Miami's revived offense, Florida's question mark, poll insight, more
This was supposed to be Tebow/McCoy/Bradford: Year II. But during this early part of the season, while the Florida and Texas QBs have remained largely quiet and the reigning Heisman winner has been relegated to a sling, a new cast of quarterbacks has captured our attention.
And yet, it seems some of you still doubt
No quarterback can succeed entirely on his own. Of course Whipple has played a role in Harris' success. But that's not the whole story. In Miami's first two games, three things have been abundantly evident:
With all that said, Harris is clearly the guy who makes it all go. The way he glides across the field and makes all those long passes seem effortless reminds me of a lankier
This week, we'll see if he can keep it up against some real pressure. On Saturday, Miami travels to Virginia Tech. Whereas
But that's where Whipple comes in. He's watched the tape. He knows Virginia Tech's first three opponents have rushed for a combined 200.3 yards per game. Don't expect to see Harris back there chucking it as much this week. His job will be to avoid mistakes, make a few big throws and keep things cool in the huddle when Lane Stadium starts rocking.
I have nothing but the highest respect for Chow, and what you say may be true. But couldn't one also make the following assertion: that "USC's offense began a slow decline" when one of the greatest collections of skill players ever assembled on one team --
Obviously, this season's offense is off to a particularly inauspicious start, and while I had no problem with Carroll anointing freshman
It's way too early to go passing judgment on Bates' hire, but it does feel like the offense has reached a crossroads. These are not the Leinart-Bush Trojans, but if they don't at least match the
Bingo. If LSU's only game so far was the Washington game, then yes, we'd have to look at in a whole new light. But when I say the Tigers are overrated -- and to be clear, by "overrated" I don't mean "complete fraud," but rather not yet the seventh-best team in the country -- I'm looking at their whole body of work. I see a team that's still highly suspect on offense (they currently rank 90th nationally at 325.7 yards per game).
And the same goes for Ohio State. If you judged the Buckeyes in a vacuum, you might say, "Hey, that defensive performance against USC doesn't seem so special anymore after Washington did the same thing." But as you may have noticed, Ohio State went out the next week and shut out Toledo, no small feat considering the Rockets came into the game having scored 85 points against Purdue and Colorado. The Buckeyes remain exactly where I thought they were after the USC game: a top 15 team with a chance to get much better by year's end.
No, no. In general, you should definitely listen to the computer. I don't doubt USC would win 91 percent of the time. It's that other 9 percent that makes this sport so fun, though.
I think the biggest thing we learned is that
I'm not overly concerned with Florida's performance, both because I know how tough Tennessee's defense is (the Vols are going to hold a whole lot of teams to 23 points or less) and because we've seen this before. The Gators' offense started slow last season, too, before kicking it into gear about five games in. Of course, Florida also lost to Ole Miss before that happened. The voters won't be quite so forgiving if the Gators suffer a similar misstep this year.
Right now, I think Meyer is still looking for some receivers he can count on beyond
A mockery? A joke? I beg to differ. My man Doug is a pioneer. He is the rare AP voter with the temerity to actually follow the AP's stated guidelines to "base your vote on performance, not reputation or preseason speculation," "pay attention to head-to-head results" and "don't hesitate to make significant changes in your ballot from week to week." Every year, people complain about the arbitrary nature of preseason polls; well, Doug literally tosses out his preseason poll as soon as the games begin and focuses almost solely on results (though he
But alas, it seems Doug is so far ahead of his time that his genius is doomed to go unappreciated. Last week, the readers of Pollspeak.com overwhelmingly voted him the AP's "
That Cincy offense is scary. The 2007
Cincinnati is definitely my Big East favorite, but I wouldn't go so far as to say it's "head and shoulders" above the rest of the league. While West Virginia didn't pull out a win at Auburn, the Mountaineers did rack up 509 yards of offense and look like they'll be tough to handle. Pittsburgh did a nice job shutting down Navy's option attack last week. And both Connecticut and USF boast top 20 defenses right now. It should be a competitive race.
I'm sorry -- did you send this in 2008 and I only now received it? I could have sworn the prime-time "arena football" duel Saturday night took place between SEC teams Georgia and Arkansas (final score: 52-41), not Texas Tech and Texas (final score: 34-24).
Well, I think you answered your own question there. Since the BCS lowered its auto-qualifier threshold from top six to top 12 in 2006 (in response to heavy political pressure from a coalition of non-BCS school), three such schools have received bids (Boise State, Hawaii and Utah), and two of them have upset big-conference powerhouses. Obviously, that built credibility for those programs to the point where Boise now gets much the same "benefit of the doubt" from the pollsters as a Notre Dame or Michigan -- the difference being the Broncos have to go undefeated.
As we well know by now, anything can happen in a one-game setting. So while Boise's schedule will undoubtedly go down as a joke, I don't see the harm in rewarding the Broncos (or TCU, or Houston) with an at-large bid should they finish undefeated. I will be interested, however, to see how the voters treat them the rest of the way considering they're already up to No. 8 in both polls just three weeks into the season, and inevitably, most or all of the teams above them will lose. How high will they rise before someone says, "Wait a minute -- do I
Uh oh. You live in Vegas? Please tell me you didn't do that.
Fortunately for me and my stupidity level, there is no such thing as "the BCS committee." Unfortunately for you, I do read my mail.