John Roberts College Football

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Week One: Tuesday

UNDER PRESSURE
Jerry Glanville, Hawaii

Glanville was hired to revamp one of the worst defenses in all of Division 1-A this offseason. He came to Hawaii looking to turn things around.

Uh, Jerry? Didn't you check the schedule before you took this job?

The Warriors square off with the mighty USC Trojans on national television this weekend. With Matt Leinart at quarterback, LenDale White running the ball, Dwayne Jarrett catching the ball, and Reggie Bush doing a little bit of everything, this offense is absolutely explosive.

It is easy to believe that eventually Glanville will get the Warriors defense playing better. It is also easy to see the Trojans hang 50 points on the Warriors in the first half. This is not what the home team had in mind when they hired Glanville.

With the offense already in shambles because of graduation, it is up to the defense to keep Hawaii in the game this weekend. For a team that finished (out of 117 teams) 112 in the country in scoring defense (38.4 points per game), 117 in rushing defense (252.6 yards per game) and 116 in total defense (487.8 yards per game), this is not a good sign. If Hawaii holds USC's offense down at all, we might need to crown Glanville a genius.

ESPN College GameDay site:
Pittsburgh, PA

Amazingly, with all the other options, the GameDay crew chose to go to the Notre Dame at Pittsburgh this week. This will give them a chance to see two new coaches- Charlie Weis (Notre Dame) and Dave Wannstedt (Pittsburgh).

This give ESPN a chance to go all out on their coverage of the Irish. They do not get just a ton of opportunities to do that, but they take every one they get. Both teams are in desperate need of getting off to a good start and putting their former coaching staffs behind them. It is definitely one of the more competitive games of the first week. If the Irish want to get to a bowl game, they better start winning now. With Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, USC, and Tennessee still ahead on the schedule, not to mention a road date with Washington against former head coach Ty Willingham, this team may be much improved and not have a lot of wins to show for it.

HEISMAN UPDATE

Of course, there is no update on the Heisman Trophy today. After all, no games have been played yet. Matt Leinart is still the favorite, while Reggie Bush is considered another popular choice. Both have a chance to put on a show this weekend against Hawaii.

RANKINGS THOUGHTS

When the Harris Poll and the BCS Poll start coming out, this space will be reserved for that, more than likely. In the mean time, we'll have to satisfy ourselves by talking about the AP Poll and the Coaches Poll.

First of all, the AP Poll. What does this matter anymore? Is this any better than any other poll? Should this count anymore than the ESPN.com poll, a fan poll, the CollegeFootballNews.com poll? Of course not. There is nothing to it anymore. It isn't part of the BCS formula, therefore it shouldn't even be mentioned when people talk about polls. But it still is. It will take a few years for this poll to truly work its way out of our system, but eventually it will. For this year, we'll still talk about it.

It's hard for me to believe that there are only a few stray votes that aren't voting for USC in the AP Poll. Texas gets four first place votes and Louisville one. The other sixty go to USC. No one voting for Tennessee, or Ohio State, or Michigan, or LSU, or an ACC school. Amazing, given that I watched the ESPN Preview show and two out of four people picked Ohio State to win the national title! The other incredible thing that I thought I would never see- Notre Dame only received one vote in a preseason poll. One lousy point. The same as Colorado State, Southern Miss, Wyoming and West Virginia. Fewer than Memphis, UTEP and Iowa State. I'm not saying that their low ranking is not deserved. I just never thought Notre Dame would get to the point where people would seriously be saying Memphis, UTEP, Colorado State, Iowa State, Wyoming and Notre Dame all in the same breath.

The Coaches Poll has just as little creativity. Only two out of sixty-two voters didn't vote for USC and they went with Texas. Again, Notre Dame has just 13 points in this poll, but they are ahead of Memphis, Colorado State, West Virginia, Iowa State, and Wyoming. How did Arizona get eight points, ahead of teams like Michigan State and Iowa State and tied with Northern Illinois, and how did Washington get four points ahead of Miami University? These were the two worst teams in the Pac Ten last year, and while I think both should be improved, I think it is a little extreme to think that either should be in the Top 25. Plus, will Steve Spurrier please quit voting Duke #25 every year? I'm sick of Duke getting one point in the poll. This is why the Coaches Poll is invalid.

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