Herschel Walker on Kiffin: 'He is a guy you don't want to trust at all'

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During Herschel Walker‘s amazing three-year run at Georgia in the early eighties– my two copper Lincolns: a run that left him as the greatest player in collegiate football history — the running back was coached by the legendary Vince Dooley.

Dooley’s son, of course, is Derek Dooley, Tennessee’s third head coach in three years and the replacement for Lane Kiffin after he bolted for Southern Cal.

Walker has known the younger Dooley since the UT coach was in his very early teens, and obviously has a fondness for his coach’s son.  In speaking to the Knoxville News Sentinel, that fondness shined through.  As did his contempt for Kiffin and how he left the Volunteers.

Can you really blame Herschel, though?  I mean, after all, who can resist taking a shot at a viable contender for the Sexiest Woman Alive crown, if for nothing more than out of a fit of jealousy?

Anyway, incoming Lane.  Duck…

“Derek (Dooley) has done very well and is a very smart young man,” Walker told the News Sentinel. “I’ve known him since he was a little boy. I’m happy to see him here and see (former UT coach Lane) Kiffin leave.

He (Kiffin) is a guy you don’t want to trust at all. I think it’s sad when you trust your kids with someone like that and they leave.”

Ouch.  Now Kiffin knows exactly how Bill Bates felt 30 years ago.

Walker also gave the obligatory thumbs-up to the hire and to the job he thinks Dooley will do.

“I think he (Dooley) is going to do well,” Walker said. “He’s always loved football. I think Tennessee is going to be very happy with him. One thing about Coach Dooley is he believes in running the ball. In the SEC that’s what you’ve got to do.”

Well, it worked for Alabama in 2009, that’s for certain.  You still need to be able to throw the football, though, and those UT quarterbacks leave a little/lot to be desired…

Expect Oregon’s quarterback rotation to continue for the next two weeks

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Oregon touched the ball 15 times in its 41-24 win over Colorado on Saturday night. Jeff Lockie played seven of them, including the first. Taylor Alie played eight.

As long as Vernon Adams nurses his broken finger, this appears to be the plan for the Ducks.

“They’d both done enough good things in practice last week to merit playing,” head coach Mark Helfrich told the Oregonian. “We just felt looking at the game plan we could parcel out aspects with each.”

“Of course you want to get into a better rhythm but that’s how it goes,” Lockie said. “We’re just going to play the best we can and as long as we’re winning games, there’s no problem with me.”

Lockie completed 8-of-11 throws for 54 yards with an interception while rushing five times for 18 yards. Alie connected on 4-of-9 throws for 83 yards and a touchdown while adding 22 yards on five carries. Not quite Marcus Mariota numbers from either signal caller.

“It’ll just depend on the game plan,” Helfrich said of Alie and Lockie. “I think those guys they have differences. There are some strengths and weaknesses to different areas of their game and so we’ll think about that going forward of just how the Washington State game plan comes out.”

With Oregon playing Washington and Washington State (combined Pac-12 wins thus far: zero) before a tough closing stretch, Helfrich and company have time to alternate signal callers.

SEC shut out of AP top five for first time in half a decade

Stephen F. Austin visits Amon G. Carter Stadium to play the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs.
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The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.

Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.

And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.

That group breaks down as follows:

  1. Ohio State
  2. TCU
  3. Baylor
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah

An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Oregon
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. Nebraska

Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.

None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.