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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-28-2005, 06:16 AM
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Skip Bayless & Va. Tech

I think this guy has lost his last friggin marble . He makes some valid points, then he maks some pretty stupid statements. Normally I find pretty decent sports coverage/commentary on ESPN.com, but not this time. I've always thought this guy was the worst contributing writer/analyst on that site, but this assures it. If you need a good laugh, read this.


By Skip Bayless
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The whys of Texas are upon me.

Why has the BCS formula suddenly decided Texas is slightly better than USC? The Trojans, who wield the most difficult to defend offense in NCAA history, would beat Texas by two touchdowns on a neutral field. Maybe three.

Once again, the BCS is no smarter than a Baloney and Cheese Sandwich.

Why have 10 voters of allegedly sound mind and body convinced themselves to cast their first-place votes in the Associated Press media poll for Texas? Is this the Bevo Channeling Society? Only the Longhorns' mascot -- a steer -- could have a brain small enough to deduce that Texas has proven to be superior to USC.

Thank goodness the Trojans received 55 other first-place votes this week, ensuring life as we know it will continue until the next poll.

But why in the name of "2001's" HAL did five of the six computer rankings that make up one-third of the BCS not have USC No. 1? The Trojans were second on two runaway computers, fourth on another and fifth on another.

Perhaps those who run the computers should plead the fifth or have another fifth. Yes, the Longhorns' first-place margin is only .0007 (what Timothy Dalton should have called himself when he turned James Bond into Hamlet).

But why do we keep hearing that Texas' schedule has been so much tougher than USC's? It is only in the eyes of Texas.

Yes, Ohio State in its Horseshoe was extremely tough. Yet Ohio State coach Jim Tressel blew that game more than Texas won it. Tressel appeared to be channeling Bevo by starting and finishing with quarterback Justin Zwick, even though Troy Smith led the Buckeyes on five scoring drives and built a 22-16 lead through three quarters. Zwick's late fumble clinched a 25-22 Texas win.

Ohio State couldn't recover from that loss in time to survive the dam -- or damn! -- that burst on the Buckeyes when they visited reborn Penn State. Yet Ohio State would give USC a better neutral-field test than Texas, because Ohio State has a better defense and better overall team speed than Texas.

So Texas blew away Oklahoma? Oklahoma without Adrian Peterson isn't much better than Oklahoma State.

So Texas knocked the heck out of Tech? Texas Tech just might have been the most overrated late-October top 10 team in NCAA history.

OK, mauling Colorado 42-17 in Austin was pretty impressive. So was Texas 51, Missouri 20 in Columbia. But let's remember that Big 12 fodder helped create an Oklahoma that was so overhyped that Vegas odds-makers made it a slight favorite over USC in last season's national title game.

A source close to USC coaches says they believed they "could have scored a 100" if they had wanted. They settled for 55-19.

So why haven't this year's Trojans received more poll credit for taking Oregon's best shot at Oregon, and Arizona State's best shot at Arizona State, and Notre Dame's best magic-green-jersey shot at Notre Dame, and throwing devastating counter punches?

All USC has done is lead the nation in points (49) and yards (581) a game, while producing three Heisman candidates. For two games, quarterback Matt Leinart and scatback Reggie Bush took backseats to power back Lendale White, who looks much faster than he did last season.

Come on, cut these kids a little slack. They're attempting to pull off something that hasn't been done in college football's "poll" era -- win three straight national championships. They're every opponent's bowl game, while all that really matters to the Trojans is playing in the bowl game -- January's national title game.

So they tend to pace themselves, to turn it off, then turn it way on. They know they need to save some rocket fuel for games against Washington State (which has scored 41 and 38 in its last two), at Cal (which is averaging 37.8 a game), Fresno State (43.8) and UCLA (44.4).

USC's schedule remains testy, while Texas' only potential trap remains at rival A&M's sound asylum. So obviously, if USC wins out, its strength of schedule will prevail over Texas'.

Won't it? With the Bowl Computer Saps, you never know.

Clearly, if Virginia Tech wins out, it should vault over Texas into the title game, right? At home, the Hokies have Boston College (tonight on ESPN), Miami and North Carolina, and Virginia away. They could play Florida State in the ACC title game, while Texas would be stuck with a Missouri or Colorado rematch in the Big 12 title game.

As Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said: "If you get through all those and the computer doesn't go ring-a-ding-ding ... "

What are the odds the Hokies go 12-0? Not as long as you might think. This is an extremely well-coached team with a tough, fast, deep defense and dynamite special teams. But like Texas, Virginia Tech's offense goes as its high-risk, high-reward quarterback goes.

Tech's Marcus Vick is the more dangerous breakaway runner. He isn't quite brother Michael, but he's close. But the Longhorns' Vince Young is a little better passer than Marcus (or Michael) -- and Young is the more dynamic leader.

The other day in Austin, Texas coach Mack Brown surprised me during a brief chat by summing up his team this way: "We are Vince."

If Young plays well, the Longhorns win. If he doesn't ...

Brown and his staff have done a phenomenal job of transforming Young from a sidearm slinger into an astonishingly accurate passer. He still has a funky flip of a delivery, but at 6-foot-5, he can see the field far better than Marcus (or Michael), and most of Young's passes this season have been spirals that found their mark.

Sometimes it's almost as though Young wills the ball to his receivers. This kid could wind up being the greatest competitor -- and winner -- this school has ever had. And when you're following in the orange footprints of Bobby Layne and James Street, that's saying something.

Yet Young still occasionally reverts to the Vince the Wince of the past two seasons. He got away with two interceptions at Ohio State. A seismic first-half interception against Oklahoma was canceled by a phantom off-the-ball pass interference penalty. Young threw two first-half interceptions and missed several open receivers against Texas Tech -- yet the Red Raiders were so overmatched it didn't matter.

And some draft experts project Young as a top-five pick if he leaves after this, his junior year? If I were running an NFL team, I wouldn't bet my salary cap on Young's long-term pocket passing. A quarterback's legs can take a pro team only so far.

Yes, Young's offensive line is a herd of Bevos -- but it isn't better than USC's. Young's freshman back, Jamaal Charles, is going to be a star -- but he's no Reggie Bush. Who is? Young has a nice stable of receivers -- but no 6-5 deep threat like USC's Dwayne Jarrett.

New Texas defensive coordinator Gene Chizik, who did an underpublicized job at Auburn last season, has brought savvy and attack-mode toughness to a Longhorns defense that too often has gone soft during Brown's tenure.

But is Chizik a better defensive game-planner than USC's coach Pete Carroll? No. When the Trojans have needed to bring the pass-rushing heat this season, they can bring it the way no team can. That pass rush can camouflage an ordinary secondary when it counts.

And that's why a USC-Texas title game would look something like when Michael Vick and Virginia Tech played Florida State for the 2000 championship. Vick made some holy-cow plays early -- as would Young. But Florida State slowly asserted its superiority and won, 46-29.

That's about what would happen to Texas against USC.

This year's Virginia Tech could keep it a little closer. Ohio State could keep it a lot closer.

Instead, enjoy this week's Baloney and Cheese Sandwich.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-28-2005, 06:29 AM
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1. I've never heard ANYONE including any pompous fans try to say that Texas has a harder schedule than USC.

2. USC has a better O-line than UT? Not very likely, you just have THREE backs (2 rb, 1 qb) that are Heisman contenders in the backfield to distribute the ball.

3. Marcus Vick is better than VY? Since when? He's a better breakaway runner? Since when?

4. USC beat Az State....ooooooohhhhh, ahhhhhhhh. They were barely beating Arizona at one point in the game, and didn't really take off until after halftime. What an impressive win!

5. Quit bitching about Texas beating TT and Tech being overrated, then declare how Va. Tech has beat/played Boston College and the likes. Again, I'll oooh and ahh for that one.

6. Texas beat Ohio State, who you are talking up so much (and seem to think is better than Texas), but yet Texas hasn't beaten anyone really good in your eyes? Give the 'Horns some credit, they did something no one else has done, ever.

*drum roll please*

7. Ohio state vs USC would be a better game than USC-UT or USC-VT ? Please "brotha," lay down the crackpipe.
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Skip Bayless is a prick. Years ago, he thought Troy Aikman was a bust! He made his money in Dallas from being controversial, even when it was ludicrous. He bashed the Cowboys every chance he got, and became a "naysayer" any time they did something good. I remember he said that Ron Springs was nothing more than a big sack of sugar. Then Ron Springs did a commercial saying "Hey Skippy, you ever been popped by a 250lb. sack of sugar?" It was funny, but he was hated by the 'Boys.

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bayless was a jack ass, a wannabe shock jock of sports writing. i didn't even go through the article, just remember from when he was here in dallas. everyone wants to make the controversial/outside the box statements no matter how off they are. like herbstriet picking a&m to win the big 12 this year...had texas as the "DARK HORSE"...get the fuck outta here.
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skip also started the "Troy si gay" and "Troy is a racist" rumours. F Skip Ball-less. He got ran out of town, and good riddance, I say.

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Originally Posted by Skip Bayless
They're every opponent's bowl game, while all that really matters to the Trojans is playing in the bowl game -- January's national title game.

So they tend to pace themselves, to turn it off, then turn it way on. They know they need to save some rocket fuel for games against Washington State (which has scored 41 and 38 in its last two), at Cal (which is averaging 37.8 a game), Fresno State (43.8) and UCLA (44.4).
Yes, the reason USC has come from behind victories in the 4th quarter is because they are pacing themselves.

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I hate Skip-shot . . . but he's 100% CORRECT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Except his thoughts on Va. Tech, they're overrated, and not better than t.u.

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Skip hates everything from Texas because he got booted out of here. It was also rumored that he was gay and I think there's some truth to that.

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he's a SOONER, what do you expect???


and maston, how is he 100% correct? just wondering what you agree on.
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he's a SOONER, what do you expect???


and maston, how is he 100% correct? just wondering what you agree on.
"But why do we keep hearing that Texas' schedule has been so much tougher than USC's? It is only in the eyes of Texas.

Yes, Ohio State in its Horseshoe was extremely tough. Yet Ohio State coach Jim Tressel blew that game more than Texas won it.

Ohio State couldn't recover from that loss in time to survive the dam -- or damn! -- that burst on the Buckeyes when they visited reborn Penn State. Yet Ohio State would give USC a better neutral-field test than Texas, because Ohio State has a better defense and better overall team speed than Texas.

So Texas blew away Oklahoma? Oklahoma without Adrian Peterson isn't much better than Oklahoma State.

So Texas knocked the heck out of Tech? Texas Tech just might have been the most overrated late-October top 10 team in NCAA history. (I think Baylor Proved that point today)

OK, mauling Colorado 42-17 in Austin was pretty impressive. So was Texas 51, Missouri 20 in Columbia. But let's remember that Big 12 fodder helped create an Oklahoma that was so overhyped that Vegas odds-makers made it a slight favorite over USC in last season's national title game."


And the reason VY won't be a QB in the NFL:
"Yet Young still occasionally reverts to the Vince the Wince of the past two seasons. He got away with two interceptions at Ohio State. A seismic first-half interception against Oklahoma was canceled by a phantom off-the-ball pass interference penalty. Young threw two first-half interceptions and missed several open receivers against Texas Tech -- yet the Red Raiders were so overmatched it didn't matter."


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"And that's why a USC-Texas title game would look something like when Michael Vick and Virginia Tech played Florida State for the 2000 championship. Vick made some holy-cow plays early -- as would Young. But Florida State slowly asserted its superiority and won, 46-29.

That's about what would happen to Texas against USC."

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Ok, so Tech was overrated. What's that prove?

BTW, Aggies looking good today LOL.

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It's funny how many "over-rated" teams Texas has destroyed. Maybe Texas is good enough to make them look over-rated AFTER they whip their ass. I think that USC and Texas are just that much better than the rest of the country...

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