For the Hogs, the time is clearly now 

September, 21, 2010

As college football heads into the last weekend of September, conference play will begin in earnest in some places. Here are the key storylines I am watching:

1. The Alabama Crimson Tide roll into a key road game vs. the Arkansas Razorbacks:
I can't wait to get to Fayetteville to see Alabama-Arkansas. Duke coach David Cutcliffe, who went to Alabama and has spent most of his coaching life in SEC country, said this is the best Alabama team he's ever seen after last weekend's destruction at the hands of the Tide. It was the 26th time Cutcliffe had faced Bama, which piled up 626 yards and 62 points on the Blue Devils. That's quite a testimony.

But this is a dangerous Hogs team with an explosive -- and now battle-tested -- offense.

The game within the game here?