This Ain't Powder Puff

By Jeff Lippman - September 04, 2007

On the hardwood, Duke vs. UConn is enough to pack the house.

The Blue Devils and Huskies would be the featured matchup, the game of the week, regardless of whether it was men's or women's basketball.

On the gridiron, however, not so much. With Connecticut only becoming an FBS (Division I-A) team in 2000 and Duke ritualistically playing the worst football in the ACC each season, this matchup doesn't matter to too many folks outside of Storrs and Durham.

With that said, let's take a look at how some of the top women's basketball schools fared on the first weekend of college football.

Tennessee: Phil Fulmer and the Vols could have used a little Candace Parker magic Saturday night on national television when Cal earned revenge for last year's beating by defeating's preseason No. 1 women's hoops team's footballers by the score of 45-31.

Connecticut: In a game that would make Geno proud - and in a result he'd certainly like to witness from his own sideline - the Huskies absolutely dominated - not saying much - Duke, 45-14 in Durham. With such powerful basketball programs, these two schools don't really put too much emphasis on football, but UConn, having recently become football members of the Big East, is trying to change that.

Duke: See above. For a moment, Joanne P. McCallie thought to herself, "What am I getting into?" Until someone told her that football isn't considered a real sport in Durham.

Maryland: While the Terps aren't dominant like the women's basketball team, they were able to pick up a victory in College Park in the first week of the season. Maryland beat back the best efforts of Villanova, 31-14, in another historically solid basketball matchup that doesn't translate as well to grass and endzones.

Stanford: Candice Wiggins and Jayne Appel text messaged friends at rival UCLA after Saturday's 45-17 debacle saying, "Enjoy it while you can." That's because the Cardinal players know the story will be different when the team's meet during the women's basketball season. All things considered, I think Bruins fans are OK with that revelation.

North Carolina: New coach Butch Davis got the Heels a win against James Madison, 37-14, in their opening game. While the Heels will once again be a top women's team, their football team is trying to rebuild.

Oklahoma: The Sooners win the award for playing the game most closely resembling a basketball score. If Courtney Paris played really solid defense, she might be able to help Oklahoma limit North Texas to 10 points. The football Sooners dominated North Texas Saturday, defeating them 79-10. I'm fairly certain that if OU chose to rest its starters late in the game, CP3 would have fit nicely opening holes for the ground game on the offensive line.

Rutgers: Believe it or not, the Scarlet Knights have become not only a dominant women's basketball program, but their football team has been turning heads as well. Rutgers continued their gridiron success by taking out Buffalo Thursday night, 38-3.

Georgia: The SEC is full of schools solid at both football and women's basketball. Although Tennessee lost their opener, the Bulldogs did not. Georgia pulled an impressive win over Oklahoma State Saturday, 35-14.

LSU: Last and certainly not least is another SEC school. By far, LSU is the best combo program. Having gone to four consecutive Final Fours in women's basketball, having gone to a recent Final Four in men's and now being ranked No. 2 in the nation and absolutely pounding conference rival Mississippi State Thursday, 45-0, the Tigers are by far the best school in the nation for all three sports combined.

Posted by Jeff Lippman at 12:15 PM on September 04, 2007
Comments (1)


Oklahoma DID rest nearly all of their starters the second half. You just can't ask kids from bench, who are getting their chance to shine, not to try hard.

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