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Monday, September 21, 2009

Lunchtime links: Monday edition (9/21)

Here are some links to make your Monday more bearable (follow the blog on Twitter, too):
  • There aren't too many outlets that cover Ball State, so there might be minimal stories this week. But Doug Zaleski is all over the beat for the Muncie Star Press. Here's his game story for the Cardinals loss last weekend to Army.
  • 6. Auburn: After rolling up huge rushing numbers in their first two wins, the Tigers turned to the pass last Saturday in rallying from a 14-0 deficit to beat West Virginia at rainy Jordan-Hare Stadium. A fourth straight home game awaits Auburn this weekend against Ball State, as the Tigers should be 4-0 going into the Tennessee game on Oct. 3. This is a team that’s starting to believe and a team that has great chemistry.
  • Patrick Day, a junior who skipped tailgating at the home opener last Saturday to get in line for a good seat in the unreserved student section, said: "I think if you're terrible and puking, then are you really enjoying the game? I've been puked on before. You know, that's just not necessary."
  • So a couple of Florida players have tested positive for swine flu and now everybody's starting to panic. Is this a reason the Gators only beat Tennessee 23-13? I'll think I'll give credit to the Vols for playing better than people thought they were capable of?
  • Sports Illustrated's Stewart Mandel chimes in with his College Football Overtime, a wrap-up of the weekend's events. No mention of Auburn, although he writes about West Virginia wasting a 509-yard offensive effort in the loss. On the third page, there are couple of good videos. One shows Florida quarterback Tim Tebow and Tennessee safety Eric Berry meeting in a solid collision. Not sure who took the worst of that. The other is of a pretty nice game-saving play by Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor to beat Nebraska.
  • And lastly (sorry, had to cut the links short today), Auburn's getting a little bit of love from the AP voters, moving into 28th place. But the Tigers are getting a LOT of love from San Francisco Chronicle columnist Ray Ratto, who voted Auburn 7th, higher than anybody else.


Anonymous said...

Ratto voted Auburn 7th. I would love to know his reasoning.

Andy Bitter said...

The weird thing about Ratto's ballot is that nobody else is too out of place (except for the fact that he doesn't have TCU ranked at all).

Texas at No. 1 is understandable. Florida seems low at No. 3. Ole Miss and Penn State seem high at 4 and 5, but that's not too out of ht ordinary.

It is curious that Auburn is that high, though. Maybe he's just a true believer in Gene Chizik.

AUsome04 said...

Hey, we were 3-0 and in the top ten last year. Maybe he's one of the ones who may have some sense and think that maybe these Tigers didn't lose as much talent as some would have you believe.

Chris Todd is third in total offense and passing with 8 TDs and 1 int, Ben Tate's leading the SEC in running (where's the media picks of Charles Scott, Dixon, Smith?), Darvin Adams is one of the top WRs in the league, (yes over media picks Julio, both LSU receivers, or any FLA WR). Sure we have a ways to go but I still can't wait until we crack 7 wins after Kentucky so I can throw it up at Andy (who said 6-6 season) lol.

Peter "Big Snacks" Frankenschmidt said...

Lunchtime links? Is this the Carlos Mencia of football blogs.

Peter "Big Snacks" Frankenschmidt said...

Btw, good job.

Andy Bitter said...

No, I freely admit that I steal ideas from other blogs.

Andy Bitter said...

And "steal" is such an ugly word. How about "sample?"

I like to think this is the Jay-Z of football blogs.

Peter "Big Snacks" Frankenschmidt said...

Sample. MCA-Bitter. Awesome.