One good thing about Dawgless Saturdays in the fall is that I get a chance to watch a lot more of what other teams are doing. One impression I got flipping channels is that Jimbo Fisher has done at FSU what all the Saban disciples endlessly blather about: build a program in His image. The ‘Noles are deep and well-coached. Both their win and Alabama’s were the kind of effortless, soul-crushing beatdown of mediocre opponents you expect to see from top five teams. Boring, even. (I don’t blame ‘Bama fans for leaving early, by the way. How many handoffs in a blow out can you watch?)
Oregon, by comparison, is intriguing. The Ducks run a different scheme, but basically they’re Texas A&M with a defense. UCLA has a legit defense, too, and did a good job holding Oregon to 14 points in the first half. But the dam broke in the second half as Oregon rolled to a 28-point win and 555 yards of offense, 200 yards more than UCLA’s defense had yielded on average going in. Pretty damned impressive.
As long as two of those three teams go undefeated, I’m officially on the Ohio State win out bandwagon now. I would love to watch Corch lobby all his buddies in the media if his undefeated team looked like it was coming up short in the BCS rankings. (He’s already started with the how great two-loss Wisconsin is talk.) And I’d expect the Big Ten coaches’ votes in the last Coaches Poll to be epic. Fun stuff.