Head-to-Head: Oregon Official Mistakenly Overturns Instant Replay
by Jordan Adams and Drew Mangione - 10/05/2006
Each week two of Doc's Sports football aficionados will give their alternating perspectives on the key games and interesting issues in the game at both the college and professional levels. You may not agree, they may not agree, but it should be interesting!
Here's this week's topics:
LSU (-2) at Florida
Drew: I'll admit my prejudice and it's time to confess that I cannot stand the Florida Gators. I don't like their Grranimals logo and mascot and I don't like their smug fans, hence my irrational love of the movie "Big Trouble." LSU's offense has arrived and since there's no favorite here, I'll flip a coin of my emotions.
Prediction: LSU 38, Florida 22
Jordan: Playing in the Swamp, the Gators have one of the best home-field advantages in college football. They haven't been beaten at home since Oct. 9, 2004 when they lost to - you guessed it - LSU. The Tigers have beaten Florida three of the last four games, including the last two meetings in Gainesville. While the Gators come in ranked higher and still undefeated, they face the SEC's best defense. And with all due respect to Auburn, LSU should not have a loss. Tigers' quarterback JaMarcus Russell is physically imposing and daunting to contain. He is the collegiate version of Daunte Culpepper. Well, before Culpepper got fat and slow.
Prediction: LSU 20, Florida 17
Oklahoma at Texas (-5)
Drew: I liked Oregon to beat Oklahoma a few weeks ago and even though it shouldn't have happened, it did. I think that a maturing Colt McCoy may not have been ready for Ohio State, but he will handle this cross-border matchup better for having started that No. 1 vs. No. 2 game. The Longhorns score more, gain more yards, allow fewer yards and hold on to the ball longer on the year and I expect it'll play out in this game.
Prediction: Texas 31, Oklahoma 14
Jordan: Three weeks ago Oklahoma's record was blemished with those set of horrific calls against the Ducks in Autzen. While the sports cynic would boast that everyone gets bad breaks, that one simply has its own class. Texas has a superb defense and loads of talent on offense. The Sooners have the nation's best player in Adrian Peterson and a ballhawking defense in their own right. The 'Horns come in as favorites, and rightfully so. However, Oklahoma will pull this one out, if nothing else to make those infamous Pac-10 officials look that much worse.
Prediction: Oklahoma 24, Texas 21
Does instant replay work in the college game?
Drew: I acknowledge that the system hasn't been perfect, but do you want to know what's less perfect: the officials on the field. Botched replay calls are usually botched on the field first. This rag tag bunch of sport's most corruptible officials needs all the help it can get. I didn't say they were corrupt, but that they have the most potential for corruption, considering it inherently benefits them for their conference to do well. Hey NCAA football guys: keep the replay and add more camera angles, unify the rules for all conferences, have Div. 1A-not conference-officials and add a playoff.
Prediction: The current system is so profitable that to risk change would be too much to ask, even though it would bring in more of the people like me who love football, but rate college football a distant second to the NFL.
Jordan: Although you have certain cases when human element comes into play and occasional errors of judgments are made, instant replay works in college. However, get rid of the booth official replaying every questionable call. For crying out loud, they review whether or not every catch is good if a player is on the ground after the catch or is straddling the sideline. Talk about someone on a power trip abusing his authority.
College replay should work like the NFL's. Each coach should get two or three challenges a half and if they have no more or no timeout they're out of luck. Stop this nonsense. Didn't they change rules to speed up they game? Not only do they have some clown upstairs making it even slower, but every time a play is reviewed bye, bye momentum.
Prediction: A crazed replay official overturns a field goal if the holder doesn't have the laces out.
Dallas at Philadelphia (-2)
Drew: Oh, TO. What do you know? The Eagles have new receivers, you've OD'd on pain relievers. Can you ever revive your image? Maybe if you learned Quiddich. It's too bad too, you could have been No. 2, behind Rice only, but now we think you're a phony. Donovan is for real. He'll just have to deal, with going to The Hall for throwing the ball to someone other than you.
Prediction: Eagles 24, Cowboys 13
Jordan: Roll out the red carpet - Terrell Owens is back in Philly. Actually, Eagles fans might want that carpet to be white and turn it red by spilling his blood. All the hype surrounding No. 81 and No. 5 will play right into the Cowboys' hands. T.O.'s constant image will stir up talk 24/7 while Dallas floats under the radar. Philly's Brian Westbrook is questionable to play and that could mean more Correll Buckhalter. Yeah fumbles! Dallas is not the Packers, so if the Eagles play like they did on Monday night against Green Bay, they will get their behinds handed to them.
Prediction: Dallas 24, Philadelphia 20
Pittsburgh at San Diego (-3.5)
Drew: Look for big games from the defenses here as both teams reel in their passing games for fear that Shawn Merriman or Joey Porter might kill someone. The showdown of two young quarterbacks will be dominated by the run. Obviously LT is best back in this game and he'll score early, but look for a late score on a change of pace situation for the Chargers' Michael Turner. Big Ben will be left on the comeback trail and be forced to throw against a depleted-by-crime and underachieving secondary for the win.
Prediction: Pittsburgh 20, San Diego 17
Jordan: The champs are hurt and soon to be knocked out. After back-to-back losses without a steady running game, Pittsburgh has to face a much-improved Charger defense led by hybrid linebacker Shawne Merriman. Similar to his helmet symbol, Merriman is a lightning bolt out of the box and brings the thunder with each hit he delivers. The jury is still out on Big Ben, and if he can't play effectively the defense will be burdened with the challenge to hold that talented Chargers offense at bay.
Prediction: San Diego 26, Pittsburgh 17
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