Sunday Morning QB: Let the Separation Begin

Before I consider which schools are on the uptick, and which ones are starting to play freshmen, there’s one burning question that must be answered vis a vis University of Kentucky football.

How do the Wildcats ever expect to be relevant in the world’s most powerful football league, when they allow a 4th string QB to miss all the pregame meetings and the entirety of the 1st half because he was taking the LSAT exam? I mean really, either the kid wants to play football and focus in, or he wants to be a lawyer. Make your choice, son.

And, UK, either you want a program that takes the game Saban seriously? Or, you want to be known as a basketball school?

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I’ve talked a lot about the need for a College Football Red Zone.

Yesterday’s proceedings proved why.

At some point during the day, I realized that Stanford/ Arizona was more interesting than the other game(s) to which I was paying attention. The schools were back and forth. Every time Zona scored, the Cardinal would come back and was ahead going into the 4th. Then Arizona took charge, leading by 14 with a little over 9:00 to play and looked like they’d cantor in for the W, kind of like the way Northwestern looked in State College earlier in the day. I shoulda paid attention. Those purple clad Wildcats lost.

So did Arizona’s. I clicked away to other battles. Then I noticed in the scrawl that Stanford came back and won in OT. Musta been exciting.

I was pissed.

Fortunately, I did notice what was happening in Florida State/ NC State. Again thanks to the now ubiquitous scrawl across the bottom of our TV screens, the one now mandatory that bothered the hell out of us just a few short years ago when first introduced on the Deuce. The Wolf Pack was driving late with a chance for the upset. Which they garnered, scoring on a 4th and goal pass with :16 to play.

Watching one down to the wire game, while missing one is . . . okay . . . I guess. But if I’m going to spend my Saturday eating chips in my recliner watching all the football TV has to offer, I want 100% of the real action, not half that.

Sooooooooo, ESPN, if you really are the World Wild Leader you claim to be, make it happen. I know it won’t be quite as tidy as the NFL’s. But you owe it to your adoring pigskin public. Do the deal.

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South Carolina is a contenda.

South Florida is a pretenda.

The Gamecocks came out ready for prime time. They flattened UGa from the opening kickoff.

The Bulls have lost four in a row. They lost to Temple yesterday in Philly. Who knows what’s going on down there? This is a school that all football pundits believe could be a major power, given the number of DI players are there to be harvested in the Sunshine State. SoFla has plateaued.

Add Skip Holtz to the Dead Man Walking list.

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Three of the natiion’s Top 5 lost yesterday.

Alabama and Oregon appear the cream of the crop. Though I wouldn’t be countin’ out the Ol’ Ball Coach in the SEC.

The Quack still have to travel to Zona State, Southern Cal and Oregon State. Plus Stanford visits Eugene.

The Tide actually has an easier schedule. Yes, Mike Slive, it’s twu, it’s twu.

The dark horses at this point — one guy’s opinion — are Kansas State, West Virginia. Then there’s the Golden Domers. Notre Dame appears legit. If the Irish happen to handle Stanford, Southern Cal and Oklahoma, taking care of biz the rest of the way, they will play in that BCS title game.

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In case you are wondering how my picks fared yesterday, here’s how: Not great, but better than average.

South Carolina, Oklahoma and Mississippi State performed as expected. Nebraska and South Florida didn’t.

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More later. I need to lock in on my Tigers, who have fallen behind Oakland in Game 2.

– Seedy K

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