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Dot, Dot, Dot: Weekly Musings, Observations and Reflections on College Football

Opening up my mind for quick takes on the world of college football.

As a writer who once covered Michigan and the Big Ten for the Ann Arbor News and The Sporting News, I am both intrigued and concerned by the hire of Jim Harbaugh. Intrigued because he is a great coach, speaks his mind, is a hoot on social media, and can bring relevance back to The Big House. Concerned because I wonder how long the lure of the NFL will keep him in A2.

Even current Stanford coach David Shaw knows Harbaugh is good for the game. Asked about Harbaugh’s return to college football, where he led Stanford to great heights, Shaw said, “I know it’s not boring,” and laughed. No, only Harbaugh’s pants are boring.

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Ohio State is a virtual consensus as the No. 1 team in the country in the USA Today preseason poll. When you can afford to move last year’s starting quarterback to wide receiver, wouldn’t you be?

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Jimi Hendrix a huge college football fan. Who knew? ‘Scuse me, while I kiss Nick Saban’s rings.

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Baylor AD Ian McCaw predicts the College Football Playoff will expand to eight teams within the next five years. Can’t we do it sooner?

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Just curious – if independent BYU makes the same kind of run through its schedule as fellow independent Notre Dame might, would the Cougars get the same kind of College Football Playoff consideration that would automatically accompany an unbeaten or one-loss Irish team? I think we all know the answer to that but don’t want to say it … Speaking of the playoff, kudos to the organizers for doing the right thing. It announced earlier this week it would increase its travel expenses in order to give every player’s family a $2,500 stipend to attend the national semifinals. Last year, the travel stipend was only for the national title game.

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Here’s a sleeper to keep an eye on – Auburn defensive end Carl Lawson. He missed all of last season with a torn ACL but assuming he’s fully recovered, he’s a beast. And operating under new defensive coordinator Will Muschamp? Forget it. The kid will thrive.

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I’m sad to hear of the passing of former Detroit Lions star Mel Farr, whom I had a chance to meet and speak with several times while working in Michigan. People forget he was a pretty darn good college player at UCLA who finished seventh in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1966.

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Does anybody else find it kind of, I don’t know, like, bizarro world that we’re hardly talking about the SEC this year? Geez, consecutive seasons without a national title and it’s like the fall of the Roman Empire.

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You know how they set non-conference games years in advance? I wonder which Minnesota administrator is kicking his-or herself over scheduling TCU as the opener? And speaking of schedules, Tennesse’s is no charm, Notre Dame’s is always tough and who on earth hates Virginia enough to give the Cavs UCLA, Notre Dame and Boise State as three of its first four games?

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Finally, here is something ridiculously cool. So Jordan-Hare Stadium at Auburn is almost done with a $14 million renovation that includes the biggest video scoreboards in the country for a college football stadium. But one fan, bless his heart, couldn’t wait to see what it all looked like. So he sent a drone up to check it out. We have forwarded to Harvey Updyke because we figured he was curious, too.

 

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