We’re back, boys and girls, for another installment of Tire Fires. This week, we have some really dismal units just waiting to get tossed into a trash heap and burned at 1,000 degrees. As the year begins to wind down, we’ve got three teams that have gone from bad to burning-Kuwaiti-tire awful. One thing fans of all three of these teams can hang their hats on: the basketball season is underway. Though, it must be tough to ignore the wretched fumes emitting from the football stadium. Grab a clothespin and let’s hit it.
Ty and Dan delve into a sneaky good slate of Week 12 games as well as the the e-mail inbox while making their multiple barreled locks of the week. Also, proposed teambuilding activities at the first Playoff Committee meeting and a special visit from Mama Hildenbrandt, who picks some winners and rants on Urban Meyer and Miranda Lambert.
Ty and Dan discuss Oregon’s perceived “Stanford Problem”, Baylor’s defensive performance against Oklahoma, Alabama’s continued dominance, and Florida State’s strength of schedule. Plus, a spirited batch of Reverbs and sitcoms as a metaphor for college football programs.
Ty and Dan discuss their Baylor skepticism and Oregon optimism while reiterating Alabama’s dominance and making their locks for Week 11. Plus, another Patriot League Lightning Round and a random power ranking of bear mascots in college football.
The Baylor Bears have left a trail of scorched earth in their wake through the first seven games of the 2013 season. They’re outgaining opponents by a staggering 400 yards of total offense per game, translating into an average margin of victory of 48 points. They’ve done that while sitting stars such as quarterback Bryce Petty and running back Lache Seastrunk for long stretches at the end of lopsided blowouts.
Those big numbers derive from Baylor coach Art Briles’ relentless brand of football. His team operates at a breakneck offensive pace and stretches defenses both horizontally and vertically with a big-armed quarterback and an armada of weapons at the skill positions. Defensively, the Bears thrive on big plays against opponents who are struggling to keep up. It’s like watching a positive feedback loop in motion, and it just keeps putting points on Baylor’s side of the scoreboard.