Preview 2008 -
Part 15 - Greatest Players & Greatest
CFN is honored to once again get the thoughts and opinions on some of the hot
topics from some of the most talented, influential insiders in the
college football media, while getting to know a little bit more about
from CFN in the
discussion are ...
- Charles Davis, NFL Network/FOX Sports
- Dennis Dodd, CBSSports.com
- College Football Columnist
- Bruce Feldman,
College Football Columnist
- Steve Greenberg, The
Sporting News -
College Football Columnist
- Teddy "Mr. Media" Greenstein, Chicago Tribune - College
Football Columnist, Media Columnist
- Stewart Mandel, SI.com -
College Football Columnist
1 What aspect of
college football should you care about, but really don't?
- Part 2 Should a
two loss LSU team really have won the national title?
- Part 3 How should
college football be more like the NFL?
- Part 4
Your college football
- Part 5 How/why did you get into covering college football?
- Part 6 How/why is the BCS better than a playoff?
- Part 7 I'm not buying into ...
- Part 8
Just how bad is the Big Ten?
- Part 9 Do you have any problems with Tim Tebow winning two
- Part 10 Give the 2010 Rankings for: Florida State, Miami,
Michigan, Nebraska & Notre Dame
- Part 11
How much do you care about non-BCS teams?
- Part 12 When
Should Players Be Eligible for the Draft?
- Part 13 The Next Really Big Superpower Will Be ...
- Part 14 The Best & Worst Interviews
You've Ever Done
- Part 15 Quick Hitters, Part 1: Greatest Players & Greatest Games
- Part 16 Quick Hitters, Part 2: The National Champion & Heisman
Quick Hitting Thoughts On (Part One)
five favorite players of all-time.
1. Oklahoma State RB Barry Sanders – In my lifetime, no player was more
fun to watch than Sanders.
2. Georgia RB Herschel Walker – Redefined the limitations for a freshman
3. Boston College QB Doug Flutie – There was something magical about
Flutie when he was on the field.
4. USC S Ronnie Lott – One of the most intimidating defensive players of
5. BYU QB Jim McMahon – He put up huge numbers, doing it with swagger.
Dennis Dodd: Michael Vick, Reggie Bush, Barry Sanders, Brian
Bosworth, Kellen Winslow
Fiu: 5) Any marginally talented quarterback who just won games,
like Alabama’s Jay Barker or Florida’s Danny Wuerffel; 4) Don McPherson,
QB Syracuse; 3) Jamelle Holieway, QB Oklahoma; 2) Steve Walsh, QB Miami;
1) Deion Sanders, CB Florida State
Charles Davis: In no particular order…Hugh Green, Pitt, Condredge
Holloway, Tennessee (first black QB in the SEC), Donald McPherson,
Syracuse, Doug Williams, Grambling, Anthony Davis, USC
Steve Greenberg: 1. Herschel Walker 2. Barry Sanders 3. Chris
Zorich 4. Reggie Bush 5. Ron Dayne
Bruce Feldman: Jack Ham, Deion Sanders, Ed Reed, Chris Spielman,
Williams (Northwestern quarterback from 1990-93. Was short, tough, fast
and an overall bad-ass)
Valenzisi (Northwestern kicker was a fellow journalism student who made
15 of 16 field goal tries for the Rose Bowl Wildcats)
5. Garrett Wolfe
- The five
best players since you’ve been covering college football.
Bush, Troy Smith, Michael Robinson, Rashard Mendenhall, Mike Noooogent.
1. Texas QB Vince Young – Elevated his program, which is the best
thing you can say about a quarterback.
2. USC RB Reggie Bush – A vision of explosiveness every time he touched
3. Georgia Tech WR Calvin Johnson – Would have been unstoppable if
Reggie Ball wasn’t his battery mate.
4. Georgia DE David Pollack – Best motor on a defensive player that I
5. Indiana QB Antwan Randle El – Had he played at a name brand school,
would have been a legend.
Carolina DE Julius Peppers, Georgia DE David Pollock, Oklahoma S Roy
Williams, Pitt WR Larry Fitzgerald and Miami S Ed Reed should also be on
here somewhere.) 5) Matt Leinart, QB USC; 4) Michael Vick, QB Virginia
Tech; 3) Adrian Peterson, RB Oklahoma; 2) Charles Rogers, WR Michigan
State; 1) Vince Young, QB Texas
Reggie Bush, Michael Vick, Barry Sanders,
Brian Bosworth, Vince Young
1. Reggie Bush 2. Vince Young 3. Roy Williams
(OU) 4. Sean Taylor 5. Michael Vick
Bruce Feldman: Vince Young, Ed Reed, Mike Patterson, Patrick
Willis, Julius Peppers
Charles Davis: No particular order…Vince Young, Texas, Reggie
Bush, USC, Darren McFadden, Arkansas, Chris Long, Virginia, Peyton
favorite game of all-time.
Nebraska 42, Missouri 35 OT, 1997. I was there
11 years ago and the result still resonates. It was the infamous Flea
marked the first time a No. 1 in the AP polls won a game and dropped
from the top spot, and the losing team got into the poll after losing.
The correct answer is the 1984 Miami Orange Bowl win over Nebraska, but I
don’t think I’ve ever had more fun watching a football game than either
the 1988 Notre Dame Catholics vs. Convicts win over Miami or the 2005
USC Bush-Push win over Notre Dame.
2007 Fiesta Bowl. While it didn’t have
national championship implications, Boise State’s improbable win over
Oklahoma was the single most exciting college game I ever witnessed. I
still pull out the DVD every few months just to make sure it wasn’t a
figment of my imagination. Texas over USC in the 2006 Rose Bowl is a
close second, but a photo-finish was needed.
USC-Texas for the national title is the obvious choice. The Northwestern
Rose Bowl loss to USC takes the silver. Michigan's triple-overtime
victory over Michigan State in 2004 earns the bronze.
it has to be Wisconsin’s win over UCLA in the Rose Bowl after the 1993
season. It was my second season covering the Badgers after college. At
least 80% Big Red fans in that stadium.
Bruce Feldman: Texas-USC Rose Bowl. There was so much at stake
with USC’s winning streak and going for the unprecedented three
championships in a row and instead we got to see the greatest clutch
performance in the history of the sport by Vince Young. The game had
everything: big plays, bad plays, weird plays (the Reggie Bush lateral
to Brad Walker, a guy who wasn’t even in the game program) and of
course, clutch plays.