Each week, our founder checks in with his look at college football, the greatest sport in all of creation. In addition, he offers his insights on where things currently stand with the Cyclones.
If I had a vote in the AP
(8-0)…Nothing to say that hasn't
already been said about the number one team in the land. See you November 18th.
Michigan (8-0)…It was a game that
was much tougher and closer than the 14-point spread indicated, still the
Wolverines likely cleared their final hurdle before the game of the year.
(6-0)…The Trojans head to the road
for two straight games before facing with what could be the toughest four-game
closing stretch in the nation.
(7-0)…Now the real season begins
for the Mountaineers, who face one the most anticipated games of the 2006 season
(7-1)…Longhorns survived Colt McCoy's first true road start, their first trip outside of the state, the
weather, kicking woes, and a hostile crowd to stay in control in the Big
(7-1)…After hammering Tulane the
Tigers should take Ole Miss behind the woodshed next.
Florida (6-1)…Gators had two weeks to pout over their second
half collapse at Auburn and should be focused for the World's
Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.
Tennessee (6-1)…Survived a scare
from Alabama that should give them some momentum in advance of a tough
three-game swing that will decide whether they qualify for the BCS or not.
Louisville (7-0)…Overcame a first half letdown against Syracuse when they got caught looking ahead to this week's
showdown with West
Clemson (7-1)…Looked great in the
national spotlight, but don't forget that if the Tigers get upset at Virginia Tech this week the Tigers still may be left out of the ACC Championship
Rutgers (7-0)…Hardly anyone is talking about this team, but the
Scarlet Knights just swept three games on the road against three teams that will
likely be going bowling this postseason.
California (7-1)…Nearly blew a shot at their first Rose Bowl since
1959 against a Washington squad reeling from the loss of its
(6-1)…Gets one more tune-up
against Louisiana-Monroe before the pressure of maintaining their surprising
lead in the SEC West returns.
Boston College (6-1)…Quietly the Eagles stayed in control of their own
ACC destiny by confirming our suspicions that Florida State's program is in decline.
15. Notre Dame (6-1)…Still not sure how good
the Irish really are. They haven't
played 60 minutes of quality football yet this season, and we're already
entering late October.
(6-2)…Has two weeks to prepare for
a visit to Knoxville in what is a must-win if the Tigers
want to get back on the BCS radar.
(8-0)…The Broncos are playing two
opponents each week in their quest to be the BCS spoiler: the other team and the
computers who don't seem all that impressed with their resume.
Wisconsin (7-1)…A young team that
just keeps getting better and better and should at least put together another
solid double-digit win season that includes another January bowl berth.
Oklahoma (5-2)…If the Sooners are
going to avoid missing a January bowl game for the second consecutive season
they need these next two road games against ranked foes.
Georgia Tech (5-2)…This week's
home game with Miami (Fla.) could be the
biggest of the Chan Gailey era. A
win likely puts the Yellowjackets in the ACC Championship Game, barring a total
collapse down the stretch.
A&M (7-1)…That was a better
than you think comeback win over Oklahoma State, but can the Aggies avoid
repeating their recent struggles with Baylor this week?
Missouri (7-1)…With the Kansas State monkey off their back the
Tigers face their old Big 8 stumbling blocks Oklahoma and Nebraska back-to-back.
Nebraska (6-2)…Physically looked
like they belonged on the same field as the defending national champions, but a
costly turnover on a play that would've likely clinched the victory stalled what
would've been a statement win.
24. Wake Forest (6-1)…There shouldn't be
any slip up at hapless North Carolina this week, so why does one still get the
feeling the Demon Deacons are on upset alert in Chapel Hill?
(6-2)…Didn't look all that great
in beating Mississippi State, and the ‘Dawgs are really beat up
heading into the big rivalry game against the Gators.
Honorable Mention: #26 Oregon (5-2), #26 Brigham Young (5-2), #27
Pittsburgh (6-2), #29 Tulsa (6-1), #30 South Carolina (5-2).
Troy Smith, Ohio State—He's so far out in front now that if his team wins
out he'll win the award in a landslide.
Mike Hart, Michigan—Week in and week out he's the most consistent
player in college football regardless of position.
Steve Slaton/Pat White, West
Virginia—These two are interchangeable parts and difficult
to differentiate. Can teammates
share the award?
The Good, The Bad, & The
Ugly on the Cyclones
Good—Those new Hy-Vee chicken
grillers are pretty good!
Bad—Same as it ever was.
Ugly—Last week's MVP was a punter,
praised for his "mental toughness." This week's MVP was a kicker, and it wasn't
because he made a clutch kick in the fourth quarter. Dan McCarney's conference winning
percentage is now .285 over 12 years.
To put that in perspective, Jim Walden's conference winning percentage
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