Simply Crazy: College Football U.S.A.


This past weekend’s college football action underscored something I have been sensing for some time. FBS level football (formerly Division 1-A) has gone crazy. How so? Judging by a number of the scores I read following Saturday’s action and the one game I did watch (until overtime) — Illinois at Michigan — the final scores are much more reminiscent of what you’d find on a basketball court than on the gridiron.

For instance….

Michigan 67, Illinois 65

Navy 76, East Carolina 35

Duke 55, Virginia 48

Sure, these were only a small number of the games played, but these scores are indicative of a trend we’re seeing — offense is in and defense is, well, becoming more difficult to find.

The Michigan game wasn’t too much of a surprise given the team’s inability to find much success on defense. The Wolverines have one of the most prolific offenses, but their defense is woeful. Still, when it counted, Michigan blitzed Fighting Illini QB Nathan Scheelhaase when he attempted to go for a two-point conversion, ending the game. In 131years of Michigan football, this was the most points put up in a game.

Navy isn’t an FBS powerhouse, but they do give some teams fits with their triple-option offense. On Saturday, East Carolina learned that mistake will cost you, finding its half-time deficit increased from 28-21 to 45-21 based on three miscues. That Navy put up the most points it has ever scored against a major college team is notable, but doing it against one of the better teams in Conference USA is remarkable.

Duke played Navy the week before and quickly learned that going up 24-0 against the Midshipmen is no guarantee of a victory. Following its 34-31 win, Duke outscored Virginia 55-48 in regulation.

The fans don’t seem to mind high scoring games as long as their team is still in the battle. Once the Pirates fell far behind the Midshipmen, fans began to leave. Had they stayed longer, they would have seen East Carolina score two touchdowns. Then again, Navy still had another 31 points to score.

The biggest statement on Saturday wasn’t the score of these three games. Rather, it was the showdown between TCU and Utah where the Horned Frogs prevailed on the road 47 to 7. That game legitimized TCU as a national title contender although if the season were to end today, Oregon would play Auburn. Boise State continues to win too, but they’ll need some help if they’re to get a shot for the national title.

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