So even as a UConn fan right now, I'm finding it really hard to mustard up any interest against USF this week. I know the last few years have been close and decided in the last seconds of the game, but at this point both teams look abysmal and really could be one of the ugliest games of the year. Can you give me some reasons to watch this game? Any at all?
What, you have no interest in seeing one team win its first Big East game? I hear what you are saying, neither team is inspiring much in the way of confidence right now. But, UConn still has bowl hopes, right? I mean they might be slim, but they are there. I really want to see how the defense responds, quite frankly, after that performance against Syracuse. And by the way, the USF-Syracuse game turned into a really fun game to watch in the 4th quarter. So there is that ...
Should USF be looking around to replace BJ Daniels
Looking around where?
Any chance that Notre Dame takes Louisville BCS slot? Would love to see a UofL vs Alabama matchup in the BCS championship game.
No, the Big East is guaranteed a spot no matter what happens with Notre Dame.
Do you have any good news or words of encouragement for a disappointed and frustrated USF fan?
UConn and USF fans on the same page today. ... The Bulls are in every game, surely they will find a way to win one of these, right?
A.A great work as always, I know you wont comment but hoping you will re -consider. Skip seems to be getting the soft glove treatment by the media and press. He said in his Tv show on Tuesday that he couldnt stick with the "Status Quo" ESP on defense and with the coaching. Than on Tuesday I called and asked him during the Radio show what he was doing and to elaborate on the comment. He spent 10 minutes rambling about "things this" and "things that' but said coaching changes even though fans are calling for it is not neccassarily the thing to do. My question is why the Kid gloves with Skip by the media and press? Can we recover as program in the near future (3-4 years) if we dont do something at the end of this season. Again Not asking you to make a prediction about his job, just about why the media is so soft on him and about the state of the program in general. Thanks and hope you dont disapoint me and the fans of USF.
Sorry about the technical difficulties, guys.
Doug, I cannot speak for other reporters who have an opportunity to speak with Skip Holtz on a daily basis. I went to school with Greg Auman and think he does a great job with the beat. As for myself, every time I have an opportunity on the Big East coaches call, I try to ask the tough questions. Go back and listen to the audio the Big East posts. This week I asked point blank how much the coordinator change has had to do with the performance. HE said, "You never know, I don't think you can point your finger and say that's everything."
He then went on to talk about losing Young and Q. Washington and some of the injuries up front. So even though he may not be giving the answers you want to hear, he is being asked the tough questions. As for the future, I have no idea what is going to happen, but I would never count out USF. Too much talent in the state, and the facilities are really good, too. USF has plenty going for it.
Can you explain how the SU run defense can be so great one week and so porous the next?
That was stunning to me, David, especially when you consider how banged up USF has been on the offensive line. My guess is that the threat of Daniels running messed with what Syracuse was able to do in its previous games against Rutgers and UConn. Those are two different offenses than what the Bulls run, and Daniels always has had great games against the Orange. Another big test this Saturday with Cincinnati and another mobile QB as you saw in my game of the week video.
As the Big East Blogger do you think Louisville is deserving of being ranked 10 in the Nation?
I did not have Louisville in the Top 10 in my ESPN.com power rankings this week. So I was surprised to see Louisville in the Top 10, especially after the game last week.
Can we talk about ECU as a potential 14th member? Think about it--You could have an East Division of UConn, Temple, Rutgers, Navy, ECU, UCF, and USF and everyone else in the West.
You can talk about it, but it is not realistic at this point.
How much has doug marrone's hot seat chilled off in the last few games?
Winning chills anything. But let's talk after this three-game stretch vs. Cincinnati, Louisville and Missouri.
My heart goes out to fellow NYers and fellow Jersians. AA any insight on Rutgers vs Army next week. Definitely be an emotional game.
Me, too, JED. I hope all our friends in the tri-state area are hanging in there and safe. As a hurricane veteran down here in Florida, I know how tough these storms are, and how badly they impact and change lives. So please know we are thinking of you! Army has struggled this year, JED. The No. 1 thing has to be Rutgers shoring up its run D. I am not too concerned with Army as a threat at this point.
AA, Should SU end up in a tie for the BE title at the end of the season, how do you feel it will impact the national perception of the BE?
I honestly am not sure the national perception of the Big East can get any lower. I think it will just be a situation where everybody can finally and truly move on after this year.
Andrea, can we read anything into the just announced UC-BYU home/home series in football with respect to BYU potentially koinging the league? Or is it just a good matchup between the schools.
I am not sure what we can read into it. If they were joining soon, they would not have scheduled a series. But if they do eventually join, they can just change things up, I believe that happened with San Diego State? Anyway, I think it will be a good matchup. BYU has a national name and it is better than playing extra MAC schools. AMIRIGHT?
AA--You have grown on us all and we like you. Question: Will Rutgers break my heart again this year, or can they win the BE?
What are your opinions on the way the computers role in rankings has changed the scene a bit this year? Good, bad, necessary?
OK, first Brian. I am glad I have grown on you all :) Rutgers can definitely win the Big East, no question. I mean have you seen Louisville? That team is beatable. As I have said from the beginning of the year, I do not think there is a team head and shoulders above the rest in the Big East. I think Louisville, Rutgers and Cincinnati are all bunched up at the top. So yes, Rutgers can definitely beat Louisville. I still give the Cards the edge, though. Hard not to with the way Teddy Ice/Bridgewater has been playing.
AA, So based on your comment to my previous question, do you feel that the Conference Power Rankings are pointless? We've been ranked above the ACC for a few weeks now and have also been ranked above the B1G, one would think that is worth something.
Big East fell behind those two conferences this week with Rutgers losing.
Do you feel the season thus far for cincy has been a huge opportunity lost?Munchie's greatest asset is his legs. All us fans knew this last spring.
Not really, Cody. The season is not lost yet, not with 1 Big East lost. I just want to see if Cincinnati holds to its word and lets him run more. I am not sure why they have forced things with the pass game given his deficiency in that area.
How Suprised where you that Su came back to win? And how much do you think Su will miss bromley against Cincy this weekend. It's going to be a very close game.
Shocked, AJ. Totally shocked. But I guess you have to come to expect USF to lose games in the fourth quarter because that is what this team has done for 2 seasons now. As for Bromley, I think it is going to be a huge impact, given how well Cincinnati runs the ball. I picked a close game as well.
Why did Skip not making any changes to coaching staff or responsibilities after he indicated he would?
From what I read, it sounded like he would consider changes after the season.
What are your opinions on the way the computers role in rankings has changed the scene a bit this year? Good, bad, necessary?
I forgot to answer, sorry, Tim. I am not sure I follow, how have the computers changed the scene? The computers have always been involved in the BCS compilation.
In order of returning talent next year, how would you rate the current teams for next year?In order of most experienced next year?
That is a tough question to answer with 4 weeks left to go in the season. But my guess is Louisville and Boise would be ahead of Cincinnati. Both Boise and Louisville are very young teams that are already ranked highly right now. But I have not had time to think long on this so you will get a better answer when the season ends!
Please tell me ESPN is not subjecting you to the USF/ UConn game this week, Its bad enough the fans, and ESPNU is covering this match up. You deserve better!!!!!
I will be watching at 7 p.m. and ready to write a scintillating write up!
Not trying to count any chickens before they hatch but which ACC team, Florida St or Clemson, do you think Louisville will match up better against in the Orange Bowl, presuming that is the destination for the BE champ this year?
Great question, Ryan ... I can see both. Teddy B and the offense will have a much easier time against the Clemson D, but the Clemson O is a much harder group to shut down than Florida State. But given what West Virginia did to Clemson last year in the Orange Bowl, then maybe the Tigers are the better matchup.
AA- We used to get in game/half time post on game days, those have gone away. Is there a reason for this?
You do get a game recap on game days. The only thing that has gone away is the halftime post. The reason is because there is not much shelf life to those posts, they are all outdated within an hour or two. So instead, we have the rail on the side with our Twitter account providing live updates. All those halftime posts did not seem worth the time spent writing them when there was just not a long time for them to live on the site. This is not only for the Big East, but every blog across the network.
So KG20 is a finalist for the Bednarik.. It made me laugh. As bad as the Kent State loss was (and every year it seems we have one of these duds) it was not a BE loss.. I know you had a video on the RU RUN D being an issue (running theme of video at work at play).. but i think it was more of Kent State having a brusing 240 pd plus being on the field more because your QB threw 6 picks. I just don't see anyone else on Schedule who could cost fits to the Rutgers Run D. Do you agree? (obvious Army is an option team but they should be able to handle them as they always seem to have Navy and Army games after bye weeks to give them extra time to prepare)
Cincinnati for sure, Aaron. The Bearcats run the ball really well, AND with a bruiser (Winn) and a scatback who can make ridiculously explosive plays (RDA IV), along with what Legaux can do. I don't think Rutgers can sleep on Cincinnati.
By the way - Yesterday you mentioned you were going to wear a ladybug costume for Halloween. How did that go over?
My kids loved it, so that is all that matters to me! I was the only mom dressed up so I think they got a big kick out of that!
Hey AA I enjoy your work with the blog. I am curious to know if you think Nova's 6 INT debacle vs Kent State will make an already conservative RU offense even more predictable to game plan against?
How could it make Rutgers more predictable? They were just about the most predictable team on the face of the planet. I don't think Rutgers can allow that game to curl up into a shell. In fact, if I was Kyle Flood, I would start off throwing vs. Army to get Nova some much needed confidence.
Any way Rutgers can get ranked again in the BCS and if so how high? ( I say at least 20th)
If Rutgers can its next 3, my guess is they will creep back into 20-25. Not sure where.
I'm glad to see Coach Jones stand behind his QB. Right move you think?I'd like to see him play a game where there aren't 50 mile wind gusts before throwing him to the wolves.
I think he is doing the right thing as well. The backup QB is always the most popular player on the team, but that does not mean he gives you a better chance to win.
I object to your selection for game of the week. Clearly, USF-UConn is the game of the week because I will be there, and because USF is the best team in the conference. Just kidding. Seriously though, I'm very concerned about our team's ability to win and I feel like so much of it is due to a coaching staff that doesn't know how to win games. It's one thing to be competitive in every game you're in-Skip Holtz, in fairness has done that. But you have to admit that this is a systemic problem for the Bulls the past two seasons. One thing that coaches at ranked schools want to do is ensure that they blow out teams when they have a lead. Skip Holtz's goal is to win by one point (as he's stated himself). That's not a recipe for winning games, that's a recipe for not losing them-a recipe which has left us USF fans with upset stomachs after every loss this year and last. Perhaps part of the problem is that Skip Holtz has never learned this philosophy, while coaches like Charlie Strong learned this when they were at much better programs than Louisville and USF.
I understand your frustration, Zain, but before you start talking about Charlie Strong stepping on the gas when he has a lead, I suggest you look at what the Cardinals have done this year. Did he step on USF's throat when he had a lead in that game? North Carolina? Now the obvious big difference is that Louisville had gone on to win all its close games and USF has not. Why does this keep happening? I am sure coaching has something to do with it, play calling, and the players you have on your team. To me, USF has also been lacking in on-the-field leadership, particularly on defense. Who is going to stand up and stamp their feet and say this is unacceptable?
Just saying that teams are being ranked higher than expected, overlooked for different teams, etc. Example is Louisville at 10 and Oregon being jumped a couple of weeks now even though they had convincing wins. I'm not comparing it to years past, just how things look in general when compared to other non-computer polls.Basically, how do you feel about computers as part of the formula period.
OK, Tim, I see your point. I am not surprised about Oregon being lower in the computer rankings simply because it has not played a schedule as tough as Kansas State and ND. I believe this will correct itself when Oregon gets some of its tougher games on the schedule. As for Louisville, the Cardinals are No. 13 in the computer ranking, which is where I think I have them this week in my ESPN.com power rankings. So they are at No. 10 by virtue of their higher human poll rankings (10 in both).
COME ON ANDREA I HAVE TO LEAVE AT 4:45!!!!IF YOU ANSWER MY FIRST QUESTION I WILL RECOMMEND YOU FOREVER AND PUT YOUR NAME ON MY SHIRT ALL WEEK!!!!!!
Oh, well, if my name is going on a shirt ...
I often find that the only way to get my question answered is to compliment the chatter... So I think you are an intelligent and pretty yound lady.Now, do you think that if Kstate, oregon, and Notre Dame somehow all lose this weekend, will L'vill get national title consideration? Not likely to happen though
I think Louisville is a really, really long shot at national title consideration. I don't even know if those teams would drop behind Louisville. All depends on how badly they lose.
Terrible season because of the coaching , but to me USF has the surprise offensive and defensive players of the year in Lindsey Lamar and Tevin Mims.
They have been two of the biggest. I don't think you can ignore what George Winn has done. Not sure how many folks out of Cincinnati expected him to have such a great year.
THANK YOU ANDREA.. IM GETTING MY SHARPIE NOW
Hey AA if Louisville stays in the BE do you see them as the flag bearer for the conference in years to come. Football and men's and women's basketball all currently ranked in the top 10. That's pretty good exposure for any conference.
Kendal, I am glad you asked this. For those who missed it, Ivan Maisel and I did a podcast yesterday discussing Louisville and I essentially said that this program would definitely be the flag bearer. Not only do they have on the field success, they have great facilities, a terrific AD and $$$$ to spend.
Biggest opportunity lost this year in the history of the program? Esp with the talent, amount of seniors and the level of play by other BE teams this year? You ever considering coaching, I hear USF and UConn are/ should be looking.
I would say the biggest opportunity lost is falling after getting to No. 2 in the rankings, right?
Why do you think Rutgers lost to Kent State? Did Rutgers not play hard; was rutgers unprepared; or is Kent State a better team? You are intelligent and pretty.
You guys crack me up ... Rutgers lost because it kept turning the ball over, plain and simple. How can you win a game with SEVEN turnovers? You can't. Rutgers also had no answer for their RB duo. It was almost as if they were surprised when Kent State just knocked 'em around to go up 21-3 and were running through quicksand trying to catch up.
I think Boise State, Cincinnati, Rutgers and maybe BYU in the future might disagree about Louisville being the Flag bearer of the Big East.
Glad to see you here, Mr. P. I was talking about overall program success. Louisville has it right now.
Other than BSU who is playing best of the next year's new Big East editions.... I've noticed that their records are improving.... but who has the highest stock you think?
No. 2 of the group this year would be UCF. But they may be serving a bowl ban next year.
Can Cuse compete up front with CIncy and if so what should they change in their overall game plan to pull out the upset?
I think Cuse will be at a disadvantage if Bromley can't play. Cincinnati is one of the better offensive lines in the Big East so it will be hard to win the line of scrimmage without him. On the flip side, Cincinnati has really been hurt by the loss of Walter Stewart at defensive end. Coach Butch Jones has said at much. That should help Syracuse get its ground game going and give Nassib more time to throw.
Qb is good. So r the receivers. So all uconn needs is good offensive linemen that can block and a running back. Agree with me? If not then what do u think?
Offensive line first and foremost, UConn fan. That group has been a train wreck this year.
With everyone talking about how good cincy and l'ville are just wondering if anyone took into account the teams they played compared SU and that's y Su is having success in the BE
Well we can also take into account the teams Syracuse have beaten in the Big East with their league records: Pitt (1-3); USF (0-4); UConn (0-3).
Syracuse has beaten.
OK thanks for joining me today! Enjoy the games and see you again next week!