Brian, So I myself have been to college football games at Beaver Stadium, Texas A&M and various smaller schools as well as run on Boise State's blue turf and around the Horseshoe. Knowing you travel around and attend more college football games than anyone I know, where would you say the most interesting, entertaining and exciting places are to catch games? Tailgating details would be great too. Thanks, Lindsay Olympia, WALindsay, As it currently stands, I have been to Beaver Stadium, Michigan Stadium (twice), The Horseshoe, Spartan Stadium, The Orange Bowl, Pitt Stadium, and Heinz Field. As far as tailgating experience goes, Beaver Stadium is the best (obviously). But I do have to give it up to Ohio State because in my 3 mile walk to the stadium, I have never seen so many RV’s in my life. Inside the stadium, the crowd was loud and into the game. The dotting of the I is a great tradition for the Buckeyes. One little note for out of town fans in Columbus, if you are going to drink, do it out of a colored plastic cup. You and your wallet will thank me later. The weather was the best at The Orange Bowl. You can’t beat tailgating on January 3rd in 90 degree weather. But one suggestion, more port-a-johns. In my two trips to Ann Arbor I met some great Wolverine fans who were more than willing to share their food and their drinks with me. Even though Penn State lost both times in heartbreaking fashion, the fans were classy. The only knock would be that their seats are so close together that your butt has to be the size of a 12 year old boy, plus the Big House was not as loud as I expected it to be. However, I will not be returning to Ann Arbor until Penn State beats Michigan. The 5 hour drive home seems like 12 hours after heartbreaking losses. I told my traveling partner that if I ever ask him to go to Ann Arbor again…to take $60 out of my wallet, kick me in the nuts, and we will call it even. Spartan Stadium and Heinz Field were good places to watch college games. I don’t really have anything good or bad to say about either place. Eventually I would like to see an Army/Navy game, a game in LSU, as well as some other SEC games in the South. I hear great things about the atmosphere down there, I want to experience it for myself.
Where do you see Pat White fitting into the pros after his WVU days are over? Do you think Terrelle Pryor should consider this before when considering playing at Michigan in RichRod's system? Brian North Huntingdon, PA
Are Vol fans are way too spoiled? Looking at the rankings, I’m not sure why most are upset. With the amount of underclassmen we had playing last year, I’m not sure what they were expecting. Still we did alright on a national level. Rodney MissouriRodney, If there is one thing I have found out about SEC fans in the few years of doing the blog and podcast it is they don’t like to be second fiddle to anyone. That includes other teams in their own conference. Besides Vanderbilt and Kentucky, every other SEC team’s fans think that they are elite. When you are ranked 8th in your own conference according to Rivals.com, no one is going to be happy. Some of it had to do with the loss of David Cutcliffe. He was a good draw for offensive talent to Knoxville. Again, don’t put too much credence into these rankings, the real challenge is developing the talent you get and getting the correct players to fit into your system. The Vols only signed 18 players, which was the lowest in the conference and as you said a ton of underclassmen got playing time last season.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but Penn State has a reputation for making men out of boys, developing players, getting a great education, having a real family when you get there, doing ok in putting players in the NFL(think J Alford) and because of JoePa always has media coverage. Why do you think they do considerable weaker than there reputation in recruiting? Joseph Israel
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Somehow Glennon has another year of eligibility, and I don’t see him leaving for the NFL draft. I would hate to think of another year with him under center. Don’t get me wrong, I think he can beat the Dukes of the world, but He caves in all of the big games, and that is putting it nicely. Georgia 06, LSU 07, Kansas 07. All heart breaking loses. He split time with Tyrod this year, do you see them splitting time again, or will Tyrod take the reigns once and for all? Budd Munhall, PABudd, I think you are a little hard on Glennon. He did lead you to a victory in the ACC title game against Boston College, and if not for a defensive breakdown, the Hokies would’ve beaten Boston College the first time at Tech. Brandon Ore had a rough year rushing the ball, and that allowed teams to tee off on Glennon when he was in the game knowing he lacked mobility. That being said if you can prove to me, well I guess I should say, if Tyrod can prove to Coach Beamer that he can throw the ball with better than average consistency and accuracy, then I see no reason why he should not be the quarterback for this upcoming season. He brings an added dimension to the game with his ability to scramble and run the ball that Glennon lacks. The real issue might be when and if Taylor wins the job, will Glennon become a cancer in the locker room or will he help this young man mature as a quarterback.
The SEC was a powerhouse last year. Will they remain the elite conference, or do you see another sharing or stealing the spotlight? With the big 12 having the most teams in the end of year top 10, are they contenders? Frank OklahomaFrank, When I look at the expected preseason polls for 2008, I think that you will see Georgia ranked in the top 2, as well as Florida, LSU, and Auburn all in the top 15 to 20. Also, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Alabama all could be in the top 25. Week in and week out I don’t think there is a tougher conference to go through than the SEC. Just look at the recruiting rankings year after year…most of the top teams are from the SEC. The SEC also has the last two National Champions as well as some of the most sought after coaches in the country. So for right now, I think the SEC holds the #1 spot. The Big 12 really surprised me last year. I believe Oklahoma and Texas will once again be contenders and we will find out if Missouri and Kansas are for real or just one year wonders. I think that with the amount of players returning at key positions, both the Tigers and Jayhawks will be back near the top of the Big 12 North. Colorado and Texas Tech are two other emerging teams to keep an eye on.
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Dear ITB, Do you see Notre Dame returning to prominence (respectively, of course), or do you see more losing seasons in their future? Can you provide your opinions on the future of Charlie Weis as the Irish head coach? Thanks, Johnny Lacey, WAJohnny, In 2008, I still expect Notre Dame to experience some more growing pains. It will not be as bad as the 2007 season where they only won 3 games, but they will not be seeing a 9 or 10 win season next year. There are still a lot of question marks on the offensive line. Not only could the Irish not rush the ball last year, but they almost got Jimmy Clausen killed. At all of the skilled positions on offense, I think the Irish are well set. Now they just need to be able to get those skilled players the ball and use their ability to make defenders miss in the open field. Charlie Weis will be there for the foreseeable future, when I say that I say for at least two more seasons. I think the faithful were able to write off last season as an anomaly, but he must go to a bowl game this year and the year after he must be at least contending for a BCS bowl game. Looking at the loads of talent Weis has brought in, and the schedule in front of him for the next two seasons, I see no reason why this should not happen.
A lot of teams had emerging seasons last year. To name a few, UConn, Cincy, Illinois, Mizzu, Kansas, Virginia, Hawaii. Which of these do you think were a fluke, and which do you think are here to stay. Do you see anyone new coming on the scene in 2008? Gary Hollywood, FL
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