Friday, September 13, 2013
3-point stance: After the deluge
By Ivan Maisel
1. Boulder might be ravaged by flood waters, but as of Thursday night, Colorado’s game against Fresno State on Saturday will be played as scheduled. Folsom Field drains well, and no access roads to the stadium are among those washed out by the rains, which forced hundreds to leave their homes and closed campus Thursday. The Buffs' practice fields, which are well below the stadium, were so drenched by an overflowing Boulder Creek that the football team practiced on the new lacrosse field on Thursday.
2. Time for a perception and reality test. Who has done the best coaching job since the start of 2009? Mack Brown of Texas or Bill Snyder of Kansas State? Lane Kiffin of USC and Tennessee or Al Golden of Miami and Temple? The answer, according to Ws and Ls, is pretty much a dead heat. Brown is 36-18, Snyder is 35-18. Kiffin is 33-20, Golden is 32-19. However, if memory serves me, the starting lines in these races were staggered.
3. Wisconsin and Utah State led the FBS in rushing touchdowns of 50 or more yards last season, according to our friends, the ESPN Stats & Info geeks. Oddly enough, neither had one in the Badgers' 16-14 defeat of the Aggies. This season, Wisconsin already has three to Utah State's none. Wisconsin leads, 13-10. And if you’re keeping score among the head coaches, Arkansas has one this season. Gary Andersen leads Bret Bielema, 13-11.