What a glorious Saturday it was! I hope none of you are ruining it by watching the NFL.
—First image I saw from the Notre Dame-Michigan game was a Wolverine jersey with the name ‘Woolfolk’ on it. For a split second, I thought I was eight years old again.
—Why is everyone raving about Matt Barkley? He’s solid, no doubt, and his poise on USC’s last drive was impressive, but the freshman quarterback everyone should be raving about is Tate Forcier! Remember what I wrote on Friday about how Barkley was being hyped for the wrong reasons and that he was better mentally than physically? I think it showed against Ohio State. For all the talk of Barkley being an ‘outlier’, the USC game plan was conservative and designed to minimize his shortcomings. You don’t do that for true outliers.
As for Forcier, what can you say? He made plays with his arm and with his feet and showed just as much poise and savvy as Barkley. Of course, we’ve liked him here at HP for quite a while. He’s going to be fun to watch for the next four years.
—I feel bad for Jimmy Clausen. He has clearly developed into an elite quarterback. But it seems like his teammates just aren’t up to par. They either drop his passes or can’t stop the other team’s offense. And so his talent is squandered.
—Glad to see Michael Floyd is fine after that nasty spill he took. I’ll say it now: He’s the most dominant receiver in college football. Reminds me of a mix between Larry Fitzgerald and Mike Williams.
—I told you Lane Kiffin was an insane hire. Run the ball four straight times right at Brian Price? Smart. I didn’t think it was possible, but Jonathan Crompton looks like he has regressed since last season. Gonna be a long season for the Vols and it only gets worse next week with a visit to the Swamp.
—There’s been a lot of talk of Eric Berry and Taylor Mays this offseason. But the biggest playmaker at safety in the country wasn’t playing for Tennessee or USC on Saturday. I’m talking about UCLA’s Rahim Moore, who already has five interceptions on the season, following up three picks against San Diego State with two against the Vols. The scary thing is that he picked off a third pass against Tennessee, but had the play negated due to an offsides penalty. I’m sure the NCAA historians would’ve been burning the midnight oil trying to find the last player to have back-to-back three-interception games.
—The USC-Ohio State game was a slugfest played on Jim Tressel’s terms, which is why the Buckeyes almost pulled it out. Tressel Ball is all about defense, special teams, field position, ball control offense and turnovers. USC got sucked into that style and was able to hang. In the end, the team with the better talent won.
—It still doesn’t seem like Ohio State uses Terrelle Pryor properly. He just seems like a fish out of water playing for the Buckeyes. I just don’t think you should run a ball control offense with a talent like that at quarterback. Imagine if he were playing for Michigan in the spread….geez.
—I’m happy for Houston for getting that breakthrough win over Oklahoma State. Some of you out there have been wondering why Case Keenum hasn’t been getting much Heisman love here. Well, wins like this one can generate attention and I’m sure you’ll see Keenum on some Heisman lists soon. He was fantastic and the Houston offense looked unstoppable at times. Congrats to Kevin Sumlin, who made my list of underrated coaches over the summer.
—I think Jimbo Fisher should be fired from his position as head coach-in-waiting at Florida State.
—Don’t look now, but it looks like Gus Malzahn is starting to work some magic down on the Plains.
—I knew you couldn’t keep Dan LeFevour down for too long. Nice win for the Chippewas.