Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Legend of Cobb Continues, Charlie Strong Gets First Win

I don't think that I am overstating it when I say that this is one of the best college football players that I have ever seen.

Kentucky fans are feeling pretty good today. Louisville fans, good but filled with questions. Let's see why:

Kentucky- The Wildcats drummed the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers 63-28 in the first game at home this season. Things looked bad at the beginning as the 'Toppers drew first blood when their running back Bobby Rainey (the real deal) ran for a 59 yard touchdown. Then the Randall Cobb show began. Cobb ran a punt return back, threw a touchdown to Moncell Allen and caught a TD pass from Mike Hartline. He accounted for 203 of UK's total yards. The Cats rushed for 276, 102 of those from Derrick Locke,who also ran for a touchdown, Hartline passed for 213 yards and 3 touchdowns and was 16-20. Hartline is looking really good this year. It also helps to have Chris Matthews, Randall Cobb, LaRod King and Matt Roark catching about everything thrown to them. The offense was unstoppable all night.

Now the bad news. The special teams were bad and the run defense was suspect. Those two areas need to improve in order for the Cats to make some noise in a wide open SEC East race. The running backs, the big O-lines and the versatile QB's of the SEC could have a field day on a lackluster run defense. But for now, I am extremely excited about last night's game. The Cats laid down a whooping, just like they needed to.

The Cardinals- Charlie Strong got his first win as a head coach against Eastern Kentucky and was given a Gatorade bath by his players. Really? I doubt coach Strong was pleased with beating an awful Division II team by only 10 points but a win is a win for this team. He has no room for being too disappointed in any victory. Froman looked better but was still inefficient at times. He threw 1 TD and 1 INT. Louisville's entire offense looked awful at times. They converted only 20% of their third downs and EKU beat them in time of possession. I am still not impressed with Charlie Strong's coaching. The Cards racked up 100 yards of penalties and looked lost at times during some defensive match ups. The Colonels, who only gained 35 yards in rushing last week, gashed through the Cards defense at times.

A truly questionable moment came when, for some strange reason, Strong had all 3 of his quarterbacks, including his starter, on the hands team when the Colonels went for an onside kick. Even the Louisville radio commentators were completely stunned at this "strategy". What if one or two of them would have gotten hurt? I am still not convinced that Strong is that "strong" of a coach.

Congrats to Cardinal Doug Beaumont for scoring his first collegiate touchdown. He was very excited and appreciative during his post game interview. He seems like a very good kid.

This Saturday: The Cards travel to Oregon State and I am thinking that this is going to be a bloodbath. The Cards struggled to beat a terrible, awful team in EKU. Expect the Beavers to beat them by double digits.

Sportsthat will be on the road to cover the UK game against Akron. This should be another blowout and I am excited to once again see the best player in college football in person. We will report on any and all tomfoolery that occurs.

This week: Look for more analysis of Saturday's games and reaction to Bledsoegate. My prediction is that little to nothing will happen. Until then, Free Enes!!!

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