Need your college football fix after a week off at the beach? No problem, we've got you covered - just as long as you promise to lend us you're beach house for next weekend.What we've been working on:
Matt Bracken of the Baltimore Sun joined us on the podcast on Thursday, filling us in on the state of recruiting in the Mid-Atlantic region. He let us know the teams and players to look out for as we head into the heart of camp and combine season, and even took some time to give us his outlook on the Maryland Terps heading into 2009. Brian and I also give him a rough time about Michigan at the end of the show, although Matt remains hopeful for a turnaround this year.
We continue our countdown of the Top 50 Best Non-BCS Players, taking a look at CMU defensive end Frank Zombo in our latest entry. Army head coach Rich Ellerson told Adam that young people in this country are looking for a challenge, and that need to be tested will lead them to the banks of the Hudson and to Army. Adam would never question a coach like Ellerson, but openly wonders whether or not that need for a challange hasn't led the vast majority of recruits to Annapolis, not West Point.
BRUCE FELDMAN joins the podcast this week to talk SEC and Pac-10 football, so do try to tune in if, you know, you're into that sort of thing.
What we've been reading:
Phil Steele says Duke will be this year's Vanderbilt.
Paul Myerberg of The Quad continues his season previews, reminding us why we tune into The Cosby Showon Nick at Nite by taking a solid and objective look at Temple.
Corn Nation looks at the strengths of the teams in the Big 12 North, making the case for why each member of the Division could win the title in 2009. Frankly, we’re in awe that writer Corn Blight could even come up with something for Iowa State.
Our good friend The Heisman Pundit is up to his yearly rankings, and he's got the running backs, wide receivers, and tight ends covered in his most recent postings. Check the comment section for each of his rankings for our (and by 'our', we really mean Adam's) thoughts.
T. Kyle King of Dawg Sports was seriously on ESPN radio. Like you know, as a guest. He rocks out in an interview right hyah. Careful though - once you actually listen to him speak you'll find yourself trying to read his always insightful posts in a Georgia accent. Not recommended for Yankees like Brian and I.
Our friends at DraftDaddy.com sound off on their top senior tailbacks heading into 2009, with Kansas' Jake Sharp making an appearance on the list. We like the inclusion of Sharp, who (as DD notes) is actually one of the fastest players in college football.
Our favorite misguided Notre Dame blogger (The Subway Domer) continues his crash course in introducing the college football world to the 36 Notre Dame players who he says will make an impact in 2009. His latest post spotlights RB/FB Robert Hughes and S Harrison Smith, although I could do without the photo of my good friend Ross Pospisil laying helplessly on the ground.
Jeremy from The Mountain West Conference Connection chimes in with a great post on what some are calling the "Riley Nelson Rule", which could end up becoming an issue with the increasing number of LDS and Polynesian recruits we are seeing at the upper levels of the game.
And finally, the Wizard of Odds takes some time to "philosophize" on BCS conference teams and their hunger for cupcakes. That's all for now. Check back later today at ITB for the continuation of our Best of the Non-BCS Countdown!