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A great opening weekend awaits

The 2005 season is here and it's as much about HIP voters as it is about USC, Craig James writes.

Originally Published: September 1, 2005
By Craig James | ESPN Insider
Not sure how you spent your time away from college football this spring and summer. I spent mine on a horse. Yep, took up the sport of team roping. I came away with some great pictures of my first ranch rodeo, and I even caught several steers at the event. I did find a way to fall off my horse once or twice, but all in all, I had a nice little break from football.

But make no mistake, I woke up Monday morning fired up for football! I felt like a kid waiting for Santa Claus to slide down the chimney. Bring it on … let's see if USC can do it.

Will Reggie Bush steal the Heisman from his teammate, Matt Leinart? I can't wait to see how this new Harris Interactive Poll does in replacing The Associated Press in the BCS equation. No doubt they have some really big-time names on the 100-plus member list. But let's get real for a moment. Most of those voters will be off watching their kids or grandchildren play peewee football on Saturdays. Note to HIP voters: You can't vote for little Johnny's Tigers!

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