Not that I've earned the kind of status that you should care about my random thoughts, but here are some interesting talking points on a crucial weekend in college football. [Just to get your mind off of OU for a minute]
*At least our misery has company this week. Who would have thought that the NCAA's two most recent champions (Texas and Florida) would both be suffering 2-game losing streaks and both be 0-2 in conference play? Perhaps Peter and Orson can discuss the finer points of suicide logistics on their weekly broadcast.
*Is John David Booty out of the Heisman race? He had an awful game, throwing several picks that resulted in Cardinal touchdowns in the Trojans' historic loss. And considering conventional wisdom states that the Heisman winner shall always play for a contender, maybe this will be the year we see a break in that tradition, after all, given that criteria, who's left? Maybe Darren McFadden will benefit from all the upsets and pull off a 4-loss Heisman.
*The team that may have benefited most from this season of madness is tOSU. They likely have the easiest remaining schedule of all the teams that are still in contention, and while they've been solid in their wins, I think they have more or less inherited their top-ranking. I pretty much feel something similar about Cal. Interesting to think that Cal has a one-game season (USC, at home), and they control their destiny on their road to New Orleans. Which essentially leaves us with a three horse race between LSU, Cal, and tOSU. Wow.
*Three times this season we've seen the "biggest upset in the history of college football." It started with ASU over Michigan, which was the first time a 1AA team actaully beat a ranked team. Ever. Then Syracuse over Louisville was the biggest upset against the spread. Ever. And now Stanford over USC is supposedly the biggest upset against the spread. Ever. All this in about 4 weeks.
*Poor Nebraska... 41-6?
Don't get me wrong, I hated the huskers when they were winning in the mid-90's, but still, I hate to see this stuff happen to such a proud program. They want so badly to be good again. But one wonders if it will ever happen. In a sport that is increasingly defined by parity and a job pool that sees coaches now preferring towns like Gainesville and Los Angeles over traditional communities such as Lincoln or South Bend, will NU ever get back to the glory days?