It's Just Too Early
By Chris Buse, Staff Writer,

    Just in case everyone got a little turned around, I'd like for everyone to grab a calendar, and to look at the date in which you're reading this article. Doesn't really matter what date it is, just look at the date, then think to's just too early. That's right, it's either late September, or early October, yet it's still just too early. Too early for what, you might ask?

    Everything associated with college football.

    That's right, every single last thing associated with college football. Individuals in the media are discussing the BCS rankings, and the national title game in Tempe, January. Folks, everyone just calm a little down. I understand that on any given saturday, no pun intended, that we can discuss who's going where, and who's going to win what. However, when you label a team the "sure fire" team to head to Temple, in late September, or early October...

    You're only heading for a world of confusion.

    The Miami Hurricanes might be able to beat the Cincy Bengals. They might be able to beat every other college football team in the country nine times out of ten, but it's that one single time, that makes this talk of BCS and national title games completely insane. Miami still must face the Florida State Seminoles in two weeks. Yes, the same team that looked like a group of talented high school seniors, as they lost to Louisville. Insane you might ask? Not really, if you consider the circumstances surrounding that game. Last year, Miami handed FSU's first home loss since the Hoover administration, or so it seemed. They out manned, out talented, and out classed a proud program, with a ton of talented, young players. They talk about that game, every single week, and have since it occured last year. Sure they looked like a team that has lost it's swagger, a team that's lost it's heart, pride, and confidence. The perfect chance for a team to walk right into a rough road game, and find itself. It worked for Florida in Knoxville, it's worked since the dawn of time, it might just work in two weeks. And for that matter? The mighty Hurricanes must travel to the loudest home crowd in the history of the NCAA, and one of the biggest, Knoxville, Tennessee, who places itself in the same situation Florida State does.

    A team looking for itself.

    Miami probably won't lose another game, but to hail them the "sure fire", is completely ridiculous. Ohio State? Still has Michigan, still has the Big Ten, still has no passing offense. Texas? Oklahoma? See you in two weeks, in Dallas, then we'll mention either team, not to mention games for each school against Kansas State, and A&M, as well as my beloved Horns heading to Lincoln. The bottom line? It's just too early to hail a team a sure fire bet, or a sure thing. Boston College once beat Miami in the Orange Bowl. Virginia beat an undefeated FSU team. The list can go on and on and on. The reality?

    Come see me in November, then we'll discuss who's in the National Title game, and even then, we'll skip all the remaining games they still must play.

    Another thing? The Heisman trophy. The most overrated award in the history of awards. The biggest sham to ever grace the greatest single sport in the world. Sham? That's right, I said it, and I'm not even ashamed to admit it. Last year, most of the voters who were asked after casting their vote, readily admitted that if Rex Grossman were a Junior or a Senior, he would have recieved their vote. Since he wasn't, he didn't. Instead, maybe the best player recieved the Heisman, or maybe the best senior, from a winning team, from a winning conference, with lots of television time did. Don't believe me? Then prove that wrong. Has a player from a losing team, not from a major conference, ever finished in the top two, in the modern era? Has a player that wasn't associated with ESPN's highlights of the week, ever won the Heisman trophy? I thought the aura of horrible voting ended, when Charles Woodson finally won the Heisman trophy. He was the best player in college football, bar none, regardless of position, or anything else. When he won, I thought the stigma of position, team, and exposure was taken away.

    I thought wrong.

    When the decision is announced in December this year, I shall yet again, wonder why the sham continues. Who won't win? Seneca Wallace, or Charles Rodgers. Sure it's "way too early" to say that, but that's just the cold hard truth. Who will probably win it? Ken Dorsey, who's basically the limo driver of the limo filled with the most highly paid, and attractive prostitutes money can buy. As talented as he is, he's not even close to being the best player in the country. He's not even the best player on his team, much less the best player on his offensive unit. Charles Rodgers might be the greatest wide reciever in the history of his university, the Big Ten, and maybe the best we've ever seen, in a long, long time. Seneca Wallace single handidly beat the once mighty University of Nebraska. Now, if anyone's seen Nebraska, you wouldn't be stunned. Except for one factor.

    Seneca Wallace plays in Ames, Iowa.

    Due to that, and that alone? Seneca Wallace will be on the stage in New York, and will watch someone else win the award. Due to Charles Rodgers playing for a team that might end up only winning seven or eight games, he will be sitting along side Mr. Wallace, watching someone else with more exposure, and in a more media friendly environment accept the award on behalf of his middle school coach, who showed him the way when he was a young player. If you're a voter for this award, do us all a favor. Vote for the best player.

    It's what the Heisman's for.