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College Football: Lots of O, where's the D?

9/30/12 in NCAAF   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

September 29, 2012; Morgantown, WV, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Geno Smith (12) drops back to pass in the first quarter in the game against the Baylor Bears at Milan Puskar Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Rob Christy-US PRESSWIRE1,507 total yards of offense, 19 Touchdowns, 133 combined points, 3 total punts and 1 turnover. West Virginia beat Baylor 70-63 and Geno Smith threw an incredible 8 Touchdown passes. Here's my question--where's the defense?  Are you kidding me? Did you watch some of the highlights in this game?

Geno Smith had all day to throw the football and when he did Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin were open on their own island. On some plays there wasn't a defender on the screen. It's one thing to have great offensive talent, but what are you competing against? Those offensive numbers were beyond video game. It looked like an old CFL or Arena league game. I'm not sure if Geno Smith can complete 45/51 in practice.

While I believe Texas is better defensively than Baylor, they weren't exactly making me think they could do much to deter Geno Smith when they were giving up 36 points against Oklahoma State. I do look forward to seeing Texas play at home against West Virginia next week. Should WVU pass that tough test on the road, then the game vs K-State could determine who represents the Big 12 in a BCS game and perhaps play for the National Championship.

While Geno Smith is impressive and looks like the front-runner for the Heisman Trophy, West Virginia's defense is embarrassing and I don't think they are good enough to run the table and play for a National Championship. See Oklahoma State last year. Their 123rd ranked defense finally caught up to them when they got picked off at Iowa State.

Are Alabama and LSU bored or are they bored? I wanted to say perhaps they aren't as good as last year, which may be the case, but they are still leaps and bounds better than the rest of the nation. Bama and LSU just sleep walk through games and turn it on in spurts.

Bama actually trailed for a brief moment against Ole Miss, but that changed as quickly as it takes to return a kickoff to the house. Bama then went up 27-7 at the half and then went back to sleep in the 2nd half. I'm sure Saban can't stand how they are playing, but he will clean it up during their bye week before they travel to Missouri in 2 weeks.

LSU also trailed but this was against FCS Towson, before they woke up and created separation on the scoreboard, and then took another nap towards the end. For those who think Florida is as good as their #11 ranking, just remember last year when they were unbeaten and played Alabama at home. You recall that blood bath? Florida led 7-0 and then got outscored 38-3 the rest of the way and then imploded. Expect LSU to go in there next week and remind them that they aren't ready. Is Florida improved? Slightly. Are they ready for LSU? No chance.

How many people were rooting for Tennessee to beat that overrated bunch at Georgia? I turned the game on when UGA led 27-10. Next time I looked up Tennessee had a 30-27 lead. Georgia is not that good. Let's hope South Carolina is for real and they can find a way to beat Georgia next week. If not, Georgia may be unbeaten going into the SEC Championship game. Talk about a soft schedule. Georgia avoids LSU and Alabama in the regular season and play nobody non-conference.

But Georgia doesn't have the softest schedule out of the top 10 teams in the country. That belongs to Florida State. I'm not sure how good they are, but other than Clemson and then Florida at the end of the season--they play nobody. That schedule is a total joke. Doesn't help much that their conference is barely a BCS conference.

Watch FSU get to play in a National Championship game over Oregon or Kansas St. I will lose it if that happens. And I mean if those schools have one loss and FSU is unbeaten. Okay that's extreme, but that's how little respect I have for the ACC. Although based on how USC looks, Oregon must beat them or can't make any claim to play in the big game. And speaking of sleep walking, Oregon only played half the game at Washington State.
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