as first-year QB Drew Tate capped an All-Big Ten season with a game-winning, 56-yard touchdown pass to beat LSU as time expired in the Capital One Bowl.

        "I really don't know how we did it," Hinkel said of last year's improbable season. "One of our mottos we have posted all over our [football] complex is 'Find A Way.' That's what we did. It wasn't pretty; we weren't really a stats team. The only stat that...
        -08-10-2005, 06:49 PM
      • DJRamFan
        Big 12 preview: No end in sight for North's woes
        by DJRamFan
        By Dennis Dodd
        CBS SportsLine.com Senior Writer
        Tell Dennis your opinion!





        The Big 12 North isn't a division, it's a kennel.

        You know, a place where all the mutts go.

        The division's six teams fell just short of making it into Letterman's monologue last year. Colorado was the "champion" and lost by 39 points to Oklahoma in the Big 12 title game. In inter-divisional play, the North won only three of 19 games against the loaded South. Conference officials are still determining whether those even count. All three were against Baylor.

        Big 12
        Predicted Finish
        North
        1. Colorado
        2. Iowa State
        3. Nebraska
        4. Kansas State
        5. Missouri
        6. Kansas
        South
        1. Texas
        2. Oklahoma
        3. Texas A&M
        4. Texas Tech
        5. Oklahoma State
        6. Baylor
        Off. player of year:
        Vince Young, Texas
        Def. player of year:
        Rodrique Wright, Texas
        Coach of the year:
        Dennis Franchione, Texas A&M
        Once again, the conference's title game (Dec. 3 in Houston), is expected to be a formality. Texas or Oklahoma will wipe the floor with the North's Last Comic Standing.

        It wasn't always this way. The league debuted 10 years ago with most of the power concentrated in the North. Nebraska was in the midst of winning three national championships in four years. Kansas won 10 games in 1995. Kansas State was an emerging national power. But while you were in the kitchen getting a sandwich, Big 12 North football became the island of misfit boys.

        Actually, it took a little longer than that. In the pillow fight that was the Big 12 North race last year, all Iowa State had to do was beat floundering Missouri -- which had lost to Troy -- to win its first race of any kind since tying for the Missouri Valley in 1912. After 92 years, a tap-in right?

        No, just another case of the yips. Missouri won in overtime, leaving the field feeling somewhat better about a 5-6 train wreck of a season in which its hothead coach needed some anger management and a new offensive coordinator. How dare media ask why Gary Pinkel's offense was able to turn Brad Smith from brilliant scrambling Heisman contender to pocket piņata?

        Once again, all six teams in the North have a chance to win the division going into 2005. That's kind of the problem. Colorado won it last year as much as the other five didn't.


        Gary Barnett and the Buffs are the best team in a bad Big 12 North division. (Getty Images)
        Can the Big 12 North bounce back? The short answer is "no" which, for now, is also the long-term answer. Blame it on Tom Osborne. When T.O. hung it up in December 1997, in retrospect, that sent Nebraska and the North...
        -08-18-2005, 08:49 PM
      • DJRamFan
        Pac-10 preview: Former power Washington begins rebuilding
        by DJRamFan
        By Dennis Dodd
        CBS SportsLine.com Senior Writer
        Tell Dennis your opinion!





        Something to do over beers as the season draws near: Put together a list of the top 10 football factories. You know, the schools that get their very identity from football excellence.

        Most likely Washington will be in there somewhere.

        Pac-10
        Predicted Finish
        1. Southern Cal
        2. Arizona State
        3. California
        4. Washington State
        5. UCLA
        6. Oregon
        7. Oregon State
        8. Arizona
        8. Washington
        8. Stanford
        Off. player of year:
        Reggie Bush, USC
        Def. player of year:
        Spencer Havner, UCLA
        Coach of the year:
        Pete Carroll, USC
        What happened to this once-proud program could fill a courtroom. In fact, it has. The unfortunate Rick Neuheisel saga dragged U-Dub down to a point that Tyrone Willingham became the program's third coach in 18 months.

        The top story in the Pac-10 is Southern California chasing its third consecutive national championship. Right below it might be the plight of Washington. When was the last time the Huskies were picked last in the preseason as they were by media earlier this month?

        Not surprising, really, when Washington finished 1-10 and winless in the Pac-10 for the first time since 1973 last season. But, still, Washington? The school of Don James, great quarterbacks, Rose Bowls?

        Fortunately, the Huskies lucked out when Willingham was available. They won't be down for long in a conference that -- pre-USC dynasty -- was fluid (Washington won 11 games as recently as 2000). With less than two months to recruit after being fired, Willingham assembled a serviceable (if small at 13 players) recruiting class.


        Tyrone Willingham is in Seattle to turn around a Washington program that went 1-10 in 2004. (AP)
        The Huskies won't be going to any Rose Bowls anytime soon. The fact that four quarterbacks are still in the mix says something about the existing talent. Athletic Isaiah Stanback is thought to be the frontrunner after completing only 34 percent of his passes last year.

        But the Huskies will be better because they can't get any worse. Defensive coordinator Kent Baer assembled the nation's best defense against the run last year at Notre Dame. The entire front seven return, which, in this case, could be as bad as it is optimistic.

        The coaching changes, the Neuheisel distraction, the Keith Gilbertson disaster -- it all had a cumulative effect. Washington committed a staggering 42 turnovers last year. That's the second-most in I-A this decade (only Army in 2003 had more).

        The climb back begins with the luck of the former Irish. Willingham needed a job and Washington provided the opening...
        -08-17-2005, 08:42 PM
      • DJRamFan
        Gundy, Stillwater run deep with optimism for OSU football
        by DJRamFan
        Feb. 14, 2005
        By Dennis Dodd
        SportsLine.com Senior Writer
        Tell Dennis your opinion!


        STILLWATER, Okla. -- This is what a couple of victories over Oklahoma will get you ...


        Interest from a millionaire donor.
        Interest in your coach.
        Interest in getting better?
        Oklahoma State is in the business of answering that question -- again. It's a common one in Stillwater, where rookie Mike Gundy is the fourth coach since crippling NCAA sanctions tore OSU football apart in 1988.


        QB Donovan Woods will have the spotlight next year. (Getty Images)
        Its perpetual starting point is being the other program in the state, seldom dealing from a position of strength. On its own campus, Eddie Sutton consistently fields a top 10 basketball program. OSU football constantly fights for recruits, attention and victories against that national power 90 minutes down the road.

        Ah, that's where the Cowboys can claim some progress. Quick, name the only school to beat Oklahoma more than once since the beginning of the 2000 season.

        Yep, Oklahoma State, which has won two of the past four meetings and five of the past 10.

        "Our staff, in my honest opinion, does a great job of game-planning them," said Gundy, who ascended from offensive coordinator to replace Les Miles on Jan. 3. "We challenge them. We go after them. Some teams go out there and say, 'Let's get this over with.' Our players go right after them."

        Sooners everywhere have about eight months to let those words soak in. Until then, I-A's youngest coach (Gundy is 37) is brash enough to keep crowing. Miles wasn't shy about the subject while leading the program out of a decade-long malaise before departing for LSU. While his record wasn't spectacular (28-21), his organizational skills and game-planning were outstanding.

        Ask Oklahoma. A going-nowhere Cowboys team beat the No. 4 Sooners in Norman 16-13 in 2001, Miles' first season. They did it again the next year, winning 38-28 against a team ranked No. 3.

        Based largely on those two results, LSU swept in and hired Miles, the only coach to guide Oklahoma State to three consecutive bowls. Also based on those victories, Oklahoma State quickly replaced him with Gundy. Millionaire T. Boone Pickens was already on board, having given a combined $200 million to the school and athletic department.

        Mike Gundy file
        A brief history of Oklahoma State's new coach:
        Birthdate: Aug. 12, 1967 (youngest I-A coach)
        Wife: Kristen
        Children: Gavin, Gunnar, Gage
        School: Oklahoma State
        Playing experience: Four-year starter at quarterback, 1986-89; still holds school career passing record (7,997 yards)
        Coaching experience: assistant Oklahoma State, 1990-1995; Baylor, 1996; Maryland,...
        -02-18-2005, 08:48 AM
      • DJRamFan
        Rose's dream is Big Ten vs. Pac-10 AND title game
        by DJRamFan
        Aug. 5, 2005
        By Dennis Dodd
        CBS SportsLine.com Senior Writer
        Tell Dennis your opinion!





        CHICAGO -- There's a unique opportunity for the Pac-10 and Big Ten in 2005. For the second time in BCS history, the Rose Bowl is the site of the national championship game after this season. Assuming that USC is the prohibitive No. 1 favorite going in, that puts the pressure on the Big Ten to make it a 1-2 natural matchup for the national championship.


        Heisman winner Matt Leinart is expected to lead USC to a Rose Bowl berth. (Getty Images)
        That's something that hasn't happened in 37 years.

        It seems amazing the last time the Rose Bowl's anchor teams met while ranked 1-2 in the Associated Poll was Jan. 1, 1969. Ohio State beat USC 27-16. A "rematch" of sorts could be looming, although considering the strength of the Big Ten, Ohio State is in for a battle to win the league. Michigan was named the favorite this week at the Big Ten preseason media days.

        "Anyone going in against USC would be the underdog," Ohio State linebacker A.J. Hawk said. "That would be a little bit of motivation, I think."

        Only twice in history have the 1-2 teams in the AP poll from those conferences met in Pasadena (the other year was 1963). That shows how much fans of both leagues care about such an occurrence. Michigan coach Lloyd Carr has said in the past he valued a Rose Bowl berth over a national championship shot.

        But this year, the stars are aligning for a Big Ten vs. Pac-10 championship game in the shadow of the San Gabriels on Jan. 4. No. 4 Michigan, No. 9 Ohio State and No. 10 Iowa all start the season ranked in the top 10 in the coaches poll. USC, which brings a 22-game winning streak into the season, is led by Heisman winner Matt Leinart.

        "We definitely want to get there no matter who we're playing, but we'd definitely like to get a shot at USC," Michigan running back Michael Hart said. "Whoever wins the Big Ten this year and goes undefeated, they have no choice but to put you in the national championship game because the Big Ten is so strong this year."

        There is some recent history. Michigan was the victim 20 months ago when the USC started its championship run with a 28-14 victory over the Wolverines in the Rose Bowl.

        To say Carr is obsessing over that game might be too strong, but he does remember it. Michigan was trailing only 7-0 in the second quarter when John Navarre's pass hit Braylon Edwards' heel. USC's Lofa Tatupu intercepted and ran it back to the Michigan 3. USC scored easily to make it 14-0.

        "They got a hell of a break when the ball hit Braylon in the heel," Carr said. "We never got back in it. If you look at the teams (they beat), they get them down, they kill...
        -08-08-2005, 07:18 AM
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