Saturday, September 13, 2008

Two-minute drill

Here's a few quick-hit thoughts before the whistles blow this afternoon. What a great weekend of football ahead, capped off by the "Collision at the Coliseum."

1st Down: Don't be fooled by all the hype. Ohio State is going to give USC all it can handle tonight in the Coliseum. Beanie Wells or not. The Buckeyes are nobody's punks.

2nd Down: Building off of that thought, tell me two other blue-chip programs more willing to take on these sorts of nonconference challenges with so much at stake. Every year, for no other reason than they're hard as hell, Ohio State and USC have a marquee game like this on their schedule. Much respect to them for adding some spice to the September slate of games.

3rd Down: I guess, in Vince Young's case, there's no such thing as doctor-patient privilege. Does it not seem the least bit unsavory that we know so much about his apparent mental-health crisis?

4th Down: The AFC South will be worse than we think this season, especially if Vince needs a lot of time to get over his troubles. Jacksonville will be hard-pressed to overcome the loss of its three interior offensive linemen, Tennessee's offense could be running on fumes and the Texans stink. Not to mention, Peyton and Co. will need some time to jell before the Colts are contenders again.

Turnover on downs: Stanford is going to learn something about respect this afternoon. Especially against a team that spanked them at their homecoming last fall. I see the Cardinal having a long day at Amon G. Carter Stadium.

UPDATE: How good is UTEP football? This good.

UPDATE 2: For the first time in a long time, Baylor football has some hope. And hope's name is Robert Griffin.

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