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Nice to see Carr drive off a winner

January 2, 2008 - Neil Rudel

Some observations from the bowl season:

*Michigan looked like the real deal offensively in outshooting Florida in the Outback Bowl, and it was nice to see Lloyd Carr go out with a win. Chad Henne played with a big-time presence -- a first-round draft pick, maybe? -- and it's tough to imagine a better pair of receivers than Mario Manningham and Adrian Arrington.

*Carr may have lost more games than the Maize and Blue faithful likes, but he still went 122-40 in 13 years -- one of the best winning percentages (79.1) in league history. He also won a share of five Big Ten titles in 13 years, including a national title in '97. Rich Rod may have a little trouble duplicating that.

*It's amazing Illinois got as far as it did with a quarterback, Juice Williams, who could/can not throw.

*Hawaii didn't do much for the next BCS hopeful coming out of the WAC or Mountain West.

*Texas A&M (7-6) represented about the best team Penn State could beat with Anthony Morelli at quarterback. Strong arm aside, Morelli simply did not inspire the confidence and did not lead the Lions to wins in the fourth quarter. That said, he is a college athlete, and he took his share of shots for not embracing leadership (interviews, etc.), and we wish him well in the future.

*The Gator Bowl should not be on Jan. 1. 


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