Just some items I've saved over the last few days...
---The New York Times' Pete Thamel has a good story about the money angle of the many lopsided OOC games that are scheduled annually.
I wonder if teams would schedule more equitably if there were a mandatory $1,000,000 fee to schedule the Buffalo's of the world?
---Redshirt Freshman Mike Kafka will be the starter at quarterback for Northwestern this year, as sophomore C.J. Bacher has nagging leg problems. Hopefully he can continue the offensive success established by forebears Zak Kustok and Brett Basanez.
---The Sports Frog talks a little about the amazing transformation with Stanford's stadium. The school was able to demolish its old stadium (work beginning literally minutes after the Cardinal's season finale against Notre Dame) and build a new one within a single year.
---Rivals.com ($) has put together some fancy Heisman candidate highlight videos.
---Many more videos available from this link at FoxSports.
---More from Rivals.com. Here's a cool story about the round-trip travel mileage logged by D-I teams for road games this year. Topping the list? Florida Atlantic, with 15,064 total miles traveled. The least-traveled team? That would be Purdue with just 1,994 travel miles to be logged this year. The most-traveled SEC team, the Arkansas Razorbacks, check in at No. 68 with 5,832 total miles.
---Hurricane turned tropical storm Ernesto continues to drag its way towards the Keys and South Florida after getting roughed up pretty bad after passing through Cuba. It is unclear whether/how much it will strengthen as it heads towards the U.S.
---Yeah, the NCAA doesn't get it. Callous fools sometimes.
---How much is Marshawn Lynch worth, according to the San Jose Mercury News? $800,000. Interesting read.
I really hate the word "exploitative" because it's often abused and thrown around as a weapon in public debate. I'll ignore that angle of this story to simply say the following: the NCAA can do better by its athletes. I'm not really in favor of free-market salaries or compensation for college players, but the NCAA desperately needs to find a way to be such poverty mongers. There will be a point some time down the road where either the NCAA will collapse and the system will turn to chaos unless concessions start being made to take a stronger interest in athlete welfare and economic freedom not tied to eligibility.
---Oh, and here's a little more about Lynch from CBS Sportsline's Dennis Dodd. Turns out the man can toss the rock a little. And about that unusual running style (I don't know how else to describe it other than herky-jerky)? Turns out it's from years of riding a bike that way through the streets of East Oakland.
---College Football News has moved to Scout.com.
---Now, where have we seen this argument before? "Power rankings?" "Prediction vs. relative strength?". I love my readers.
I was watching SunSports' college football show last night and there was a segment discussion this topic almost verbatim from the Mandel column. Good to see people are starting to wake up to the methodology arguments about college football's poll system.
Don't get me wrong, I love the polls, but there's a better way to do them, expressed many times on here. It's simply encouraging to see that discussion trickle out into the mainstream.