Strike Point Sports: Who's Hot/Who's Not
by Strike Point Sports - 09/12/2006
Strike Point Sports offers a weekly look at who's hot and who's not in the world of sports.
Troy Smith and the Buckeye Offense
Everyone expected Ohio State to cruise in its home opener against Northern Illinois, but its second game against the defending champion Texas Longhorns proved that this offensive unit could be the best in college football. Quarterback Troy Smith has thrown five touchdowns in his first two games without any interceptions. Wideouts Ted Ginn Jr and Anthony Gonzalez have racked up more than 400 yards with five scores while the running back duo of Antonio Pittman and freshman Chris Wells have tallied more than 250 yards on the ground with three combined touchdowns. Up next for Ohio State is in-state rival Cincinnati, a team that has one of the nation's worst defenses.
One of the many talented rookies on the Marlins '06 club, this young arm has posted an 8-2 record with a 2.98 ERA and a no hitter to his name. As impressive as his no-no was last week, Sanchez's season as a whole has been even better. His next start after the no hitter was a great outing against the division leading Mets. Sanchez allowed three earned runs over the course of seven innings in route to a 16-5 Florida win. Not only has he won his last three starts and four of his last five, but he also has not lost a start since the first week of August.
Big Time Shutouts in Week 1
Both the Bears and the Ravens kicked off their respective 2006 NFL season with the two most impressive wins this past Sunday. Baltimore, now armed with a more than capable quarterback in Steve McNair, steamrolled the Bucs in Tampa Bay, 27-0. Chicago was in Green Bay and showed no mercy on Brett Favre and the hapless Packers in a 26-0 win. The Bears' stingy defense absolutely dominated the Green Bay offense, picking Favre off twice while barely allowing the Packers to have meaningful opportunities in Chicago territory.
College Football's Week 3 Schedule
In what could be the best week of college football until late November, an overwhelming number of incredible match-ups will highlight this upcoming weekend on Saturday. Rivals renew storied traditions when Michigan visits South Bend to play the No. 2 Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. The SEC has two wonderful match-ups. First off, No. 6 LSU heads to Auburn to clash with the No. 3 Tigers, and in the nightcap No. 7 Florida invades Rocky Top to face No. 13 Tennessee. Another sensational non-conference match-up is slated out in California when No. 19 Nebraska and the Blackshirts head into Trojan Land to try and upend No. 4 USC and Pete Carroll's dynasty. Other key games to keep your eye on are No. 17 Miami at No. 12 Louisville, No. 15 Oklahoma at No. 18 Oregon, Clemson at. No. 9 Florida State and No. 24 Texas Tech at No. 20 TCU.
Well, the second stint with Art Shell as head coach couldn't have started on a worse note. Shut out at home for the first time in franchise history last night, 13-0, against San Diego on national television, Oakland is in trouble and could be the worst team in the NFL. All that money that was paid to Aaron Brooks went down the drain when they yanked him for backup Andrew Walter in the fourth quarter. Brooks was seen smiling throughout the game and one must ask why? Excuse me Mr. Brooks, but wipe that grin off your face and realize you're about to be relegated to the bench.
Desperation Attempt in Green Bay
How worried must the Packers be if after its season opening loss at home to Chicago, the next day they sign Koren Robinson? Remember, this is the guy that was said to have his life in order and then went out and got liquored up and was cited for DUI while excessively speeding, resulting in his cut from Minnesota before the season. Didn't Brett Favre say this was the most talented Packers team since he has been there? If this is even possible, but somehow the Packers have gotten worse in just one week of play.
Stanford Cardinal Defense…Or Lack There Of
It was a known fact that Stanford could score with almost anyone in the country. However, its defense has been flat out dreadful over the first two games this season. One could make the case that its 48-10 loss at Oregon was them simply losing to a much better team, however its follow up disaster at San Jose State is simply not in the same boat. It wasn't just that the Cardinal allowed 35 points to a mediocre-at-best WAC school, but it was the way in which they lost. Having jumped out to a 27-7 lead midway through the second quarter, San Jose State then rolled off 28 points to the Cardinal's 7 and defeated Stanford, 35-34. Fans at Palo Alto can only start to imagine the score when they face USC at the end of September.