Fresh Take: UW, UH, A&M On the Rise

SportsChLeagueContributor ISeptember 27, 2009

SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 19:  Quarterback Jake Locker #10 of the Washington Huskies looks to pass the ball against the USC Trojans on September 19, 2009 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. The Huskies defeated the Trojans 16-13. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Get the Welcome Wagon Ready!

These programs are coming back to the party:

-Washington: Steve Sarkisian looks like the perfect fit.  The Huskies played with LSU, upset USC win, Jake Locker is a true leader, and Husky Stadium still a great atmosphere.

-Texas A&M: QB Jerrod Johnson quietly leads the nation’s #1 Offense. We’ll know more this weekend when the Aggies take on the Hogs in Dallas.

-Nebraska: Bo Pelini has the Huskers believing.

-Tennessee: Lane Kiffin is like a shot of adrenaline. Kiffin and Coach O will recruit.

-Houston: Kevin Sumlin reviving a once-proud program


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-CU: Looks like Dan Hawkins just a bad fit.
-UVA: Al Groh needs to start packing up his desk now; save recruiting visits for the next guy


Big 12, briefly
OU wasn’t prepared for a QB not named Bradford. OSU had the season’s worse hangover after the party of all parties. Baylor couldn’t handle the media hype against Connecticut.

Mizzou appears to have maintained a solid club despite huge losses.  A&M’s True Freshmen young guns seem to be primed for marked improvement in Aggieland.  Texas keeps rollin’ with sharp-shooter Colt McCoy and a cast of immense talent.

Tech, Leach’s Stock Falling
With the rise of OSU, and  Texas A&M showing signs of waking up from its decade-long slumber, Texas Tech hangs on another year or two as a spoiler until self-proclaimed pirate Mike Leach’s peg leg gives way.


Notre Dame
The Irish are stockpiled with talent but Charlie Weis is hanging on by a thread.  UW’s Sarkisian and Locker might be carrying hammers this weekend to drive a few more nails in Weis’ coffin. Will the University of Cincinnati’s Brian Kelly the next in line to be tasked with waking up the echoes?

An example of why Non-BCS schools don’t belong.  The ‘BCS Busters’ would cease to exist if they played more than one away game every year against a team with more than 15,000 people cheering against them.  Utah’s Sugar Bowl win is an example of a team getting up for one game; play 4 of those in unfriendly territory every year, and the concept of the ‘BCS Buster’ wouldn’t exist.



Ole Miss / Houston Nutt: Is Nutt living on Coach O’s recruits?

LSU: looks like a slow deterioration on the bayou.  The Tigers are at a point where they can either rise back to the nation’s elite, or head down the path back to the Capital One Bowl, or worse.

Florida State: Looked great vs. BYU; a sign of things to come?

Miami: will the blue-chip depth come of age & return the “U” to dominance?  In the words of our favorite analyst Lee Corso, “Not so fast!” VT proved the “U” isn’t quite back yet.

Michigan: will Rodriguez’ year 2 and 3 trend continue?

USC will win out; the UW loss will be a blip on the screen.

-The PAC-10 is underrated.