Brian Curtis is a CSTV football and basketball analyst and a regular CSTV.com writer. E-mail here!
With so many headline-grabbing storylines since the start of the 2007 season, it is easy to overlook some truly remarkable happenings in the places you aren't hearing about. And let's start in the City of Brotherly Love.
Temple - When Al Golden was hired two years ago to take over for Bobby Wallace at Temple, the program was in shambles--and that is being kind. In 2003, 2004 and 2005 under Wallace, the Owls went 3-31 and were right up there with Duke in the discussion of the worst Division I programs. They played in front of sparse crowds at the old Veterans Stadium, and then at Lincoln Financial Field, and most students had never even attended a game. But then the guard at Temple took a chance on Golden, a rising star assistant at the University of Virginia. After a 1-11 transition season in 2006, one in which Temple was technically an independent but played a Mid-American Conference schedule, Golden has Temple on a three-game winning streak. That's right. They have more wins in the first eight games of this season than they had combined in the last three years. Not only that, with a win over Miami (Ohio) on Saturday, Temple is right in the thick of the MAC title race.But you don't know that because everyone is beating everyone else.
Virginia Tech - The national media flocked to campus in April after the tragic shootings and they returned again in August as the Hokies prepared to start the season. So much emotion, so much attention and such high expectations. And it all started on an emotional Saturday against East Carolina. Tech struggled to mount a comeback and fans -- and voters -- around the nation were not impressed. By the time LSU was done with Va. Tech in Baton Rouge, they were a forgotten story. They haven't looked very good in their ensuing wins, but they also haven't lost again. They are 6-1 and they have a chance to welcome the spotlight again on Thursday night against Boston College. And I think they just might win that one. Upset? Not really.
ColoradoStateOK, so this is a great story under the radar but a story nonetheless. Sonny Lubick made Colorado State a player on the national scene. In fact, you can argue that CSU was the first "non-major" school to garner major attention from the media. But in the last few seasons, things have been tough in Fort Collins. The Rams are 1-6 on the season after beating UNLV on Saturday. Whispers reveal that Lubick may step down at the end of the season. That would be a huge loss for ColoradoState and for college football.
Some other teams to watch: Kansas is 7-0 after the win over Colorado; Michigan, in what could be Lloyd Carr's final season, has bounced back to 5-2; Indiana lost head coach Terry Hoeppner to cancer and under interim coach Bill Lynch, the Hoosiers are 5-3; after beating Louisville on Friday night, UConn sits atop the Big East at 6-1 and it's not even basketball season.
And one more thing...the BCS will work itself out. Enough about the calls for a playoff because this year has been crazy. This is a playoff! Every weekend is elimination. More on this next week.