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Tom Herman was asked a good question at his Monday presser: Would a healthy Shane Buechele start at Southern Cal over freshman Sam Ehlinger?

“If Shane’s healthy, he’s got to go prove that he’s also competent in practice,” Herman said.

That’s a typical Herman answer. He’s would never go into game week with a chosen starter, at least not publicly. Buechele is the obvious choice if healthy because he has 13 career starts under his belt, plus he has piloted the Texas offense in a hostile West Coast environment, albeit at Cal, which is a couple dozen notches below the No. 4-ranked Trojans and Heisman contender Sam Darnold.

Since there’s some uncertainty about where Herman will go with this decision, I decided to take an informal Twitter poll on @CedGolden Monday morning to see where the fans were sitting on this issue. With the choices being Buechele, Ehlinger, and Jerrod Heard, as of late Monday afternoon the numbers were 50 percent for Buechele, 41 percent for Ehlinger and 9 percent for Heard. It’s no shock Buechele was leading the charge given Boo Jr.’s performance in Week 1.

The Herman we spoke with on Monday wasn’t exactly a picture of confidence, which lends credence to the thought that he wants no part of a freshman quarterback at the controls of this team at The Coliseum. He loves Ehlinger but the guess here is he’d rather go with experience over potential as a 17-point underdog.

It’s going to be a bad weekend out West.

Ezekiel Elliott is a football fan’s dream, that is if we’re just talking about carrying a ball and moving the chains behind the best offensive line in football.

I’m sure a lot of your family members were excited to see Elliott beat a six-game suspension and the New York Football Giants all in a matter of days.

Here’s the question. Shouldn’t there a little tinge of guilt when you’re watching a guy star for your favorite team even though he’s alleged to have beaten up a woman on more than one occasion? Do Cowboys fans just push that guilt to the back burner for four hours every Sunday or do they simply compartmentalize the situation with the I’m-pulling-for-the-team, not-the-player mentality? What about those fantasy football owners who were cheering his exploits Sunday night?

Either way, this is much bigger than Tom Brady taking a few liberties with the air pressure of a football. It’s domestic violence. Elliott, like other alleged domestic abusers in this country, shouldn’t be deprived of a chance to make a living. But it’s difficult to forget the allegations brought forth by his former girlfriend, credible or not.

I guess it’s the complicated life of a football fan.

Brady’s non-Brady performance against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 1 was a harbinger of things to come for some pretty good quarterbacks. Count the five-time Super Bowl winner along with Carson Palmer, Andy Dalton and Russell Wilson among those that didn’t throw a single touchdown pass in Week 1 but combined for seven interceptions.

Week 1 starters that didn’t play in the Monday night doubleheader combined to throw 29 touchdowns and 23 interceptions 1n 13 games. That’s much worse than the 14 non-Monday games played in 2016 when starters threw 48 touchdowns and only 14 interceptions.

You can chalk it up to a plain old rust or the possibility that maybe defenses are better than they have been in a while. I’ll go with the rust argument.

And for you seven Colin Kaepernick fans out there. His quarterback rating for ‘16 was 90.7. Eighteen quarterbacks who started Thursday and Sunday did worse in Week 1.

You’re not an American if you didn’t have a lump in your throat when J.J. Watt emerged from the tunnel waving a Texas flag before the season opener against Jacksonville. Watt is doing for Houston what Drew Brees and Peyton Manning did for New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. He started out wanting to raise $200,000 for hurricane victims and it ended up topping $30 million.

What a great story, especially on the same weekend of the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. America is never better than when citizens come together to help their fellow man.

As for Watt’s team, his head coach needs to figure out how to get some offense going or the football story will have a bad ending. A lot of us thought the Texans would win the AFC South. Didn’t look that way Sunday.

Is this really happening in Waco? Losses to Liberty and UTSA. Now Baylor gets Duke. Temple must be looking real good to coach Matt Rhule these day. I really like his outlook for the future, but it’s only going to get worse with that schedule.



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