SI.com college football writer Stewart Mandel shares his commentary, analysis and random tidbits on the latest developments around the country.
9/02/2006 04:40:00 PM
Saturday Observations Part II
Ted Ginn, Jr. and the Buckeyes look as good as advertised.
You know that rare feeling when you go see a movie that's been endlessly hyped for months, you figure there's no way it could possibly be as good as advertised, and you're mildly shocked when it actually is? No. 1 Ohio State is pulling off the football equivalent of that right now.
Summary of the first quarter-plus of the Buckeyes' game against Northern Illinois: Troy Smith throws a touchdown. Smith throws a touchdown bomb to Ted Ginn Jr. Smith throws another touchdown. Much-touted juco linebacker Larry Grant intercepts a pass and runs it back 48 yards. And even-more-touted freshman running back Chris Wells runs for a touchdown to go up 28-0. So much for looking ahead to Texas.
A couple other quick notes:
∙ My Purdue note a little earlier turned out to be premature. The Boilers ended up laying 60 on the Sycamores.
∙ I was a little thrown off to see No. 12 in a Penn State jersey racing 42 yards down the sideline. I thought Michael Robinson graduated. Turns out, it's freshman receiver A.J. Wallace, the latest speed demon to matriculate in Happy Valley. Man, have the Nittany Lions come a long way from the not-so-long-ago days of Gerald Smith and Isaac Smolko.
∙ Finally, am I the only one who considers it dangerous for nearly 80-year-old Joe Paterno to stand outside in a heavy downpour for three-and-a-half hours? Can someone at least get him a better poncho?