- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 30, 2008


No. 15 LSU

The defending national champions’ resume can be described thusly: won a tight game at 5-3 South Carolina and watched Florida and Georgia both hang half a hundred on them in a 15-day span. The Tigers might be the SEC’s fourth-best team, but the chasm between the top three and the rest of the league is wide. This is maybe a top-20 team. Maybe.



The Ducks have losses to Boise State (at home) and Southern California (in Los Angeles) to their credit and already have plowed through the Pac-10’s two bye weeks (the Washington schools). But they’re 3-1 on the road and continue to remain a factor in the league race despite virtually no stability at quarterback. They will play a telling game Saturday at California.



Washington joined Clemson as schools getting a head start on the hiring process when it jettisoned Ty Willingham effective at the end of the season. Former Oakland Raiders coach (and Southern Cal assistant) Lane Kiffin is interested — and why not? The Huskies shouldn’t be this bad, and it’s possible to turn things around quickly in the Pac-10.


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

1. QB Colt McCoy, Texas (1): How sharp is McCoy these days? If he happens to be 21-for-28 in a half, that constitutes a slow start.

2. QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma (2): It must be a world of fun to watch Big 12 football every week, a league in which at least one team has scored 50 points in all but one week (Oct. 11).

3. TB Javon Ringer, Michigan State (NR): National MVP? With 300 carries already, Ringer is the reason the Spartans are lurking in the Big Ten race.

4. QB Graham Harrell, Texas Tech (NR): Yes, it’s the system. But Harrell has mastered Mike Leach’s scheme better than any of his predecessors.

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