After reading this piece, I might put him on my list of people to read for entertainment, not thoughtful analysis. His list of teams likely to win the BCS title has the usual suspect (Florida) and a couple of bold ones like Ole Miss and LSU. One just baffles me: Notre Dame.
Yeah, they only have to win 9 games to get in the BCS and they have a fairly easy schedule, by their standards. Yeah, they are Norte Dame and any success will be richly rewarded by pollsters (by success, I mean not losing badly). But Feldman acknowledges the Irish are still rebuilding, noting Notre Dame’s biggest issues are
a mediocre O-line and Charlie Weis.
You can recruit and coach an O-line, right?
Feldman works for ESPN. Is ABC (or the WWL) going after NBC’s contract with the Irish? I don’t see that, so it seems alot more like pandering and trolling for web hits to me.
Other thoughts on the list:
- The inclusion of Ole Miss is a bit surprising. Yeah, Houston Nutt had a great year. The Rebs looked pretty good in the Cotton Bowl. But didn’t just about everybody look good against Big 12 competition in their bowl game, even Ohio State? The schedule helps, with all of their big SEC games at Vaught-Hemingway. No way around having to play in Atlanta on the first Saturday in December, though.
- The inclusion of Oklahoma State is even more surprising. Until the Big 12 learns defense, they will only merit discussion about playing in the title game.
- Boise State? Panderer.
- Virginia Tech? I still will not include any ACC or Big East teams in my national title discussions until they actually show up and play quality football week in and week out.