Can't wait to see these things this fall
Updated: May 2, 2006, 9:35 AM ETBy Ivan Maisel and Pat Forde | ESPN.com
1. All eyes are on Morgantown. West Virginia's first-half explosion against Georgia in the Sugar Bowl provided an upset victory, made quarterback Pat White a star and meant that the Mountaineers would have to deal with eight months of back patting. Coach Rich Rodriguez chose "hungry" and "humble" as the team's buzzwords. If his players don't listen, they'll find out it's a short distance from "humble" to "humbled."
2. Louisville quarterback Brian Brohm appears to have made a remarkable recovery from a severe knee injury suffered late last season. How well he can move could mean all the difference in the world for the Cardinals, who can move quickly up the polls with a schedule that has the toughest opponents (Miami, West Virginia) coming to Papa John's Stadium.
3. Can we get any sign of progress from the Syracuse offense? A second-quarter, after-the-defense-adjusts touchdown? A first down? A third-and-short?
1. How does West Virginia handle 2005 success and 2006 expectations? The Mountaineers were talking a great game about maintaining focus when I visited them last month, but talking it is always easier than walking it. (As the 2004 WVU team showed, falling far short of big goals.) Still, this program seems to have enough solid senior leadership to keep all eyes on the Fiesta Bowl prize.
2. How does Brian Brohm bounce back? The Louisville quarterback and 2005 conference offensive player of the year underwent reconstructive knee surgery during the winter and was held out of live-action spring drills. But all signs indicate that his rehab is ahead of schedule and he'll be ready for a run at All-American honors. Louisville's bigger question might be filling key holes on a leaky defense.
3. Was Rutgers' breakthrough bowl season a one-year blip, or the beginning of something big? We might know after two weeks, when the Scarlet Knights open at North Carolina and then host Illinois -- two relative peer programs from BCS conferences. Running backs Brian Leonard and Ray Rice are a nice foundation to build around.
MORE COLLEGE FOOTBALL HEADLINES
- Bama opens spring practice in search of QB
- NC State's Byrd gets 6th year of eligibility
- Ex-Fiesta Bowl chief gets 8 months in scheme
- A&M, UCLA agree to home-and-home series
MOST SENT STORIES ON ESPN.COM
- Nike Rutgers Scarlet Knights Mini Rubber Football