Idaho at New Mexico State — Aside from North Texas, these two teams have the weakest power ratings in the country. What a special treat it is to have them going head-to-head. There’s nothing quite like a pushing match between WAC cellar dwellers. The Vandals, who have occupied the bottom rung for the past two years, have won only one league game during that span. The Aggies have been twice as good, claiming a whopping two victories. Look for that balance sheet to even up on Saturday. Idaho’s Robb Akey (3-21) has the offensive and snacks advantage over New Mexico State’s DeWayne Walker, who is new to Las Cruces.
Utah’s double-secret quarterback — Don’t you just hate those ultra paranoid coaches, who over think everything they do? Utah’s Kyle Whittingham isn’t normally one of those guys. This week, however, he has placed a gag order over his entire program with regard to the identity of the player who will be taking the first snap for the Utes on Thursday night. Both candidates, Terrance Cain and Jordan Wynn, know which one of them it’ll be and so do the rest of the players and all the coaches. Whittingham’s reasoning is centered around his belief that there are less distractions this way. I dunno, if I were a member the Utah program, preparing to put the nation’s longest winning streak (14 games) on the line versus Utah State, I’d have plenty on my plate as it is. I wouldn’t want the burden of keeping state secrets plopped right on top. Creating all this drama only adds to the distractions pressure.
College Fantasy Football — After several years of going cold turkey on fantasy sports, I got my arm twisted last season to join a college fantasy football league. A “keeper” one to boot. Big mistake. On Tuesday night, the worst online fantasy draft in history occurred. While we “fantasy geeks” (I’m hating it now that I’m included in this) should shoulder a large amount of blame for simply getting involved in something so ridiculous, the hosting website we used should be blown to smithereens. I won’t name names, but there are only a handful of sites offering this madness, which naturally is a huge part of the problem. There’s no need or time to go into the details of the online and offline debacle. Let’s just say that the functionality required to carry out this draft to supplement our “keepers” was about as incomplete as Richard Jefferson’s wedding. I can’t wait to see how less dead the “live scoring” is this year over last. I propose a moratorium on college football fantasy activity until programers can ensure quality that meets the levels of NFL fantasy engines circa 1999. Anyways . . . I’m glad Sam Bradford decided to stay in school (and with the “Red Devils”). Go light up the Cougars on Saturday, Sammy!
Little Caesars Pizza Bowl — Today’s big non-Rich Rodriguez college football news in and around Detroit is that the Motor City Bowl will now be called the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. I mean, seriously. I know that Barack Obama probably has a czar stashed away somewhere who issued a decree saying that GM and Chrysler couldn’t sponsor the game anymore (Obama-free Ford remains in the mix) and the cash void needed to be filled, but did we really need another pizza bowl? Has the PapaJohns.com Bowl down in Birmingham been that much of a success story? Was that little “Pizza! Pizza!” guy getting insanely jealous? Hey, here’s an idea that will make it all better. The winner of each of these pizza fueled semifinals advances to the “Granddaddy Pie of them All” . . . the Ray’s Pizza Bowl at the ice cold Meadowlands.