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Observations, Opinion & Occasional Silliness by Richard L Gale

TOUCHDOWN WVU (PAT GOOD)
September 10, 2007

The college underdogs continued their chip-chip-chipping at the foundations of more established teams this past weekend, even if the upsets were technical rather than statistically staggering. The favored Georgia Bulldogs fell to the South Carolina Gamecocks; Michigan lost again, this time massively overwhelmed by an Oregon side that will probably spend the rest of the season ranked above the Wolverines; and Boise State were upset by Washington – though the fact that Boise State were favorites at all is a measure of how 'what goes around comes around'. There were no earthquakes, however. The only upset to create a tremor was South Florida beating Auburn.

Amongst the almost-upends were Louisiana Tech failing to outscore Hawaii, 44-45 in OT, Texas A&M squeaking by Fresno State 47-45 in 3 OT, and West Virginia breaking away from what had been a close contest with Marshall until the fourth quarter. West Virginia never really felt as if they were about to be knocked off, however. Of all the non-perennial contenders such as West Virginia, Louisville, Hawaii and the like, West Virginia remain the team least likely to trip over lesser foes. The combination of QB Pat White and RB Steve Slaton is just so explosive, that a lack of a deep passing attack doesn't seem a problem.

That is, if there really isn't a deep passing attack. With White and Slaton getting so much attention, West Virginia might be hiding some of their other lights under a bushel here. Darius Reynaud looks like he might be a receiver or some note, Owen Schmitt could be a start-quality NFL fullback, and this offense simply doesn't work like this unless linemen such as Ryan Stanchek are taking care of business. There's talent in them-thar hills (or indeed mountains).

Meanwhile, Pat White may be a gilt-edged Heisman contender. The trophy regularly goes to a player who fulfills one of four established roles:

(1) The QB of the team that doesn't lose any games by the voting deadline; (2) The RB with the massive numbers; (3) Mr He-Does-Everything; or (4) The QB with outrageous numbers (his team doesn't necessarily win, so neither does he, but he usually gets an invite).

Pat White clearly fulfills role (3) in a year when his rivals for such billing - Florida's Tim Tebow and Washington's Jake Locker – are still establishing their reputations. By comparison, Steve Slaton may never get the attention he needs to qualify as THE name in role (2). By season's end expect to see Pat White short-listed as role (3), and if the results go that way, maybe role (1) as well.

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