10 Top 10s After Week One of College Football 2009

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10 Top 10s After Week One of College Football 2009
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Top 10 Teams

1. Florida: Until they lose, last year's champs are still No. 1.

2. Texas: Longhorns want to prove they belonged last year.

3. Alabama: Ownership of the fourth quarter was impressive.

4. Oklahoma State: Was it Bill Young's defense or Georgia's shortcomings?

5. USC: And the beat goes on.

6. Mississippi: That's Mr. Snead to you.

7. Boise State: Who is going to beat them?

8. Ohio State: I don't think Jim Tressel has ever cared if his team covers a spread—he just wins.

9. California: I'm not sold on the Bears, but they sure looked good.

10. LSU: I knew that road trip was going to be tougher than people thought.

 

 

I'm Not Impressed

1. Duke: You lose to an FCS team after I predict you to go bowling?

2. Iowa: Not good.

 

3. Illinois: Pathetic.

4. West Virginia: Struggled big time.

5. Rutgers: No answers.

6. Ball State: Horrible.

7. Tulane: Why bother showing up?

8. Western Kentucky: Still stinking up the place.

9. Oregon: That game plan took six months?

10. NC State: Three points.

 

Up and Coming

1. Notre Dame: The defense was much better than I thought.

2. Michigan: I'm not surprised in the least.

3. Army: We loved the Rich Ellerson hiring at the time, and we still love it now.

4. Navy: Gutsy effort in the loss.

5. Cincinnati: So who were the 10 starters they lost on defense?

6. South Carolina: May be too underrated.

7. Baylor: That was a big win on the road for this program.

8. Nebraska: All business.

9. Missouri: Didn't hear many people calling for them to win.

10. Kentucky: Another textbook Rich Brooks beatdown.

 

 

10 New Things I Saw

1. A Penalty for hitting: On Georgia.

2. A Penalty for tackling: On Virginia Tech.

3. There is a thing called a "perfect brownie": I never met a brownie I didn't think was perfect.

4. Feathers on uniforms: It didn't help the Ducks.

 

5. Players shaking hands before the game: I don't like it.

6. The whole field goal Northern Iowa thing: Can someone please explain?

7. Ohio State running out with the opposing team: A true class move—congrats.

8. North Texas winning a game as an underdog: That was weird.

9. Charlie Weis looking smart: Maybe not new, but it's been a while.

10. The Kenny Chesney Thing: Not a country fan, but it's not bad.

 

 

10 Stars of Week One

1. Mark Ingram: Delivered the blow.

 

2. Jahvid Best: He's almost too good.

3. Kellen Moore: A surgeon out there.

4. Michael Floyd: Unstoppable.

5. Jordan Shipley: A month's worth of yards for some guys.

6. Matt Barkley: Were the four incompletions the freshman jitters?

7. Tony Pike: How good is he?

8. Roy Helu Jr.: Nebraska may be on to something.

9. Freddie Barnes: Two TDs in the upset win.

10. Dyrell Roberts: Got VT back into the game.

 

 

10 Teams the Preseason Rankings Were Already Wrong About

1. Oklahoma: An honest mistake.

 

2. Penn State: Too high.

3. Oklahoma State: Too low.

4. Iowa: Yeah, right.

5. BYU: Too low.

6. Boise State: Too low.

7. Oregon: Too high.

8. Utah: Too high.

9. Georgia: Too high.

10. Rutgers: Didn't deserve a vote.

 

 

10 Games I Was Dead Wrong About

1. VT-Alabama: Had VT and the points.

 

2. Georgia-Oklahoma State: Had Georgia and the points.

3. Notre Dame-Nevada: Nevada didn't get a whiff of a cover.

4. La. Tech-Auburn: I got beat by Chris Todd—how bad does it get?

5. Illinois-Mizzou: I think the world was on the Illini.

6. Wake Forest-Baylor: Didn't think Baylor could get it done; they did.

7. Penn State-Akron: Thought it would be "name your score" for the Nittany Lions.

8. Ball State-North Texas: I officially don't like Ball State.

9. Oregon-Boise State: Ducks didn't get revenge.

10. Rutgers-Cincinnati: Note to self: Rutgers has burnt you at home two years in a row, and neither was even close.

 

 

10 Songs on My iPod for Next Week's Half Marathon

1. Cheap Sunglasses (ZZ Top): Start every race with it.

 

2. We Will Rock You (Queen): Usually gets me going.

3. Boulevard of Broken Dreams (Green Day): Usually around mile eight or so, when I am usually pretty alone.

4. Hair of the Dog (Nazareth): About mile five, you know how this one goes.

5. Give It Away (Red Hot Chili Peppers): I always wonder if other people can hear this.

6. Run Like Hell (Pink Floyd): I try to.

7. Sympathy for the Devil (Rolling Stones): A classic.

8. Wanted Dead or Alive (Bon Jovi): Good to get into a pace.

9. Crosstown Traffic (Jimi Hendrix): Got to love Jimi.

10. Dance the Night Away (Van Halen): Have finished with it on twice this year.

 

 

10 Post-It Notes for Coaches

1. Dan Hawkins: Call your Realtor.

 

2. Chip Kelly: Call your lawyer.

3. Chris Petersen: Call your agent.

4. Bob Stoops: Call your shrink.

5. Jim Tressel: Call the Army.

6. Bronco Mendenhall: Call your dry cleaner—your laundry is ready.

7. Dick Tomey: Call the retirement community.

8. Mark Richt: Call the schedule makers.

9. Urban Meyer: Call a real opponent.

10. Les Miles: Call your travel agent.

 

 

10 Best Games for Week Two

1. USC-Ohio State: Will act two be more competitive?

 

2. Notre Dame-Michigan: More interesting than we thought a week ago.

3. South Carolina-Georgia: Just a great rivalry.

4. Clemson-Georgia Tech: Should be a gem.

5. Iowa-Iowa State: Never disappoints.

6. Bowling Green-Missouri: Two Week One underdog winners.

7. Central Michigan-Michigan State: Stranger things have happened.

8. Houston-Oklahoma State: A track meet.

9. Pittsburgh-Buffalo: I'll be watching—this is my kind of game.

10. Fresno State-Wisconsin: Last year it came right down to the wire.

 

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