ACC Accepts Notre Dame as New Member: I like the image this headline paints of Notre Dame waiting nervously in a chair across the desk from ACC commish John Swofford as he slowly leafs through the Irish's paperwork with a scowl, before finally, without a word or a change of expression, thwacking down a giant "APPROVED" stamp on the final page. When in fact Swofford was holding up a boombox blaring Peter Gabriel outside of the Golden Dome for a year. Curbing the enthusiasm a bit, the Irish are coming aboard as non-football members, so their status as gridiron independents will not change. But the arrangement will also obligate them to schedule five non-conference games per year against ACC opponents, a shift that was already underway – Notre Dame plays three ACC teams in 2012, plus future member Pittsburgh – and will now be formalized. The deal also calls for the conference to educate its hoops-centric fan bases on the proper etiquette for informing Domers that their highly coveted, tradition-rich program is IRRELEVANT.
Lowlights: Down Goes Frazier, and more of the worst of Week 2: The Worst of the Week is up at CBS, featuring Wisconsin's offense, Missouri's fake punt, the Dreadful Dozen and possibly the worst quarterbacking performance we'll see this season.
Oregon guard Carson York is out for the season: Injuries are part of the game for every team, but they don't hit much harder than the 1-2 punch Oregon has absorbed over the last 24 hours. York, a fifth-year senior with a first-team All-Pac-12 nod to his credit in 2011, said today he's finished for the year due to a broken kneecap in his right knee, the same knee he injured in the Rose Bowl in January. That comes just a few hours after another senior mainstay, leading tackler John Boyett, confirmed that he's out for the year with two torn patellar tendons. Together, they've combined for 76 career starts, or more apiece than the rest of Oregon's offensive line or secondary put together. Barring a sixth-year hardship waiver from the NCAA, they're also both done with college football.
One Foot Inbounds: Texas A&M's Best Imitation of Itself: My weekend review is up at Football Outsiders, featuring the Aggies' all-too-familiar fade against Florida, my new top 25 and the weekly Lowsman Trophy Watch, honoring the week's best non-skill players. (Guess who's No. 1, Missouri fans.)
Oregon loses safety John Boyett for the season: As if the Duck offense needed a new incentive to put even more points on the board, Boyett – a two-time All-Pac-12 pick who's led the team in tackles each of the last three years and once attempted to neuter Montee Ball in the Rose Bowl – has been ruled out due to a "lingering injury" in both knees that he says he played through in 2011. "I've been dealing with a tremendous amount of pain for a long time," he said. "At this time, I'm not able to play up to this level that I want to." Unless he's granted a medical hardship for a sixth year of eligibility, his college career is over, and Oregon is left to find a new defensive leader on short notice.
Badger Bust: The Big Ten's most prolific offense has run out of gas: At CBS, I put Wisconsin's wretched offensive flop at Oregon State in context of the steam-rolling Badger juggernaut of the past two years. Russell Wilson is not walking through that door.
Georgia's Bacarri Rambo and Alec Ogletree to miss Missouri game: As expected, Georgia left two of its top defenders at home for the conference opener in Columbia, in addition to still-suspended cornerback Sanders Commings. I'm sure you can still get those bets in.
Texas A&M claims new national, conference titles on Kyle Field display: What's worse than suddenly claiming a pair of bullshit, "retroactive" national championships from 80 years ago? Suddenly claiming a pair of bullshit conference championships based on mere division titles in 1997 and 2010. (The '10 Aggies, you'll recall, finished in a three-way tie atop the Big 12 South and didn't even play in the conference championship game.) If you're looking for the Big 12 championship trophies from those seasons, you'll find them in Nebraska and Oklahoma. But who's really counting, right?
Seventh Day Adventure: Don't Touch That Dial: My weekly picks column is up at Football Outsiders. Nebraska is this week's "Lock of the Week" at UCLA, on the strength of Taylor Martinez's arm, if you can believe that. Plus: The quarterbacks in the Texas A&M-Florida game are compared to a game of Russian Roulette.
Major Coinage: Missouri and Texas A&M begin their new lives in the SEC Saturday, and it looks the coin tosses at both games will give the Tigers and Aggies a little something to remember them by. No word on when replicas will hawked at wildly inflated prices on late-night TV.