This ‘n that from yesterday…
—Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. The most talented team in the country goes on the road in conference and loses to a team with less than half its talent thanks to a hopelessly inept offensive performance. Seems like the same ‘ol, same ‘ol for USC. Except this time I don’t think the Trojans are going to storm back and climb back up near the top of the polls as in years past. Take a sigh of relief, Pac-10, it looks like the rebuilding year has finally arrived. Pete Carroll is now the West Coast Jim Tressel. He’ll be getting fitted for a sweater vest before too long.
—Seriously, everyone talks about how Tressel mismanages Terrelle Pryor. Was Aaron Corp handled any better? Now, he’s nowhere near Pryor talent-wise, but Corp is the first true mobile quarterback of the Pete Carroll Era and yet there was not a single designed run for the guy. Seems odd to me.
—Great win for the Huskies, but I’m not prepared to begin the annointing of Steve Sarkisian just yet. Sure, he beat USC with the help of a former Trojan defensive coordinator at his side. But so did Karl Dorrell.
—Well, it was a nice moral victory for Lane Kiffin not to get blown out by Florida. I bet he’s singing Rocky Top in his head after losing by only 10 points. Well, if he actually knew the words, I’m sure he’d be singing it.
—Both Tim Tebow and Colt McCoy looked rather pedestrian on Saturday. We have to remember that there is a lot of pressure on those two guys. They will need to start accumulating some numbers soon if either wants to win the Heisman. Tebow needs more passing yards and McCoy needs to stop with the interceptions. But as long as both teams keep winning and they don’t stink up the joint, they’ll be the favorites.
—The big winner in FSU’s romp over BYU? Miami. That win over the Seminoles looks a touch better now and could help the ‘Canes down the road if they are able to stay undefeated.
—I’ll reiterate what I wrote Friday: It’s too early to call Jacory Harris a Heisman possibility. If he can get through the gauntlet of Virginia Tech and Oklahoma in fine fashion, then we can start the engines of hypification. Miami is one of those schools that can produce an instant Heisman candidate, but to have a legit shot to win, he’s got to bring the ‘Canes back among the national elite. That means getting Miami into the national title conversation. Beat Va. Tech and OU and then that talk will start.
—Impressive conference debut of the day: Ryan Mallett of Arkansas, who threw for 408 yards and 5 touchdowns in a tough loss to Georgia. He leads the nation in pass efficiency and looks to me like the kind of guy who could easily be the first pick in the NFL draft someday. Hate Bobby Petrino all you want, but the man can coach offense.
—You have to feel for Jimmy Clausen. He’s finally arrived as an elite quarterback, but the Notre Dame defense does him few favors and now Michael Floyd, the best receiver in the country (sorry Mr. Bryant), is out for the year. Time for true freshman Shaquelle Evans to step up.
—I’ve been praising Gus Malzahn for so long here at HP and it looks like I’m not stopping any time soon. He has the Tigers at 3-0 and among the best offensive teams in the country with basically the same personnel as last season. I think Auburn has a real chance of starting out 7-0. If that happens, anything is possible, right?
—My quickie top five teams (subject to revision upon further reflection):
1. Alabama 2. Florida 3. Texas 4. Miami 5. Cal
—My quickie Heisman ballot (again, subject to revision):
1. Best 2. McCoy 3. Tebow