What's Got Me Ranting: College Football Thus Far in 2008
I want to start off saying that I think it's incredible how the time has been flying by this season in college football. We are already entering Week Four!
That being said, I'll give my two cents on a couple different topics and see where it takes me.
USC dominant once again
You just felt it coming, didn't you? Pete Carroll has made himself a legend as the owner of the best football factory in the nation. He just keeps churning out widgets until he is satisfied. The "Game of the Century" looked more like "The Game of USC Fury."
Honestly, I have absolutely no disdain for Carroll. In fact, I admire him greatly. I'm wondering, though, when some of these players are going to go elsewhere. I was also less than impressed with the NCAA's handling of Reggie Bush's situation, but that's yet another rant.
A couple other teams have stuck out in my mind, but the Trojans remain far ahead of the pack as far as I'm concerned.
West Virginia is taking the bumpy country road
They were indeed singing "Take Me Home, Country Road" after last night's loss. Veteran kicker Pat McAfee clangs one of the uprights in overtime and the Mountaineers lose to the Buffs. Bill Stewart has to start feeling some heat under his "tuchas."
You can't tell me that WVU thought East Carolina would be a close game heading into the season, let alone a Pirate drubbing of the Mountaineers. They are off to a 1-2 start and will most assuredly drop out of the Top 25 poll with yesterday's loss. Maybe Stewart wasn't the right guy for the job...?
It's time for people to unload the Tebow bandwagon
I just can't come to grips with the people who still think that Florida QB Tim Tebow is the front runner for the Heisman. I don't care what he did last year! The thing most people clearly don't understand is that this year isn't last year!
I know, he has a lot to prove in the next couple of weeks, and with a nice showing against the Volunteers, he could vault himself into the Top Five. Yeah, you read it right—Top Five. Not first.
If you remember back to when Matt Leinart won his Heisman Trophy, the next season he actually put up more impressive numbers and even then didn't win the award. Tebow is on pace to put up far less impressive numbers, and by any other quarterback's comparison, Tebow gets eaten up.
He has three touchdowns, all through the air. Last year his Heisman candidacy was based mainly on the fact that he had 20 passing and 20 rushing touchdowns in the same year. This year that just won't happen, Gator fans.
I wouldn't be surprised if Skip Holtz went elsewhere in '09
After having the dream season to-date, ECU coach Skip Holtz is primed to cash in. I think there is a relatively low chance of him returning to the Pirates' staff next season.
After almost being named the Cincy head coach in 2006, Holtz will surely find larger names this go-around. Don't be surprised to see this man atop every vacant coaching list in America come season's end.
A good Penn State team is flying under the radar
I'm really interested to see if this Nittany Lion squad can compete with Wisconsin and Ohio State for the Big Ten crown. I know they're only No. 16 in the nation right now, but they have been one of the top-scoring offenses in the first three weeks. I'm intrigued by multi-dimensional Daryll Clark, and we'll see where he takes them.
I feel as though this squad has a lot to prove after some early season success. I've seen some JoePa teams fall flat on their faces in this exact same position, but in two weeks Illinois comes to town, then PSU travels to Madison for a showdown with the Badgers.
This week is Temple, so it should give them a nice break before the difficult two-game stretch.
No Dorsey, no Flynn, no problem
After losing a plethora of talent from last year's national championship squad, the LSU Tigers have gone out and overperformed this year to the tune of a 2-0 record and No. 6 national ranking. The Tigers have dropped 41 points on both of their opponents, but this Saturday should be much different when they travel to face Auburn.
LSU has found refuge with running back Charles Scott. The kid can really tote the rock and will be a dark horse for the Heisman—err, until he faces that tough Auburn D.
I just think it has been pretty darn impressive not only how well Andrew Hatch has molded with his coaches, but his teammates now trust him as well. The former Harvard signal-caller is showing that he can have success on the biggest stage on college football, too: the SEC.
So that's this week's rant. Come back for a little more next week!
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