Num num num:
- Lane Kiffin sees the Tennessee red zone offense as a glass half empty. Jonathan Crompton sees it as a glass half full. Which is part of the problem, when you think about it.
- Bryan Evans thinks the NCAA’s 20-hour rule is part of what’s holding the Georgia secondary back. Sounds like a job for Rich Rod!
- With the mid-major underbrush getting cleared out somewhat last weekend and Boise State’s joke of a schedule, the Clemmins game is huge for TCU.
- Joe Montana craps all over the spread option.
- Here’s a pretty amazing Southern Cal factoid: “USC, a loser against unranked opponents five times in the last three-plus seasons, has won 30 of its last 32 games against ranked opponents. . . “
- Speaking of the Trojans, Mitch Mustain continues to be the incredible shrinking quarterback. The punting experiment ain’t going too well, either.
- Talk about your unimaginative athletic directors: Ball State really couldn’t find anyone better than this fellow?
… The first year of a college coaching regime is often rough, but arguably no one has it worse right now than Ball State’s Stan Parrish. The young Cardinals squad—which went 12-2 last season with Mr. Parrish as its offensive coordinator—is 0-3 after losses to North Texas, lower-level New Hampshire and Army. (Army and North Texas were a combined 4-20 last season.) Next up: Auburn (3-0), which is averaging 42 points per game. “The football gods make you pay,” says the 63-year-old Mr. Parrish, who endured similar misery in his last head job at Kansas State (2-30-1 from 1986 to 1988). [Emphasis added.]