BlogPoll Roundtable: Freshman, Tradition, and Scandal

Buckeye CommentarySenior Analyst ISeptember 15, 2009

KNOXVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 12: Lane Kiffin, head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers talks in the press conference after a game against the UCLA Bruins on September 12, 2009 at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. UCLA beat Tennessee 19-15. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)

It took me a few weeks to jump onboard the BlogPoll Roundtable but we have two feet firmly planted from here on out.

1. Which freshman impressed you more last weekend: the California dream Matt Barkley who quarterbacked USC over OSU or white lightening Tate Forcier who slashed through Notre Dame? Which one would you like to have on your team? Feel free to write in another worth candidate.

Tate Forcier was more impressive on Saturday, but if the overall hype regarding Barkley is true, then he has to be your long-term choice.  He beat out a celebrated run-pass option who was great in spring ball and a 9-game winner from an SEC program.  While super impressive, Forcier was ostensibly sharing time with another freshman quarterback before last Saturday.  I don’t doubt that Forcier is going to have a great career at Michigan it just feels like Barkley has a clear path to Heisman Trophy in front of him.

2. Let’s play a game of pretend the unthinkable happened. Commissioner __________ of your conference has been forced to resign after he was caught canoodling with some harlots. Great news, you’ve been chosen to succeed him. To make your mark you decide to make a big change. What is it going to be?

Round Robin scheduling.  It has to be done in the Big Ten.  I could be living in a cave but I do not sense that much desire amongst to get Notre Dame in the league.  And, if not them, who?  Let’s stick with 11 teams, play 10 league games, and preserve all the traditional rivalry games, i.e., Ohio State and Michigan play the last week of the season. With the 10-game conference game schedule the issue of the league calendar becomes a bit more pressing.  Part of the draw of the expanded conference run, we would mandate that teams not schedule cream puffs in the middle of the conference schedule so teams are going to need at least one—and probably two—bye weeks tucked into the slate. That means the season will end in the first of December, which will finally bring the weather into play for the Big Ten.

3. This week the quality of games is kicked up a gear. Other than your own, which game are you most looking forward to?

For me, it’s Tennessee/Florida and FSU/BYU.  The first important SEC game of the year is always a worthwhile occasion, especially when it is laced with the type of drama that comes with the inaugural Kiffin v. Meyer showdown.  I cannot say that I expect a competitive game but I do expect a timeout to called so one last FG can be kicked.

As far as the nightcap, I want to see if BYU can play with a target on its back.  If I were a gambling man, I would place a wager on Old Man Bowden.  Something tells me he knows how to handle an upstart acting a little too big for its britches.

4. What mascot and/or tradition would you thieve from another school if it was socially acceptable.

Um, Song Girls?!?