The first official BCS ranking is coming tomorrow, and speculation is raging that it will be Ohio State at No. 1, with USC edging out Florida for the coveted No. 2 spot. They have to play the games first, of cours. That's where you come in.
Use the Comments section for our weekly Tailgate of analysis: Pre-game, mid-game and post-game, let's talk about performances and dynamics that are shifting throughout the day that might impact how that first BCS ranking will look.
Have at it!
Update (4:41 p.m.): Adrian Peterson out for the rest of the season! Two things:
(1) In my list, he was THE top Heisman contender. (At least, he is/was the best college football player -- whether that wins him a Heisman or not is another thing. No matter how you define "best," Peterson was in your Top 3.) So now that's blown wide open.
(2) Considering that he would have been a guaranteed first-round pick (if not Top 10) in the NFL Draft... AFTER HIS FRESHMAN SEASON! *AND* he would have been a guaranteed Top 5 overall pick after his sophomore season...
He becomes Exhibit A about how the draft-eligibility restrictions are terrible for the top players and should be eliminated.
How can you deny that having to come back for this third year put him at risk -- a risk now turned reality -- of a career-harming injury, when he would have been a lock first-round pick in either of his first two years? Forcing him to return to school if both he and, as important, NFL talent evaluators agree he would have been ready after either of his first two years was/is in the worst interests of both the player and the NFL.
Meanwhile, I feel amazing for Vanderbilt, beating Georgia in Athens, but if you're an SEC fan, it's bittersweet: It makes Florida's game against UGA next week that much less impressive. It's certainly not the tough matchup it looked like it was even two weeks ago, let alone before the season started. (And, of course, it's no gimme that UF wins at Auburn tonight.) But how awesome for Vandy?