Super-Sized, Season Premiere of Ask CFN
Virginia Tech QB Sean Glennon
Virginia Tech QB Sean Glennon
Posted Sep 7, 2007

How much longer will Virginia Tech stick with Sean Glennon? When will Michigan fans get over the ASU loss? Whatever happened with the Reggie Bush situation with the NCAA? These questions and more in a super-sized season premiere of ASK CFN.

By Pete Fiutak
Fire over your questions to me at I might not be able to answer them all, but I promise they're all read. Any e-mails sent to this address may be published or edited unless requested otherwise. (Please put ASK CFN in the subject line, and PLEASE keep the questions short ... it makes my life easier.)

After not doing an ASK CFN for a few weeks, I thought I’d super-size the number of questions and rapid firing through. I’ll save the research questions for January. Now, it’s game on.

It's clear that no defense will fear Sean Glennon as VT's QB for a second straight season and like you said "Glennon is still Glennon" and didn't improve in the off-season as advertised. So at what point in the season do you think the coaches will play Tyrod Taylor? At what point would you play Tyrod Taylor knowing that Glennon probably hit his ceiling as a QB? – Phil

A: What, was it the interception on the opening play that freaked you out? There is a ceiling on what Glennon can do, and it’s hard to tell if the great receiver prospects of a few years ago are being held back, or if they’re hurting the situation. Taylor might not be a player for the future if Glenon doesn’t do something to loosen up defenses. While he doesn’t have to bomb away for five touchdowns a game, he has to limit his mistakes and at least threaten to push the ball deep. But as long as Tech is in the ACC title chase, Glennon will likely be the man.

Am I the only one that believes ESPN has too much influence regarding the polls and especially the Heisman?  Why does their ticker (at the bottom of the screen) only give us the stats on the Heisman frontrunners? Surely there are other players that had just as good, if not better stats, that the supposed frontrunners! Look at last year, the Heisman race was painfully lethargic and I believe Troy Smith only won because ESPN touted him all year long so the voters simply went along. – Darrin P.

A: Right idea, wrong example. You can dog Smith after the fact all you want, but he was the Player of the Year in college football before the bowl games. Many SECers would argue for Darren McFadden, but it was Smith’s season. The real ESPN problem was in its sickening overhype when it came to USC in 2005. Vince Young should’ve been much closer to winning the Heisman than he was, and that was because the media handed it over to Bush midway through the year. I dog the boo-yas all the time, but it’s sort of their job to pump up the stars. If top players come through, you’ll know about them.

Past ASK CFNs ...    
- The most loved & hated teams
- Is Miami still a power?
- CFN's West Virginia ranking
- Is Booty Heisman-worthy?
- The USC Schedule
- The Big Ten Network
- The most underrated head coach
- The Top Ten NFL receiver prospects 

- Why did Brady Quinn slide?
- The Virginia Tech situation

- Creating a MWest-WAC super-league
Mid-majors who should be in the bigs
The potential new superpower
The 5 best coaching jobs
March Madness for football?
Potential Bowl Shockers
Tim Brewster?
Fox's BCS broadcasts
- Is Brady really better than Russell?
Hot & Cold Bowl Programs
- How ineffective was Reggie Ball?
- A 2007 Top 10 Mock Draft
Can Michigan win a national title?
- BCS possibilities for several teams
- West Virginia schedule, BCS rules
- Toughest coaching jobs
- Hidden Heisman 5

- Is Temple worst ever?
- Oklahoma-Oregon fiasco
- Has Bob Stoops lost it?
- Is Colorado done?

Just curious, but how does a player fall out of Heisman consideration because his team loses?  That seems to be a part of your reasoning for some of the players for this year and your reasoning of why Brennan would have won last year post-bowls.  So a player is dropped from consideration because his defense gives up too many points and they lose?  That's ridiculous.  But yet, Brennan is considered because he blows out cupcakes every week?  Makes sense, put up great numbers against quality opponents and lose, forget about it.  Play high school teams and put up Playstation numbers, you're legit.  Laughable as always... – RL

A: Don’t honk at me; I didn’t make the rules. Yup, you can be phenomenal, you can be the best player in college football, and you can even be a future first pick in the draft, but if your team doesn’t win, you’re probably not going to be in the Heisman chase. It’s a beauty contest, and in my Heisman piece, all I’m doing is reflecting the overall mood from the media types I talk to.

At what point does it become a mistake for an opponent to taunt Michigan with the now famous “Michigan Who” shirt that the App. St. folks are floating around, as are some on ESPN.  My take, is that  point is about now, and unless the talent level is way off at Michigan, they are going to spend the season trying to take this abuse out on everyone they play.  Your take?
– Rob

When, if ever, will Michigan fans be able to get past this? - RR

A: Never. Michigan can win its next 11 games, beat Ohio State by two touchdowns and thump USC in the Rose Bowl, and there will still be a “yeah, but” next to this season. As I explained to one of my friends who went to Ann Arbor, this is the albatross around your program’s head forever. This isn’t losing a BCS game to a good D-I team, this is a loss to a minor league squad, no matter how you want to gloss it over. Now, if the Wolverines come out and thump Oregon this week, things should be back on track. But if it’s close, or heaven forbid, a fourth straight loss under Lloyd Carr, it’ll be time to cash in the season and realize the team was way, way overhyped.

Why is there not more attention on what happened with Bush and USC? It seems to have just been dropped. Meanwhile programs like OU self report and get horrible pub, and backhands by the NCCA. Was just wondering what the deal was with things like that? Not sure how it all works.
– BS

A: USC is on double secret probation. Basically, they’re probably fine until the toga party. For some reason, the NCAA have the same attitude towards the Bush case and USC that San Francisco Giant fans have taken towards Barry Bonds. The truth is obvious, but they don’t seem interested in ruining the party. You’re not sure how it all works? Join the club. You have as good a handle as I or any other college football media type has on how and why the NCAA selectively meters out punishments. Yeah, if you’re an Oklahoma fan, you’re a little perplexed over it all.

I noticed that in your 2007 preview you had the MWC as a conference winning a total of 2 games against BCS competition for the year.  In the first weekend alone the MWC had 3 wins against BCS competition (if you can call it that the way the games were dominated by MWC schools).  Is the MWC better than you originally thought?
– James

A: Yes, and no. We do the Preview predictions in late June, and feelings and beliefs change by game time based on news, practice reports, and other influences. We picked Wyoming to beat Virginia last week, it was basically a coin flip on BYU vs. Arizona, and everyone had TCU over Baylor. Utah losing Brian Johnson was a big blow, and we’ll really see what the conference is made of when TCU plays Texas and BYU gets UCLA. To answer your question, yeah, the league is a little better than originally thought.

With all the talk about the talent gap between USC and everyone else, it makes me wonder. Did the experts like yourself see this coming or realize how big it would become years ago when Pete Carroll was getting started there? Has there ever been another program so far above all the others and is there any sign of them slowing down if Carroll stays? And do you have any teams on your radar to potentially be the next USC?
– SA

A: Actually, it was the opposite. The media, especially in L.A., was lukewarm at best over Carroll’s hiring. He had the reputation for being a college-type coach in the pros, but no one was sure he’d really be able to make USC into a powerhouse. Remember, it didn’t quite happen right away for the program. In 2001 under Carroll, USC went 6-6 and was stunned in a 10-6 loss to Utah in the Las Vegas Bowl. Carson Palmer was seen as an overrated disappointment, and no one saw what was about to happen. As far as slowing the program down down, it’ll happen if the NCAA ever finds anything to nail it with. If you ever see major sanctions hit, Carroll will be back in the NFL. To be the next USC, you need the recruiting base, the tradition, and not be in the SEC. How about UCLA?

East Carolina - Virginia Tech... Which do you think it was: outstanding play by the East Carolina defense or an underrachieving performance by the VT offense?
– EH

A: From everyone I’ve talked to, it was more of a case of the enormity and the emotion of the moment working against the Hokies. Everything seemed to hit the team at once, and there was a collective “Oh crap” when the pressure of the situation actually sunk in. The LSU game likely won’t be a proper indication, but give the team a few weeks and it’ll play like you originally expected.

What happens if App State goes undefeated and Michigan wins 9 games?  I know they’re not going to the BCS…but could they go to a bowl?  Would they have to choose b/t that and the playoffs?  Are there restrictions against non D-1A teams in bowls and did that go away with the FCS? 

A: Why would they go play in the International Bowl when they could go into a playoff and try for a third straight national title? No, they’re in the FCS playoff format.

I know the App. State game really underscores it, but do you think it makes sense that teams are punished in the BCS system for scheduling 1-AA opponents (I'm not even bothering with the new classification)?  I understand the idea, trying to get teams to schedule tougher non-conference games.  The thing is though, the top-flight 1-AA schools are better than probably 25% of the D-1 schools out there.  Does it really make sense to be punished for schedule App. State or Montana, and not for scheduling Buffalo or FIU?
– BA

A: Yes, teams should always be punished and punished very, very hard for taking on FCS teams. Of course the best of the FCS could beat several FBS teams, but that’s not the point. Programs like UL Monroe, Buffalo, and Utah State might be cupcakes for the top programs, but they want the big games for the exposure, even if it’s not always great, and the money. The ASU win over Michigan was an all-timer of an aberration, and it’ll unfortunately justify the scheduling of FCS teams for years to come.

My two teams went in opposite directions last week. Do you think the Washington Huskies are good enough to finish in the top five of the Pac-10? Question Two: Is Notre Dame really that bad? I think ND will improve with each game.
– BF

A: Washington is the tough team to read. If it beats Boise State and plays well against Ohio State, then yeah, it’ll be dangerous. Jake Locker appears to the real deal, while the running game should pave the way to several good conference wins. The program has been close, and now it appears ready to finally, finally get over the hump. And yes, Notre Dame is that bad. Sure it’ll improve from game to game, but it might get thumped along the way. It had better show a sign of life against Penn State this weekend or things will be worse before they get better.

Hi, I am a Georgia fan and was at the game this weekend and didn't get to see any other games.  I was wondering why no one has commented on #4 Texas and the reason they won by only 8 points against Arkansas State.  Should this have been a blowout?  I cannot see why Texas shouldn't have put up 50 against a relative no name team.  Is this team all hype or was it just lack of concentration.  I believe you take any other ranked team and only beat Ark State by 8 and they will get drilled on ranking.  Am I way off here?
– Mike

A: It wasn’t pretty, and it should’ve been a blowout. The Texas O line was mediocre, the linebacking corps struggled, and the team hardly looked ready to be considered a serious national title contender. That can all change with an impressive performance against TCU this weekend. It was week one; some teams need a while to get the rest off.

I really find the Big East's week one Heisman advertisements to be in poor taste.  If you're so pathetic that you need to beg for votes just do it.  Don't insult our intelligence by putting forward some half ass "congratulations" video as an attempt at veiling your true intentions.  All four candidates are probably good enough to win it without the propaganda, so wouldn't the airtime be better suited for promotion of Big East academics?  Aren't these guys supposed to be students first and athletes second?
-  Appalachian State Fan

A: You really want to sit through thirty seconds on the spiffy Louisville computer science lab or how West Virginia has a decent animal husbandry department? My issue with Ray Rice, Brian Brohm, Steve Slaton and Pat White in the ad that congratulates them for being in the Heisman race is that they actually touch the trophy. It should be like the unwritten rule for hockey players that you can’t touch the Stanley Cup unless you win it. Where you’re wrong is on the propaganda side of things. There can never be too much when it comes to this beauty contest.

Darren McFadden and Adrian Peterson seem like very similar backs to me. Both are about 6-2, 215 and have a freakish combination of power and speed. Which do you think is the better back?
– EP

A: Peterson, but it’s close. Don’t get me wrong, I love McFadden, but Peterson is an all-timer of a warrior. McFadden gets caught from behind by Wisconsin’s Jack Ikegwuonu in the Capital One Bowl and all of a sudden it was because of his hamstring. I know Peterson can handle 35 carries at any time. McFadden can carry a workload, but not like Peterson. They’re both elite backs who can carry an NFL franchise, but McFadden is probably the better long-term pro prospect only because he’ll have a better shelf life. Backs who take the hits Peterson seeks out are only effective for so long.

The USC win against Idaho was boring on both sides of the ball. The level of play doesn't seem high enough to beat Nebraska in a few weeks from now.  I had a thought that perhaps Pete Carroll didn't want to show much of the playbook since that game could be won on athleticism alone.  Am I being a homer by thinking that?
– CW

A: As I’ve written before, I’ll be really, really curious to see what USC does over the next several weeks, because I’m starting to think Nebraska has a shot at pulling off the upset. Against Idaho, the team didn’t seem to have the “it” factor, however you want to define it. It went through the motions, but this didn’t appear to be the same team it’s been in the past. Certainly the talent is there, and it’ll certainly have its share of blowouts, but we’ll know a lot more after it goes to Lincoln. The great Carroll teams defined themselves with tremendous road wins over big-name teams. This one will have its shot.

In my football withdrawal frenzy thursday night, I made a mad dash to tivo and watch every game that was televised.  I saw 2 backs that blew me away that I never really had paid much attention to; Oregon State’s Yvenson Bernard and UL Monroe’s Calvin Dawson.  Can you give me 3 backs that are flying under the radar that I should make sure to tivo and check out?  An "all-tivo" backfield so-to-speak?
– Brad LA

A: I’m only going with the non-BCSers here to stay under the radar, but you should also make sure you see Georgia Tech’s Tashard Choice and Minnesota’s Amir Pinnix. 1) Southern Miss’ Damion Fletcher, 2) Ohio’s Kalvin McRae, 3) Houston’s Anthony Alridge

I know this would never happen, but if a Sun Belt team were to go undefeated, considering how brutal most of their OOC schedules are (Troy, for example, has at Arkansas, at Florida, at Georgia, plus a visit from Oklahoma State), what chance would they have at a BCS bid?
– BJ

A: I’ll do you one better. After the way Middle Tennessee played against Louisville, and the way Florida Atlantic beat the Blue Raiders in the opener, I’d have no problems with Howard Schnellenberger’s club playing for the national title if it goes unbeaten with wins at Oklahoma State, Minnesota, at Kentucky, South Florida, and at Florida.