Paging Tom Osborne and Condoleezza Rice: You doing anything this fall?
Let's get this four-team playoff started now. Perfect season for it.
Alabama. Florida State. Oregon. Those three stand above the rest. If all win out, someone gets left out.
The problem would be choosing a fourth partner. Ohio State. Baylor. Missouri.
If this were a playoff year, the committee would pick Mizzou. Yes, Missouri. No, I'm not on the committee.
The Tigers (7-0) are No. 5 in the BCS poll but are No. 3 in the computer. That's no scam. Mizzou grads don't know how to work computers.
That's the S-E-C schedule for you. Say what you want about Georgia and Florida, but that's stout. OSU beat Wisconsin and Baylor beat, um, K-State and Iowa State.
No, I'm not on the SEC PR Committee. I don't care how beat up Georgia and Florida are, they are supposed to have SEC depth, right?
Missouri, that school that was left behind by the Big Ten — that program that Nebraska seemingly passed by in 2010 — would be a legit playoff team today.
There are several tomorrows left for MU. And unfortunately for the Tigers, Alabama would be one of those tomorrows.
It would be very interesting, though, to see how Osborne's football eye would view Missouri's offense against, say, Baylor or Oregon. How would he calculate strength of opponents? What about those Gator and Bulldog injuries?
What about Baylor's tussle at Kansas State?
Ohio State victories against Big Ten competition, including a bizarre Michigan team?
What if 'Bama, FSU and Oregon all win out? The Ducks will have better wins. But doesn't Florida State look more the part?
Let's get the committee to pick the top two this year. Call it a dry run.
» You gotta love Kenny Bell. Not only for sticking up for his teammate, Stanley Jean-Baptiste, but for putting the targeting rule into a player's perspective. That gets lost too often in the dialogue. The bottom line is, these kids do know what they're getting into. I believe the issue is putting them back into the game too soon after a traumatic hit, or teaching them how to tackle, not creating rules that won't prevent these hits. An ejection is too stiff of a penalty.
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is telling the NCAA to “re-look” at the rule after his star Bradley Roby got ejected on Saturday. That's usually what it takes to get something like that done. A big name coach at a big name school loses a player.
» The optimum scenario for NU this weekend would be to have Taylor Martinez play and shake some rust off, then give way to Tommy Armstrong and Ron Kellogg. Oh, yes, and win. Martinez's status is still up in the air. I think it's time to go right to the source to find out, but I'm told Martinez's toe has no comment.
» Creighton's “Bluejay Madness” will be Friday night at 7:15 at Sokol Arena, as part of Fox Sports' “Big East Tip-Off Party,” in which the network will cut in and show highlights of all 10 schools doing the madness thing. Gus Johnson will not be on hand, but you will be able to hear him all the way from New York.
» Keanu Pinder looks like a good get for Nebraska basketball coach Tim Miles. Pinder is a 6-foot-8, 200-pound raw talent who will spend two years at Sunrise Christian Academy in Wichita before heading to NU in 2015. By then, Pinder will be 20 years old with four years of eligibility left. There's a lot of upside there. Just keep an eye on Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall.
» Don James was one of my favorite football coaches, any level. I was only around him a handful of times, including the 1991 and 1992 Nebraska-Washington games and the 1985 Orange Bowl. A class act, and one of those rare coaches who is revered by other coaches. I still can see that purple hat with the oversized “W.”
» I admit I had my doubts about one of James' protégés, Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel. I didn't think Pinkel would survive the move to the SEC, where the winning formula was a solid running game and a ferocious defense. I thought Pinkel would have to change how he won in the Big 12 North. Then I saw MU's offensive line chop up the Gators for 205 rushing yards on Saturday. And since the SEC suddenly has become the Big 12, with pinball numbers each week, it looks like Pinkel is going to fit right in.
» Just me, or did Peyton Manning start to look old on Sunday night? Maybe the Colts' defense had something to do with that. Andrew Luck looks as young and fresh as a, um, Colt. Did Jim Irsay find a microphone after the game?
» The 1972 Miami Dolphins can now push pins into their Kansas City Chiefs dolls. The Chiefs are 7-0. The aging Fins should know the name well. Miami started its historic '72 run in the season opener at Arrowhead Stadium, the first regular-season game ever played there. That '72 opener was also a rematch of the 1971 Christmas Day playoff game.
» Speaking of Ed Podolak, the Iowa Hawkeyes are a long shot in the Legends Division with two league losses, but they can make their own mayhem. Iowa would have to win out to contend for the division, but would knock off Northwestern, Michigan and Nebraska along the way. It would also have to beat Wisconsin to win out. Tall order. Did I say beat Nebraska? The Hawks have a tenacious offensive line. I'd give Podolak the ball behind it.
» Wonder what Big Ten boss Jim Delany thinks of Missouri's start? I know what SEC Sherriff Mike Slive thinks. He thinks he did it again.
» Is there anything better than the smell of a campfire in October? Not many things.
» Honest question: Did you think Nebraska would get back to the top five before Florida State? Or Missouri?
» This sounds familiar: Roy Helu scores three touchdowns. Almost like coach Mike Shanahan told him he was going against Mizzou.
» The key number for Creighton volleyball is five, as in the No. 5 RPI. If the Jays keep that up, they certainly will have a good shot to host opening rounds of the NCAA tournament, which I'm told they will bid on for Sokol Arena. That would be huge.
» How about Emma Stevens and the NU women's soccer team? Stevens, a senior goalkeeper, earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for leading the Huskers past Wisconsin and Minnesota. Big Red soccer is 12-3-1 and 7-1-0 and leads the Big Ten with three league home matches left. Stevens has allowed seven goals in eight Big Ten matches. What's the saying? Hard to win if you can't score.
» Are they still playing the World Series? Sorry, I hadn't noticed. If they are, and the St. Louis Cardinals are participating, sign me up for the Redbirds in six. I learned long ago never to pick against St. Louis in October. I just hope none of the Bosox claps his hands or does anything to hurt the Cardinals' feelings.
» One more and I'm outta here: If the temps are dropping, the Friday Night Lights are heating up. Playoff time is around the corner. There won't be a better game this week than Omaha North-Millard North for a district title and there's not a better player than the Vikes' Calvin Strong. Keep an eye on Clay Fisher of Millard North, though.
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