The Monday Rewind has questions for Brent Musburger, recruiting guru and the folks in Las Vegas.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The Monday Rewind is here on schedule this week with money-saving suggestions, a look at what people are saying about the University of Louisville football team and enough college football goodies that Brent Musburger should invite me to take Eminem's place in the broadcast booth next week.
Dear Brent. I wouldn't be uncomfortable doing an interview with you in the ESPN booth. I used to read your stuff in the Chicago American. You weren't even their top columnist. But I enjoyed your writing. You've come a long way.
Give it a read, Brent. Let me know what you think.
One other thing: I know Eminem is a Michigan person. So is Madonna. Why didn't you invite her into the booth Saturday night? Bigger stir. Trust me, pal, trust me.
MONEY SAVING TIP – Before you authorize your credit card for another $7.99 payment for your favorite recruiting rankings, here is what I want you to do:
If I can talk a few of you into saving your money, I'll feel as if I've done my good deed for the day.
What inspired this warning?
I'm talking about the Texas and USC football teams. Texas lost to Brigham Young Saturday. USC lost at home to Washington State. Both programs plunged out of the Top 25. There is talk of change raging on both campuses. They are not happy with their coaching staffs. Texas has already changed defensive coordinators.
That was not supposed to happen. Not if you believe the recruiting gurus. There can't be 10 teams in the country that have more highly rated talent than Texas and USC.
Just for fun – OK, actually it was to make fun – I looked up where Rivals.com ranked the last five recruiting classes for both schools.
The answer is going to make you laugh and ask for your money back if you're paying for recruiting information.
Yes, Mack Brown (Texas) and Lane Kiffin (USC) have some explaining to do. They have earned their spots on the hot seats.
But the folks who rank high school football prospects also have some explaining to do. Aren't you glad I made you think about spending your money?
POLL REPORT: LOUISVILLE EDITION -- Louisville did not ring up monster numbers while dispatching Eastern Kentucky, 44-7, Saturday. In fact, if you backed the Cardinals (for entertainment purposes only) you might not have the money to renew that subscription to your recruiting service this week.
But Charlie Strong's team did not pay a price in the polls. The Cardinals advanced to seventh in both the Associated Press writers' and USA Today coaches' Top 25 polls.
Unlike the coaches, the writers are comfortable with having their ballots inspected. I plan to inspect them every week.
This is what I uncovered about the 60 votes for Louisville:
A total of 35 voters moved Louisville up on their ballots. Chris Fowler of ESPN was one of those guys. He advanced the Cards from 14th to 10th. Apparently Fowler read the Monday Rewind last week where I wondered why he had dropped the Cards.
On the flip side, six guys dropped the Cards. Louisville took a four-spot hit from Doug Lesmerises of the Plain-Dealer in Cleveland as well as three-spot drops from two other writers.
The other 19 voters kept the Cards in the same spot as the previous week.
Stay tuned. With Texas A&M (ranked sixth) playing host to top-ranked Alabama Saturday, the Cards could gain another spot if they can win at Kentucky.
CARDS FAVORED BY MORE, MORE, MORE -- It's Kentucky-Louisville week. Saturday. Commonwealth Stadium. Noon kickoff.
The Cardinals will be favored to win this game for the third consecutive season.
Here is the question: If you take the Wildcats, how many points should you demand?
According to VegasInsiders.com, the game opened with Louisville favored by 7 ½. By late Sunday morning, the consensus number moved to 10 ½. By Sunday evening, it jumped to 11 ½ and then 12 ½, except at the Wynn Hotel, which showed the Wildcats a 13-point underdog. That is where the number remained Monday morning.
If you really want to become confused, look at the Sagarin computer ratings. His predictor ratings have Louisville about 12 points better, but when you subtract the home field advantage the number is closer to 6 or 6 ½.
What's it going to be Saturday – 10, 11, 12 or more?
CARDS' GAME OF THE YEAR CHANGES -- Last week Cincinnati looked like the Game of the Year of the Louisville football team.
That's no longer the call here.
Now UCF (Central Florida for those working on acronym memorization) is the Game of the Year.
Lots. Cincinnati lost big (45-17) at Illinois Saturday, and the Bearcats must now proceed without quarterback Munchie Legaux, who suffered a gruesome knee injury. All the best to Munchie for a quick and complete recovery. Hoping the pain was not as bad as it appeared.
UCF, meanwhile, has allowed only seven points in two games. The Knights get Penn State (away) and South Carolina (home) the next two weekends.
If UCF (2-0) can win one of those two games, George O'Leary's team will bring a touch of reflected glory into Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on Oct. 18, a Friday national TV game.
The Sagarin ratings also tilt toward UCF. The Knights are the second-highest rated team from The American.
INDIANA'S BAD MATH – That was a bad loss for Indiana Saturday against Navy. Bad because the Hoosiers never led. Bad because Indiana failed to make Navy punt the entire game. Not once.
Bad because Indiana had an entire year to prepare to stop Navy's triple-option a second time and the Midshipmen still roared for 440 yards, averaging 6.3 yards per carry. Bad because Navy won while running 70 times and completing two of five passes.
Bad because the Hoosiers host Bowling Green Saturday and the unbeaten Falcons are absolutely capable of winning in Memorial Stadium. IU is only favored by 2 1/2/ Bad because it makes the math very fuzzy on Indiana's chances of winning six games and qualifying for a bowl game.
A bad loss. A very bad loss.
TRINTY UPDATE – How are the five former Trinity High School stars who helped push the Shamrocks to three consecutive state titles performing in their first college seasons? Time to call the roll.
Dalyn Dawkins is getting the most action. He's played in two games for Purdue and ranks as the Boilermakers' second leading rusher with 61 yards on 15 carries. He's also caught four passes.
James Quick has yet to catch his first pass for Louisville. Jason Hatcher has made five tackles in two games for Kentucky.
Defensive back Ryan White has not played for Vanderbilt in the first two games. Ditto for quarterback Travis Wright at Florida International.