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Cobs of the Week: Spartans Offense, Florida, Southern Cal, and Texas

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This week, we had plenty of candidates worth mentioning, but as the CN team gathered to discuss what was the worst of week two in college football, it became increasingly clear that some suckage stood out. Some of the candidates that didn't make the cut, but are worth mentioning:

  • Western Kentucky: Petrino's gang with ALL the turnovers making Tennessee look better than they probably are.
  • Indiana - so good last week, but Navy.... really Kevin Wilson?
  • Florida Atlantic- Well, at least Carl Pelini didnt call for a spike on 4th down this week.
  • Iowa - Nice work keeping a bottom feeder in the Missouri Valley in the game late in the game. Fran McCaffery might have an excuse, the $4 million man does not.

LaVonte David got a mention for his personal foul that made the New York Jets game-winning field goal possible, but this is for college. So who does get nominated in week two?

Michigan State's Offense

The Spartans defense is lights out great; they might be the best in the Big Ten. But the Michigan State offense isn't just bad, it's putrid. On the ground, the Spartans are pretty mediocre, ranking 61st in rushing offense out of 123 division 1-A teams. But in the air, they rank dead last in yards per pass attempt and 117th in yards passing. Yes, the Spartans are 2-0, but the Michigan State defense has scored four touchdowns to the offense's two. And it's not like the Spartans are playing great teams either; South Florida lost their season opener AT HOME to McNeese State 53-21 and Western Michigan lost on Saturday AT HOME to Nicholls State 27-23.


Well, the Gators aren't exactly Michigan State bad on offense. They racked up plenty of yards between the 20's...but in the red zone, they developed a severe allergy to the football.

Southern Cal

Much like Michigan State, the Trojans offense is bad...except that they've at least played some decent teams. But the natives are already fed up in Los Angeles.

Truth be told, while Lane Kiffin is probably in over his head and it's Pat Haden's fault for hiring him, people are forgetting that the sanctions from the Reggie Bush scandal are just now beginning to hit home as the scholarship restrictions are beginning to have an effect. This should be awfully sobering to Penn State fans. Bill O'Brien is no Lane Kiffin, but the sanctions that Penn State faces are much more severe...


BYU set a school record by rushing for 550 yards against Texas. That's right.. Brigham Young rushed for 550 yards in a single game. The Cougars aren't Wisconsin; they averaged 153 yards a game rushing last season and 187 yards in their season opening loss to Virginia. And the offense wasn't much better. Texas has already fired defensive coordinator Manny Diaz, and the heat is definitely on Mack Brown.