To honor, or dishonor, the 16th and final season of the Bowl Championship Series, here are 16 questions and answers as college football opens 2013:
1. How soon does USC Coach Lane Kiffin need to decide on a quarterback?
Answer: Sept. 21. Penn & Teller could rotate for the first three games — against Hawaii, Washington State and Boston College — but USC needs to nail down Max Wittek or Cody Kessler by the time it hosts Utah State. That's the nightmare scenario USC fans might not see coming — a reincarnation of the long-ago Freedom Bowl loss to Fresno State.
Utah State was a touchdown from being undefeated last season. The Aggies lost by two points at Wisconsin and three at Brigham Young. How exciting is third-year starter Chuckie Keeton? Let's just say there wouldn't be a quarterback competition if Keeton played for USC.
2. Does UCLA need to mount a Heisman campaign for quarterback Brett Hundley?
No. Heisman campaigns are for Stillwater, Okla., and Starkville, Miss., and other places you wouldn't want your car to break down. My desk is full of bobbleheads and key chains and door-stop gimmicks from so-called "Heisman candidates." The best was Washington State's sending out a leaf to voters to drum up support for Ryan Leaf, who didn't win.
UCLA's ZIP Code doesn't require a campaign. Hundley just needs to put up big numbers on a team that wins 10 or 11 games.
The answer is yes, but only for one half. He is benched for the first 30 minutes of the season as part of his punishment for putting the college football world through hell. The NCAA couldn't prove Manziel took money for autographs — as had been alleged by brokers to ESPN — so Johnny Football appears free to pursue his sophomore season. We may never know what really happened, but at least we get to see a great football player play.
4. Will Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk win a Heisman?
Yes, according to his biggest fan: him.
5. What will be the three biggest upsets of opening weekend?
6. What are three games people think could be upsets but likely won't be?
7. Is it true TCU Coach Gary Patterson is not allowing players to speak with reporters who cover opposing schools?
Yep, that could cause unwanted billboard material. Example: Someone from TCU criticized Coach Les Miles of LSU, this week's opponent, for allowing the players to vote troubled running back Jeremy Hill back on the squad. "That doesn't teach life lessons," the person said.
Who would say something that dumb? Gary Patterson.
8. Can you name this season's conference winners four months in advance?
Sure: Pac-12, Stanford; Big Ten, Ohio State; Southeastern, Alabama; Atlantic Coast, Clemson; Big 12, Texas; Mountain West, Boise State; American Athletic, Louisville; Mid-American, Northern Illinois; Sun Belt, Louisiana Lafayette; Conference USA, Tulsa.