Ty and Dan run through a wild week of upsets, discuss the merits of Wisconsin and Virginia Tech, deliberate over Ed Orgeron’s future at USC, and have a listen to your Week Seven Reverbs.
Welcome to your Week Seven Tire Fire Alert. We do this as a public service, you know. This week, we’re featuring two God awful teams, a defense that’s about to get trampled underfoot and two more defenses set to feel the wrath of the SEC’s newfound fire power. As always, keep your distance, bring a polarized pair of shades and enjoy the dysfunction.
Last week’s slate of games produced some rather interesting calls to the Reverb line (408-VERBAL1). Surprisingly, callers reversed a season long trend and expressed more positivity. As you can see from the chart below, last week’s 55-45 good mood / bad mood split was the largest since Week Three. It will be interesting to see if this is simply a blip on the way to a majority of callers being miserable, or if we might see an actual turn around. Personally, I’m not sold quite yet.
Let’s take a knee for a moment and talk about Lane Kiffin. (C’mon, you know you want to!) Kiffin just can’t distance himself from Verballer snark and was featured in just under 10-percent of calls about a player or coach. Kiffin might want to add this to his resume if he hasn’t already. Still, in terms of Reverbs, he’s no Urban Meyer. Meyer was the most talked about entity, showing up in just under 24-percent of such calls. This was significant, if only because it was the first time a coach was the most popular topic of conversation. This could be a one-time thing until Art Briles eventually takes the Texas job and lights the Verballersphere on fire. In the meantime, this is pretty representative of how callers felt about Urban Meyer:
Of course, there were also several players discussed in your calls. It gave me the warm fuzzies to see how Verballers spread the love—or, um, hate—around, mentioning almost 20 different players. Some callers are still hung up on Tommy Rees, but Jameis Winston clearly stole the show last week. Without a doubt, callers talking about the Wonderful Monster were some of the happiest. His play has some fans looking ahead with confidence (hubris?):
Confidence was in short supply for Ohio State fans. Ohio State’s fourth quarter comeback win over Northwestern was the most popular game of the week, garnering just under 19 percent of calls. But it would seem Buckeye fans were all about the downside:
Georgia’s overtime win against Tennessee provoked a sizable response from Verballers as well. Reactions ran the gamut, but it seems the most popular response was to simply mock Georgia for struggling with Tennessee. One caller even wanted to create a new term:
The Notre Dame – Arizona State and Washington – Stanford games rounded out the top four. The best part of Notre Dame’s win was that it indirectly triggered a new wave of Lane Kiffin hate:
Finally, the Washington – Stanford game got started so late on the East Coast it had some of you pondering existential questions of college football:
Ty and Dan discuss Oregon’s road test, Northwestern’s let-down spot, Tyler Murphy in Baton Rouge, Texas Comedy Day and make picks for all of the relevant Week Seven action. Plus, darkhorse selection committee candidates, 90s TV families, rival Clemsonings, and inconvenient baby showers.
Since its inception in 1998, the best argument for the BCS has been that college football fans love debates. You know it’s true. Everyone loves a good fight. SEC people fighting with Big 12 people fighting with Pac-12 people fighting with computers fighting with humans fighting with Condoleeza Rice and Mark May. Nobody can agree on much of anything, which of course, makes everything somewhat interesting.
Still, the BCS is a better system than the one before it. And in an effort to settle some pre-BCS debates, Patrick Fleming created his own computer ranking system,The Fleming System (TFS), in 1994. Now, with our help, he’s rolling it out to a larger audience in hopes of answering some questions about the 2013 season and, hopefully, figuring out ways to make it even better. (We’re serious about this. Leave comments.)