Five-Step Drop: Don't Ignore Colorado
1. So the major players in conference expansion-slash-realignment seem to be Texas, Notre Dame, Nebraska and ... Colorado? That's right, give the Buffs their due. While Colorado is not an elite-level football program the caliber of the three above teams, it has enjoyed extended success before -- having only missed a bowl game four times from 1985-2005.
Orangebloods.com, the same site that got the ball rolling on the Pac-10 expansion in the first place, reported Colorado is expecting to make a "major" annoucement sometime this week.
If there is a major move, it would be Colorado leaving the Big 12. It's not likely the Buffaloes would flee to the Mountain West before any other school departed the Big 12, so the logical choice would be that Colorado's announcement was a move to join the Pac-10.
Of course, a Boulder-area outlet has responded by reporting the CU Board of Regents concluded a closed-door meeting Tuesday evening and that there was no announcement coming. Further, the report stated there has been no invitation for Colorado to join the Pac-10.
So we're back to square one. I'm guessing this will happen frequently here in the next few days (weeks? months?).
2. Phil Steele ranks the schedules from toughest to easiest for 2010. Sucks to be you, Iowa State -- especially if the entire Big 12 crumbles, leaves ISU behind and then summarily beats it to a pulp during this coming season. Also, the Boise State critics will be yucking it up after seeing the list, but did anyone notice Wisconsin just two spots above the Broncos? Oh, and there's a BCS conference team with a weaker (according to Mr. Steele) schedule, too. See it?
3. In another kind of expansion, Nebraska has found there is some demand to make the already gargantuan Memorial Stadium even bigger. At capacity, Memorial Stadium presently holds over 81,000. The third largest city (after Lincoln and Omaha) in Nebraska is Bellevue, with a population of just over half that.
4. For anyone who likes to complain about the money pumped into college football, here's another example of why: Arkansas is expecting $26.1 million in football ticket sales this coming season. When a political science lecture can generate those kinds of funds, you can lecture me about priorities.
5. Finally, a bit of good news. You may have read, courtesy of my friends at Back Porch, that Ron Dayne recently had his Heisman ring and other jewelry stolen. In fact, Dayne's been taken for upwards of $100,000 worth of stuff. While some is still missing, a good amount of his loot -- including his Heisman ring and two Rose Bowl rings -- have turned up in a plastic bag on someone's front porch. Like I said, there are still several other items missing. Maybe Dayne should just start going door-to-door? The mischief doesn't exactly seem the work of criminal masterminds.