Florida State +1400
Virginia Tech +2500
Notre Dame +2800
South Carolina +3300
West Virginia +3300
Boise State +5000
Kansas State +6000
Michigan State +6600
Mississippi State +8000
Oklahoma State +8000
Miami (Fla.) +12500
South Florida +12500
Texas A&M +12500
Georgia Tech +15000
Oregon State +20000
-USC is loaded, from quarterback Matt Barkley on down the line, but are we ready to go outside the SEC for a champ? That’s been fool’s gold for too long, hasn’t it?
-Read the story in SI last night about how so many teams are trying to copy Nick Saban’s “Process.” If he’s already got the process down, why are we looking anywhere else?
-Part of me wants to believe this is the year an ACC team gets it done. Then that part gets punched in the face by the realistic part of me.
-These are the nuggets that kill me: Oklahoma’s offensive line has 102 combined starts on its resume (by comparison, Virginia Tech has 14, Virginia has 58). Those guys are buttressing a quarterback, Landry Jones, who already has a 4,000-yard passing season to his credit. Hmm…
Care to hop on into this shark-infested pool? Let’s see who’s swimming come January. Who do you got? I’ll post my pick this afternoon so I’ll be on record too.
AMAC’S LOCAL PICK OF THE DAY
-Andy Bitter’s story on Wes Worsham, quite possibly the biggest Hokie booster in the land (outside of Barry on this blog). I’m reminded of that tongue-in-cheek tweet from former Tech longsnapper Collin Carroll this time last year, when Miami booster Nevin Shapiro started chirping from jail. “Note: If Wes Worsham is ever indicted for orchestrating a Ponzi Scheme… BAIL HIM OUT!”
LONGISH STORY OF THE WEEK
-ESPN The Magazine profiles Urban Meyer — the coach and the man, focusing on the internal struggle he wages between pouring himself into his job and being a good family man. The writer, Wright Thompson, does an excellent job injecting some ambiguity into what will happen next. Will Urban keep his promises? Or will he bow to football addiction again?
TELLING: I didn’t watch yesterday’s NASCAR race, so I went to CBSSports.com looking for the results and story. The site had two NASCAR-related links on its front page: “Biffle wins Michigan 400″ and “Gordon angry at Jr?”
Any guess which one I clicked on?
Yep, the possible feud, which really doesn’t seem like much of one after reading Gordon’s quotes. More like a little frustration, and that is to be expected after his day ended with engine problems. But it got me thinking: What if Gordon and Junior really did start going at it week after week? Or Stewart and Junior? Or Johnson and Junior? Hell, anybody and Junior? How much juice would that add to the sport?
Hard to picture, though, isn’t it? Let’s face it: Forget about how well-liked he is in the grandstands; Junior is too well-liked in the garage for the sport’s own good. It also doesn’t help that some of NASCAR’s biggest stars are on his own team.
MONDAY HEADLINES: MLB uncovers attempted scheme to exonerate Melky Cabrera…”Honey Badger Effect” blamed for LSU falling from No. 1 in coaches poll to No. 3 in AP…Ex-Hokie Jayron Hosley suffers turf toe injury during big preseason performance with Giants…Final round of the Wyndham Championship on Golf channel starting at 9 a.m…Ichiro hits two homers as Yankees beat Red Sox…Pirates outlast Cardinals in 19 innings…O’s still hangin’ in there.
NAME THAT TUNE
Well, it’s Friday and it’s my day
Just to party all the way to Sunday
Maybe ’til Monday, I dunno what day
Every day’s just a holiday
Crusin’ on the freeway
Feelin’ kinda breezy
Got the top down, lettin’ my hair blow
I dunno where I’m goin’
All I know is when I get there
Someone’s gonna “touch my body”