A Heisman-worthy junior QB who has yet to win a major-statement game playing in primetime? Did the Gators' Chris Leak watch Longhorn Vince Young's performance a week ago? We hope so, because HBO was airing Taxi at the time. Man, did that blow.
Here's what the Hurricane media guide says about sophomore tight end Greg Olsen: "Superbly talented player who could be the best tight end in UM history." Um, Bubba Franks? Jeremy Shockey? Kellen Winslow Jr.? That's some compliment. The transfer from Notre Dame had eight catches for a 17.1 yard average in the opener at Florida State.
I'm sure Beano Cook's a nice guy and all, but when Cook, who once predicted Ron Powlus would win a pair of Heismans, writes a column entitled "Who Says Irish Can't Win National Title?" well, that rates an 11 on the "Jumping-the-Gun-o-Meter." Spartans have won four straight in South Bend. If Irish are flat, they can make it five.
In their last 12 games, the Beavers are 9-0 versus unranked teams and 0-3 versus ranked teams. In other words, they are the ideal No. 26 team in the nation. That won't get it done against Brian Brohm, Michael Bush & Co.
Or, Purdue versus You're Due. Although it's only coach Mike Stoops' second season in Tucson, the Wildcats desperately need a "turn-around-the-program" win. The Boilermakers make only their second trek west of the Rockies (1998, a 27-17 loss at USC) in the Joe Tiller era.
The last time a gang of Sooners headed off to Cali looking so glum, Tom Joad was riding shotgun. Speaking of bandwagons, everyone seems to have fallen off OU's ... and landed on the Bruins'. Except me. Bob Stoops is still a great coach, and Adrian Peterson remains the best running back in the nation. Character win for the Sooners.
Bulldog quarterback Paul Pinegar, meet Oregon's Haloti Ngata, a 6-foot-5, 338-pound defensive tackle. Chances are the introduction will not be formal. Rather, Ngata will storm by a pair of Fresno State blockers, who will yell, "DUCK!"
Esteemed private academic institution opens season with a pair of upsets on the road against major conference schools?and earns just one measly vote in the AP poll? If only Vanderbilt had Beano Cook in its corner. Will it be Vand-emonium in Nashville?