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USC's Taylor Mays is one of the most impressive physical specimens in the nation and will be a top selection in the '09 NFL draft.
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Here are 10 things I'm buzzing about as we enter Week 3:

1. The sheer volume of next-level talent that will be on display in the Coliseum tonight is astounding, but one physical specimen really stands out to me: Taylor Mays. USC's beastly free safety stands 6-foot-4, 235 pounds, and he reportedly ran a mindboggling 4.25 40. With such an impressive combination of size and speed, I've taken to calling him "Sean" Taylor Mays in honor of the late Redskins Pro Bowler.

2. During the first batch of games, TV1 of my dual-TV desk will be dedicated to Cal-Maryland. The Terps may not pose much of a challenge for the Golden Bears (Maryland lost to Middle Tennessee last week), but I just want to get another look at Cal RB Jahvid "The Jet" Best. As evidenced by this video -- which could not have a more appropriate soundtrack -- Best is a burner's burner.

3. If I were a betting man, I'd put my life savings (and my girlfriend's) on Georgia. I know Steve Spurrier has given the Dawgs trouble in the past, but a seven-point spread?!? Then again, I'm not a betting man for a reason ...

4. Curtis Painter, meet the Oregon secondary. This talented, Patrick Chung-led unit will test the Purdue gunslinger, who enters the game at 0-7 against ranked teams.

5. Yeah, Michigan-Notre Dame will feature some unsightly offensive football. But I'm giving Michigan the edge due to its talented D. Just like the last time UM stopped by South Bend in 2006, the Wolverines' D-line will dominate, with Brandon Graham playing the role of LaMarr Woodley.

6. Anyone who digs high-quality tight ends must tune into the Wisconsin-Fresno State nightcap, which features two of the nation's best at the position. Wisco's Travis Beckum is the most explosive tight end in the country, but Fresno's Bear Pascoe is certainly no slouch.

7. Don't be surprised if Penn State puts up a basketball score in the Carrier Dome. The Nittany Lions' new "Spread HD" offense was firing on all cylinders against Oregon State last Saturday.

8. Didn't Jon Tenuta leave for Notre Dame? Even without Tenuta, Georgia Tech's defense is flourishing under new coordinator Dave Wommack. The Yellow Jackets already have seven sacks and four interceptions. The unit must be licking its chops scouting Virginia Tech's shoddy offense. If the Jackets can get mediocre production from the offense, they should have a good chance to take this one.

9. SEC teams take a lot of heat for their cupcake-heavy nonconference schedules and Saturday's slate sure won't change this perception. The league's six nonconference opponents today: UAB, Western Kentucky, Rice, Middle Tennessee, Samford and North Texas. (Though it should be noted that Arkansas was scheduled to play Texas before Hurricane Ike.)

10. Random, unsubstantiated premonition of the week: New Mexico State may be a 25.5-point 'dog, but Chase Holbrook and Co. will give Nebraska trouble in Memorial Stadium.


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