Ten College Football Top 10s
Less than two weeks before kickoff of another college football season, and everyone knows that when it's college football time, not a week passes without a Ten Top Tens, my favorite and usually most popular articles.
For a little twist, let's just try it out slideshow style for a week and see how it works out.
Ten Players to Watch in Week One
1. Jeremiah Masoli
His Ducks are underdogs, and the world will be watching, as it's the biggest game on opening night.
2. Kellen Moore
His Boise State Broncos are favored in the game against Masoli's Ducks.
3. Colin Kaepernick
I hear people talking like Nevada is going to be an easy team to beat for Notre Dame—huh?
4. Russell Wilson
The Wolfpack took a real beating against South Carolina last year. Do they get revenge at home?
5. Dez Bryant
Many think he'll be making the trip to New York for the Heisman ceremony.
6. Greg McElroy
Being Alabama's QB is never a no-pressure situation.
7. Tyrod Taylor
There are expectations at Virginia Tech, and they start in prime time.
8. Juice Williams
At this point in his career, beating Mizzou is the only option.
9. Jimmy Clausen
Was last year's bowl performance a fluke? Nevada will be a good test.
10. Jake Locker
Just how much of a difference can he make?
Ten People I've Accidently Slighted Recently
1. Craig Heyward
Missed him in my bruising backs article.
2. Emmitt Smith
Missed him in my pint-sized running backs.
3. D'Angelo Williams
Missed him in my pint-sized running backs.
4. Kirk Ferentz
Didn't talk about him in The Best Coaches Yet To Win A National Title.
5. Doug Worthington
Didn't include him in my top 10 defensive tackles.
6. Craig James
Missed him in the bruising running back article.
7. Paul Johnson
Missed him in my top coaches yet to win it all article.
8. Brian Price
Didn't mention him in my top defensive tackle article.
9. Georgia Tech
Didn't mention their 222 points in one game in my Records that Won't Be Broken article.
10. Maurice Jones-Drew
I still think he's better in the NFL, but many think he was good enough for my college list of pint-sized backs.
Ten Things That Are a Part of My College Football Saturdays
Chicago-style, of course.
2. Early Morning Run
How my pants still fit after eating so much pizza.
3. Acting like I'm listening to my wife while still watching the game.
Be careful on this one. I ended up having to go to a Broadway play by head-nodding one time.
4. Yelling at the TV
I know they can't hear me, but it still has never stopped me.
5. All-Day Chats
I usually have them all season long at my site, The Sports Chat Place.
6. Buying My Wife Flowers
It's a long season. I get her flowers every Saturday at the farmers market.
7. Following Multiple Screens At Once
Isn't it odd that there are rarely more than one or two plays happening at the same time no matter how many games you watch at once?
8. Checking the Line Moves
The lines move more in the last hour before a game than they do in all of the time leading up to that point combined.
What in the heck were we doing without this all those years?
10. Satellite Radio
How cool is this? I get all of the game packages on TV, but with this, I really get everything.
My Ten Favorite College Mascots
1. UGA (Georgia)
A no-brainer for the top spot.
2. Bevo (Texas)
The story behind the name is clearly the best.
3. Smokey (Tennessee)
Does that hound ever stop barking?
4. Traveler (USC)
Pretty cool stuff. I often wonder just how many laps he can do.
5. Sebastian the Ibis (Miami)
I grew up with this bird.
6. Chief Osceola (Florida State)
That burning spear bit is a classic.
7. Ralphie (Colorado)
Always a crowd favorite.
8. Mike the Tiger (LSU)
Scares the heck out of me.
9. Sooner Schooner (Oklahoma)
They always look like they're having such a good time.
10. Stanford Pine Tree
All you can do is laugh when you see a guy in a pine tree costume.
Ten Active Coaches Who Know What It Takes to Win a National Title
1. Urban Meyer (2008, 2006)
He's done it twice, including last year.
2. Les Miles (2007)
It's only been two years, but the way people talk it seems like much longer.
3. Mack Brown (2005)
He may have a shot at No. 2 this year.
4. Pete Carroll (2004)
He's had plenty of other chances to win one. This year is about as under the radar as it gets for him.
5. Nick Saban (2003)
Did it at LSU. Does he get Bama to the promised land?
6. Jim Tressel (2002)
His 1-2 record in title games almost dwarfs the ridiculous level of success he's had in Columbus.
7. Bob Stoops (2000)
Hard to believe his Sooners haven't won a BCS game since.
8. Bobby Bowden (1999, 1993)
Another two-time winner coaching and recruiting in the state of Florida.
9. Steve Spurrier (1996)
The way things have gone for the Old Ball Coach, it feels like that title was back in 1896.
10. Dennis Erickson (1991, 1989)
While there are more than 10 active winners, he would be the stumper in a trivia contest.
Ten Games That Will Have a Huge Impact This Season
This game is always huge.
2. Penn State-Ohio State
Could be the Big Ten title game.
Possible SEC Title game preview.
Is it trick or treat this Halloween for the Ducks?
Got to love Holy War.
6. Ole Miss-Alabama
SEC West eliminator.
7. Virginia Tech-Miami
It's early this year but will set the front runner in the ACC.
One of two tough conference games on the road for the Trojans this year.
9. Oklahoma State-Oklahoma
May be the best matchup since Les Miles left town.
No doubt the Cougars will want revenge for the embarrassment last year.
Ten Players Who Aren't Going to Sneak Up on Anyone This Year
1, Robert Griffin (Baylor)
He wasn't even the starter in game one last year.
2. Jacquizz Rodgers (Oregon State)
He wasn't supposed to be the go-to guy last year.
3. Julio Jones (Alabama)
Not sure anyone really believed he was just going to be an ordinary freshman last year.
4. A.J. Green (Georgia)
He's going to be even better without Matthew Stafford.
5. Case Keenum (Houston)
I think everyone's seen his numbers and knows what he's capable of.
6. DeAndre Brown (Southern Miss)
Arguably the best of the young wide receivers in the country.
7. Dexter McCluster (Mississippi)
Showed last year he gets his name called a lot in the big games.
8. MiQuale Lewis (Ball State)
At 5'6", he's an absolute handful.
9. Trevor Vittatoe (UTEP)
I like the Miners' chances of making a run this year.
10. Jeremy Avery (Boise State)
With Ian Johnson gone, everyone will game plan for Avery.
Ten Teams Who Will Be Better Than They Were Last Year
There is only one direction they can go.
2. Notre Dame
I thought the bowl performance was inspiring.
Don't kid yourself; the Vols are just a year removed from the SEC title game.
Year two of the David Cutcliffe regime will be one year better.
5. Florida International
Showed signs of huge improvement in spots last season.
6. Southern Miss
Went to a bowl last year but had a horrible start.
Lost a few key games, and I think they win at least one of those this year.
I know I'm in the minority in this thought.
They were even worse than their disappointing record.
They aren't going to be down for too much longer.
Ten Teams Who Will Be Worse Than Last Year
Just tough to replace a Donald Brown.
I think they were exposed a few times.
I was all over the Owls like white on Rice last year, but they simply have lost too much.
Last year was just a magical run.
5. North Carolina
They lost a ton of NFL-caliber talent.
Their schedule just looks really tough.
7. South Carolina
They went to a New Year's Day bowl last season.
8. Ball State
They aren't going undefeated in the regular season this year.
They'll still be good, just not as good.
I'm just not drinking the Kool-Aid.
Ten Teams Who Stink (Preseason Edition)
1. Western Kentucky
One win over a I-A team ever.
2. North Texas
The Mean Green were terrible last year.
3. New Mexico State
Are they just a lost cause?
Nothing pretty going on here.
5. Washington State
I don't think they win the Apple Cup this year.
I actually watched a few of their games last year, and that's time in my life I'll never get back.
On a 17-game conference losing streak in a bad conference.
8. Iowa State
I like the coaching change, even if it wasn't their choice.
9. Texas A&M
Horrible coach and a tough division make for a painful season.
Steve Kragthorpe has run this program into the ground in record time.