Things that a jerseyguy noted this week….Who’s No. 1? Well, if you believe the wise guys in Vegas, who almost always know what is going on, it’s Alabama, which would be a 1 point favorite over Oregon, a 6 point favorite over Kansas State and an 11 point pick over Notre Dame…Coaches as leaders of men? Mike Leach at Washington State and Tommy Tuberville at Washington State had some explaining to do for their actions involving their own players. Leach has had problems before at Texas Tech (google Craig James and Leach)He has labeled some of his Washington State players as “empty corpses and zombies”. Throw in the antics of USC coach Lane Kiffin and you sometimes wonder who are the adults…How’s the Thanksgiving dinner conversation going to go at the Buss family gathering this year with father Jerry, son Jim, daughter Jeanie and former Laker coach Phil Jackson (and long time boy friend of Jeanie)? Tough time picking a Heisman favorite, which is unusual this late in the season. Right now, ND linebacker Manti Teo, Oregon RB Kenjon Barner and USC wide receiver Marquise Lee would be on our ballots, but not necessarily in that order. And that doesn’t factor in Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel, Kansas State QB Collin Klein (an early front runner) and Oregon QB Marcus Mariota….NFL schedule has Patriots playing at the Jets on Thanksgiving night. Hope our buddies like Providence Journal columnist Jim Donaldson (and ND grad) enjoys an eat and run T-day meal. It could be a tough weekend for Jimmy D, if the Irish lose to USC next week. Somehow a score of 55-24 keeps coming into our heads…Who says college football doesn’t have a playoff. USC vs. UCLA for the Pac-12 South title and Oregon-Stanford in a Pac 12 North battle….We’ll cut the SEC a break because of scheduling changes that neeeded to be made on the fly with the last minute additions of Texas A&M and Missouri to the conference, but the November “SEC”” games on tap in November–Auburn vs. Alabama A&M, Georgia-Georgia Southern, Alabama-Western Carolina and Florida-Jacksonville State are meant for September, not November….How did Florida become a Top 10 team without a high productive QB? Yes, we know defenseBut it is still Florida, which produced the Old Ball Coach and a generation of QBs who could win Heisman’s, national championships and games…Can anyone figure out North Carolina this football season? How do you put 50 points on the board as the Tar Heels did a week ago and LOSE by 18 as they did against Georgia Tech and then basically shut down a Virginia team which had been its own offensive machine (41-40 win over Miami, 33-6 win over NC State the past two weeks)?..Listening to the debate about the merits of Kansas State, Notre Dame and Oregon as who should be No 1 is like watching Fox and MSNBC analyze the presidental election. Wide variety of opinons.Crunch time starts for Rutgers and its quest for its first ever BCS bid. If the Scarlet Knights can win at Cincinnati on Saturday, they will be guaranteed of playing for the Big East title (and BCS slot in the Orange Bowl) when they host Louisville on Nov. 29th…Watch the poise and class which BC football coach Frank Spaziani and his team have handled the last few weeks of another miserable season and you understand why BC still does a lot of things right….Quick look at BC basketball so far (we are still opposed to November basketball) shows more talent, but still lots of youth which could mean another 30 to 35 minutes of competitive basketball and one five to 7 minute stretch which could produce losses). Sophomore forward Ryan Anderson looks like the real deal, but the key will be how quickly freshman point guard Oliver Hanlan develops…I have no idea of when the Big East television deal will get done. Best guess is sometime around January 1. The numbers? Anywhere from the $6 million per school now being paid out to $15 million the Big East would like from a combination of networks broadcasting football and basketball conference games in the future. No one is really sure yet.
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