I've got an hour or so to kill before the Bears and Bengals have at it here at Soldier Field, so it seems only appropriate I welcome Sunday with a little mental thumb-twiddling about Saturday's college games ...
* Purdue is ... not good. When you struggle to beat an Indiana State team that Indiana dropped 73 on last week, it bodes nothing good for the rest of your season. Especially considering Indiana State's best player, running back Shakir Bell, was out with an injury.
Not to play the eternal pessimist here, but that might have been Purdue's last win this season. Boiler up.
* Speaking of Indiana, for all the hype generated by last week's demolition of Indiana State, it was after all only Indiana State. And so Navy 41, Indiana 35. And so the nagging suspicion that the Hoosiers are going to again be Hoosier-like -- i.e., capable of putting points on the scoreboard, and incapable of stopping everyone else from doing the same.
* That this was not going to be last year for Notre Dame was manifest for anyone not blinded by lore. No surprise, then, that the Irish fell at Michigan last night in a game that was not as close as it appeared.
Remember, one of the Irish TDs happened because Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner suffered a bout of temporary insanity, retreating into his own end zone and then coughing up a gift six for the Irish. Take that bit of Doh! out of the equation, and 41-30 winds up 41-23.
Which doesn't mean the Irish won't go 9-3 or thereabouts this season. 'Cause they will.
* If you haven't seen the clip of Cincinnati QB Munchie Legaux breaking his leg against Illinois, consider it must-not-see viewing. Very Kevin Ware-like.
* Washington State 10, USC 7. You may now start the clock on Lane Kiffin.
* And last but surely not least ... Ball State keeps right on rolling under head coach Pete Lembo. Dropkicked Army 40-14 behind Keith Wenning's 325 yards and two touchdowns passing. Onward and upward.