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National notes

Posted on: September 15, 2010 10:27 am
Edited on: September 15, 2010 10:31 am

Don't tell anyone but we didn't learn much from Showdown Saturday except that Virginia Tech would have a hard time winning the Colonial Athletic Association.

For the most part, Showdown was a letdown.

Mark Twain could have replaced Mark Ingram and Alabama still would have beaten Penn State. OK, Ingram has better top end speed than Twain but you get my point.

Alabama's season is boiling down to three-week stretch during which Bama plays at Arkansas (Sept. 25), at home against Florida (Oct. 2) and at South Carolina (Oct. 9).

Miami still has work to do in its long-awaited comeback. Jacory Harris has a lot of work to do with his judgment.  After throwing four picks vs. Ohio State, Harris is tied for second nationally (at least in the NCAA top 100) with four interceptions.  Last year Harris was No. 2 in picks (17) behind Ole Miss' Jevan Snead (20).

Tennessee put up a good fight for a half against Oregon.

Florida State didn't even make it that far.

Player of the week besides the obvious (Denard Robinson)?  South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore who looks like a combination of George Rodgers and Herschel Walker for the OBC. More on him later in the week.

Interesting stuff here regarding Jeremiah Masoli's transfer to Ole Miss. Masoli contends he was given his release to transfer from Oregon before he was dismissed from the team. The NCAA initially ruled that Masoli would not get a transfer waiver to Ole Miss because he had been kicked off the team.

Not sure if I want Mike Leach back in coaching. Not because he isn't good at it. It's because he might be better as a radio pirate. Leach let loose on his satellite radio show.

On the lack of mercy given to outgunned opponents:

"If my third offense went in and we were up on them, we weren't going kneel on the ball. We were going to try to score. The reason we were going to try to score is because I spend all my time teaching that offense to score, not to sit and evaluate the feelings of the other team."

On his not having Alabama in his top five:

"A lot of folks are frontrunners and if you win last year they assume you're going to win this year and the next year. If that was the case, everybody was going to win the thing 20 years in a row. I'm prepared to be proven wrong."

Leach also said he had a standing $500 bounty on shady agents hanging around Texas Tech. Supposedly, that was for players to turn in those shady agents. Problem though:  Wouldn't paying off that bounty be a possible NCAA violation?

Leach is also an analyst for CBS College Sports.

USC might be the most unimpressive 2-0 ranked team. The Trojans have committed 24 penalties for nation-leading 240 yards in two games. Lane Kiffin's solution? Silence.

Three quarterbacks who have taken snaps at Michigan are in the top 10 in NCAA total offense this week:

1. Robinson, 442.5 yards per game
T6. Ryan Mallett, Arkansas, 351.0
10. Steven Threet, Arizona State, 322.5

Joker Phillips is first head coach to start his Kentucky career 2-0 since Bear Bryant in 1946.

Phillips might have the most versatile player in the country to this point. Through two games receiver/returner/holder Randall Cobb has scored a touchdown four different ways -- rushing, receiving, passing and on a punt return.

Steve Spurrier, a longtime playoff honk, on Boise State:  "The only way to settle those kinds of situation is a playoff. They aren't going to play the kind of completion that SEC schools play. We settle it with voting."

Thoughts and prayers for Arkansas kick returner Dennis Johnson who suffered what was termed a painful "bowel injury" returning a kick vs. Louisiana-Monroe. Here's the video

Who will coach Northern Illinois this week against Illinois? Huskies coach Jerry Kill was hospitalized Sunday after complications resulting from surgery earlier this month. Kill underwent surgery on Sept. 3, a day after Northern Illinois lost its season opener to Iowa State. Initial reports stated Kill, who had a tumor removed from a kidney in 2005, was suffering from dehydration this time. Defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys could take over if Kill can't go.



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2010 5:41 pm

National notes

I don't agree that early rankings should not be published.  Sure they don't mean a lot but it gives some of us FAN-atics something to do and think about while we are waiting for the real season to get underway.
Also, thank Goodness for football sports writers who do some of their stories before the season starts.  I guess we could wait and just have them write the nuts and bolts about each game, with no opinions or speculation. 
I'm a college football nut who can hardly wait until each season begins and is always ready to guess and speculate about future games and seasons.
I am not a sports fan, I am a college football fan.  The only NFL games I watch are because they have some college player I once watched and cared about.  I've only watched a few NBA games.  Once OKC got the 'Thunder' I kept seeing the stories while looking for college football news and finally watched a little during the playoffs.  I don't care for car racing or hockey and haven't been to a MLB game since Hank Aaron retired.
Go ahead, write about college football!  Make meaningless speculation about who will be ranked where before the season even starts.  I know my college teams can't play year round so give me all you can to get me through the 'in between the seasons.'

Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: September 15, 2010 5:02 pm

National notes

Not much to add here except what OUhound has already said.  Rankings prior to the first or second week of October are virtually meaningless and should not even be published until after the first full week of conference games.  Rankings based on reputation are ridiculous and unfortunately have  significant impact on the ability of worthy teams that are not ranked early in the year to move up in the polls

Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: September 15, 2010 11:52 am

National notes

Ok, so put the blame where it belongs, DD. You guys are the ones that facilitate these "hypes". Let's be honest. It would not have mattered if the outcomes had been different. Two weeks into a season is always too soon to be able to determine what is what, my own team included (which you picked wrong, by the way Wink ). Did OU virtually skip preparing for Utah State and spend that time on a great game plan to dismantle FSU, or is FSU just that poor this year? At this point, the same could be said for both OSU's and Bama's wins as well. We have no idea how good Miami or PSU really are quite yet, not to mention Bama and OSU.

There is no doubt that your industry is built upon controversy, and if there is none to be found.....invent some. Of course, this is nothing new. The papers learned that old trick decades before the internet was even an idea. So what's the real reason for the premature hype and pre-season polls? Let's see, those advertisers on the websites don't pay for those ads per click, do they? Naaaa, of course, money would never be the issue here.

We cannot go too long without another controversy so do us a favor and look into your crystal ball a bit here. Will the next "Super Saturday" be useless hype to generate readers, truly a decisive day, or somewhere in between?

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