120 College Football Thoughts, Questions, and Opinions
Everyone knows the big headlines with the big teams. I decided to return to something I did before last season and give a quick hit on all 120 teams in the FBS. Simply, a quick thought, comment, opinion or question about each team. Some serious, some not so much. I will likely do this again in the summer.
Boston College- We want Herzlich (clap, clap, clapclapclap) we want Herzlich (clap, clap, clapclapclap)
Clemson- How much will Spiller be missed?
Duke- Who would have though we would see the day a coach would say I want to coach Duke football instead of Tennessee?
Florida State- No more Bowden? Weird.
Georgia Tech- New defense coordinator but old face for the ACC.
Maryland- Why is Friedgen still the coach??
Miami- Good call on extending Shannon.
North Carolina- A good number of returning underclassman should help next season.
North Carolina State- Despite being granted another year, leading rusher Baker has decided to move on.
Virginia- Trying to get NFL Rip Scherer for offense. To be honest, I don’t know much about him.
Virginia Tech- Way to step up and take on Boise State when most teams appear to be avoiding them.
Wake Forest- Is it just me or does it seem like Skinner was there forever?
Baylor- Griffin gets a medical red shirt, should keep Baylor on an up tick.
Colorado- What’s the deal with all the players transferring?
Iowa State- Looks like last years hire of Rhoads was a smart one.
Kansas- I wonder how new coach Gill feels about recruiting.
Kansas State- Snyder came back, but so far nothing special.
Missouri- One of the top rumors here is would they and could they be the team to help expand the Big Ten.
Nebraska- Defense should be good again, but how do you replace a guy like Suh?
Oklahoma- Ready for more Landry Jones, not so much for his stache.
Oklahoma State- New offensive coordinator, but is Gundy still calling the plays?
Texas- The plan stays in place, Muschamp didn’t jump ship.
Texas A&M- Can’t get much better news that All American National leader in sacks returning.
Texas Tech- I will be interested to see how much this team changes with Tuberville.
Cincinnati- New coach. Central Michigan paid off before, let's see if history repeats.
Connecticut- After the tragedy earlier in the year, nice win over an SEC opponent to take some momentum into 2010.
Louisville- Maybe a little SEC attitude and flavor coming to the Big East.
Pitt- Gonna be all about Lewis next season.
Rutgers- I have a feeling we will be seeing a whole lot of Sanu next season.
South Florida- New coach for the first time ever.
Syracuse- One season and rumors were up for Marrone to move on to other positions? Maybe we should let him try to succeed here first.
West Virginia- Good news, Devine and Sanders are coming back.
Illinois- I would ask how you replace Williams and Benn, but I don’t remember them doing a whole lot last season anyway.
Indiana- I guess no turnover is good considering all the coaches they have gone through.
Iowa- Huge momentum going into next season, could they be making a push at the Big Ten title?
Michigan- Year three for Rich Rod. Is it make or break?
Michigan State- Bringing back seven suspended players could help, could hurt.
Minnesota- Could be losing offensive coordinator to the NFL.
Northwestern- What’s the deal with wanting to play football in baseball stadiums?
Ohio State- If Pryor keeps playing like he did in the Rose Bowl, look out.
Penn State- Paterno still the head coach. Better news in my opinion, Royster is coming back.
Purdue- Purdue improved just a little from '08 to '09. Much more is needed.
Wisconsin- 10-3 and only fourth place in the conference?
East Carolina- Still awaiting a new coach.
Houston- Sumlin and Keenum back could be key for another good year.
Memphis- Tommy West out, Larry Porter in. My guess, good running back recruits.
Marshall- Hired the new coach from a rival. Now he is taking recruits with him.
Rice- Not much to say other than I don’t know if they can get much worse so that’s good, right?
SMU- Back to a bowl game since forever. I would say Jones was a good choice.
Southern Miss- Fedora is winning, just maybe not big enough. Back to back 7-6 seasons.
Tulane- I think it is time to start looking to replace coach Toledo
Tulsa- Bringing in a high school coach to run the offense.
UAB- Couldn’t win with Joe Webb; I don’t expect them to win without him.
UCF- Bringing back Skaldany to help with defense and special teams.
UTEP- Vittatoe and Buckram back just might give the Miners a chance.
Army- Just a game away from a bowl last year, maybe 2010 is the year.
Navy- I would like to recommend Dobbs in large doses everywhere. That may be a given though.
Notre Dame- Kelly has had success everywhere he has been. Time to see if he can do it again.
Akron- Brookhart lifted the program, now they are hoping for Ianello to take them to the next level.
Ball State- From 12-2 to 2-10. Wow what a drop.
Bowling Green- Clawson another name up for ECU? Not so fast my friend.
Buffalo- Loss of Gill now what will become of the program.
Central Michigan- Cincinnati keeps taking the coaches, but Central Michigan keeps rolling. Too bad LeFevour is gone.
Eastern Michigan- Year one for Ron English was an 0-12 season. Can’t get worse?
Kent State- Has anyone heard if Jarvis is getting another year or is he moving on?
Miami OH- To be honest, I thought they were going to go 0-12. They surprised me and won one.
Northern Illinois- Jerry Kill has taken the Huskies on a one game flip going 6-7 to 7-6.
Ohio- That makes a pair of MAC championship game losses under Solich. I say they win it soon.
Temple- I hear Golden’s name has been tossed around for some other job openings.
Toledo- The Rockets seem to be able to beat teams like Michigan and Colorado but not the rest of the MAC.
Western Michigan- I will likely pick them again and they will likely lose again.
Air Force- Held on to the head guy but maybe not the defensive coordinator.
BYU- The good news is Unga is coming back. The bad news Pitta and Hall are done.
Colorado State- After a good start I really thought they had something going, I was wrong.
New Mexico- Did anyone else know that they had the national leader in tackles?
San Diego State- Hoke double the wins from '08 to '09. If he can do it again the Aztecs could go to a bowl.
TCU- Ready to make another run at the Mountain West and BCS.
UNLV- Welcome to the FBS coach Hauck. You done good at Montana good luck in the Mountain West.
Utah- Looks like the QB race will be one worth watching.
Wyoming- What a finish to the season. On the up tick moving forward.
Arizona- Everyone making a big deal of Gronkowski leaving. Did anyone else notice he didn’t play last season?
Arizona State-Well at least Erickson is still there. Wait, is that still a good thing?
Cal- Best is out. I wonder if since Cal was rated high last season and they bombed if they will do good if projected low?
Oregon- All the pieces are there for a repeat conference title, maybe more.
Oregon State- Three BCS game opponents on the schedule, could help, could hurt.
Stanford- Bye bye Toby.
UCLA- Way to hold on to Chow. Because your offense has been sooooo good under him.
USC- Kiffin, huh? Good luck with that.
Washington- Locker is back so that’s good.
Washington State- Year Three for Wulff. Will he get more if they don’t win?
Alabama- Got the goods to repeat for both the SEC and the National Championship.
Arkansas- Well Petrino got the Razorbacks to a bowl but I still feel like I am waiting to see more from him.
Auburn- Remember when the Auburn fans were pissed off about the Chizik hire?
Florida- So is Urban coming back or taking time off or what?
Georgia- New defensive coordinator bringing some NFL experience.
Kentucky- Thanks for everything coach Brooks.
LSU- Rumors are up that Crowton could return to Louisiana Tech.
Mississippi- Snead moving on.
Mississippi State- Brett went to Southern Miss and now his nephew is a Bulldog.
Tennessee- Interesting choice in Dooley. Oh Derek Dooley? Hmmm.
South Carolina- Sounds like the Gamecocks could be getting a highly ranked running back in Lattimore.
Vanderbilt- Going after it, no FCS teams on the schedule.
Arkansas State- Not a great season, and there is rebuilding to do to squads that weren’t great to start with.
Florida Atlantic- Bad season, but with Schnellenberger still as the coach, I would expect a return to the upper half.
FIU- I thought they had a shot at a bowl but I was wrong. I don’t know what I will think for next season.
Louisiana Lafayette- One of two Sun Belt teams to finish 6-6 but not get a bowl invite.
Louisiana Monroe- The other Sun Belt team at 6-6 at home for the holidays.
Middle Tennessee- Stockstill is staying and so is Dasher, as far as I have heard.
North Texas- Dodge to return despite another losing season.
Troy- Should be at the top of the Sun Belt again next season but losing position coaches is affecting recruiting.
Western Kentucky- First year of D1A less than successful. New coach, year two can’t get much worse.
Boise State- Early favorite to win the WAC, again. Early favorite to go to a BCS bowl, again. Early projections giving them a shot at the National Championship? That’s new.
Fresno State- The bad news is Matthews is leaving early. The good news is Fresno usually reloads at RB.
Hawaii- Hawaii has always been about big offense, good news Salas, Moniz, and a number of other skill players return.
Idaho- Vandals surprised everyone last season but losing key players.
Louisiana Tech- I have heard a few rumors on a new coach, and I do mean NEW coach.
Nevada- One of the three 1000 yard rushers is gone but that means two are coming back.
New Mexico State- Coach Walker chooses NMS over the NFL, interesting call.
San Jose State- Tomey has chosen to retire. In comes Mike MacIntyre from Duke.
Utah State- To most teams 4-8 is a bad season. For the Aggies it is the best in about seven years. Could be a step forward.
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