Some Sunday Thoughts

By Brian Curtis - December 10, 2006


Let's start with the Heisman Trophy. To know one's surpise, Ohio State's Troy Smith ran away with the 2006 Trophy. I mean, this thing wasn't even close. That's part of the reason I decided to skip this year's event. I've gone the past few years and at least the star wattage was bright or there was some suspense. This year--not much. The biggest surprise of the night to me was seeing Arkansas' Darren McFadden finish second. Don't get me wrong, that kid is a stud and deserved it, I'm just surprised that enough Heisman voters saw what many of us have seen all year. You feel bad for Brady Quinn, but not too bad. He'll still be at the top of the draft and is a QB. Next year's Heisman race is already well underway. In addition to McFadden, how about the possibility of Steve Slaton or Mike Hart or John David Booty or DeSean Jackson or JaMarcus Russell or Pat White or Colt McCoy or Ray Rice or Ian Johnson or a dozen other guys (assuming all return)?

The regular season and conference title games are over, and now we hit the exam lull. That time of year when college football (at least in Division I) disappears before coming back with a vengence in a few weeks. Outside of Ann Arbor, how many fans are really still thinking about the Florida vs Michigan debate? Not many. Despite what many colleagues believe, I think all five BCS games will be good games. I know, I know, Boise State-Oklahoma isn't exactly a marquee match-up, but won't you be curious to see if Boise can beat a big dog or Oklahoma can keep the Oregon instant replay fiasco debate alive for yet another week? As for the Sugar Bowl, I think Notre Dame may have their hands full. LSU may have a home field advantage in New Orleans, but that's not why they may pull away in this one. The speed and athleticism of the Tigers on both sides of the ball is better than what the Irish faced in Michigan and USC.

The coaching moves continue around the country and we're not done yet. I think Michigan State had a great hire in Mark Dantonio; he knows the Big Ten and he won at Cincy against a very tough schedule. Obviously, Iowa State hit the mark landing Texas coordinator Gene Chizik. I'm not surprised that Tom O'Brien left Boston College, but going to NC State came out of left field. He's right when he says the Wolfpack has everything in place to win, including great facilities and a rabid fan base. O'Brien will win there right away. As of this writing, it has been reported that Idaho's Dennis Erickson is headed to ASU. A good move on the coach's part; not sure about the ASU side. I hope the Sun Devils know what they are getting--a good football coach with seemingly little interest in NCAA rules and some troubled kids off the field. He'll win in Tempe, but at what cost? Everyone speaks very highly of Randy Shannon at Miami, but don't think for a minute those same supporters won't turn on Shannon like they did Coker. And why fire Coker if you are just going to hire one of his assistants? I'm sure we will learn more in the coming days. Alabama? I trust that they know what they are doing. As for some lesser profile jobs that are open--Tulane and UAB are both very good jobs and a great stepping stone to major conference jobs. Perfect for an SEC coordinator.

Posted by Brian Curtis at 07:34 PM on December 10, 2006
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