Well, November is almost over and what a month it was. As December rolls in, the college football landscape is almost completely different than it was just 30 days ago.
With that thought in mind, I would equate this USC squad with the UCLA basketball teams that came right after Lew Alcindor’s 3-year run–I’m talking the teams with Sidney Wicks, Steve Patterson and Curtis Rowe. Maybe they weren’t as star-studded and maybe they ended up somewhat forgotten by comparison to the teams that came before and the teams that came after, but they were pretty accomplished in their own right. If USC can lose the guys it did and still make it to the title game, then what will happen next season when everyone comes back?
Unless the Bush scandals stick or something else pops up, there’s enough talent at USC to keep it going for a while.
Pac-10: 80 per cent (8 of 10).
SEC: 75 per cent (9 of 12).
Big 12: 75 per cent (9 of 12).
Big East: 75 per cent (6 of 8).
ACC: 66 per cent (8 of 12).
Big Ten: 64 per cent (7 of 11)
Considering that, according to Sagarin, Pac-10 teams played 10 of the 11 toughest schedules in the country and the most games against BCS conference teams and still managed to get eight out of 10 teams bowl eligible (with a ninth at five wins), I think only you’d have to be bordering on lunacy to NOT rate the Pac-10 as the best conference in 2006 so far. Sagarin, as usual, agrees.
4. Is anyone else dying to hear what Florida coach Urban Meyer is going to say about the BCS this week? This ought to be good.
11. Speaking of great coaching performances, has anyone done a better job than Wake Forest’s Jim Grobe? Of course not. He’s the national coach of the year. Don’t think so? Well, ask yourself this: How many Wake players rejected scholarship offers from Florida State, Miami, Virginia Tech and Clemson to sign with the Deacs? Uh, that’s right: none.
17. Is South Florida the second-best program in the Sunshine State? Sure it is.
The South Florida question had me really thinking. You know, that program has a great opportunity right now to step it up, especially with Miami and Florida State in flux right now. Every year they seem to beat one of the big boys–last year it was Louisville, this year, West Virginia. With almost everyone back next season from a team that went 8-4 in ’06, the Bulls could be a sleeper team in the Big East. Heck, maybe they’ll be the Rutgers of ’07.
I mean, the Capital One bowl is nice and all, but you do understand….
Good Gosh Almighty: