Now that all the main Heisman business for the week is taken care of, it’s time to reflect a bit on last weekend’s games…
—I know it’s early, but I’m struck by the dearth of weapons Ohio State has on offense. Outside of Terrelle Pryor, who is a threat to make a big play? As good as he is, can he carry this team on his shoulders yet? I’m not so sure. I get the sense that Jim Tressel has nothing new planned against USC and will probably try to grind out a win. In other words, he is going to do what he always does–play Tressel ball–or lose trying.
—The BCS needs to wake up to reality and either kick the Big East out of its setup or bring the Mountain West Conference in. There’s no doubt in my mind that the MWC is better than the Big East right now. The conference’s marquee team the last few years–West Virginia–just squeaked by Liberty. This doesn’t look good.
—Man, people sure are impressed by Tennessee’s 63-7 win over Western Kentucky. Of course, Lane Kiffin had his quarterbacks throwing late in the game as the Vols piled up 28 points in the fourth quarter. This was to boost the scoring and total offense averages for later in the year, I’m sure.
—USC looks like it has the second coming of Mike Patterson in sophomore tackle Jurrell Casey. Also, to my eye Chris Gallipo is an upgrade at middle linebacker over Rey Maualuga.
—I feel very good now about ranking Michael Floyd as the nation’s No. 3 receiver heading into the year. He looked like a man amongst boys on Saturday.
—Tate Forcier looked very good in his debut, and now I feel better for putting him on my Freshman Impact list. (This whole process is about making me feel better). But gosh, who isn’t intrigued by Denard Robinson, who might be the fastest QB in the country (10.44 100m)? That could be quite the two-headed monster at QB for Michigan.
—I think Oklahoma’s State’s win over Georgia was a big ‘prove it’ game for the Cowboys. They handled a team with quite a bit of talent and ended up winning solidly. This should give them a lot of confidence against the likes of Texas and Oklahoma. Oh, and now Georgia is finally aware of the pitfalls of playing a quality team on a real road trip. I wonder how long before the schedule starts filling up with patsies again.
—Speaking of ‘prove it’ games, Baylor did just that on the road against Wake Forest. Looks to me like the Bears will probably start out 4-0 and then get Oklahoma without a healthy Sam Bradford on Oct. 10. Sometimes it takes a little bit of good fortune to have a dream season. I’m thinking that Baylor now has a shot to go 8-4 or 9-3, reach a decent bowl and then head into Robert Griffin’s junior season as one of the country’s rising programs.
—The nation’s most valuable player might be Washington’s Jake Locker. Mind you, the Huskies went 0-12 last year while he missed eight games, but people forget he was this close to leading UW to a win over a quality BYU team. He single-handedly kept an outmanned UW in the game against LSU, too. I’d say he’s worth about 20-25 points on a given day, which means he more than offsets the negative 2 points from his coach. If the Huskies can play a little defense, they might win between 2 and 4 games this year. Not sure what they will do when he is gone, though.
–I tuned into the Miami-FSU game with major trepidation. But what a game! Jacory Harris is a rising star, but Miami MUST keep him healthy over the next three games–Georgia Tech, Va. Tech, Oklahoma–or the season could fall apart. If he holds it together, the ‘Canes could be on their way to a solid 9-3. Oh, and I think Graig Cooper is about to have a breakout year.
—I think Dan Hawkins is not headed for a breakout season and is likely to be gone after this one.