Monday Morning Quarterback

Not in the print edition this morning, but the MMQ rolls on . . .

The Monday Morning Quarterback, sensing the possibility of a Florida bowl destination, is changing the play at the line of scrimmage . . .

Red 2: Number of wins over ranked teams for University of Louisville coach Steve Kragthorpe, making him the first coach in school history to beat a ranked opponent in each of his first two seasons. In three games against ranked opponents, his U of L teams have averaged 27.7 points and 384 yards.

BCS Busting: It’s a whole lot more fun dissing the Big Ten when it’s only Ohio State. But diss we must. Texas is two touchdowns better than Penn State, at the very least. It’s not fair, but I don’t see how the human polls will allow the Nittany Lions into the national title game — even if they’ve climbed up to No. 3 in the BCS ratings, and seem an inevitable No. 2. They can thank the Buckeyes for that. I’m not going to feel bad for them. You can’t play non-conference games against Coastal Carolina, Syracuse, Temple and Oregon State and expect to play in the Big One.

The picks: U of L’s offense is only going to keep improving as Scott Long gets back into the flow and Trent Guy gets back into the action. They beat Syracuse by 14 to redeem themselves for last season’s loss. UK beats Mississippi State by a Cobb touchdown run, while Indiana handles Central Michigan, but not easily.


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