I confess that I’ve been a little slack on the Mandel Mailbag beat of late (so has Elkon, I might add in my defense), but his latest offering produced a chuckle. A reader asks him about the two most overrated programs that Chris Stassen identified, which turn out to be Oklahoma and FSU. Mandel responds with two lengthy paragraphs which boil down to “yeah, they’ve both been substandard lately”… but nary a word about what that means in the public perception arena. (As a refresher, this is Mandel’s current list of “Kings”: Alabama, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Texas and USC.)
I guess in Montana, it’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how they think you’ll play the game.