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After Week Seven

  1. Alabama
  2. Penn State
  3. Texas
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Florida
  6. USC
  7. Georgia
  8. LSU
  9. BYU
  10. Missouri
  11. Ohio State
  12. Oklahoma State
  13. Texas Tech
  14. Utah
  15. Kansas
  16. USF
  17. North Carolina
  18. Miami
  19. Boise State
  20. Georgia Tech
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Random Information

From time to time we'll post about random information we run across.  It's something we can look back to for future research purposes, perhaps, or to win a bar bet.  Please be understanding, as this is the College Football Resource.


NFL Draft Heads Up

The upcoming 2005 NFL draft will take place on April 23-24.



Here is more on the NCAA's new Academic Progress Report.

In the new system, an athlete receives one point per semester for remaining eligible and another point for staying in school. The newest point standings, calculated on a team-by-team basis, is only for the 2003-04 school year. The data for the 2004-05 year will be reported by December, when the NCAA will average together both years for each school's sports and then begin the penalty process. Eventually, a four-year rolling average will determine how teams fare, and the squad-size adjustment (upper confidence boundary) will be eliminated. Once a team's score dips below 925, it will be unable to replace for one year any student that leaves school before graduation and wouldn't have been academically eligible had he or she returned. No more than 10 percent of a team's scholarship limit can be eliminated in one year

For those curious, national champion USC had a 923 score, just below the NCAA cutoff of 925. By comparison, the other "subpar" sports of baseball and basketball had their champions score 888 (Cal State Fullerton, baseball) and 852 (Connecticut, basketball). These scores were for the 2003-2004 school year.

This initiative flew under the radar but with its impact on sholarships is certainly going to be very influential and hotly debated once prominent teams start receiving sanctions. That said, most athletic directors who have commented on the program are expressing optimism and patience.



New Mississippi head coach Ed Orgeron is already following in the footsteps of mentor Pete Carroll.  The Rebels' roster is "etched in sand", and already a ton of players are being shifted from old positions.  This is the exact same route Pete Carroll took when he came aboard at USC, moving several safeties to linebacker, a linebacker to end, a linebacker to tight end, and switching some linemen around.

This has the effect of boosting team speed, especially on the edges (DE, OLB, TE) but also plays guys out of position where as a rule of thumb they are much more likely to get hurt than if they had simply stuck to their natural position.  It also is detrimental to short-term depth.

Interesting, nonetheless.  We noted a few days ago that certain types of position switches are a bad sign for players, and in this article the one that stood out was a defensive tackle moving to the offensive line.  I don't know his skill level but I hunch he may not end up with the most successful career.  It's just one of those things, not my rule.


More on Replay

An "NCAA Committee" has set forth a recommendation that all member schools/conferences be allowed to use video replay.

Some interesting information from the AP release-

The Big 10 was the only conference to use the replay system last year, on a trial basis.  Here are some of the noted results:

  • The system was used in 28 of 57 conference games last year
  • Of the 43 calls in question, 21 were overturned
  • Games where replay was used averaged 3 more minutes than non-replay games
Apparently the overall response has been very supportive.  I haven't seen much news from several other conferences, though, most notably the Pac-10 and many of the non-BCS conferences.  Perhaps this has gained support along partisan lines, so to speak?  That is, the power conferences, sans arguably the least powerful member (Pac-10) have rushed to implement this, while the non-BCS conferences and maverick BCS member Pac-10 have been quiet.


We Praise, We Scold

We try to be fair here at Resource, and have a consistent message about the issues that are important to the game.  As you well know we've been on a scheduling tangent of late.

While continuing to play catchup with the week's news, this silly AP release came to our attention.  Much like LSU's scheduling puff-piece, ESPN picked up this homage to Arkansas States' OOC schedule.  The difference?  Tiny little Arkansas State's OOC schedule had some meat to it!

Arkansas State is set to play Missouri and Oklahoma State, two midlevel programs in BCS conferences, as well as a softer matchup against Tennessee-Martin.

Why is it that the schools that have little to gain other than compensation are willing to take on the big boys, yet the big boys can't play in the sand box together?


I wish a few more established programs would end the shenanigans and find the courage and commitment to the game to make a run at each other.


A Bit of a Spending Gap

According to this piece about Ohio State hiring Arizona State athletic director Gene Smith to replace outgoing AD Andy Geiger, the schools have the following "operating budgets"-

Ohio State- $80 million

Arizona State- $35 million

Wow.  This may be a topic for another day, because I know several prominent programs that have solid to spectacular football programs and incredible overall athletic departments who spend far less than Ohio State and get better results.


Random, But Useful Information

I am doing my news update right now, since I'm way behind, and ran across a piece detailing Texas Tech's admission to the NCAA that it provided banned substances to several of its athletes.

I think the following information gleaned from that article isn't common knowledge, but is worth archiving for future reference on here:

"Supplements the NCAA permits must fit into one of four categories: carbohydrate/electrolyte drinks, energy bars, carbohydrate boosters and vitamins and minerals."


Lack Of Updates

My apologies.

I have been busy, but I also found some time to do a lot more planning for this place; consider it an investment in growth at the short-term expense of posting and news updates.

Lots and lots and lots on the agenda, if I can ever get to it.  We've already covered some fairly extensive long-term projects, that I hope you've enjoyed (presidential election and college football, and the lengthy OOC scheduling essay).  More like those are on the way, they just take a while in getting here.

Company's in town, but I hope to get a lot done Saturday, either in posting or behind-the-scenes.  My appreciation to the handful of loyal readers here, your presence of which I am fully aware and feel dutiful to continue keeping your interest.


NCAA Academic Progress Report

Linked below is the NCAA's academic progress report, in .pdf format.  This report has to do with the NCAA's suddenly serious attitude towards graduation and academic aptitude for all sports.

My .pdf reader has really been acting up lately, freezing my computer and such, so I have not had a chance to review it.

How do the football programs look, overall?  Is anyone doing very well or very bad?  Reply with your thoughts.


Conference Strength

Please keep in mind the following was sent to me via email, but it will be useful for future rants-

This covers the past 15 years. The year listed next to the school is the last year that school finished in the top ten. An ()* means that team finished in the top five during that time span with the year they last finished in the top five in parentheses.

USC 2004 (2004)*
Cal 2004
Washington St. 2003
Oregon 2001 (2001)*
Oregon St. 2000 (2000)*
Washington 2000 (2000)*
Arizona 1998 (1998)*
UCLA 1998 (1997)*
Arizona St. 1996 (1996)*
Stanford 1992

Ten out of ten teams (100%) finished in the top ten, with seven of those teams finishing in the top five (70%).

Big Ten
Iowa 2004
Ohio St. 2003 (2003)*
Michigan 2003 (1999)*
Wisconsin 1999 (1999)*
Michigan St. 1999
Penn St. 1996 (1994)*
Northwestern 1995

Seven out of 11 teams (63.6%) finished in the top ten with four finishing in the top five (36.4%).

Auburn 2004 (2004)*
Georgia 2004 (2002)*
LSU 2003 (2003)*
Florida 2001 (2001)*
Tennessee 2001 (2001)*
Alabama 1999 (1994)*

Six out of 12 teams (50%) finished in the top ten, all six finished in the top five (50%).

Oklahoma 2004 (2004)*
Texas 2004 (2004)*
Kansas St. 2002
Nebraska 2001 (1999)*
Colorado 2001 (1995)*
Kansas 1995
Texas A&M 1994

Seven out of 12 teams (58.3%) made it to the top ten, and four teams finished in the top five (33%).

I won't bother with the ACC or the Big East, since neither of those conferences had any teams that were good other than Miami, Florida St. and Virginia Tech.


The BCS Conference Commissioners

Get to know these gentlemen, because they are making many of the big decisions within college football.  For whatever reason, college football has less name brand appeal to its decisionmakers.  Think about it, most fans know the name of every owner, GM, Vice President, and capologist in the league, as well as several NFL executives and associates.  That is not the case in college football.

In that regard, I sense there is a lack of public awarness to the personalities and actions of the prominent figures within the game.  This can foster an environment of low accountability, where fans get mad at "The NCAA" or "the conference", but the individual in charge maintains low visibility and thus accountability.  This isn't to suggest the commissioners or the folks at the NCAA are doing anything wrong.  Only that the current environment is one where the institutions, at their most basic and generic, get credited with unpopular events instead of the individuals within the institutions.

Anyway, here are their names and brief biographies-

  • Big 12: Kevin L. Weiberg-Bio
  • Conference USA: Britton Banowsky-Bio
  • Western Athletic Conference: Karl Benson-Bio
  • Mid-American Conference: Rick Chryst-Bio
  • Big Ten Conference: James E. Delany-Bio
  • Pacific 10 Conference: Tom Hansen-Bio
  • Southeastern Conference: Mike Slive-Bio
  • Atlantic Coast Conference: John Swofford-Bio
  • Mountain West Conference: Craig Thompson-Bio
  • Big East Conference: Mike Tranghese-Bio
  • Sun Belt Conference: Wright Waters
  • Notre Dame: Kevin White, Athletic Director-Bio


Which College Is QB-U?

I just stumbled upon this interesting piece.  The criteria appears to be number of players drafted since 1960 (the AFL-NFL merger), and incentivizing prominent careers and super bowl appearances.

25 schools are ranked, with some surprises like Duke and Arkansas.

I applaud the effort in compiling this list, it's a great idea.

25-Michigan State

17-Washington State
16-Arizona State

11-Ohio State

10-Boston College
9-Penn State

5-Florida State
2-Notre Dame

What do you think?


Indianapolis NFL Combine

The NFL's combine is going on this weekend.  I don't read many NFL news websites or draft trackers, and other than former college greats participating, am a little disinterested.

That said, the big stories revolved around Maurice Clarett and Mike Williams.  In short, Maurice apparently interviewed well but ran a lackluster 40 time.  Mike Williams ran about what he was expected.  And thus, there really wasn't much news.

But the combine is one of the end stops in a college player's journey, from high school recruit to signee to enrollee to student-athlete on the team to draft workouts, all-star games, camps, and then the actual draft.  In that sense, the combine is definitely worth discussing on here.


Spring Practices

Well, spring football is once again upon us.  It is a great time to witness position battles among veterans before all the freshman pups arrive in the fall.  Despite earning less hype than the fall camps, spring is a lot more intense mentally, as players get coached up and battle for jobs.  For many teams, fall has become less competitive and more about implementing the team's schemes and specialized tasks to get ready for the season.  Remember, college football does not have a preseason to work out the kinks.

It is our experience that spring practice reports tend to be scattered and somewhat unreliable, and difficult to chase down if nothing else.  If we run across anything of note from the practices, we'll report it on here, but our suggestion otherwise is to use some of our links to find the newspapers for your favorite teams, as well as checking out services like Rivals and Scout for various reports from the team websites.


Scheduling, Condensed

As we noted below, we have uploaded a document/essay explaining some of our thoughts on the scheduling practices within college football.

After sending the document to an associate for review, he said it was too long.  That may very well be the case, and in order to make things a little less burdensome for those who may not enjoy taking on 3,000 words focused so narrowly on scheduling, we offer the following as a condensed version of some of the arguments.  Take this as a teaser, if you will, as we hope you will find the time to download, read, analyze and consider the arguments posed within the essay.

  • Scheduling is a two-part system: conference games and out-of-conference (OOC) games.  The conference slate is usually rigid and decided well in advance.  It is beneficial and necessary.  The OOC slate is more arbitrary, and more likely to be exploited.
  • It is to the game's benefit, especially in regards to understanding the relative strengths of teams within a given season, to foster an environment of equitable scheduling.  There are several impediments to that vision.
  • First, not all conferences are the same size.  The 10-team conferences are easier to judge and analyze, while the larger 12-team conferences are split into divisions and have various means to gerrymander their schedules in ways favorable to the more elite teams.
  • Also, OOC scheduling is unregulated.  For every USC taking on Virginia Tech on the road, Notre Dame annually and elite teams within small conferences, there are several Auburns and Kansas States, taking on 1-AA opponents at home, and avoiding if at all possible BCS conference teams, let alone elite smaller division schools.  We support the open scheduling rules, but are intolerant of the various elusive and exploitative ways many established programs go about making their OOC slate.  It hurts the game, artificially boosting their records and rankings at the expense of good teams who were willing to test themselves against more legitemate opponents.
  • We set aside some guidelines, perhaps rules, to schedule opponents.  Nobody from outside D-I should be tolerated.  Contending teams on BCS conference teams that take on weak teams from the smaller, non-BCS conferences should be frowned upon and their credibility (when it comes to rankings) held up to very strict scrutiny.
  • One last point we more or less forgot to mention in the essay-loading up a schedule with home games is unacceptable.  No elite BCS conference team that regularly contends (Ohio State, USC, Georgia, etc.) should have an 8-game home schedule, or in an 11-game slate, have 7 home games and just 4 road games.  Home field advantage is very pronounced in college football, and such maneuvering usually goes unnoticed and uncriticized.  The buck stops here.  There is nothing wrong with 6 home games and 5 road games, or 6 home and 6 road, but there is simply no justification for 7/4 or 8/4, 8/5 imbalances.
There is a lot more to the scheduling process that we haven't yet discussed, and will when those aspects come to our attention.  Hopefully this primer has opened your eyes if you had not noticed these things before, or seen them in this kind of light.  There are various valid counter-arguments most programs can offer to our challenges, but nevertheless a lot of exploitation goes on (even unabashed exploitation, by Kansas State, for example), at the fans' and media's expense in determining who is best, and also at the expense of good teams that follow the rules and are better than teams that don't yet get ranked far lower.  That has to come to an end, it's simply unfair, and not a built in unfairness, but one created through dishonesty and manipulation.


Caught Up

Just a heads up, our recent news section has been completely updated.  We've also added a features section near the bottom for more generic, less newsy stories.


Reading Between The Lines

Just a spring football note.  Came across this story about Miami's football practices.  Four players have switched positions.  Just a bit of education, when RS-FR switch from one position to another of less prominence, it's not a good sign for their careers.  Kind of an unwritten law, for example when a guy moves from LB to FB, or DE to TE, don't count on him being a big star with the team.


The Scheduling Game

As promised, I have uploaded a document explaining some of our thoughts about the shady scheduling practices inside of college football.  It is a very controversial, but instructive and informative read about some less-discussed aspects of the game.

Please be sure and download it and read it for yourself soon.

You can find it by going to Files at left, and clicking on Intelligence, it is called "scheduling".  It is in microsoft word format.

We'll post a more brief explanation of the essay's main points soon on the blog.

We here at CollegeFootballResource.com have a mission to be an educational resource about the game, not just a link resource and central hub for your college football needs.  Please take advantage of what we have to offer, because we're doing something different here.


2004 Season ESPN GameDay Stops

For posterity's sake, and a bit of accountability...

  • September 8, Baton Rouge, LA (Oregon State @ LSU)
  • September 14, Columbia, SC (Georgia @ South Carolina)
  • September 21, East Lansing, MI (Notre Dame @ Michigan State)
  • September 28, Madison, WI (Penn State @ Wisconsin)
  • October 5, Knoxville, TN (Auburn @ Tennessee)
  • October 12, Los Angeles, CA (California @ USC)
  • October 20, West Lafayette, IN (Wisconsin @ Purdue)
  • October 26, Raleigh, NC (Miami @ NC State)
  • November 2, Stillwater, OK (Oklahoma @ Oklahoma State)
  • November 9, Bristol, CT
  • November 15, Auburn, AL (Georgia @ Auburn)
  • November 22, Salt Lake City, UT (BYU @ Utah)
  • November 30, Los Angeles, CA (Notre Dame @ USC)
  • December 7, Atlanta, GA (Auburn vs. Tennessee, SEC Championship)