What did we learn in College football for 11/02/09

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Spikes a thug and Meyer is a “thug enabler.”

One thing we learned was that Florida LB Brandon Spikes is a thug. During a 41-17 win Spikes intentionally and with malice gouged the eyes of Georgia RB Washaun Ealey. Anyone that has seen the video has to be appalled by the intentional nature of the act against a player being held down by several others. There is no place for that in football let alone college football.

Coach Meyer announced on Monday that he had suspended the senior all American for the first half of the game against the powerful Vanderbilt team. Meyer also indicated that the Southeast Conference had signed off on the punishment. The action was inexcusable and the punishment is a total joke.

When Oregon starting RB LeGarrette Blount sucker punched Boise State DL Byron Hout, first year Duck head coach Kelly suspended Blount for the season with an opportunity to earn his way back onto the team by complying with dictates laid down by the coach.

The actions of Spikes were much worse than those Blount. While the worst that Blount could have done was crack his victim’s jaw, Spikes could have caused a detached retina or worse on his target. That kind of injury could well have ended Ealey’s football career as well as any pro dreams he might have had.

Blount was the only experienced RB the team had and it could have cost his team any chance for a BcS bowl particularly given the loss in the first game to Bosie. But despite that, Kelly did the right thing. Kelly’s team has responded with some really big wins including the victory 47-20 win over USC Saturday. Kelly won the respect of his team, the league and all of us that watch the sport.

Coach Meyer did not. What kind of signal does it send to the team and the rest of those that watch the game? Meyer should be ashamed. Spikes should have been suspended for the remainder of the season. If it had been Tim Tebow that was at the business end of dirty digits in his eyes, Meyer would have demanded no less than imprisonment for life for the offender. You can depend on that.

I also have lost all respect for the SEC management. How could you possibly allow such a ridiculous punishment for such a serious infraction? Remember this is the same conference that has had to publicly warn its coaches to disregard the indescribably bad calls their zebra’s have made. Even instant replay doesn’t seem to help the blind and deaf refs in that conference. No call is too bad as long as it enhances the chances of an SEC team playing for the championship.

If I was in charge of the SEC, I not only would have suspended Spikes for the remainder of the season including bowl game but I would have suspended Meyer for some time for approving such an inadequate punishment.

Texas moves ahead of Alabama in the BcS standings

Texas has the O finely tuned and it is playing very well. Based on the win over Oklahoma St. they moved ahead of the idle Tide. But Tide has a chance to move back into the 2nd spot with a win over #9 LSU this weekend. If Texas keeps winning it really doesn’t matter where they are now in the ranking because if both Florida and Bama finish the regular season unbeaten, they will play in the SEC Championship game and the loser will drop out.

The battle of the non BcS teams

TCU is still ahead of fellow non BcS Boise State in the rankings. TCU has quality wins over Clemson and then #16 BYU. In addition, they still have a game against #14 Utah. Boise has only one signature win over Oregon at home. The only thing keeping BS in the BcS is that win. Should the Ducks lose again, Bosie will fall like Skylab right out of the top 15.

If TCU continues to win, they should get a shot at the big game but they won’t unless Texas, Iowa, and Cincinnati all lose a game. That is not likely to happen. That is too bad because TCU is a really good team that deserves better.

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for and edits https://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and edits .

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2 Responses to “What did we learn in College football for 11/02/09”

  1. R4 revolution
    on Nov 4th, 2009
    @ 2:12 am

    I love college football. Wisconsin was was overrated and had no business as 5. Buck up there Bucky, it could be worse. Maybe now your coach can take off that goofy windbreaker. It is 92 in Chicago, must have been 100F on the field down there. Lets all agree that it is no longer lucky.
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  2. Reverse Cell Phones
    on Nov 4th, 2009
    @ 1:31 pm

    Iowa is really getting the bad end of the stick in the BCS. The computers have them as the #1 team in the country but the voters are holding them back.
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