Peter over at Burnt Orange Nation has posted this week's roundtable, which I have graciously remembered.
1. Handicap your team's chances to win your conference championship. If your team is not the favorite, who is?
And I'll go with Oklahoma.
2. Outline the (realistic) best case and worst case scenarios for your team.
Best Case: The Clones sieze the momentum from the Iowa win, pick up another win in Toledo, and beat three of KSU, KU, Mizzou and Colorado to finish the season with five wins.
Worst Case: Not hard to imagine, but we lose every remaining game, some badly, to finish 1-11.
3. We're only three games in to the season, but teams and storylines are starting to take shape. Compare your team to a character or theme from a fable or children's tale.
I sure as hell hope we're the Little Engine that Could. A lot of things are going against us, but somehow, someway we got our shit together and got it done against Iowa.
4. Imagine you're the coach of your team. Give three specific changes you'd implement immediately which you think would have the biggest impact on improving the team.
a. Work to get more size on the defensive line when possible. I'm still not confident Braaksma should be starting.
b. Use Wallace Franklin's speed to our advantage, whether through bubble screens or seeing if he can catch/return punts or kicks.
c. Utilize Ben Barkema more, especially on third down. Kid catches everything.
5. USC, LSU/Florida, and Oklahoma have established themselves as the frontrunners in the early going. Which other team or teams are you eyeballing as potential BCS party crashers?
Good ol' West Virginia is always there. South Carolina is an interesting case. Those two aside, Cal and Penn State are not necessarily conference favorites (though Penn State might be now) that could very easily show up in a big game and crash the party.