Barkley/Ohio State lets discuss
This is the first non-ESPN type post I have made on here but for the 2-3 people that actually read this blog I think this should be a rant post. The other day I was speaking with a co-worker of mine about the outcome of the USC and OSU game. I proceeded to give him my view that the game was good but bordered on what was becoming a battle to see who’s defense could mess up more. After thinking about it and reading some commentary from different sports writers I realized the error in my ways and saw it was more of a defensive battle in which both teams did superb. I think that I was overtaken by the hype that was generated in that it was going to be an offensive battle. Seeing that both Pryor and Barkley had so-so statistical games made that hype feel like even more of a let down after watching the game. Don’t get me wrong I had a good time watching the game and the ending was very enjoyable to all football fans, I am just saying I was expecting more Leinart vs Young.
Anyways, the argument that I put out there for the co-worker was that Barkley was not that good. Plain and simple on paper he didn’t have a USC caliber game. No if, ands or buts it was nothin that would turn heads. He threw 15 for 31 for less than 200 yards, that is a completion percentage of 48.4 with no TD’s and 1 interception. He also averaged just over 1 yard a carry rushing on 8 attempts. That kind of performance produces a QB rating of 94.77. I know what you are saying, so what its just numbers. My answer is YES its numbers its statistics that measure how someone does in a game. Without these we don’t have history to compare these new blooming QB’s to. Granted Terrelle Pryor didn’t have a stellar game either, as a matter of fact if i were to compare I would say Pryor had a better game (barely) He put up less than superb numbers as well 25 of 46 for 351 yards, that’s a completion percentage of 54.3 with 1 TD and 2 interceptions. He averaged 3.6 yards rushing on 10 attempts. His performance produced a QB rating of 116.92. Like I said only numbers but they seem to back up my point that they both had so-so games and Pryor had a little bit better of a game with the exception that USC won.
Now my co-worker replied to my statement with one of his own stating that the stats were secondary to the impact that Barkley had on the outcome of the game. I initially refuted him and said no way, after thinking about it I would like to agree with him but only partly. Yes Barkley was more influential on the outcome than I gave him credit for (i.e. his heroic game winning drive) but the other side that I do not agree with is that stats are never secondary to gauging someone. You have to remember when you think of stuff like stats and QB’s there are exceptions to rules, its true there are great QB’s out there that were great on the field but not on paper. I however do not think Barkley will never turn out be one of those people when and if he goes pro or even now as his college career progresses. I reinforced my argument with this statement “A game winning drive a great QB does not make.” Meaning just because someone can conjure up something like a great last minute drive against a great defense to win the game on the road does not mean he is new greatness. Look at the facts
1. He spent the whole game trying to get something going. Over 3 1/2 quarters with a meager performance from Barkey.
2. USC did not even beat the spread which was 7 1/2 points.
3. He was bailed out on the last drive more than once by Running back Joe McKnight who seems to be the real deal and we will see if thats true in the games to come.
I know I seem like I am a USC hater, I most definitely am on most days but I do give credit where credit is due. I have never bagged on Pete Carroll for sucking at coaching and Reggie Bush for not being a good Running Back. I also never said anything Negative about Sanchez while he was there. I just like healthy arguments about football, not its on to you all that read this. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE respond, I made this pretty opinionated to generate conversation. Not to put my co-worker on blast on the internet, I think he knows a lot about football. Particularly Big-10 and USC football. I just felt he wasn’t right on this one point and wanted to know people’s view on this issue. I really hope he posts on it since he said he would.