Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Mid-season thoughts on a wacky college football season

So, what's one to make of this season thus far? Is the SEC really that good? Is Brett Favre the secret father of Tim Tebow? What the heck is going on with the Big 12 North? And, who's on the hot seat among the BCS coaching fraternity?

- How does one explain Kansas State? Losers by 52 at Texas Tech, they turned around last week and laid 62 on Texas A&M at home. Don't look now, but KSU's schedule sets up nicely for them--Colorado, at Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and at Nebraska. The Cats could legitimately end up 5-3 in the Big 12 North.

- Speaking of A&M, Mike Sherman has to be feeling the heat in College Station. The Aggie program is losing ground--fast--to Big 12 South rivals and now losing big to teams in the North.

- I'd pay significant coin to see Florida and Alabama play. We should get that chance in the SEC Championship game--likely the "real" national championship game.

- The Heisman, you ask? Sam Bradford? Nope--likely out for the season. Colt McCoy? Nope--too high in the interception-to-TD ratio. Tim Tebow? He's currently on track to have the least productive season of his Gator career. So, then, who IS in the running? The front-runner right now would have to be Bama's Mark Ingram--11 TDs, 903 yards rushing and 186 yards receiving to date.

- Disappointments? Let's go to Columbus and start with Terrelle Pryor. The kid who was the object of desire for all Big Ten teams is having a disappointing sophomore campaign (10 TDs, 8 INTs.) Next, travel down to Norman, OK where the Sooners are 3-3 and out of the national rankings in some polls. Further south is Ole Miss--picked by many to battle Florida for SEC supremacy. The Rebels have two losses in conference and next face an Arkansas team who almost pulled off the upset at Florida last Saturday.

- On-the-bubble disappointments? Notre Dame (two losses), USC (as usual, a loss in a game they should have won) and Nebraska (a big loss to Texas Tech in Lincoln.)

- Hot coaches few people know: Brian Kelly of Cincinnati, Chris Petersen of Boise State, Gary Patterson at TCU and Kevin Sumlin of Houston.

- Hot coaches everyone knows: Nick Saban, Alabama; Urban Meyer, Florida; Mack Brown, Texas; and Kirk Ferentz, Iowa.

- Coaches in trouble: The usual suspects--Bobby Bowden, Florida State; Charlie Weis, Notre Dame; and whoever coaches at Texas A&M, i.e., Mike Sherman.

- National championship game: Alabama and Texas.

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