On SportsCenter this morning:
"The SportsCenter Championship Series"
ESPN's college football staff is putting on its Swami hat to project each week of college football action and top 10 rankings before projecting a 16-team playoff and national champion.
We'll see where they take this, but I'm sure the cynics will have a field day if preseason predictions ring hollow. At worst it's a minor annoyance instead of hundred-decibel shoot-your-TV event as happened last year with the "USC 72, Jesus 13" slobberfest in December. However, there is the possibility that ESPN's staff could harmonize around a program of their choice and restart that steady drumbeat thing again that gives birth to bloggers typing cynical anti-media screeds like The Narrative.
Their top 10 list as of today:
- Ohio State
- West Virginia
- Notre Dame
- Florida State
Also mentioned: LSU, Florida, Michigan, Clemson, Oklahoma
I'm not sure how any sensible person not living in Austin and whereabouts can choose Texas at No. 1 (two quarterbacks and they're both freshmen) so this thing is already on shaky ground. Luckily, it's the preseason and this series doesn't matter all that much aside from energizing yap time at the water cooler for a few days. No harm, no foul.