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Nick Saban Nails the Boise State Problem

One of the biggest debates in college football is whether or not Boise State deserves a spot in a national championship game should they go undefeated. My answer is no because their schedule is not challenging enough, regardless of their win over Virginia Tech and a potential win over Oregon State.

Boise State is a very good team and a fine program — I picked them to beat Virginia Tech — but I firmly believe they would lose a game or two if they played in a major conference. It’s one thing to get up for a big game once or twice a year but it’s a complete other to beat quality opponents every single week. That’s something Alabama has to face in the SEC but something Boise State does not have to in the WAC. Saban noted the difference on his Thursday night radio show, as relayed by The Wiz of Odds:

He noted that Alabama defeated Virginia Tech in its 2009 opener and defeated six other teams that were the caliber of Virginia Tech, or maybe better. And maybe more than that if you throw in Texas and Florida in the SEC Championship Game. …”

“It’s the full body of work. It’s not just that you can beat one team, but if you have to beat six or seven other teams and have to play with consistency to do it, I think that goes a long way in saying a lot about what kind of football team that you have. And that’s no disrespect that you have, because they may certainly be able to do the same thing if they were put in that circumstance.”

At least Boise State will be challenged more regularly when they move to the Mountain West but for now, the situation is as Saban describes it. It’s hard to tell a school before they’ve even played a game that no matter what you do, it won’t be good enough, but that’s the situation for Boise State. You cannot tell me with confidence that they would be undefeated if they had to play Florida, LSU, Auburn, and Arkansas, and that’s the issue at hand.

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Saban takes a shot at Boise State’s worthiness as a BCS title contender [The Birmingham News]

Blatant Injury Fakers Tried to Slow Texas A&M’s Offense

When a team is paid $325,000 to roll over and play dead for a national powerhouse before conference play begins, they don’t have to literally roll over and play dead.  Stephen F. Austin knew they didn’t stand a chance at knocking off Texas A&M, which is why they were given an absurd amount of money to match up with them.  However, you can’t say they didn’t do their best to try to slow down the Aggies offense on Saturday.  Here’s a hilarious video of Stephen F. Austin players faking injury to slow down Texas A&M via Sports by Brooks:

The fact that you can tell “injury fake” was an actual play called from the sidelines makes the scene that much better.  It’d be one thing if the players thought of it on their own, but you can see them looking attentively to the sideline before flopping to the ground like fish out of water.  Valiant effort.

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Video: Texas A&M’s Opponent Faking Injuries [SPORTS by BROOKS]

The Return of College GameDay Signs

Smell that?  That’s the smell of the first big Saturday of college football.  With all the hype surrounding NFL training camps, we tend to forget college football kicks off a week earlier than meaningful NFL play.  Tis the season, which means let the clever College GameDay signs start flowing.  We’re off to a pretty good start with these “Masoli for Heistman” and “Butch, I’m eligible” signs (knocking the influx of UNC football player suspensions).  As the games roll on and the beers continue to be consumed, it should only get better from here.

Photo Credit: Busted Coverage

Miami Fans Get Bored With Game, Decide to Toss One Another

On Wednesday night, we brought you one of the best baseball brawls we’ve seen in quite some time. If watching fans brawl in the stands is your thing, you’ll appreciate the way the Miami Hurricanes‘ fans kicked off the 2010 season.  The 45-0 rout of Florida A&M was impressive, but very much expected.  The royal rumble in the stands?  Not so much.  Check out the Miami-Florida A&M fans brawl video, courtesy of The Big Lead:

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College Football Player Tased After Getting into Naked Three-Point Stance

If that’s not the most enjoyable title I’ve ever written since joining the LBS staff then, frankly, I have no idea what is.  You just can’t make this stuff up, I’m afraid.  We’ve had our fair share of Taser stories this year, but this one tops them all.  Fear not, Phillies fans, you’re off the hook again with this one.

A 19-year-old Oregon State lineman, Tyler Patrick Thomas, was kicked off the Oregon State Football team on Monday after getting himself in a ridiculous situation that resulted in him being arrested on charges of first-degree criminal trespass, second-degree criminal mischief, and resisting arrest.

According to information from the Corvallis Police Department, at about 4:51 a.m., police were called to 519 N.W. 14th Street after a 32-year-old woman reported there was a naked man in the upstairs office of her residence.

When officers arrived, they ordered him to get on the ground several times, but he refused.

Then Thomas, who had reportedly been drinking, got into a “three-point stance” and lunged at the officers, who Tased him.

Unlike the Phillies fan who rushed the field, Thomas absolutely deserved to be Tased.  After reading the description of the incident, I see no other option the police had in this situation.  I still can’t believe he actually dropped down into a three-point stance and faced officers while he was butt-naked.

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OSU player dismissed from team after arrest [Gazette Times]
Oregon State Lineman Gets Naked, Tased [Deadspin]

LeGarrette Blount Threw Punch that Hit Oregon Coach Mike Bellotti

LeGarrette Blount is known by most sports fans for only one reason: punching Boise State defensive lineman Byron Hout after a loss. While Hout confirmed he was talking trash after the win, it appears as if there was not only a pattern of punching for Blount, but also a trend of covering up by Oregon.

Since Blount was caught on video punching a teammate during Tennessee Titans practice this week, Oregonian columnist John Canzano figured it would be a good time to tell the story of Blount hitting coach Mike Bellotti as we learned via Sports by Brooks.

As the story goes, a typical fight broke out during an Oregon practice and coach Mike Bellotti went to break it up. Bellotti was accidentally punched but the point still stands: Blount, for at least the third time, was swinging at a teammate. Bellotti acknowledged something happened but says Blount never hit him.

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Lou Holtz: USC Penalties Were Unfair

When USC was penalized by the NCAA, the initial reaction from most people was that the Trojans were hit harder than any school since Southern Methodist. Some people felt the punishment was warranted while others found it to be excessive. USC is trying to appeal some of the penalties and is saying that the punishment does not fit the crime. While Pete Carroll has been singing this tune the loudest, a surprising voice has joined the chorus.

Former Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz joined The Wiz of Odds podcast to discuss many of the prevalent issues in college football. One of the questions host Jay Christensen asked was if the sanctions against USC were fair. Here was Holtz’s response:

Based on what I read, I would say ‘no.’ But then again, I didn’t read all the other things. Here’s why I say ‘no.’ Because the only one that they really came out on football was with Reggie Bush and it all had to do with an agent. It did not have to do with a coach paying him money, alumni paying money. I did not read of any other player involved along that line.

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