True Hoop Drew

I breakdown basketball constantly in my mind and occassionaly translate it into blog form

Category: College football

Bama beats LSU, Boris Diaw vs. the Knicks

I almost forgot college football existed. In fact, I almost forgot anything that isn’t the NBA existed. But my attention was distracted from my first love to the national championship last night, but not for long.

Alabama beat LSU in dominant fashion to capture their 14th national championship all-time and first since 2009. Nick Saban also coached to win his third title in the BCS-era, the most of any coach.

The game was of course a rematch with LSU winning 9-6 in overtime in the first meeting this season in Tuscaloosa. In eight quarters plus overtime between these two teams, one touchdown was finally scored by Alabama on a 34-yard touchdown run by Trent Richardson with 4:36 left in the game.

The clear-cut two best teams in the country played twice and only one touchdown was scored between them. Yet it was never boring, just impressive, with the athletes on each side of the ball and the plays being made every down.
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Some things I’d like to see from UCF today

The UCF Knights (2-0) will face a tough road test today as they travel to Miami to play Florida International. FIU has also started the season 2-0 including a 24-17 win last week over Louisville, the biggest win in school history.

UCF is still the favorite and probably a heavy one. Lee Corso called UCF “the best team in the country that no one knows about” this morning on College Gameday. I think he’s right and also think that I know a lot about UCF, especially the offense.

For the first two games I watched each 3-4 times each and tried to really break down the offense (I have only taken notes on the offense with Jeff Godfrey on the field so all statistics are only from those plays).

I haven’t looked at the defense as much but my expert opinion is that they have been pretty damn good giving up just three points in two games. So let’s say I’m not worried at all about our defense and care more about the offense,

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A closer look at UCF’s dominant 2-0 start

UCF has started the 2011 season about as dominant as possible, outscoring their opponents in the first two games 92-3. It wasn’t much of a surprise the way UCF handled Charleston Southern in their home opener but their dominance over ACC-opponent Boston College was something that shouldn’t go unnoticed.

Coming into this season after 2010 being such a successful one the expectations were definitely high but after losing some key players on defense it looked like maybe UCF would take a step back on that side of the ball. So far that has not even close to been the case as the defense has obviously been amazing giving up just three points so far this season and the offense has also done its job led by sophomore quarterback Jeffrey Godfrey.

UCF’s offense, while disguised by some spread and pistol formations, is pretty basic and straightforward with what it tries to accomplish: running the ball downfield to set up the play action pass. Here’s a closer look at how UCF has been effective on offense this year.

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