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Wilbits: Ohio State, the ACC and More

Observations and musings from the weekend's college football action...

-- If Ohio State does bounce back and go 11-2 or 12-1 it will be because the Big Ten is nearly as weak as the ACC. The only conference team that looks like it might be able to hold its own against the top 15 teams in the country is Penn State. I don't trust the Buckeyes because their offense looks unsophisticated and QB Terrelle Pryor seems simply like he doesn't get it, and I'm not just talking about his Michael Vick eye black mess.

Pryor appears on many levels to be yet another young QB over whom too big a fuss was made. After getting completely outplayed by USC freshman Matt Barkley, Pryor sounded clueless when he said, "We should have beat them by two or three touchdowns. Easy, man...The ball just went the wrong way, like I keep saying."

Pryor took the blame for the loss, which was noble, but more importantly he completed only 11 of 25 passes for 177 yards with the one interception. He also rushed 10 times for 36 yards."

-- The ACC had a second straight embarrassing weekend and it should have been worse. Maryland needed a comeback and OT to beat James Madison. Virginia lost again at home, to Texas Christian. North Carolina was handed a victory by UCONN. Florida State struggled with Jacksonville State. By the end of the season Georgia Tech is going to be the best of the lot.

-- My early line on the Florida-Tennessee game in The Swamp is Gators by 55. Florida's players want to make Lane Kiffin and the Vols pay after their coach falsely accused Florida's Urban Meyer of a recruiting violation. The Vols aren't very good, as Saturday's loss to UCLA suggests. And now it looks like the Tennessee coach has written a check he and his boys can't cover...He called the offense "embarrassing" and if the Vols don't put up after Kiffin talked all that smack when he was first hired, he'll be the biggest embarrassment.


Michael Wilbon

 |  September 13, 2009; 10:23 PM ET  |  Category:  College Football Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Wilbon said "After getting completely outplayed by USC freshman Matt Barkley.."

stats: pryor 11/25 for 177, also ran for 36
barkley 15/31 for 195

completely outplayed, Mikey?

Hyperbole much? Fool.

Posted by: popopo | September 16, 2009 3:50 PM
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Thanks for all your hard work. As much as I love and admire what you do, and as much as I say I'd love your life, I'm not sure I could actually keep up.

I'm a UMD Alumn, so I'm by no means a Gator fan, but I hope the Gators run over UT this weekend. Kiffin, is in the SEC and needs to learn keep quiet till he wins something. He's in a conference with 4 other National Championship coaches. He's won exactly 1 game as a head coach at the college level. Thats one more than you or me.

Posted by: NY-Terp | September 15, 2009 5:27 PM
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You are 100% correct about a young Terrell Pryor. He looked completely lost on the field against USC, often throwing to receivers who were well-covered by USC defenders. I know he is only a sophomore, but it was clear that USC's true freshman Barkley, while also unsettled at times, had a much better understanding of his team's offense. I know some young players never successfully make the transition from college to the pros; the same must be true for highly rated high school stars, as well.

Posted by: bigboid | September 14, 2009 3:26 PM
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