Archive for November 8th, 2008

WATERCOOLER CHAT: BAD NEWS FOR BRONCOS

NFL

Some bad news for Broncos fans.  While they did have a comeback victory against the Browns on Thursday, they suffered a key injury at running back, losing Ryan Torian for the season.  Teams suffer running back setbacks all the time, but Torian was their 4th string back.  They had to play the rest of the game with their fullback, and now will have to scour the league for someone to fill that position.  Some possible candidates are two former Broncos running backs.  Tatum Bell (cut by the Lions earlier this year) and Mike Bell (cut by the Texans earlier this year).  Their passing game looks good with Jay Cutler at the helm, but their running game is going to need some sharp improvement if they expect to cause ANY damage in the playoffs.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Two big showdowns this weekend.  #2 Texas Tech, coming off an upset victory over Texas last week, will put their undefeated streak on the line against a very tough Oklahoma State team.  T-Tech is led by Graham Harrell and a powerful offensive attack, but this year, Texas Tech’s defense is getting a lot of attention too.  These guys are fierce, and Oklahoma State’s offense will have a pretty tough time putting up points.

You also have #1 Alabama going up against a hate-filled rival in LSU.  LSU isn’t as strong this year as past seasons, but when these two teams collide, all the stats and predictions go right out the window.  But the main story of the game is the coaching match-up.  Alabama is captained by Nick Saban, former football mastermind at none other than… LSU.  However, Saban left his powerhouse program in order to pursue greener pastures — the NFL.  He had a 1-year stint as the Miami Dolphins head coach, and then split to return to college football.  LSU’s rival, Alabama, offered him the gig.  Now, he brings his undefeated team back to Baton Rouge, where every single LSU fan has been viciously waiting.  This is absolutely a can’t-miss game.

Finally, the #3 Penn State Nittany Lions will look to complete a perfect season on Saturday against the Iowa Hawkeyes.  A tremendous achievement for 80-year-old coach Joe Paterno (albeit he has a lot of help).  Fortunately for Penn State, the Big 10 (their conference) doesn’t have a conference championship game (aka one more opportunity to lose).  An undefeated season and a (potential) birth in the National Championship game would definitely bring glory back to State College, PA.

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