It’s easy to overreact when watching college football. We’re dealing with college kids and from week to week it’s impossible to come to definitive conclusions about a team based on just one game.
That said, TCU did not look like a powerhouse last night against Minnesota. Frankly, TCU didn’t really beat Minnesota; the Gophers beat themselves with several sloppy turnovers that completely changed the game.
Here are some observations:
- Trevone Boykin is the real deal. This kid can really play, and he’s the main reason everyone should be talking about TCU. That said, the TCU offense wasn’t dominating against a solid Minnesota defense, and you have to wonder what would happen to TCU if they faced a physical and fast defense like Ohio State or Alabama.
- TCU’s defense looks very weak. Minnesota was running the ball at will after a slow start, so expect TCU’s young defense to have trouble when they face power running games. Minnesota was only slowed down by turnovers and miserable play from the quarterback.
Again, this is only the first game of the season, and TCU’s defense in particular should get better as the year goes on. But they won’t get an bigger, and it’s hard to see TCU slowing down the best Power 5 teams if they make it to the Playoff.
TCU looks like a good team, but hardly a dominant team. They will have their hands full against big, physical teams like Oklahoma.
This was the greatest Super Bowl ever. The ending was stunning in so many ways, from Tom Brady leading a fourth quarter comeback against the Seattle defense, only to be followed by another miraculous catch that seemed to spell doom again for the Patriots, to what can easily be described as the worst play call in NFL history.
Here are some thoughts with some real time tweets mixed in:
- I’m not a Russell Wilson fan, and I wasn’t looking forward to eating even more crow had he managed to win his second straight Super Bowl. Still, there’s no way I can blame Wilson for the last interception that cost Seattle the game. We can pick apart his throw and the decision (some are explaining you have to throw that ball low at the goal line), but this all comes back to Pete Carroll and Darrell Bevell making that asinine play call. Also, looking at this shot below, you can see why Wilson threw the ball and just how brilliant Malcolm Butler was as he broke to the ball to make that play:
If you read the Pittsburgh papers, there are plenty of reasons why this Steelers team couldn’t get past Baltimore in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. But most of that talk is just filler for sports columnists. It all starts with the loss of Le’Veon Bell who emerged as one of the top running backs in football this season. Ben Roethlisberger is still an elite quarterback, but take away his running game and you remove any room for error. And while Roethlisberger is the king of the big play, he makes those plays by taking chances, and forcing him into difficult circumstances can lead to turnovers. The Ravens were able to unleash some blitzes and the result was another road playoff win for Joe Flacco and his gang. Now the Patriots face the prospect of another Ravens team coming to town and possibly spoiling the party.
There’s sad news today as ESPN anchor Stuart Scott has passed away following a battle with cancer at the age of 49. Scott was talented and entertaining, and he was always a class act. I saw him in person several years ago at the Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year awards where he was the MC as you can see in the photo above.
Our thoughts go out to Scott’s family and everyone at ESPN.