September 07, 2009
• This is not Big 12 football. As if having their rival's fans storm their own field wasn't humiliating enough, Colorado was "roundly booed" by the home crowd with a 20-3 halftime deficit against underdog Colorado State Sunday, and the local columnists weren't any kinder in the aftermath of a 23-17 debacle in a must-win game:
BOULDER — You mean to tell me Dan Hawkins is going to risk his job as CU football coach with his son playing quarterback and ballyhooed recruit Darrell Scott sitting on the bench?
When time expired on Colorado State's 23-17 victory against the Buffaloes, Hawkins officially went on the clock.
Tick, tick, tick.
Hard to be too tough on a coach who declared "10 wins and no excuses" for this season, only to have Li'l Hawk attempt 40 passes while Scott, the top-ranked running back in the class of 2008 and Colorado's biggest recruit in years, finished with exactly one carry for one yard in a net 29-yard rushing effort for the team. The Buffaloes have Miami (Ohio) and Wyoming the next two weeks, and if they somehow drop either of those, there's a good chance they'll lose 10 for the second time in four years. Hawkins now rivals Al Groh on the proverbial hot seat.
• This is not deja vu. Saturday was bad news all around for the Georgia offense, and got worse with news Sunday that starting left tackle Trinton Sturdivant is out for the season with a torn ACL -- the same torn ACL that kept him on the sidelines for all of last year and figured prominently in postmortems of the Bulldogs' fall from preseason grace. Already operating on less optimism coming into this year, there's nothing -- with Sturdivant's exit, literally nothing -- yet to recommend the offense as the gauntlet continues against South Carolina, Arkansas, Arizona State, LSU and Tennessee over the next five weeks.
• Bradford Watch: Ah, the dreaded acromioclavicular joint. The jury is still out on the biggest injury of the weekend -- Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford is still having his shoulder "evaluated" and remains on the shelf for somewhere between two and four weeks. The Sooners were reassured by, of all people, BYU Max Hall, who was feeling magnanimous enough after beating OU Saturday night to testify: "I had a third-degree AC (joint separation) a couple of years ago and was able to come back and play." But how long, Max? How long?
• Burfict! Linebacker Vontaze Burfict, massively hyped USC decommit and near-academic casualty before getting a midnight reprieve to suit up for his Arizona State debut, made the most of his new lease in the second half of the Devils' lopsided rout over Idaho State:
Interesting medical fact: The distance between the ISU quarterback's feet and the ground upon impact was exactly equal to the leap in Dennis Erickson's heart at the same moment. Fascinating. (Idaho State, for the record, follows up its 37-yard, five-turnover effort at ASU with a trip to Oklahoma this Saturday. Have fun, guys!) (Hat tip: Travis.)
In other massively hyped Pac-10 freshman news, yes, Matt Barkley's USC debut against San Jose State was just as easy as it looked:
Among other things, Barkley was asked by a reporter on the field what he had learned about himself as a quarterback.
"That this is fun. This is easy. This is what I was made to do," Barkley said.
I asked Barkley if there was anything that was difficult.
"The run up the tunnel at halftime," he said. "That was brutal."
Welcome to Ohio State Week, kid.
Quickly ... LeGarrette Blount reached out to Boise State to apologize for his Thursday night rampage. ... South Carolina linebacker Rodney Paulk is out for the seasons with a torn ACL. ... UCLA starting cornerback Aaron Hester will miss at least three weeks with a broken fibula, the same injury that sidelined USC quarterback Aaron Corp last month. ... Quarterback Zac Lee looked the part in Nebraska's win over Florida Atlantic. ... Apparently Mike Lupica considers seven straight top-five finishes "underachieving." ... Even Virginia Tech fans left the Georgia Dome respecting Brandon Deaderick. ... And relive Boise State's 2006 triumph over Oklahoma, courtesy the Wiz.