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College football: Survive-and-advance method seems to be coming back, based on openers

By John Rohde Modified: September 3, 2008 at 8:04 am •  Published: September 3, 2008

With Hurricane Gustav approaching last weekend, the college football landscape was set up for the perfect storm.

There were mismatches galore. Style points figured to be all the rage. Serious football carnage was in the offing.

Teams wanting BCS consideration had a chance for big victory margins.

Heisman Trophy candidates figured to amass ridiculous numbers.

Such was hardly the case, however.

There were ugly games that could have been much uglier.

Elite teams showed their teeth, but didn't completely devour their opponents.

In previous seasons, an unbeaten record and massive average victory margin were minimum requirements for a team to gain consideration for the BCS national championship game.

That mentality appears to have disappeared. LSU was last year's national champion and finished with two losses.

The survive-and-advance modus operandi seems to be making a comeback.

The most lopsided score in the opening week belonged to a Stoops, but not Bob.

Coached by Mike Stoops, Arizona blanked Idaho 70-0 in Tucson.

The Wildcats led 49-0 at halftime, which means the Stoops brothers combined to lead 99-0 at intermission.

Arizona averaged just 16.6 points per game two seasons ago.

"The kids have a different demeanor about them. They want more," Mike Stoops said of the Idaho romp. "I don't know if we can play better, but we certainly are going to try and prepare the same way."


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