- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 6, 2008

WHO’S OVERRATED

No. 18 MICHIGAN STATE

This isn’t a knock on the Spartans as much as it is a voting electorate that doesn’t seem to realize the significance of head-to-head matchups when there’s a small sample size of results. Maryland defeated California, which defeated Michigan State. All three teams have two losses. Doesn’t it stand to reason they should probably be ranked in that order, rather than the reverse?

WHO’S UNDERRATED

MIAMI

Should the Hurricanes be ranked? Not likely. But Randy Shannon’s team does belong in the discussion. Its losses aren’t bad (Florida State and North Carolina at home, Florida on the road), and Miami has won four straight to climb back into the ACC’s Coastal Division race. There’s probably still one lousy game in the Hurricanes, but they are substantially better than first thought.

PLOT WORTH WATCHING

CRACKING A NUTT

Ed Orgeron built up the talent at Mississippi. Houston Nutt will go to a bowl with it. The Rebels are 5-4 and need only defeat Louisiana-Monroe next week to land in a bowl game for the first time since 2003. In a conference where there aren’t many sure things beyond Alabama, Florida, Georgia and LSU, Ole Miss has a chance to land in a reasonably prestigious bowl game.

HEISMAN QUICK SIX

A look at the contenders for the Heisman Trophy (last week’s rank in parentheses):

1. QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma (2): He plays well when the Sooners win huge, and he played well when they lost. Even Colt McCoy didn’t necessarily do that.

2. QB Graham Harrell, Texas Tech (4): Time to give a nod to the Red Raiders’ quarterback, especially for that last-second touchdown pass against Texas.

3. QB Colt McCoy, Texas (1): Everyone gets a mulligan. And when a bad day consists of completing 20 of 34 passes for 294 yards, two TDs and an interception, that means you’re still in the race.

4. TB LeSean McCoy, Pittsburgh (NR): Not even the coaching genius of Dave Wannstedt can mess this guy up. He has five straight games with at least 140 yards rushing.

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