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

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

 

Start the Coaching Search
-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?

BYU
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.

 

Observations/Questions

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.

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