Five Step Drop: Andrew Luck
1. Not to say I told you so, but I told you so. As if there was any doubt at this point in 2010, Stanford's Andrew Luck has clearly surpassed Washington's Jake Locker as the best quarterback in the Pac-10 and perhaps the country. We warned months ago about Locker's accuracy issues and Washington's stubborn dedication to an outdated and gummy version of the pro-style offense. That has clearly metastasized and Washington's inability to capitalize on a once-in-a-decade type triggerman should trouble many around the program.
2. One hurdle cleared, another more dangerous one on the horizon. The NCAA is expected to clear Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez of allegations that he "failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance" in relation to findings that Michigan players practiced for excessive hours outside of NCAA limits. After its ridiculous and needlessly humiliating dance of contrition, Michigan and its coach have been spared the rod, so to speak. But will Michigan also spare itself the Rod? Pun intended.
Longtime Michigan blog MGoBlog examines the case for and against terminating the Wolverines' coach and determines that he'd "fire [defensive coordinator Greg] Robinson. Then I'd bring in [West Virginia defensive coordinator Jeff] Casteel if he's available post [West Virginia coach Bill] Stewart firing or broom most of the defensive staff and bring in someone making SEC dollars along with two other established position coaches, and then I'd give Rodriguez 2011 and hope like hell."
I'd stick with the guy. Rodriguez had the unenviable task of turning around 40 years of over-the-top "Michigan Man" culture. He's met resistance and made some mistakes on top of that. But his track record is that of a turnaround artist, and he essentially runs the same kind of offense as Oregon, Florida and Nebraska. It works and eventually so, too, will his regime. Put another way, if he'd been hired last year at Washington is there any doubt the Huskies wouldn't be at 10 wins against a loaded Pac-10 by the end of the year with that offense plus Jake Locker?
3. Paralyzed Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand is taking the next step in his long, hopefully successful rehabilitation: he has been moved to the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, which College Football Talk notes, has treated former Superman actor Christopher Reeves. For those hoping to contribute in some small – or large way – to his recovery, you are welcome to send checks to the "Eric LeGrand Believe Fund."
4. In what may be an all-time first, TCU has climbed to the top of one set of rankings out of Las Vegas. The Horned Frogs narrowly edge Oregon and Boise State as one of college football's more unusual seasons draws to a close. Give the wise guys credit, they saw weakness in Missouri and Michigan State before the pollsters, who took action only after the inevitable defeats last week. Ohio State and Oklahoma seem a bit overrated at No. 5 and No. 9, but its an otherwise respectable list.
5. Finally, further proof that college football is the most addicting sport for fans. Via Get The Picture, the Washington Post details the journey of a Maryland football fan – Maryland! – who has seen 34 straight years of every single Terrapin football game. And yes, that includes a trip to Boise, Idaho. Crab cakes and football, that's what Maryland does!