Some random thoughts accumulated since last Saturday:
—Shocking revelation of the day for me: Texas freshman wide receiver Marquise Goodwin can really play! He made a couple big-time catches against the Sooners and showed he is not just a track guy. Had I known he was actually going to get meaningful minutes for Texas this year, I would’ve included him on my list of the fastest players in college football earlier this summer. So, my bad on that one. Interestingly enough, the TV announcers failed to mention that he is a 26-10 long jumper, which is a really remarkable achievement to gloss over.
—Terrelle Pryor’s high school coach has articulated what most astute observers already know: He’s not being used properly at Ohio State. Says the coach: “They’ve put the reins on him and they need to let him go free. When I watch Terrelle play right now, I see a robot.”
I agree. How do you mess up a guy with those skills? Just wind him up and let him go. Jim Tressel needs to get some advice from Mack Brown on this one.
—The Pac-10 is the top conference in three of the six computer rankings used by the BCS, including Sagarin. Do you think perhaps that someone, somewhere, will entertain the slightest chance that a conference other than the SEC might be the best this year? I mean we have some data to support it, no? We can all assume that a magazine cover like this one for the Pac-10 is pending, right?
—You have to give the Sooners credit for being a resilient bunch this season. Sure, they’ve dropped three games, but the losses have been by a combined five points and have come without the services of Sam Bradford and Jermaine Gresham.
—It’s a wonder more bettors don’t go stark raving mad. This is what I thought after seeing Minnesota–a 17.5 point underdog to Penn State–getting stuffed on 4th and goal at the Nittany Lion 1-yard line as time expired. The final score: 20-0, PSU.
—Idaho might be the story of the half-season in college football. The usually hapless Vandals are 6-1 and bowl eligible for the first time. Can they beat Boise State? I think they’ve got a good shot, thanks to an offense that should be able to keep up with the Broncos.
—Bizarre turnaround of the week: Kansas State goes from being crushed 66-14 by Texas Tech to doing some smashing of its own in a 62-14 romp over Texas A&M. Can Mike Sherman be long for College Station?
—As good as Ndamukong Suh is, Brian Price of UCLA might be better. The guy already has 10.5 tackles for loss, which is a crazy number for an interior lineman.
—My BCS Bowl Matchups as of right now:
BCS Title Game–Alabama vs. USC
Rose Bowl–Iowa vs. Oregon
Orange Bowl–Miami vs. Cincinnati
Fiesta Bowl–Texas vs. TCU
Sugar Bowl–Florida vs. Boise State