Plenty of random stuff to look at, now that the season’s underway.
- From a week with its share of crappy losses, ESPN.com’s Bottom 10 selects Texas A&M’s stinker with Arkansas State for its prestigious #5 slot. Good pick. Welcome to the Mike Sherman era, Aggie fans. Can you say Chan Gailey?
- USA Today has the final calculations on how much the new clock rules affected game times and number of plays run. Bottom line? Slight drop in both; need more seasonal data before confirming any trends. Although Jim Tressel, who saw his game wrap up in a mere 2:51, provides an early epitaph: “It didn’t feel that much different. I just think, realistically, we’re going to have fewer plays.” Great.
- The Week 2 version of the LVSC Oddsmaker Top 30 Poll is out, and the top nine are unchanged from week 1. Clemson at #17 and Alabama at #22 is a bit of a head scratcher. Not much love for Arizona State, either.
- Here’s a helluva stat: at one point on Saturday, the top five schools in the polls led their opening opponents by a combined score of 208-0. (h/t Dr. Saturday)
- Tim Stephens, over at the Orlando Sentinel blog, throws some cold water on the “the non-BCS is catching up with the BCS” train of thought.
- Commenter NM tipped me to this tribute to the sport we love, written by a Scot. My favorite quote is this: “Despite commercial pressure to change, college football has by and large remembered that scarcity increases value. A 12 game season leaves precious little margin for error when a single defeat can ruin national championship or conference title aspirations. Each week offers the prospect of disaster or, for smaller programs or those who’ve already been knocked out of contention, the joy of ruining someone else’s season. These are powerful emotions.” Exactly.
- A couple of Dawg links for you: David Hale’s practice notes don’t hold many surprises, although Richt sounds a little coy about who the offensive line starters may be, and CFN expects the Central Michigan game to look a lot like the Georgia Southern game.