Devon O’Neil – Go ahead. Try and predict a week of college football |

Devon O’Neil – Go ahead. Try and predict a week of college football

Every week, you get more and more used to seeing the nation’s top-ranked college football teams lose.

It’s easy to forget this was not always the case. You could not always count on three of the top five teams in America getting eaten for lunch every other week, as they have been lately.

Not only that, but Michigan didn’t always lose to Toledo – at home. The Pac-10 didn’t always bow down to the Mountain West four times in one week. Division 1 powers like Colorado didn’t used to need last-second interception returns for touchdowns to beat Division 1-AA teams like Eastern Washington – again, at home.

But this is the new college football world. TV analysts have as much hope at predicting winners as your golden retriever. And they’re OK with that.

I was talking with a friend Sunday who knows as much about college football as anyone I know. We began breaking down the national title picture, whether Penn State will go undefeated, who will win the SEC and Big 12 titles, which current one-loss team holds an edge over the others, and finally we realized what fools we were.

The national title picture won’t come into focus for at least another six weeks, if even then. If that sounds familiar, it should. Last year presented similar certain uncertainty. And next year probably will do the same. …

All of that said, I do think Penn State has the best shot to remain undefeated. Been a long time since we’ve seen that kind of speed on a Joe Paterno team. …

To the NFL, where woebegone Atlanta and Arizona have used a stunningly capable rookie and an ageless, gloved-throwing-hand veteran, respectively, to start 4-2.

Not to overlook the rest of the league, but it’s hard to believe anyone on the planet could have seen that coming. I would have had a difficult time giving them each TWO wins at this stage, never mind four. …

On that note, with Tony Romo out four weeks and 4-2 Dallas having lost two of its last three, it feels like only a matter of days before human land mine Terrell Owens starts alienating teammates in exclusive ESPN interviews. …

Sunday was a great day to be: a Houston Texan, Jason Elam, a Patriots hater, Lane Kiffin, someone who said the Colts would find themselves, the bartender wherever the Rams ended up celebrating. …

But a terrible day to be: the Bears’ squib kicker, wearing only a T-shirt at Invesco, a Bungle, in Ray Lewis’ way as he left the stadium. …

From Tijuana comes word that Jose Canseco was detained for nearly 10 hours by immigration officials last week after a search of his vehicle turned up an illegal fertility drug used to restore testosterone in steroid users.

This is as fitting as it is hilarious. Steroids made Canseco a historically powerful baseball player, they gave him material for a bestselling tell-all book, but apparently they also lived up to their reputation and turned Big Jose into Little Jose.

The moral: Don’t do steroids, boys and girls. You’ll end up in Tijuana without a prescription. …

Our Quote of the Week is a revealing one from Peter Ueberroth’s final speech as U.S. Olympic Committee chairman. He was responding to criticism from two European IOC members who said the USOC gets too much money from the Olympics.

“Who pays the bill for the world Olympic movement? Make no mistake about it,” Ueberroth said. “Starting in 1988, U.S. corporations have paid 60 percent of all the money, period. Be sure you all understand that. The rest of the world pays 40 percent. It’s pretty simple math.” …

Two Minneapolis talk radio hosts last week got to spouting off about health care, and went on to say they felt Magic Johnson “faked AIDS.”

Which is not only an inaccurate reference to his disease – he was diagnosed with HIV, not AIDS – but also the dumbest thing I have ever heard. The most alarming part is the hosts, Chris Baker and Langdon Perry, kept their jobs. …

Still don’t believe the NHL rules changes of the past few years have made the league more exciting? Consider this. In 30 games thus far this season going into Monday night, there had been only two shutouts. …

In parting, Rialto (Calif.) High School had to cancel a freshman football game and move other practices after a number of fire ant mounds were discovered on the football and baseball fields recently.

“They’re from South America,” Syeda Jafri, spokeswoman for the Rialto Unified School District, said of the ants. “How they got here, we have no idea.”

Maybe they walked.

Breckenridge resident Devon O’Neil’s $0.02 column runs Tuesdays. He can be reached at

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