So, as we enter the new college football season on the heels of the wackiest year in modern memory, you can't help but wish you had
Alas, no such book exists in the real world. But that doesn't mean we can't dream. If a future fact book were to show up on your doorstep in time for the 2008-'09 season, what exactly would it say? Here are seven guesses:
If this is a legitimate outbreak and not some ploy by Yahoo! to cajole more information about
Well, thanks, Jay. In related news, it's hot in the sun and the sky is blue.
Supposedly, Paterno's innovative strategy -- a variant of the existing spread offense -- calls for the Nittany Lions to throw and run for at least 200 yards each game in 2008. "Innovative," that is, until you realize that Penn State averaged 211 passing and 187 rushing yards in 2007. In which case, the "HD" suffix is just a fancy nickname for a killer 13-yard ground play to complement the Lions' already extensive arsenal of halfback draws and weak-side sweeps. Interesting.
In a move that could best be classified as "ahead of its time," the pioneers behind EA Sports' national marketing campaign took a different approach this year when it was time to launch
And that's exactly what EA Sports did with
If you thought
First, the good news. The Buckeyes seem poised to capture yet another Ohio state championship and edge out perennial contenders like Youngstown State and Ohio University. So, that's a pretty big deal.
Now, the bad.
Ohio State, despite returning a contingent of playmakers, did little to prove it could beat an SEC team after losing the BCS Championship in January to LSU. This remains the biggest question about the Buckeyes moving forward into 2009: Have they figured out how to defend against premiere speed?
With a showdown at third-ranked USC looming on September 13th, the Buckeyes could conceivably cement their spot as a title-favorite early in the season. Assuming they can slip past the Trojans -- and that's a big assumption -- the Buckeyes will benefit from a workable Big Ten schedule and will not be tested again until an early-October matchup at Wisconsin, which makes another BCS Championship berth very attainable.
But the problem, of course, is attaining the actual BCS Championship. And you can't help but wonder how extreme things would get in the C-Bus if another loss were to occur.
At some point over the last 12 months, you may have come to a crossroads with the running joke you had with your friends. You know, that one about
To be honest, it'd be downright foolish to bet against Tebow in 2008. In anything. Even those things, like elections, that he's legally forbidden from entering. I'm convinced he could still do it. Heck, with the inordinate amount of media attention he's received for his charitable deeds, it's gotten to the point where Tebow wins even when he loses -- almost like he willingly takes the wrath of the football-Gods so others can experience joy and hope. He's a football martyr.
So, with all that said, Tebow must be the pick for everything. For Heisman. For President. And definitely for national champion.
Last year, one columnist's decision -- cough, cough -- to
So, this year, I've taken all the necessary precautions -- from aliases to fake mustaches -- to protect my livelihood before making a bold announcement: Preseason No. 1 or not, Georgia's brutal SEC schedule will prevent it from reaching the BCS Championship. There, I said it.
(Please don't hurt me.)