Sunday Morning Quarterback ("SMQ") is a killer football blog if you are a college football junkie. It is run by one of the most thoughtful, intelligent, and analytical writers in the college football blogosphere. And unlike some other so-called impartial college football bloggers, SMQ doesn't hide the fact that while he attempts to provide general commentary on all things college football, he is a homer when it comes to writing about his alma mater Southern Miss. Anyways, during this long off-season, SMQ has undertaken God's work, which is to write up posts previewing every single programs playing in D-1 college football. He has been writing up post after post speculating about the prospects of a random assortment of D-1 football programs. He couches them as absurdly premature assessments, but the level of information he provides in his previews is amazing. I mean he is tireless. A mark of a true college football junkie who is leaving no stone unturned considering he has taken time to preview teams like Buffalo and Akron. The guy is thorough and detailed and provides a level of analysis you are not going to find anywhere else (at this point of season) - either in the ever growing college football blogosphere or (God forbid) the traditional media. His recent posts over the Memorial Day weekend provided a preview of Karl Dorrell's football program. It is a must read. And there are points we agree and points we take issue with.
First he needs to update his logo on UCLA. He has the classic logo from UCLA which we used during the 90s. As most of you know, the new scripted logo looks a little different from the old version:
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Come to think of it perhaps we should go back to the old logo, considering we were unbeaten against SUC using that logo, and also brought home banner no. 11 with it. Well that is a post for another day (maybe). Let's get back to the meat and potatoes of SMQ's "absurdly premature assessment" of UCLA. First the part I agree with. SMQ nails it when it comes to pointing out the amount of offensive talent Dorrell will have in his disposal going into the 2006 season:
MORMONS IN HOLLYWOOD: Olson (Ben) reportedly almost beat out Olson (Drew) for the starting job after doing the Mormon mission thing and then transferring from BYU, but wound up only throwing four passes in relief duty. This inexperience makes him an unknown commodity, but reasons for hope include his size (6-5, 227) and obvious pro-style physical ability on top of his prep hype, which made Olson (Ben) the highest-rated quarterback among non-Vince Young recruits in 2002. And 'inexperience' does not necessarily equal 'immaturity' - Olson is 23, which makes him the second-oldest active Bruin (he's a month behind senior fullback Danny Nelson) and a candidate for Weinke-level creepiness in two years. In the meantime, Karl Dorrell will settle for Weinke-level results.
Now speaking of a strong season, SMQ agrees that our expectations of winning 9 games this year is a reasonable one, but he is not so sure about our expectations of a must win over USC. Well we cannot blame him if he doesn't fully understand how important it is for UCLA fans for our football team to beat SC this season. SMQ makes this point:
Now or never.