NEW YORK -- (TheStreet) -- The national championship chatter started in the first week of the season. Here are three talking points to consider for this weekend's college football action.

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We got a taste of this last weekend when Boise State closed out its impressive Week 1 win over Virginia Tech, thanks to the cool, assassinlike efficiency of Broncos quarterback Kellen Moore in the game's waning moments. In the immediate aftermath, it felt like the season had essentially written itself, with the sports chattering class all ready to give them their tickets to the BCS National Championship game, for no other reason than the rest of their schedule looks manageable.
Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore

But here's the dirty truth: No one will have a clue about the college football post season until, at least, conference play gets well under way. And even then, the last three or four weekends tend to hold the most sway in the minds of knee-jerk voters and analysts.

While the hearts of many college football fans may have fallen for the Broncos last week, the brains know well that Boise's week-one win will be a figment if more than a few top-5, undefeated or one-loss teams are entering conference championship play at the end of the season.

Still, that won't stop the hyperbole to magnify this weekend, even if it is only week two. Notre Dame,, Florida State, Michigan, Miami. It's like the college football gods (read: television sports programmers, marketers and nonconference schedule makers_ took us into the way-back machine by shining their bright lights on these former, all-world beaters.

So it's only natural that a few commentators will want to use phrases like "such and such is back," "XYZ is making their national championship dreams a reality," and "blah, blah blah can look to punch their ticket to the BCS, if all goes according to plan," in this weekend's aftermath. It'll be a fun weekend of football watching, to be sure, but let's stop pretending that we're going to be handing over crystal footballs and throwing confetti parades come Monday.

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But, the inevitable hype to come this weekend also means...

Someone Will Say or Write (Insert Player Here) Is Your New Heisman Front-Runner

Many are already proclaiming Moore, the aforementioned Broncos quarterback, as the leader of the way-too-early Heisman pack. But let's put this in perspective.

Last season, Alabama running back Mark Ingram didn't even appear on's preseason, prognosticating Heisman list. By the Web site's Oct. 12th Heisman watch edition, Ingram ranked seventh. We know how it ended.

With so many marquee games this weekend, there will be lots of excitement and resulting chatter centered on the likes of Florida State's Christian Ponder, Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor and Miami's Jacory Harris. But let's remember, despite the onslaught of superlatives and adjectives that will be used to describe this weekend's slate of games, the season will not be completely made or broken or better understood at the end of Saturday for most teams.And that also includes Heisman candidacies.

Your Team Will STILL Not Be as Crisp as You Thought It Would Be During the Preseason

Tell me, did you spend all summer breathlessly reading off-season reports about your favorite team? Did you hear about how your quarterback was finally looking off the safety, seeing the blitz and slinging the ball around like never before during 7-on-7 scrimmages?

Did you read about how that wide receiver rededicated himself in the offseason, said goodbye to his mom's homecooking, took off about 7 pounds and looks faster than ever? Did you see the spring football game, where it looked like the light finally came on for that four-star running back everyone has been waiting for to show up?

Then the first week came, and you realized you might have been sold a bill of goods. At least, that's what Texas, Ole Miss, Oklahoma and Florida fans, to name a few, may have been feeling since last weekend.

Unlike their pro counterparts, the college football game has no preseason to work out the off-season kinks. So countless mistakes, overthrown balls, fumbles, whiffing tackles, missed blocks, wrong reads and false-start penalties are just what's to be expected, given the lack of live-game action for many.

Do you think Navy quarterback Ricky Dobbs -- himself falling prey to somewhat premature, off-season hype when described as a dark horse Heisman pick and All-American candidate, the likes of which Annapolis hasn't seen since Roger Staubach -- wanted to fumble three times during last week's loss to Maryland?

Many across the country are also handling full-time starting roles for the first time. Case in point: just look to Gainesville, where Gator nation was itching to see just how quarterback John Brantley would handle the reins following Tim Tebow's now legendary tenure. But who knew center Mike Pouncey -- making his own debut at starting center after replacing his twin brother Maurkice, himself a first round draft pick - would steal the headlines by snapping the ball into everywhere but the waiting hands of his QB.

Also, unlike their pro counterparts, the college game depends on, well, college kids. And many of those "kids" being depended upon on in the two-deeps are freshmen, being introduced for the first time to all-you-can-eat cafeteria food and homesickness, along with cover-three zone defenses and the art of the blitz pickup.

In other words, don't expect those same gaffes around the college football landscape we saw in Week 1 to magically disappear just because a week of short practices and meetings flew by.