Week 2 Recap: Michigan Beats ND

Many said the Michigan-ND game would be decided by quarterback play (not exactly a bold prediction), and it did. Michigan has a quarterback who is a running threat; Notre Dame does not. This made a big difference in the red zone on Saturday night, where Michigan went 4/4 with four touchdowns while ND was 3/5 with two touchdowns. I wrote about other aspects of the game, including a breakdown of Eminem’s bizarre halftime interview, and the rest of Saturday’s action, here: http://saturdayblitz.com/2013/09/09/week-2-recap-nd-michigan-eminem-espn-booth-miami-florida/

Nick Saban Can’t Stop

Nick Saban

Surely this photo was doctored since Nick Saban never smiles.

Nick Saban had just hoisted the crystal football with a look that said, Here it is, humans, now let me start working on acquiring another one. He told a reporter that he would enjoy the victory for an entire 48 hours, twice as long as his usual celebration time limit. Senior linebacker Nico Johnson said the returning players would be angry about the two touchdowns they allowed. My friend Munoz asked me if Alabama was going to start practicing right then and there on the Orange Bowl field.

Bowl Preview 2012

Purdue played well enough this season to get an invitation to a bowl game. Not just any bowl, but a New Year’s Day bowl. Purdue played poorly enough this season to fire its coach. That, my friends, is the modern-day college football bowl system.

Purdue is somewhat of an unfair example. The Boilermakers are 6-6, but moved up in the Big Ten’s bowl pecking order because two of the better teams, Ohio State and Penn State, were ineligible. But Purdue is one of 12 6-6 teams going bowling (and not the only bowl team to fire its coach; 7-5 North Carolina State canned Tom O’Brien).


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