The Picker: College football's best coaches staying in school
BY The Picker
Thursday, January 10, 2013
1/10/13 at 6:50 AM
THEY'RE DOWN TO combing the Lingerie League for people to coach NFL teams.
It has become obvious that no good college coach in his right mind would go to the pros and subject himself to the whims of wacko owners who think they know football as the way they know how to make money.
At college, all the great coaches have to deal with are wimpy school presidents as eager to bask in the gridiron glory as ex-third-team long snappers and other groupies.
Going into the 2013 season, here are the top dozen college football coaches.
1. Saban, Alabama.
2. Meyer, Ohio State.
3. Kelly, Oregon.
4. Shaw, Stanford.
5. Snyder, K-State.
6. Strong, Louisville.
7. Loopy Les, LSU.
8. Kelly, Notre Dame.
9. Gundy, OSU.
10. Swinney, Clemson.
11. Switzer, ex-OU.
12. Petersen, Boise State.
Baltimore at Denver (-8 1/2): The Baltimore and Houston quarterbacks appear to be the same dour sourpuss guys; brothers separated at birth is the way it seems.
Both have far more potential than successful performances.
The thin air should be less concerning than Balt's thin defense.
And enough with the Ray Lewis war chants; he'll use up all the oxygen before the game starts.
Denver by 9.
Green Bay at San Francisco (-3): One media creation (RG3) knocked for a loop, here comes the next one, the SF guy.
Playing RG3 after he was obviously hurt was a disgrace. The Washington coach should be suspended or fired.
Starting RG3 was fine; continuing with him clearly hurt was pathetic.
A little hard to believe an option unknown would be favored over the Discount Double Check baron here.
It's the GB defense causing all the Packer woe.
Better quarterback: GB, by 4.
Seattle at Atlanta (-2 1/2): Seattle takes the showcase game spotlight on the road for the second week running.
Atlanta, with its great catchers, is a much tougher out than Wash.
Everybody talks about how difficult the long travel trips are.
The airplanes are like five-star hotel suites, they travel like royalty.
Tough one: Seattle by 2.
Houston at New England (-9): Gigantic number gives fading Houston no respect whatsoever.
There's no comparison at quarterback: the Houston sad sack couldn't carry Brady's hair spray.
But NE's defense is nothing to write home about unless you're into taking over where legal wagering is available.
NE by 8.
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