With football back in full-swing, we want to give our readers a chance to discuss everything pigskin-related over the past week. Thus, we present to you the KSR Monday Morning Quarterback segment. Every Monday throughout the season, there will be tidbits in this post on our Wildcats, college football, and the NFL. Feel free to join in. Brag about your team’s successes, defend your team’s failures, or just come discuss fall’s best sport.
-Kentucky began the Florida game as the 13th ranked passing offense in nation. This stat means absolutely nothing if you can’t win football games, but it’s worth mentioning in regards to QB Max Smith‘s development. Smith ended up missing Saturday’s game with a bruised shoulder, an injury that was understated by both him, and the coaching staff, the entire week leading up to the game. Thus, enter backup QB/H-Back/Tight End, Morgan Newton. After his performance, (which, in his defense, was not completely his fault. Apparently, he’s still not 100% after his shoulder surgery. If that is the case, it should have prompted the coaching staff to have a legitimate backup quarterback ready to go. Plus, Newton had really practiced at QB until the week of the game, and even then, only got half of the first-team reps. He was set up for failure, and was basically the fall guy for bad coaching decisions.) Kentucky fell a whopping thirty spots in ranking… good for 43rd in the nation. That, my friends, is pretty tough to do in one day. The thing that bothers me so much about this game is Florida didn’t even play well. The defense looked as all it needed was a competent offense to get an upset in the Swamp, but it just didn’t happen. We will know a lot about this team’s fight as a top-10 South Carolina team comes in to Commonwealth Stadium this week. Let’s hope they can stay focused.
-From what I’ve seen, #1 Alabama and #3 LSU are the two best teams in the nation… again. But, Chip Kelly’s #2 Oregon team might ruin a second consecutive, all-SEC, National Championship. I’m not a huge fan of PAC-12 football, and probably never will be, but the conference is the best it has been in a while and the Ducks look like they prepared to take advantage of it. Oregon destroyed a pretty good Arizona team, 49-0, catapulting them past LSU for the #2 spot in the AP polls. No doubt, Oregon will have to go undefeated to find themselves playing for the crystal football, but they look ready as ever to do so.
-The Big Ten is so bad this year that Northwestern (Yes, that Northwestern… the nerds) has a legitimate chance of playing in the Rose Bowl. They are 4-0 and, looking at their schedule, could be 7-0 when a decent Nebraska team comes to Ryan Field. Northwestern hasn’t won a bowl game since 1948.
-Switching to the NFL, did anyone see the Detroit-Tennessee game? Its in contention for the most bizarre game I’ve ever seen. Check out the “Music City Miracle” part two.
The game went to overtime with Tennessee winning 44-41. The final sequence was a touchdown, onside kick recovery, a hail-mary touchdown, a failed fourth-down conversion, and a game-winning field goal. You can watch the highlights here. Crazy.
-Tonight’s Monday Night Football match-up is Winston Guy’s Seattle Seahawks vs. Randall Cobb’s Green Bay Packers… Who ya got? I’m guessing Packers will win, but the Qwest Field crowd helps the Seahawks keep it close. Green Bay 21- Seattle 20.