Here are five somewhat random college football thoughts:
1. Not so Fast OSU
Today, I opened my e-mail and found something interesting in my inbox. It was an exclusive offer for Buckeye Travel packages to Pasadena.
Since 2006, Ohio State fans have had their hearts broken time and time again, and every time it looks like the Buckeyes may earn some form of redemption or get over the hump, the hopes and dreams of the Buckeye nation are dashed.
What's worse? To lose a season defining game in a blowout (2006 National Championship, 2007 National Championship, 2008 USC)? Or to lose a season defining game late in the fourth quarter (2008 Penn State, 2009 Texas, 2009 USC)?
I remember the National Championship game against LSU like it was yesterday. I remember thoughts of redemption flowing through my head. Then, after the blowout was underway, it felt like I was fired from my job (I actually didn't have a job. But I think this is how it would feel if I were to be fired). It was completely infuriating. I ran outside, grabbed a few baseballs, and chucked them as far as I could into the dark abyss. I still haven't found those baseballs.
I went to the USC game earlier this season. Before that fateful drive, I remember getting really cocky and planning to storm the field after the game. After USC scored the game winning touchdown, it felt like Brock Lesnar had punched me in the stomach. It was absolute heart break. On my way out I saw two Buckeye fans nose to nose about to brawl. They should have been hugging.
Both of these games sucked.
Lesson learned—Never be too confident until that clock strikes zero. It only hurts more if you lose and you can still celebrate like crazy after you win.
2. The UC System
Living in Cincinnati, I've watched Brain Kelly completely transform the Bearcat program. It seems whomever they put in succeeded, especially at the quarterback position. Matt Mauk, Dustin Grutza, Chaz Anderson, Tony Pike, and now Zack Collaros all looked like complete studs at one time or another. A lot people attribute this success to Kelly's "next man in" philosophy.
I have a different theory.
I think UC is a system offense, similar to that of Texas Tech. The offenses are not necessarily designed the same, but like Cincinnati, whomever Tech puts in at quarterback puts up ungodly statistics. Guys are just always wide open. It's incredible.
This isn't a slam on UC. It's more of a testament to Brian Kelly's offensive genius. They should enjoy it now because there's no way he'll be there for long.
Regardless, I would love to see UC against a top tier defense so that we can see how good the UC system really is.
3. Notre Dame —The Morality Police
So Notre Dame lost to Navy...again.
And now they're criticizing Navy for "malicious" blocking and classless post game comments. Thanks for keeping them in line ND.
You'd think they were Catholic or something?
4. How Good is TCU?
Utah isn't nearly as good as they were last year, but they're still a quality football team. If TCU whips Utah, TCU will have to officially be considered legit. They still won't have beaten any really good teams, but its still better than Boise State's atrocity of a schedule.
5. Upset Special of the Week
Cal over Arizona. You heard it here first.