If 25 wasn't enough, here are three more "things" to watch in '08 ...
No, this isn't a new Justin Timberlake disc. Remember when Joe Paterno and Bobby Bowden used to be about who was going to retire the all-time victories record?
Now it's about which exit is going to be more ugly. Paterno is going Wallenda this season, working without a net, er, contract. Bowden has a succession plan in place but there is little buzz about his program this season.
Why do I get the feeling that both guys will still be coaching in 2009?
Overrated: Spring. Spring games are now televised. Some whack marketer tried to conduct a series of concerts/pep rallies leading up to the games at several schools. Note to fans: These are practices. By the time the season rolls around you will have learned nothing. Sitting in the sun on a lawn chair sipping Michelob Ultra isn't bad, though.
Underrated: These coaches who will soon have big-time jobs -- Al Golden (Temple); Brian Kelly (Cincinnati); Bronco Mendenhall (BYU); Mark Dantonio (Michigan State).
Here's how the conferences stack up for 2008, 1-11
2. Big 12
3. Big Ten
5. Big East
7. Mountain West
8. Conference USA
11. Sun Belt