Some observations as we round the quarter pole of the season (most everyone has played at least four games):
Updated BCS bowl predictions
BCS title game: Oklahoma vs. Alabama
Rose Bowl: Ohio State vs. USC
Fiesta Bowl: Missouri vs. BYU
Sugar Bowl: South Florida vs. LSU
Orange Bowl: Notre Dame vs. Wake Forest
• South Florida -- Everyone else is trashing the Big East. Some team has to win it. No one is talking about the
Three teams to watch:
Bulls. They're in the top 10 and have only three road games remaining. All the sudden the Dec. 6 game at West
Virginia doesn't look that tough.
• Texas -- Oklahoma is No. 1. We're all assuming the Sooners are going to beat the Horns in Dallas. Don't discount
Texas so easily. Colt McCoy is playing at an all-time high and the pass defense has to get better doesn't it?
• Kentucky -- This was supposed to be a rebuilding year. It's looking like a 9-3 year. The Wildcats are off to a 4-0
start and have allowed only 22 points. We'll know more when they go to Alabama this week, but having a strong
defense in the SEC isn't a bad thing.
Three shocking developments to come:• Mid-season firings -- Watch for either Virginia's Al Groh, Syracuse's Greg Robinson or Washington's Tyrone
Willingham to lose their jobs during the season. Syracuse AD Daryl Gross seems especially fidgety.
• Tim Tebow will not make it to New York -- Forget consecutive Heismans. I'm not a hater. Any casual follower of the
sport has noticed Superman's downturn in production. The fourth-down stop against Ole Miss was a shining example.
And the Heisman is all about production.
That, plus the glut of candidates nationwide, looks like it will keep Tebow out of Times Square.• The upsets have just begun. OK, so that isn't so shocking.
Projected award winners:
Outland: Andre Smith, Alabama
Biletnikoff: Jarett Dillard, Rice
Thorpe: Alphonso Smith, Wake Forest
Davey O'Brien: Sam Bradford, Oklahoma
Nagurski/Bednarik: George Selvie, South Florida
Groza: Louie Sakoda, Utah
Heisman: Chase Daniel, Missouri
Coach of the year: Bobby Johnson, Vanderbilt
(Outland, best interior lineman; Biletnikoff, best receiver; Thorpe, best defensive back; Davey O'Brien, best
quarterback; Nagurski/Bednarik, best defensive player; Groza, best kicker; Heisman, best player)
• CBS' Spencer Tillman on Pete Carroll: "After the Ohio State win, because of the relative weakness of Pac-10, Pete
Carroll's coaching challenge totally shifted. He needed to become Dr. Phil. Be basically Nick Saban, Nick can piss a
lot of people off. That's what he needed to."
• Clemson's loss to Maryland marked the eighth time in the Tommy Bowden era that the Tigers lost to an unranked
opponent at home. The others:
2006 -- South Carolina 31, No. 24 Clemson 31-28
2006 -- Maryland 13, No. 19 Clemson 12
2004 -- Georgia Tech 28, No. 20 Clemson 24
2001 -- North Carolina 38, No. 13 Clemson 3
2001 -- Virginia 26, No. 19 Clemson 24
2000 -- Georgia Tech 9, No. 5 Clemson 3
• Is there is any question whether BYU can play for the national championship consider that BYU debuted at No. 7 in
Harris poll and moved up to No. 9 in the coaches' poll. Jerry Palm has BYU 10th in his weekly BCS standings
• Lloyd Carr to Syracuse?
• Texas Tech has put up a website mimicking a presidential campaign for their stars Graham Harrell and Michael
Crabtree. Here's an idea Mike Leach, trying bringing both guys to the Big 12 media days so hundreds of reporters can talk to them in person.