This one goes out to everyone who chastized me for saying that Ohio State is overrated: I apologize in part, because I was a little impressed on Saturday. Not completely, but a little impressed.
That win over Wisconsin definitely puts the Buckeyes as the class of the Big Ten, with Michigan struggling against the same Michigan State squad that Ohio State put away earlier this year.
The reason? I rank who I think is the best team, not the team with the best record. Granted, it is an inexact science, and I really don't care if you think I'm right or wrong. I really think that either Oregon or LSU right now would beat Ohio State if the two played against each other on a neutral site.
I know a few readers told me to back off the "Ohio State overrated" talk because of problems galore in Husker Nation -- the team I grew up loving. Look, after a while, you can only take so much pain.
But, the real story of yesterday was in Lawrence, Kan. The Huskers suffered the biggest setback in its 117-year history. Until yesterday, the "Blackshirts" had never given up more than 70 points in a game.
I'm not going to sit here and blame the coaches as much as everyone else. For as badly of a job they've done, the players simply looked like they gave up after the first couple touchdowns. You can't quit against a team that has a potent offense, such as Kansas.
Kevin Cosgrove and Bill Callahan have said publicly they don't know what to do. I know what they should do -- run out of Lincoln before more damage is done. Husker Nation is sick to the core and Tom Osborne needs to administer the medication. Yes, that means Osborne needs to fire Callahan. Preferably sooner rather than later.
Now, I've been the one who's counseled patience with Callahan because he's gotten out of a couple messes before.
But, what the nation witnessed on Saturday was a program in complete disarray. Callahan and his staff have been outcoached, and the players seem to have little passion to play college football. It is a complete disappointment to anyone and everyone who has ever cheered for Husker football. I'll bet Bob Devaney is turning in his grave.
Give KU credit -- they've got a heck of an offense. But their offense should not have scored 76 on NU. That was just pathetic.
A few more notes...
- I really think that Dennis Dixon cemented his status as a Heisman front-runner. Twenty touchdowns and just three interceptions is crazy. He's been on fire most of this year. Hopefully he doesn't fizzle out his Heisman status like Andre' Woodson or Matt Ryan. Speaking of Ryan, he may have lost his shot at the Heisman on Saturday with that final interception against Florida State.
- Why isn't Darren McFadden being mentioned at all in the Heisman race? I honestly believe he is the best player in college football, and that is who the Heisman Trophy is supposed to be awarded to. The way he's being used in the Arkansas offense is just awesome to watch, even though the Razorbacks aren't exactly title contenders.
- Final note: Division II Wayne State College in Nebraska is 7-3 on the year and 7-1 in conference play. This team hasn't had a winning season since 1995 and has played in one postseason game in school history -- the 1971 Mineral Water Bowl. Go Wildcats.