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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Thumbs up for Virginia, Oklahoma



By Mike Lopresti

October 27, 2008

Thumbs of the week:

Up to the service academies. Anybody can spread the field and start throwing. But Army, Navy and Air Force have each won a game this season without completing a pass. Navy didn't even try one Saturday against Southern Methodist.

•Up to Virginia. The team that lost three games in September by scores of 52-7, 45-10 and 31-3 now leads its division in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

•Up to Oklahoma. Let's put it this way. The Sooners scored 55 points in one half against Kansas State. Wyoming has 70 points in eight games.


•Up to Kevin Goessling. The most powerful leg this side of the Rockettes. The Fresno State kicker beats Utah State with a 58-yard field goal as time runs out.

•Down to Tennessee. Among the dark numbers in this bleak season: The Vols have lost to Florida, Georgia and Alabama by a combined 85-29.

•Down to the Big Ten replay official at Ann Arbor. He reverses an on-field call and rules a Michigan touchdown, even though the scorer hit a pylon. Maybe they need a rulebook in the booth.

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