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AFTER FINDING MY CAR FLOODED LET'S TALK PLEASANT SURPRISES FOR UT FOOTBALL 06
LIVE FROM PONCHO'S-MARYVILLE
Posted: Tuesday, September 26th, 2006, 8:17 AM
by Beano
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The Beanomobile is kind of in rehab. It’s at the body shop drying out. After the Tyson Park Creek took a detour through the floorboard something had to be done to keep it from smelling like Temple Football. I’ll miss the Bonneville especially since it was replaced by a fire engine red Chevrolet of some sort. I’ve absolutely got to get rid of that red monstrosity before we play the Dawgs, which by the way has been announced to be ESPN’s Prime Time Game on Saturday October 7th. Kickoff will be 7:45PM

We come to you live today from Poncho’s I n Maryville. If you’re in the Blount County area stop by and see us and get some of the best Mexican fare anywhere in East Tennessee or beyond.

One of the many great contributors to College Football News had a segment in a column that piqued my interest, “10 good things about the college season to date”. Here is his take:


10 GOOD THINGS

loss to Notre Dame, and from college football fans in general after a somewhat dry start to the season (at least compared to last year), here are ten good, goofy, interesting things going on so far that you might have missed, and in some cases, should be watching out for over the next few months. Consider this your big, fat, college football hug.

10. Gary Danielson
He stepped up his game in a big way as the color analyst next to the equally strong Verne Lundquist on the big SEC game of the week on CBS. Yes, he did describe a wraparound handoff in the Alabama – Arkansas game as an “Emima draw, because you come from behind.”
9. California
You completely wiped the Bears off your radar screen after the opening day 35-18 loss at Tennessee, and that’s a huge mistake. It’s a shame Jeff Tedford’s team didn’t play a warm up game before facing the Vols, because it appears to have taken a little time for the ultra-fast, ultra-talented team to get going. Not only did it blow away a decent Minnesota team, and hold the vaunted Gopher running game to just over 100 yards, but it obliterated Arizona State 49-21. The team really is that good.

8. Giving credit where credit is due, part one …
Yeah, Oklahoma got screwed, blah, blah, blah, but lost in the poor officiating in the Oregon game two weeks ago was the performance by the Ducks. No one seemed to notice that the Oregon offense cranked out over 500 yards of total offense with two touchdowns in the final 1:12 to come up with the win. Give credit to the Duck special teams from coming through the block on the final field goal after they could’ve caved after the momentum swung to the OU side of the field following the long kickoff return.

7. Giving credit where credit is due, part two …
It took two teams for Michigan State to collapse. Lost in all the craziness of the final five minutes was a gutsy, possibly season-defining play by Jeff Samardzija. With under ten minutes to play on fourth and five on the MSU 43, the Chicago Cub took a short Brady Quinn pass 43 yards for a touchdown to pull within ten to spark the epic comeback. Quinn is getting the Heisman talk, but Samardzija and Rhema McKnight deserve just as much hype.

6. Les Miles and LSU
Many LSU fans were worried the program was about to go into the tank after Nick Saban left for the Miami Dolphins and Les Miles took over. Remembering that Miles had to keep his team focused through the Hurricane Katrina disaster last year, his 15-3 start is impressive. The losses came by three to Tennessee last year, to Georgia in the SEC title game, and by four in a nasty loss to Auburn this season. Remember, Saban only had one season with fewer than three losses.

5. Northern Illinois RB Garrett Wolfe
He’s not going to come within 14 miles of the Heisman, but he’s going to finish the year as the nation’s top rusher by a huge margin. Oklahoma’s Adrian Peterson is second in the country averaging 160.75 yards per game. That’s a whopping 46.25 yards behind Wolfe, who’s not only the only one in America averaging over 200 yards per game, he’s also one of two backs among the nation’s top 100 averaging more than eight yards per carry (Felix Jones of Arkansas is the other, but he only has 31 carries so far). Granted, he ripped up Ohio, Buffalo and Indiana State, but he also tore off 171 yards rushing and 114 receiving against Ohio State.

4. The new Big 12 quarterbacks
Much of the talk around the Big 12 this off-season was about how so many teams had to replace star quarterbacks. Brad Smith, Reggie McNeal, Cody Hodges, Joel Klatt, and of course, Vince Young, were all gone. After the off-season, Oklahoma needed to replace Rhett Bomar. There might not be a VY in the bunch, but Oklahoma State’s Bobby Reid is progressing into a potential superstar, Nebraska’s Zac Taylor is completing over 70% of his passes, Oklahoma’s Paul Thompson is getting better and better, Missouri’s Chase Daniel has been effective, and Texas A&M’s Stephen McGee has been terrific with six touchdown passes and no interceptions to go with 219 rushing yards. Five of the nation’s 13 most efficient passers are in the Big 12, and that doesn’t include Daniel, Texas Tech's Graham Harrell, or Iowa State’s Bret Meyer.

3. Boise State vs. Utah
It’s not an overstatement to say the September 30th battle between the Broncos and Utes might be the most hard-fought non-conference game this season. Why? It might be an elimination game for one of the “little guys” in the race for a BCS slot. Utah still has to face TCU and BYU, but both of those games are at home. Wins in those two games, and an 11-1 record, would likely be enough to overcome the opening day UCLA loss to get into a big money game. Barring a total disaster, only a home game with Fresno State and a season-ender at Nevada could possibly keep the Broncos out.

2. Air Force and time of possession
Everyone wants to complain about the new clock rules, but they help teams that are great at controlling the ball and the tempo. Alabama leads the nation averaging 35:41 of possession, and Air Force is number two averaging 35:28 per game. Appearing to be a dying program at the end of last year, Air Force battled Tennessee to the wire in a 31-30 loss, and then beat Wyoming in Laramie to show that it might be a sleeper in the Mountain West race. Most interesting about the win over the Cowboys was the time of possession holding on to the ball for a whopping 40:25. Air Force ran 77 plays to Wyoming's 42.

1. Rutgers, Wake Forest, Washington, Kent State, and San Jose State
Of course, the bubble will quickly burst for some of these formerly downtrodden programs, but it’s been a great first month so far. Rutgers is in the top 25 for the first time since 1976, Wake Forest is 4-0, and will be 5-0 after playing Liberty, going into the big game against Clemson, Washington stunned UCLA to start out 3-1 going into the date at Arizona, Kent State, after going 0-10 vs. D-I teams last year, is 2-0 in MAC play with road wins over Miami and Bowling Green, and San Jose State, thanks to a ball-hawking defense, is 2-1 with only a close loss to Washington.
So the question is what have you seen so far from Tennessee’s 2006 Football Team that truly pleases you? After a 5-6 disaster in 05 I think there are several pleasant surprises. My top three are as follows:

1 ERIK AINGE: I thought after his discuss toss from the Vols endzone in Baton Rouge last season he was brain-dead beyond recovery. I was wrong. He has managed games well, kept his composure, followed Cutcliffe’s program and instruction and benn a leader on the team. He also seems to be the most media-savvy QB to grace the hill since the master himself, Peyton Manning

2 ROBERT MEACHEM AND JASON SWAIN These two, especially Meachem, had been the classic underachievers up until this season. I saw a glimpse of what eachem was truly capable of in the spring but was afraid to commit. Both have been big-time and Swain is a team leader as well

3 LAMARCUS COKER: Remember the big talk before the Tenn-KY High School all-star game then the dud production. Well now LaMarcus is showing it wasn’t all talk. He has jets like we haven’t seen from the RB position this decade. Like Michael Jordan and Dean Smith it looks like the only person who can shut down LaMarcus is his head coach

Tune in, join in, and have a great day.

B-No
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