You find it while attending school football games every Saturday - missed assignments, missed tackles, players throwing themselves at runners and hoping they'll crumple. Guess what? The runners will not drop much anymore. They are bigger, much larger, faster, stronger plus more elusive.
So how about we more college players square up and tackle runners? The answer is simple - plan options not fast enough or too forgetful in filling their gap assignment and/or they may be scared to tackle.
The net results of all this is really what we were treated to last weekend. The 7 highest scoring games produced 703 total points, or even an average of 100-plus points per game. This may be exciting, however it is lousy football.
So how bad will it get? This bad:
Michigan beat Illinois 67-65 in triple overtime (132 total points), Navy beat East Carolina 76-35 (111 points), Duke beat Virginia 55-48 (103), Kansas beat Colorado 52-45 (97), Tulsa beat Rice 64-27 (91), 3rd-ranked Auburn beat AA Chattanooga 62-24 (86), and 19th-ranked Oklahoma State beat 22nd-ranked Baylor 55-28 (83).
Haven't had enough evidence? Try your next 8 highest scoring games. To wit:
No. 25 Nevada over Idaho 63-17 (80), Florida International over Louisiana-Monroe 42-35 in double overtime (77), Southern Mississippi over Tulane 46-30 (76), Troy over North Texas 41-35 (76), Arkansas State over Middle Tennessee State 51-24 (75), Fresno State over Louisiana Tech 40-34 (74), Central Florida over Houston 40-33 (73), and North Carolina upsetting 24th-ranked Florida State 37-35 (72).
That's 15 games with total numerous 72-plus. Fifteen games that generated 1,306 points, or perhaps average of 87-plus points per game.
So you saw plenty of offense, lousy defense, instead of a good deal good, solid football. Suspense? There was virtually none. It was just a matter of who had the ball moving around the field with little resistance.
Not to bore you, but to produce a point:
The 5 best scoring offenses in the united kingdom are Oregon (54+ points per game), Boise State (47+), Oklahoma State (46+), Nevada (44+), and read more Stanford (42+).
The worst 5 scoring defenses in the united kingdom are Eastern Michigan (gives up 43+ points per game), Memphis (42+), New Mexico (42+), East Carolina (41+), and Louisiana-Lafayette (40+).
This is simply a minor problem to get a lousy team such as the Eastern Michigan Eagles, who throw in the towel 43+ points per game in support of score typically 19+ points per game. No wonder these are only 1-8 about the season. They did are able to beat Ball State 41-38 in overtime.
All right Ed, have some slack. OK.
Who has literally toughest schedule one of many AP Top 25 teams? I am glad you asked. Read them and weep if you usually do not find your best team.
Arizona has unquestionably toughest schedule; the Wildcats are ranked 12th nationally. Next is LSU (15th), then Stanford (16th), Missouri (18th), and Oklahoma (19th).
Who has literally worst schedule one of several Top 25?
Try Central Florida at 95th, accompanied by Ohio State (87th), Nevada (86th), Virginia Tech (80th), and Utah (79th).
Wins do count, it allows you place it into perspective.
Oregon is 9-0 and has now totally 36th toughest schedule. Auburn is 10-0 and ranks 40th in schedule strength. TCU is 10-0 and ranks 62nd. Boise State is 8-0 and ranks 72nd.
Since you will discover only 120 Division 1-A teams, both TCU and Boise State are mounting up victories resistant to the bottom 50 % of this line of business (61st to 120th). Despite their protestations otherwise, both TCU and Boise State love playing in mid-major conferences, as also does Utah.
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