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#1-Ranked Alabama -7½ In SEC Saturday Showdown At LSU… Crimson Tide (One Of 5 Remaining Unbeatens) Is Winning By Average Of 29.0 Points Per Game
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By Kelso Sturgeon
There were many lessons learned in both college football and the NFL last week including the fact the latter is being ruined by enthusiastically ignorant officials who have stopped the game in its tracks with silly marginal shadow calls that has of now number 1,687 for the 2016 season. The men in stripes have taken over and are ruining game after game with the yellow flags.
For the record, according to NFLpenalties.com offensive hold penalties are up 43% since 2011 and defensive pass interference is up by a stunning 45%. Then there are those completely irrational “block in the back” penalties that make many exciting kick returns meaningless. How many times have you heard TV announcers say after a spectacular kickoff return say, “are their any flags on the field”. Clipping is one thing, a block in the back an avoidable event, if one understands how the game is played.
Add to the mix penalties for celebrating, taunting and for unsportsmanlike conduct and the thrill is removed from the game. There is little opportunity to any longer sustaining a drive without an unnecessary flag by an official who knows little more than the hand signals that tell us what it is all about.
Blame it all on the most inept and over-his-head commissioner in the history of the sport—yes the air-headed former NFL copy machine expert and now head honcho, Roger Goodell. Goodell does not understand football and that alone renders him helpless to lead the league. NFL owners are famous for naming as commissioner someone they can control but until now that individual at least knew the field was 100 yards long.
The only thing Goodell does is respond to violations of the political correct world—and then he cannot get it right. For instance, he blessed players who wanted to kneel in protest of anything when the national anthem is played but would not let the Dallas Cowboys wear a small emblem on their uniforms in memory of the city’s five police officers killed by a terrorist.
There are reasons television ratings are in free fall. Through the first seven weeks of the season, Sunday night football viewing is down 19%, Monday night football by 24% and Thursday night football by 18% and it is primarily because games having become as boring as a rock because of the officials desire to move into the spotlight. It also has to be a noted, many teams are so bad they defy the name, “professional”.
It is only going to get worse.
Alabama And LSU Move Front And Center
We learned many things from college football last week and there is an obligation to mention them because the average football fan and bettor looks only at final scores and ignores the true dynamics of the game. Please note:
- Nebraska (7-1) is as good as good, or better than its 7-0 start, and should not be down-graded because of its 23-17 overtime loss as an 8½-point underdog at Wisconsin. The Cornhuskers are on the road again this week, at Ohio State (7-1), where the latter currently is a 17½-point underdog, up from -14 at the opening.
- LSU (5-2) and Alabama (8-0) had last week off to get ready for one of the biggest rivalry games in he country and the fact there was that bye signals just how important this contest is to both teams. The Crimson Tide are outscoring their opponents by an average of 29 points per game—43.9-14.9—and will face an equally outstanding defense that surrenders just 313.9 and 15.0 points per game. All seven LSU games have gone under the number this season. Alabama opened -7 and is now -7½ with a total of 46½, down a half-point from the open.
- Tulsa (6-2) is one of the most under-rated teams in the country and has the talent to crush any opponent remaining on its schedule. I make the Golden Hurricanes the odds-on favorite to win the American Athletic Conference championship. They host East Carolina as 8-point favorites Saturday.
- Washington (8-0) passed the acid test in Salt Lake City with a solid 31-24 win over Utah and that told me this young Huskies team does not have to get too lucky to make it to the final four and eventually play for the national championship. The Huskies are at California (4-4) this week and are solid 16½-point favorites.
- As for being national championship contenders, Baylor, West Virginia, Florida State and Louisville can forget it.