Parity - or as I saw it on one site earlier today: parody - is definitely making itself felt in college football. Let's get to what we learned.
1. Announcers and talking heads like to blow stuff way out of proportion. In the LSU/Auburn game the announcers, and later Mark May (who's an idiot by the way), went nuts about LSU going for the touchdown pass. May even went so far as to say that LSU would have lost had the ball been tipped. Yeah that's possible, if the ball had been tipped about 5 times. I don't know what the hell everyone else was watching, but when the ball was caught by the receiver, there were still 5 seconds on the clock. Had he dropped it, the refs would have reviewed the play and reset the clock to 4 or 5 seconds left (as Rece Davis pointed out to May). And it'd be an incomplete pass so the clock would be stopped. And LSU still had a timeout. I mean, am I missing something here? Why did everyone have their panties in a knot? Miles knew exactly what he was doing and announcers and color guys are still idiots.
2. Oklahoma is not the best one loss team in the country. They were listed this past week as the best 1-loss team by both the AP and USA Today polls. The BCS (rightfully) had LSU ahead of them. As many of you who read this site know, I have almost no respect for the Big-12. And Oklahoma's performance on Saturday did nothing to change that. They let doormat Iowa State hang around the whole game. That better cause the jackasses involved in the AP and USA Today polls to drop them down. Both LSU and Oregon should move ahead of Oklahoma.
3. Speaking of Oregon, they might be the best team in the nation behind LSU. I'm not saying Ohio St. isn't deserving of being #1 currently, but are they the best team in the nation? No way in hell. Oregon, playing without a litany of players on offense due to injuries and suspensions, still rushed for an unreal 465 yards and annihilated the Huskies in the 4th quarter. If Oregon hadn't made two awful and totally avoidable late game turnovers in Eugene against Cal earlier this year, they would have won that game. And they'd be the #1 team in the country right now, ranked ahead of Ohio St. due to the strength of their schedule.
4. Notre Dame should probably seriously consider firing Weis at the end of the season. Because despite getting absolutely pummeled 38-0 by USC, the worst thing is that USC didn't even play that well. And the last time Notre Dame got blanked this badly at home Al Capone had just been sent to Alcatraz. Plus Weis has had a number of top flight recruits walk out on the program, including 4 sophomores (ie: he's lost control of the team). And he clearly made a mistake by starting Clausen too early and having his brains beaten out. And it isn't helping that he's now suddenly switched to Sharpley. Man, this team is an absolute shitshow. And it couldn't have happened to a more arrogant, know-it-all prick. I'm loving every minute of it.
5. Trick plays are awesome. Saturday's most intriguing trick play came courtesy of Colorado when the QB faked trying to retrieve a fumble and then hit a wide open tight end for a TD. Great play.
6. Tim Tebow will likely play in the NFL, but it sure as hell won't be at quarterback. Yes he threw for 4 TDs today, but I have yet to see him throw a tight spiral, he doesn't play in a pro-style offense, and he's not consistently accurate (despite some good passes on Saturday). And speaking of not playing in a pro-style offense, hell you could teach a monkey the Florida offense in about 30 minutes. It's basically 8 plays. Tebow does have a very strong arm, but when you looked at who he was facing today - Andre Woodson - the difference between those two guys is night and day. Woodson's a pro QB, Tebow isn't. Period. Of course the question is what would Tebow play then? Well, he's too big and not shifty enough to be a running back at the pro level. And he's too slow to be a wide receiver. I think he'd be a pretty good TE. And unless he becomes a better passing QB in the next two years, that's exactly what he's going to have to be if he wants to play in the NFL.
7. The team that best represents this bizarre college football is UCLA. They were a team that many picked to do some serious damage in the Pac-10 and they started out great. Then they got crushed by a horrible, horrible Utah team. Then they righted the ship for a few games, totally blew some people out...then got waxed by Notre Dame. WTF? Then they follow that piece of shit performance up by beating Cal - who was at full strength. Talk about a roller coaster ride. UCLA is the absolute Jekyll/Hyde team, just like the college football season.
8. Football in the state of Florida isn't what it used to be. Florida State and Miami played on Saturday, which always used to be an epic matchup. Instead, I didn't even know the game was going on. Man, that's just sad.
9. Bill Callahan might as well start digging his own grave.
10. The Big-10, not so good. Congrats on having two teams this season lose to former I-AA schools. You might actually be a worse conference than the Big-12.