Archive for the 'USC' Category

1998 Tennessee Volunteers the 2nd best team of all time?

Thursday, July 27th, 2006

Just one click link this morning. Billingsley has crunched some serious numbers — stats from all 10,638 college football teams who have taken the field since 1869 — and found the Top 200 Teams of All Time. The best team ever, according to this computer formula, was the 1971 Nebraska team.

Second? The 1998 Tennessee Volunteers. Texas in 2005 was third and The Greatest Team of All Time (2005 USC) was 66, just to put things into perspective a bit. That’s pretty cool, but I’d wager the computer doesn’t know about Clint Stoerner.

Hat tip to John Pennington.

Houston Texans inexplicably pass on Reggie Bush

Saturday, April 29th, 2006

How to squander a first-overall pick:

Step 1: Pass on freaky-good Reggie Bush.

Step 2: Pass on local hero Vince Young.

Step 3: Select a defensive end . . . because linemen last longer.

Absolutely nothing against . . . wait, need to go find his name . . . Mario Williams, but come on.

Three Instant Classic Pictures Courtesy of Burnt Orange Nation

Thursday, January 12th, 2006

So the new URL, the new look, the new content and categorization — the new blog — has been up and running FOR THREE WHOLE STRAIGHT DAYS IN A ROW ALTOGETHER BACK TO BACK ONE AFTER THE OTHER WITHOUT A HITCH, ETC., ETC., ETC.


So here’s some of what I would have blogged on had the site been, you know, actually working.

Sincere congratulations to both the Texas Longhorns and Burnt Orange Nation, who blogged with excellence all season and especially through the month preceding the National Championship game.

And the cow’s still giving milk.

My three favorite BON things in the last week or two are the following pictures, which I won’t steal unless they say I can. Which makes it not stealing.

But for now:

  • Picture Number 1 — Look at the picture first, before reading the caption. Something is not right with this picture. What is it?
  • Picture Number 2 — Uh, good point. With all the talk about USC’s three-pete, you almost forget that the first of three was AP-only.  Oh, and they lost the last one.
  • Picture Number 3 — Thousand words and all. For those under-rockers and those reading this post in the year 2073, that’s Vince Young — who lost the Heisman Trophy to running back Reggie Bush, who lost the National Championship game to Vince Young — striking the Heisman pose with the National Championship trophy.

Final BlogPoll

Sunday, January 8th, 2006

Still having intermittent problems with the blog, both on my side and on my host’s side. Sneaking this in before the window of opportunity closes again.

1. Texas

2. Southern Cal

3. Penn State

4. West Virginia

5. Ohio State

6. Georgia

7. Louisiana State

8. TCU

9. Virginia Tech

10. Alabama

11. Oregon

12. UCLA

13. Notre Dame

14. Wisconsin

15. Auburn

16. Florida

17. Boston College

18. Miami

19. Texas Tech

20. Louisville

21. Florida State

22. Clemson

23. Oklahoma

24. Nebraska

25. California

Bowl Championship Series Team Blogs

Tuesday, December 20th, 2005

As the bowl games draw near, here’s a list of BCS team blogs to help you keep up with the teams that are, you know, still playing football. Salty language warning for some of these.

Rose Bowl

USC Trojans
Texas Longhorns

Orange Bowl

Penn State
Florida State

Does anyone in Tallahassee blog?

Fiesta Bowl

Notre Dame
Ohio State

Sugar Bowl

West Virginia

MGoBlog Blog Poll

Monday, December 5th, 2005

1. Texas: UT gets nod over USC only because of USC’s would-be loss to Notre Dame
2. USC: Basically neck and neck with the Longhorns
3. Notre Dame: Two bad calls on final two plays cost them victory over USC
4. Georgia: SEC champ
5. LSU: SEC runner-up
6. Florida: Lost three games, but beat both SEC champ and ACC champ
7. Penn State: Only one loss, but docked for not having to play a championship game
8. Ohio State: Only losses to Texas and Penn State
9. Florida State: Yeah, four losses, but still champ of tough ACC conference
10. Virginia Tech: ACC runner-up
11. Georgia Tech: Four losses, but beat both Auburn and Miami
12. Auburn: Stumbled out of the gate and lost to SEC runner-up LSU, but beat SEC champ Georgia
13. Miami: Throttled ACC runner-up Virginia Tech
14. Alabama: Only losses to SEC runner-up LSU and number 12 Auburn
15. Oregon: Only one loss, but docked for relatively weak conference
16. West Virginia: Received a BCS berth while never cracking the top ten
17. Michigan: Beat Big 10 champ Penn State, but lost four games
18. UCLA
19. Clemson: Beat ACC champ FSU, but who didn’t?
20. South Carolina: Wins over Florida and Tennessee not as impressive in hindsight
21. TCU
22. Northwestern
23. Iowa
24. Iowa State
25. Louisville

Parity in the SEC, Big 12, and Pac 10

Sunday, December 4th, 2005

Any other Tennessee fans watch big games in other conferences for the first time this season? If so, you might have noticed something.


Big plays.

Both Texas and USC dominated their opponents with exceptional, exciting offense.

The LSU-Georgia game was . . . different.

More defense.

Some, but not a lot, of big plays on offense.

It really shows the difference in parity in the SEC and in the Big 12 and Pac 10. John Pennington has noticed, too, and has some facts and figures to back it up.

Just comparing SEC records from 1994-99 with the records from 2000-05, you can see a real shift in power among the league’s top seven programs.

From ’94-99, Florida (43-5) and Tennessee (40-8) were far ahead of Alabama (32-16), Georgia (26-22), Auburn (24-24), LSU (22-26) and woeful South Carolina (13-35). Two teams had more than 40 wins in that six-year span. Most of the other “good” programs were around .500 or worse. The difference between the best of those teams and the worst was an enormous 30 wins.

But look at the stretch from 2000-05 Auburn (36-12), LSU (35-13), Georgia (35-13), Florida (34-14) and Tennessee (33-15) are all separated by just three wins over a six-year span. And while Alabama (like Florida and UT) has fallen back to the pack (24-24), South Carolina has shown a huge improvement (24-24).

It’s getting much more difficult to win in the SEC.

The Animated BCS Race to the Rose Bowl: Week Thirteen

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

UPDATE: The Final Animated BCS Race to the Rose Bowl is up and running on its own static page.

Only one week left, and it’s still looking like the Trojans and the Longhorns will finish Nos. 1 and 2:

Pesky Texas A&M couldn’t keep pace with the Longhorns, and the only real change in the line up this week is that everyone is one week closer to their final position.

The final two big games before the bowls are this Saturday: Texas plays Colorado for the Big XII Championship, and USC hosts No. 12 UCLA.

ABC has both games, Texas-Colorado at 1:00 and UCLA-USC at 4:30. If both the ‘horns and the Trojans win, they’ll meet in the Rose Bowl for the National Championship.

If you have any questions at all about the BCS, check out Fanblogs’ excellent Primer to the 2005-2006 BCS Championship.

See the Race to the Rose Bowl from the beginning:

The Animated BCS Race to the Rose Bowl: Week Twelve

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

Entering the home stretch:

The Trojans and the Longhorns remain Nos. 1 and 2, and Penn State, LSU, Virginia Tech, and Ohio State all move up one spot due to Miami falling from No. 3 to No. 9 after losing to Georgia Tech. Oregon jumped from No. 10 to No. 7 after clobbering Oregon State, and the Fighting Irish improved by one position. Auburn rounds out the top ten.

The Tennessee Volunteers round out the top 117, and some players are behaving badly.

Games remaining that either will or could impact the Race:

  • Texas at Texas A&M, November 25, 2005 (12:00, ABC)
  • UCLA (12) at USC (1), December 3, 2005 (4:30, ABC)

See the Race to the Rose Bowl from the beginning:

The BCS Race to the Rose Bowl Animation: Week Eleven

Monday, November 14th, 2005

UPDATE: This is Week Eleven. If you’re looking for the latest, see the Animated BCS Race to the Rose Bowl: Final Bowl Selections.

Only a few weeks left to go, and the Race to the Rose Bowl is tightening:Alabama’s loss to the LSU Tigers left the USC Trojans and the Texas Longhorns as the only remaining unbeaten teams. Miami moves up to the third spot behind the unbeatens, and LSU vaults over the Hokies to the fifth position behind number four Penn State. Georgia dropped out of the top ten after a loss to Auburn and is replaced by Notre Dame.

Games remaining that either will or could impact the Race:

  • Texas at Texas A&M, November 25, 2005 (12:00, ABC)
  • UCLA at USC, December 3, 2005 (4:30, ABC)

See the Race to the Rose Bowl from the beginning: