1. Its only the third week of the season and we’ve already seen some highly ranked favorites drop out of national championship contention. Preseason favorite Cal dropped to #21 after a loss and a pair of underwhelming victories. Who’s your pick as the next NC contender to take a fall?
Florida. Still not believing, even if Journey frontman Steve Perry is telling us to. Also, Louisville is like the Black Knight from Monty Python at this point. No Michael Bush, and now Brian Brohm goes down for a few weeks. It’s got to be only a matter of time before somebody takes a killshot, right?
2. By that same token there are several schools hanging around without a loss that all of a sudden look like surprise contenders. There are also a few one loss teams with a legit shot at getting back into it. Looking at the rankings who’s the team no one’s talking about with the best shot at crashing the party ?
Oregon’s looking good; sure they needed a litany of bad late-game calls to win a game, and Adrian Peterson lit them up for 200+ yards, but their offense is starting to click (wasn’t Oklahoma’s defense supposed to be tough?). Now here’s the rub — their next two games are at ASU and at Cal; they manage to come out of those two games 5-0, and they’d be very serious BCS contenders. But we know, easier said than done.
3. Every team has their quicksand away game. You know. That place you should win but somehow find ways to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory or at least scare the &*%^ out of you every year. Did you know that over the last 21 years Kentucky wasn’t won once in Knoxville? Where is your team’s yearly sandtrap?
Three places — Berkeley, Eugene and South Bend. After having to go on the road last year for all three, this year we get to entertain all of them at the Coliseum. Sucks for us.
4. Now that you’ve looked into the darkest place in your football soul, free Escalades aside, turn and look into your crystal ball. Conference play is either just starting or a single game in. Based on what you’ve seen so far, give the order of finish in your conference, and if you’ve got a Conference Championship game tell us who the winner will be. Independents must predict the remainder of their schedule. The results your predictions will be held against you at the end of the season.
That’s easy — just follow our weekly Action News Power Rankings.
5. In keeping with the spirit of Maize n Brew, name your beverage of choice on game days and why. It need not be alcoholic, as there are some of us who choose not to imbibe on game day. Further, it need not be limited to a single brand/type/category. If you enjoy drinking PBR and Kraft Turkey Gravy at the same time (which I have personally witnessed), please, elaborate. Finally, if you should feel so inclined, and this is not a requirement, add an anecdote involving said beverage choice.
Stone IPA 10th Anniversary. This goes beyond being a “liquid poem to the glory of the hop.” When trying this Northern San Diego brew, it not only feels good (thanks to a 10% alcohol volume), it sings Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor to your mouth.