by Mike Coffey
As the late great Mike Royko once said, some things you wonder, some things you think, and some things you just know.
As much as we talk about style points, I think we’re OK this week with Bama going down and Kansas State putting in the same workman-like effort we did. Georgia isn’t going to jump us no matter how hard they try. Still, I wish one of the turnovers had been a touchdown instead.
Golson continues to grow up as we watch. He’s still the inexperienced sophomore sometimes, but watching him learn from mistakes over the course of the game is a joy.
Brent Musberger missed a golden opportunity on the interception to say, “There’s that Manti again.” Obviously his game continues to slip.
Speaking of Te’o, I still believe he’s among (if not the) most worthy Heisman Trophy contenders. Unfortunately for him, opposing offensive coordinators have an easier time gamplanning away from him than opposing defensive coordinators do for Collin Klein. When you have the ball in your hand every play, you can make things happen for yourself.
Every time Stephon Tuitt makes a play, I’m reminded that the road to national championships starts with recruiting. The outstanding work by the coaching staff in the living rooms is bearing fruit in the locker room.
The way things stand right now, my OWHF pick for the SC game is going to be a 7-6 Irish victory, accompanied by at least two Lorazepams.
Someone needs to tell Bobby Vadaro there’s no crying in football. And someone else needs to remind Louis Nix how badly we need him and we don’t want to see him riding pine for a week because some nitwit from BC pushed and shoved.
When Musberger talked about the NCAA having the ability to review film and suspend players, I couldn’t help but wonder if someone there was going to go after the Pitt defender who threw two punches on the play ND scored its final touchdown. Fortunately for him, both tries ended up wide right.
akaRon said it best this week: Boston College is like the Indiana Excise Police. Their sole purpose is to screw up the good times of other people.
Hats off to the ACC. They could have done the shortest-distance approach and made BC Notre Dame’s “partner” in scheduling. Fortunately for everyone involved, they put some actual thought into it, which is why the basketball teams will end up getting comfy with an actual institution of higher learning like Georgia Tech.
The chances of ND playing in the Sugar Bowl just dropped to zero. The SEC likely will not have a team in the top two, so they’ll retain their contracted champion and not get an early pick. They pick second behind the Fiesta Bowl in the regular picks, and ND definitely will be off the board by then.
On the other hand, the chances of ND playing in the Rose Bowl just went up significantly with Oregon State’s loss. If Oregon finishes undefeated, the best the Pac12 can offer is a three-loss Stanford team, and there’s no way you can justify a three-loss team as a BCS at-large. This gets the Rose off the hook with the conference. If Oregon is #1 (assuming they win tonight vs. Cal), the Rose Bowl gets the first pick, and there’s no way they’ll let ND get by them.