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Top Teams 2008

After Week Seven

  1. Alabama
  2. Penn State
  3. Texas
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Florida
  6. USC
  7. Georgia
  8. LSU
  9. BYU
  10. Missouri
  11. Ohio State
  12. Oklahoma State
  13. Texas Tech
  14. Utah
  15. Kansas
  16. USF
  17. North Carolina
  18. Miami
  19. Boise State
  20. Georgia Tech
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Tuberville Watch III

This never gets old...

From the latest story about the new Harris Poll inclusion in the BCS:

Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville said the preseason rankings put his team at a disadvantage because it had too much ground to make up in the BCS standings before games were even played.



New BCS poll, setup

The Harris Polling company is taking over where the AP poll left off.

Plans are for 114 voters, made up of former coaches, players and administrators, plus media members.

Voting will not commence until several weeks into the season.

Resource thoughts---

Ho-hum.  It's another half solution.  About the best you can do unless, as proposed by HeismanPundit, you go to either a playoff or the original system of relying on two polls.

There is only one solution: Either go to a playoff or go back to the old system, which more often than not got things right. We certainly can't do any worse than what is currently in place.


We're on the record as saying we're content with the current system.  But, we absolutely loathe the idea of a playoff.  So for us it's either status quo, or back to the antebellum days of the two polls.

Also, having been around several programs myself, I can also attest that administrators and coaches are for the most part, in no position to really have any foundation of an idea on what teams are really the best in the country.  The linked story says former administrators and coaches will be involved, which might solve that dilemma but brings up another question... why?


Guess what we'll be talking about ALL season?

That school with the horse.

CBS Sportsline's Dennis Dodd is doing a story-a-day on USC this week.

Here's Monday's.

If I sound a little gleeful it's because I enjoy a good dynasty.  Think back to recent runs like the Cowboys in the mid-90's, those prolific Chicago Bulls teams, Nebraska football mid 90's, Yankee baseball late 90's.  Great stuff.

It's even better to be in the moment of something special and be able to take a step back and observe it happening.

What's interesting is the opposite dynamics emerging about the USC offense and defense.

On offense, every starter is returning, as well as some former starters like Winston Justice and Brandon Hancock.  But, Norm Chow made his way to the NFL.  So, talent isn't an issue, but coaching is, with the weird hydra-like gangleon running the offense of Lane Kiffin, Steve Sarkisian and Pete Carroll.

On defense, the Trojans have lost four All Americans in Shaun Cody, Mike Patterson, Matt Grootegooed and Lofa Tatupu.  But, Pete Carroll runs the NCAA's best defense (in our eyes) and he obviously returns.  So on defense the talent (or at least, experience) is an issue, but not the coaching.

Should be interesting to see where the chips fall for the Trojans this year.  More to come this week as Dodd continues his Troy-stories.


Free advertising

Must be nice to work and play in L.A.---


Reggie Bush's Heisman campaign just got some major free advertising.  In a Sunday ad for Best Buy, no less.

That looks like the Heisman pose, to me.



Superstar University of Florida blog, WeAreTheBoys is moving to the Scout.com Florida site Gator Country.  Be sure and bookmark the change, as we will soon do on here.

WATB's editor says he is steadfastly clinging to his independence despite the move to shinier, more corporate digs, and that absolutely nothing will change.

Independent writing is the backbone of the blogosphere, and I will strive to maintain that independence, despite the “big-time” brand name you’ll see atop the blog. If nothing else, I hope the increased traffic will help bring attention to my blog bretheren.

The new address can be found right here.

As an aside, GatorCountry appears to be ahead-of-the-curve for a recruiting site, welcoming an established team blogger into the fold as well as a cool recruiting wiki.  Both of those may very well be firsts for any team-based website on either of the two major recruiting networks, Rivalsand Scout.


Links coming soon


Friday Heisman blogging

  • New digs
We've added a Heisman section to our menu at left.  Right now there are eight sections:

  1. Heisman Vote Project-More details soon.  I want to be a Heisman voter, to keep it simple.  I guess it takes some lobbying and/or hey, look at me, Heisman committee.  Heisman Pundit tells me I've got a very slim shot.  He would know these things.  But I'll try anyway.
  2. Heisman Links-We've moved our Heisman links from the Heisman/Major Awards links section, freeing up the Major Awards links, and condensing the Heisman links.  It's an impressive collection of Heisman links that will continue to grow.
  3. The Heismandments-HeismanPundit's brilliant Heismandments.  They're the Heisman rules.  I dare you to find a more coherent analysis of the Heisman reality.
  4. Heisman Winners-It was a laborious effort inputting that information, but it makes for one less click to find out the names of the 70 or so famous men who have won the award.  Resource.
  5. Heisman Discussion Forum-I have great hope for this new feature.  It's just like any other message board, start a thread or reply to one, but it's ALL about the Heisman.  I'll be begging HeismanPundit to stop by often.
  6. Matt Leinart Watch
  7. Reggie Bush Watch
  8. Adrian Peterson Watch-These watches were created to track the three leading 2005 Heisman Trophy candidates.  Basically, we just want to keep tabs on these elite, generational college football players.  These pages should be quite interesting, and will be updated often.  Stop by soon.
  • Reggie Bush interview
BigPlayMag has an interview with USC superback and Heisman candidate Reggie Bush.  I haven't listened yet, so if you take the time to do so, feel free to give us a report on what was said.

  • Heisman candidate page
Dr.Football.net has his list of candidates for the 2005 Heisman Trophy.  Notice his top three?  No surprise there.  I am surprised that the media's more or less choosing Matt Leinart #1 early.  At least he's not being written off before the season as a no-shot since its become so difficult to win the award twice.

  • Back it up
Here's a very cool Sports Illustrated image gallery of Heisman winning backs.  Will this be the year the award finally goes back to the backs?  The trending of late towards quarterback winners means history says no.  But Heismandment #9 says "there will never be another two-time Heisman winner", which in theory eliminates USC quarterback Matt Leinart.  The remaining Heisman finalists from last year are ballyhooed backs Adrian Peterson of Oklahoma and Reggie Bush of USC.  Both now have plenty of highlights, a body of work as reference for voters, and play at prestigious Heisman programs.  In other words, they're entrenched as elite candidates unless injuries or a case of the yips (see Vincent, Justin) get in their way.

  • Trivia
A question---who do you think CollegeFootballResource.com would have chosen last year if he had a Heisman vote?  Hint---his Heisman pick was a back.

The answer next Friday.



Looks like something I might've done in high school on a drunken night with way too much time on my hands.

Take a look at the closet/minibar, with holes for "cups, bottles, and shot glasses".

Looks like a fun partymobile, except that it's a converted "small bus".


And the five most overrated

Trev Alberts, on stage again.  This time, the list courtesy of Voluminous (gotta love blogs)-

  • Miami
  • Tennessee
  • Georgia
  • Oklahoma
  • Notre Dame
The Resource reaction?  Hooray!

Some major slugs finally get consideration for "overrated".  UGA's been overrated three years running.  Tennessee same thing.  Oklahoma got exposed last year and if anything they're probably being taken a bit lightly, as they're already written off by most against Texas and Texas A&M.  The Irish are just perennially on this list.  But that comes with being the Irish.  Until another 1993 squad comes around, this is an easy call.

We're a touch hesitant with Miami.  The Canes finally have a balanced roster that isn't so star-laden, and their young quarterbacks could both be superstars.  Last year was a bit of an aberration (or was it?), so this is kind of a holding pattern pick.

Off the top of my head, no real analysis, and based on this year's preseason rankings, I'd add Iowa and Ohio State to the overrated list.


Chalk one up for the SEC

Via the Sports Central message boards that we just linked...

ESPN compares the Big Ten and SEC running backs, and at least in the NFL, the SEC dominates.

Not good news for Big Ten backs and running back recruits if you ask me.  Maybe it's all the wear and tear?  Very few of those SEC backs were really workhorses in the Big Ten mold, other than maybe Shaun Alexander, and even he was a bit more dynamic, preferring to run outside than inside.  I guess you can add Auburn's Stephen Davis to that workhorse category (criteria: everydown back, multiple-season starter, sorry Tennessee guys who came in rapid succession).

Mike Hart's diminished NFL stock just dropped a bit further.

I heard Ohio State signed a really big back this year, also, 230-pound kid for the 2006 season.  Wonder how he feels if he's read that?

For what it's worth, I think Carnell Williams' NFL career could be pretty short-lived.  He's had two durability/use type injuries, and plays way bigger than he is, preferring contact over taking it to the outside.  He also has a lot of mileage, seeing as how is coaches absentmindedly decided he was the superior of teammate Ronnie Brown.

Brown should thrive in the NFL.  Fresh legs, unnatural speed for a back that big, terrific vision, a combination running style, and he can catch the ball.  He might be a future Hall of Famer, in fact.  And then everyone will wonder why he was second string at Auburn to some guy with the ridiculous nickname of "Cadillac" who ran more like a Buick.  Blame it on Tommy.


We're all entitled to our opinions...

On tonight's SportsCenter-

Trev Alberts' top 5 "sleeper teams"

  • Purdue
  • Alabama
  • Penn State
  • Florida State
  • Texas A & M

Either tomorrow or Thursday, Trev enlightens us with his 5 "overrated" teams.  ESPN snuck in some video of Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops in its teaser.


A different kind of stiff-arm

Gotta bring that A-game, folks.

Unless you're Matt Leinart, getting Heisman'd might not be the best moment in your life.


Keeping us honest

Gotta love HeismanPundit.

Guy finds a new Heisman list (not a bad one, in fact), and then makes sure to point out that we better be indexin' that link.

Consider it done...

Well, soon anyway.

Thanks HP.


Fresh linkage


The day is inching near

You can almost feel it...

The preseason magazines are out, the blogs are freshly afire, fall camps just a few weeks away.  ESPN classic inexplicably had on the UGA/GA Tech game from 1991 on just the other day.

You guessed it, football season.

Keep tabs on WHEN, here.  Follow out countdown to the 2005 season, and watch that "Countdown Kiss" (stop by the link if you're confused) whittle away.

65 days and counting folks.  Fill your inbetween time well, because if you're like me, your life will be on hold from that first kickoff until early January.

As always, thank you all for stopping by, your visits make our efforts at website development worth it here.


July 4th

What a brave, bold thing our founders did on this day, so many years ago.

Freedom, and liberties, were radical ideas then.

Now, they are an expectation of all true nations.

That day changed the world, and we are its beneficiaries.


IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within. He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands. He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies: For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation. He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

Be Bold




Nothing too fancy here, but two blogging conglomerates, SportsBlogsNation and MostValuableNetwork have quietly begun adding college football blogs to their collection.  Previously, both sites have done a great job acquiring baseball blogs to their network, and baseball blogs remain the 800-pound gorilla in the sports blogosphere.

We're trying to change that here.

We've just added a few MVN blogs today to our blog links after noticing their growth, and SBNation includes Karl Dorrell loyal opposition BruinsNation.

Stay tuned.


Syracuse's #44

Any halfway conscious college football fan knows that there's something powerful to Syracuse's #44 jersey.

It was worn by Heisman trophy winner Ernie Davis, as well as NFL great Jim Brown and Floyd Little.

The College Football Hall of Fame is honoring the #44 uniform this year in a special exhibit to be displayed until December 1, 2005.  In addition, Syracuse is just now getting around to permanently retiring the number, in a halftime ceremony November 12 during their game against South Florida.

Read the release for more details, but we like this quote:

"The Syracuse 44 is the most legendary jersey number in all of college football," said Hall of Fame curator Kent Stephens. "What makes the legend even more notable are the numerous links and similarities between Brown, Davis and Little. The inspirational story of Ernie Davis further adds to the mystique."

Neat. What do you think, is Syracuse's #44 the most famous jersey in college football?  Also, didn't Rob Konrad once wear the uniform?



One more from iBlogforCookies

This one hits at an important point---schedule tough games!  Particularly, road games.

We'll repost the entire entry here because it's brief enough to allow as much, and because we can't figure out how to link to the specific entry (try here, look for July 1, 2005, and scan for "On The Road Again")-

In the past 15 years, the following national champions have had no challenging non-conference road games:

In 2003, LSU had a non-conference road game @ (2-9) Arizona.
In 2002, OSU had no non-conference road games.
In 2000, Oklahoma had no non-conference road games.
In 1994, Nebraska had no non-conference road games.
In 1992, Alabama had a non-conference road game @ Tulane (why?)

The following national champs did have challenging non-conference neutral site or road games:

In 2004, USC had a neutral site game in Maryland against Va Tech.
In 2003, USC had a non-conference road game @ Auburn.
In 2001, Miami had non-conference road games @ Penn State and @ Florida State.
In 1999, Florida State had a non-coference road game @ Florida
In 1998, Tennessee had a non-conference road game @ Syracuse
In 1997, Nebraska had a non-conference road game @ Washington
In 1996, Florida had a non-conference road game @ FSU (they lost)
In 1995, Nebraska had a non-conference road game @ MSU
In 1993, Florida State had non-conference road games @ Notre Dame (they lost) and @ Florida.
In 1991, Washington had a non-conference road with @ Nebraska
In 1991, Miami had several non-conference road games, including @ Florida State
In 1990, Colorado had a neutral site non-conference game with Tennessee and non-conference road games with Illinois and Texas.

There is a point here.

It is "stop bitching that challenging September road games make winning the national title impossible." The top teams go on the road and win on the road and prove they are tough.

Right on.


Michigan football, 2005

Interesting preview from iBlogforCookies-link here

Note: Click on the July 1 entry, "Offense 2005: A Different Sort of Preview"

It's an interesting way of previewing a team, matching up its offensive units against those from the 5-10 years previous.  Of course, as a CFB fan, this gives us some flashbacks, with references to the earliest iterations of Brian Griese (Griese I), Tsimanga Biakabutuka, early memories of a fairly pedestrian Chris Perry (pre 2003), and the undervalued but memorable to CFR receiving combo of Amani Toomer and Mercury Hayes.

Good stuff.