—I know I’m supposed to be the Heisman Pundit and all, but the whole Reggie Bush thing just bores me. The guy took money and now his Heisman is being taken away. Fine. That’s newsworthy. But let’s not act like he’s an ax murderer. He ran afoul of the NCAA, not the law. Should we put a scarlet letter on the guy, too? The media drumbeat that he has to somehow appear contrite or apologize for their standards is wearisome. The holier-than-thou op-eds are predictable. So he’s just another spoiled, self-centered athlete…is anyone surprised at that? And who cares anyway? He’s in the NFL.
—Dan Mullen is doing such a good job at Mississippi State. I think Florida misses him more than it misses Tim Tebow. The question now is whether Starkville is a stepping stone or if he’s going to be there for the long haul. He will certainly have a choice on the matter soon.
—After seeing the way Trent Richardson ran against Penn State, is anyone feeling bad for the Tide that Mark Ingram has been out? I’ve written since late last fall that Richardson is the more talented back, though that certainly is no slight on Ingram’s abilities. But it really seems to make no difference which of the two backs is out there–they are both going to be productive.
—Tressel Ball was made for last Saturday’s matchup against Miami. Ohio State sat back, played tough defense and let Miami make mistake after mistake, which the Buckeyes turned mostly into field goals. That’s Tressel Ball to a tee. The problem is that when that other team doesn’t make as many mistakes, the Buckeyes will have to generate more offense and they still don’t seem to be able to do that at a whim.
—Nebraska freshman quarterback Tyler Martinez was largely ignored by the local schools here in Southern California after a stellar career at Corona’s Centennial High. Most thought he’d be a safety in college, but to his credit he stood by the notion that he was a quarterback. And the Huskers are reaping the dividends so far.
—My thought as I was watching Oklahoma destroy Florida State was that the Seminoles still aren’t ready for prime time. One of the things holding them back is their offense. It’s just so hard to run a successful pro style offense in college football, which is one of the reasons I have long been skeptical of Jimbo Fisher as a head coach. It’s a great device by which to waste a lot of talent. Meanwhile, the Sooner offensive machine just rolled and no one is going to mistake that for a pro scheme any time soon.
—Kansas beating Georgia Tech a week after losing to North Dakota State and James Madison taking down Virgina Tech proves one thing: No one really knows bupkus about what’s going to happen in college football.
—As much as I think Lane Kiffin is a lousy coach, if you had told me before the season that USC would beat Hawaii and Virginia by a combined 16 points, I wouldn’t have believed you. Could be a long season for the Trojans, especially once Pac-10 play starts.
—Let’s be clear: I love Marcus Lattimore as a player. He’s an amazing power back who is set for stardom. But on my Twitter feed last Saturday I noted that he doesn’t have much speed in the open field and that caused some consternation. I never get why a minor criticism in one area always has to be taken as a wholesale critique, but it was. It’s simply just the one part of the game that he lacks. Heck, all you have to do is look at his yards per carry: At just 4.6, it’s well below average for this day and age. After 51 carries in two games, he has yet to have a run longer than 24 yards. I’m sure that will change, but the fact remains that he’s not exactly springing to daylight in the open field.
—It’s like a time warp in the Pac-10. Go back 10 years and you saw Oregon and Stanford as the two best teams, USC and UCLA staggering around like drunken fools, a bunch of quality NFL prospects at quarterback and Ed Orgeron and Rick Neuheisel roaming the sidelines.
—Speaking of UCLA, whoever scheduled its non-conference games ought to be fired. When you are a struggling program, it does you no good to play the slate the Bruins are playing this year.
—At this rate, Case Keenum might have to wait until game 10 or 11 to break that NCAA all-time passing yardage mark.
—Some teams that might be a year away from something really special: Texas, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Stanford, Michigan, Notre Dame.