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Sergio Kindle Decapitates Taylor Potts on Sack, Causes Fumble

Here I was thinking that the hit Tennessee delivered on UCLA quarterback Kevin Prince last weekend that broke his jaw was a tough hit. I may have to reconsider things. Texas defensive end Sergio Kindle is highly rated and a top pro prospect. After seeing the sack he got on Texas Tech quarterback Taylor Potts, it’s easy to see why. Let’s go to the videotape:

It’s incredible that Potts walked away from that hit like it was nothing. Maybe he was just acting tough for the moment but really felt woozy as soon as he got to the sidelines. His reaction really didn’t matter because the fumble set up a Colt McCoy touchdown pass that put the game out of reach for Texas. Potts was still pretty effective throwing for 417 yards and 3 touchdowns proving once again that it’s more about Mike Leach’s system than the guy throwing the ball.

Jahvid Best Solidifies Heisman Campaign with 5 Touchdowns, Airborne Score

The difference between Cal and USC is that a school like Cal goes out and loses to an Oregon the week after getting lots of attention and praise. I have a feeling that’s what will happen now that I and many others are giving Jahvid Best love for the win over Minnesota. Best scored every touchdown for Cal in their 35-21 win over Minnesota on Saturday. Best score three times in the first half including runs of 34, 2, and 27 yards, and then he punched in two short runs to help solidify the win in the 4th quarter. The first TD may have been the most impressive and it will be the one played on all the highlight shows. Check out video of Jahvid Best’s airborne touchdown against Minnesota:

Two elements really came together to make that play work so well. The first is the way they ran the fake end-around (that even tripped up the camera guy), making the defense freeze. The second is Best’s speed that allowed him to beat everyone to the sideline and then to the corner of the end zone. Gotta love the way he punctuated the touchdown with the airborne leap into pay dirt. That reminded me a lot of Knowshon Moreno’s run for Georgia last year against Arizona State. All the talk before the season was about the three quarterbacks and which one of them would get the Heisman — Bradford, Tebow, or McCoy. Best was widely considered a darkhorse candidate but now he must be thought of as one of the frontrunners. It was also hard to watch in the 4th quarter and not think Tedford was doing his best to pad Best’s stats. It sure worked.

Even Colorado’s Professors are Bagging on the Buffaloes Football Program

Ralphie_buffaloAfter a second disappointing loss to start the season for Colorado last week, we wrote a fictitious, humorous post suggesting Colorado didn’t allow their coach on the team plane back to Boulder. While that was just a sarcastic post, the notion was representative of the attitude around Boulder regarding the football program. If you don’t believe me, just check out the way a geology professor picked on a student of his who also is a football player.

Buffs football player Marcus Burton said his geology professor told the class: “You people may think this class is boring. We’re just talking about rocks. But it’s no more boring than both the CU games. Marcus, you’re a captain. Can you tell us about that?”

That’s so ridiculously inappropriate I can’t even begin to say how wrong it is. First off, academics and sports are supposed to be separate. You telling me this guy isn’t the type of person who would be willing to give the players good grades to keep them eligible if he’s making comments like that? Luckily the head of the geology department thinks the same way because he really took the professor to task saying, “The hope is that after such, both faculty and student can get back to the business of education, which, I hope most would agree, is the only business with which my department should be concerned.” Damn straight. You have to figure that Hawkins is done for good if they can’t beat Wyoming Saturday.

via Dr. Saturday

Boise State’s Winston Venable Channels Waterboy with Must-See Sack

Winston Venable was already having a big game Friday night when he broke out with an unbelievable, highlight reel, must-see hit. Honestly, I’ve never seen something like this outside of the movies, and really I just mean Adam Sandler in The Waterboy. Check out this incredible hit produced by Venable in the 4th quarter on the Fresno State quarterback (forward to the 3:00 mark):

He straight launched his body like it was a missile. Man, I’d hate to be on the receiving end of that assault. Yikes. And if the name sounds familiar, it’s because it should. Winston Venable’s brother is Will Venable, who plays for the Padres, and their father is Max Venable, who played 12 seasons in the bigs, mostly for the Giants.

Georgia Fans Have Creative Posters

Georgia’s quarterback is a senior named Joe Cox. South Carolina’s nickname is the Gamecocks. Put the two in a bottle, shake it up, mix it around, add a creative yet brazen fan, and you get the following funny poster:

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I don’t know what it is with those southern fans but they sure come up with some creative posters. I’m not sure which was the best, this, or the Florida Got Nutt’d on, or The Civil War Should Have Been Best 2 out of 3.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Don’t Bother USC Coach Jeremy Bates When He’s Talking Strategy

Some TV crews are so intrusive they actually cross the line from informative to invasive. What ESPN’s cameras did at the end of the USC/Ohio State game definitely falls into that category. USC was looking to finish off their drive with about a minute left and they were talking things over during a timeout. Naturally the ESPN cameras tried to get a glimpse of the private conversation and got blown off by SC coach Jeremy Bates:

There’s a line between real live sports and produced sports drama, and throwing the cameras in there for a closeup in that situation crosses the line. I’m glad Bates told them to beat it so that the camera guy understood there still are some limits.

The Seat Just Got Hotter for Charlie Weis, Cooler for Rich Rodriguez

Notre Dame Michigan FootballHard to believe after the way I ripped Rich Rodriguez that I had to root for him to win on Saturday, but that was the case. People are saying the game was an instant classic and it surely was a good one, but was it as good as the Bush Push game? Not quite that good. Anyway, Charlie Weis is taking a ton of heat for throwing two passes at the end of the game while the Irish were trying to nurse a 34-31 lead.

They had the ball 2nd and 9 at their 30 when they threw two straight incompletions taking just 20 seconds off the clock, leaving 2:19 for the Wolverines who got the ball at their 43. Weis said he was just trying to win the game, “They loaded up the box and made it clear that they weren’t going to let us do that, so we had to throw the ball. On third down, we could have run and made them use a timeout, but we were trying to win the game.”

Forcier said that saving the timeouts for their final drive was key and there’s no doubt it was. By making Michigan burn their timeouts, the Wolverines would have had a much tougher time moving the ball in the final drive and they might have had to settle for a field goal. You telling me Weis wouldn’t have taken his chances in overtime? No doubt that was a tactical error and it was extremely costly. The only question is whether or not this leads to a tailspin and a new head coach for Notre Dame. I guess it was just another lesson in Weis’ coaching internship.