College football randawesomeness packed into 120 seconds or less (reading levels not checked); getting you up to speed on the weekend ahead and dropping you off on a gravel road three miles outside of town.
Last week I predicted that three more teams would fall from the ranks of unbeaten, if only my math would have cooperated. Somehow fifteen minus three equaled thirteen in my world last week; but enough about numbers. The only important stat left is the almighty "zero".
Kansas State looks the most vulnerable to get axed this week as they take on Geno Smith and the Mountaineers. Florida won't have a tough go either as they take on the Georgia Bulldogs -- a team few are talking about considering the top-heavy nature of the SEC teams above them. And Rutgers, Cincinnati, and Louisville are always suspectible out of the volatile Big East. Buckle down as we chip away; this week the list drops three more and we reach single digits one week into the second-half of the season.
LET THE COMPUTER PICK
In honor (or dishonor) of the initial BCS standings I've decided to let a computer formula make my picks this week. I also went 3-2 last week so I'm due for a flop. At least this way I can blame it on the BCS -- er, I mean computers.
This week I'm (the "computer") taking #23 Michigan over Michigan State, TCU over #18 Texas Tech, North Carolina over Duke, #17 West Virginia over #4 Kansas State, and #3 Florida over #9 South Carolina.
HOT DIGGITY DOG!
The Texas A&M Compliance Team's Twitter account sent out a zinger in advance of their matchup with the LSU Tigers this week over missteps within the Bayou Bengals' past. The tweet, which teases at the fact the NCAA's Major Infractions database contains a violation regarding a hot dog; not only made me hungry but got me thinking -- what the heck happened?
I'm glad I asked. In August 2003, the University of Maryland was put on one-year probation, in part, due to impermissible benefits involving a hot dog given to a recruit by an assistant coach [Read the report].
LONG SNAPPER AUDIBLE
Last but not least, welcome again to the caboose of TMD's football train. Whether for good or bad, long snappers need lovin' too.
I don't have "news" this week, but I did stumble across a possibly relevant blog devoted to the Chicago Bears (Audibles from the Long Snapper). If you're a Bears fan or enjoy random things I'm not certain associate with football; that site may be for you.
Really though, how hilarious would it be if a long snapper audibled? And what would the call be?
Justin Mikels is a staff writer for Operation Sports. Follow him on Twitter: @long_snapper