Five-Step Drop: Vegas Baby!
1. It's probably a longshot, but the Pac-10 reportedly is including Las Vegas among the possibilities for a conference championship game -- which will now be played after the 2011 regular season, since the details of Colorado's departure from the Big 12 were finalized this week.
The other places specifically mentioned were Glendale, Ariz., Seattle and Los Angeles. All three have a football stadium that can house the kind of crowd the Pac-12 championship game would likely garner. In Vegas, you'd be looking at Sam Boyd Stadium, with a capacity just over 40,000.
Of course, what about the fun fans would be able to have when the game isn't being played? Please factor that in, Larry Scott, because I'm thinking I'll have to cover that game in person come December of 2011 ...
2. The top rusher in the Big East through three weeks will not be playing this weekend, as Jordan Todman was listed as out on Connecticut's official injury report. He injured his arm against Temple last week and stayed in the game, but apparently either the injury was worse than he led on or the team is being cautious and holding him out against Buffalo to ensure he's 100 percent ready before getting back on the field. Todman has gained 448 yards on the ground with a sparkling avearge of 7.3 yards per carry.
3. An interesting philosophical question: should you root for your favorite team's rival if it will help your team in the long run? Because Oregon fans may be facing that exact quandry this weekend when Oregon State visits Boise State. Common sentiment is that Oregon's schedule will ultimately be strong enough to leapfrog Boise State into a national championship berth should both teams be undefeated and fighting for one spot, but eliminating the option would be easiest. If I was an Oregon fan, I'd grit my teeth and hope the Beavers won Saturday night.
4. Speaking of that Boise State schedule debate that will never leave until the Broncos either lose or absolutely throttle someone like Alabama, Football Outsiders did some number crunching and came up with the analysis that the mathematical chances of Oregon going 12-0 were equivalent of having Boise State to play its entire 2010 schedule three times and go 36-0. "That's how big the schedule gap is," they wrote.
5. There were some reports from the Albuquerque area Wednesday that New Mexico would fire head coach Mike Locksley and that former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach would be the replacement. That would be huge news, as it seems like Leach could probably wait around for a year or two and get a shot in a BCS automatic qualifying conference -- and probably a pretty plum gig. Well, those rumors have been summarily shot down by Leach's attorney, so the Lobos faithful can stop cleaning out their darkened garages/sheds in anticipation.