by MIKE MELTSER, SportsRadio 610By Mike Meltser
  • I can’t believe I’m writing this after the events of October, but the Houston Texans, right now, are a good football team.
  • Unfortunately, the Colts also beat the Bucs 25-12. We’ve reached the point where an NFL team, in 2015, is 4-0 with Matt Hasselbeck starting at quarterback.
  • Don’t get me wrong, I like Les Miles as a football coach, and he’s done largely a tremendous job at LSU. But it certainly seems like the athletic department wanted to fire Miles, and ran through a combination of Jimbo Fisher not wanting to leave Florida State and local fan/media anger at the idea of a Miles dismissal. How often does this type of reversal work out well in the long run? Miles has been a good coach, but LSU has lost at least 3 games in each of the last 4 seasons. Is there some specific reason why that trend is going to change?
  • Full credit to Bob Stoops for getting Oklahoma, unofficially, into the college football playoff. He’s come under fire in recent years, but the Sooners are on a roll. I also feel good for one of my favorite players to watch in the country, Sterling Shepard.
  • This just isn’t the Cowboys season, with Tony Romo going down again. I know there will be some clamor for Dallas to start thinking about life after Romo, but I have a simpler solution: grab one of the top defenders in the draft (Jaylon Smith, Joey Bosa, Myles Jack, etc.) to help the defense gear up for a last run with Romo.
  • I’m sure it’s just a complete meltdown in Philadelphia, with the way the Eagles have looked in the last few weeks. I look at that team and have one conclusion: they need to find a quarterback. Simplistic, but true. Sam Bradford has been mediocre at best, and Mark Sanchez did nothing (as usual) in that awful loss to the Lions on Thanksgiving.
  • We all underestimated Jordy Nelson.
  • How bad is Davante Adams, to be producing at this level, with Aaron Rodgers, and with no Nelson?
  • I don’t know a lot about Virginia Tech athletic director Whit Babcock, but I love his first two coaching hires, basketball coach Buzz Williams and football coach Justin Fuente. From the outside, it seems like the Hokies handled the retirement of Frank Beamer, and the ensuing coaching search, in a quiet and efficient manner. Hard to argue with the job that Fuente did at Memphis the last couple of years.
  • I think that two teams were actually helped out by losses: Houston and Ohio State. Both seemed to hit the re-set button after having their undefeated seasons come to an end the previous Saturday.
  • I’m disappointed in the result of the OSU-Michigan game, as a Wolverines fan. However, the logical part of me knows that UM had no chance to match the Buckeyes’ A game, which is the level that team reached on Saturday. Jim Harbaugh will need to upgrade the talent level in Ann Arbor, and that’s a process that obviously lasts longer than one year.
  • There are a number of shaky QB situations in the NFL, and I don’t think this draft class will solve all of them. With that in mind, it has to be a tempting proposition for one of these teams to draft Ezekiel Elliott in the first round. I’m not a scout, but I don’t know what Elliott would lack as an NFL prospect. He has size, power, speed, and production over the last two seasons at Ohio State.
  • Friday was a tremendous day for Tom Herman and UH. I think Navy is a pretty good team, and the Cougars just handled them, 52-31. Greg Ward’s health is key, and Demarcus Ayers isn’t bad at catching footballs: https://twitter.com/SBNation/status/670375758083194880
  • The people who suggested that Iowa should fire Kirk Ferentz at any point in the last few years…incorrect take.
  • The same applies for those who suggested that the Jets should bench Ryan Fitzpatrick after last week’s game against the Texans.
  • I know that Mark Richt was a largely successful coach at Georgia, but the Bulldogs haven’t reached a major bowl game since 2007, and have lost at least 3 games in each of the last 3 seasons. Their list of wins this season was incredibly unimpressive. If Georgia wants to actually contend for a national championship, it was probably time to move on.
  • The only thing that makes me feel better about the Rockets is the possible reality that the Golden State Warriors are unbeatable.