So, with a loss by Penn State, a more-than-convincing win by Texas Tech, and a veritable squeaker by Alabama, the burning question now is, who is the best one-loss team in the ranks? This despite the fact that there are still a few unbeaten, but, yes, much-less-valued teams out there, which is a crock, but perhaps a topic for another time.
It was sad to see Penn State pushed to the wall by an unranked, in fact, fairly unheralded Iowa team. But, if there ever was a trap game, this was it, and Penn State played like it was. So, with one loss, are they now completely out of the national championship picture? Will they get a BCS bowl game? I venture to say with the general lack of respect for the Big Ten, and the lovefest for the Big 12 and the SEC, Penn State will get lost in the mix.
I was close to on-the-money with last week's prediction. I"m as curious as anyone else this week, so I'll think I'll just keep a low profile and see where the chips fall. If things work this week like they did last week, Alabama should stay at 1. Though they narrowly escaped with a victory over LSU, the Tigers were ranked in the Top 20 and are a good team. However, Texas Tech could make a case for jumping from 2 to 1 as they ran roughshod over an Oklahoma State ranked in the Top 10.
There will be a dogfight for all the spots between 3 and 10. It's gonna be interesting!
ADDED 3:08 p.m. 11/9/08
So tell me why Alabama plays a team in the bottom quarter of the Top 20 and barely wins, yet still stays at 1, and Texas Tech absolutely annihilates a team in the Top 10, and doesn't move up to 1? And Penn State, idle last week, gets hopped over by Texas Tech last week when Texas Tech BARELY beat Texas? None of this makes any sense.
The AP and ESPN/USA Today agree with Florida at 3, a justifiable move up. AP has Texas at 4 and Oklahoma at 5, the two being reversed in the Coaches' Poll. Both agree with USC at 6. AP has Penn State at 7 and Utah at 8, the two being reversed in the Coaches' Poll. Both have Boise State at 9 and Ohio State at 10.
Other than my issues with Alabama clinging to 1 by their cuticles, this list fairly well reflects yesterday's action.
What I Like To See -- Cincinnati jumps into the Top 25 at 22 in both polls after beating #25 West Virginia in OT yesterday. And Ball State is 14 in the AP and 16 in the Coaches' Poll. I'd really like to see Boise State, Utah and Ball State remain undefeated and throw a serious monkey wrench into everyone's plans for the BCS. If these three unlikely candidates remain undefeated, any decisions the BCS committee makes would likely show them up as the fools they are. All this talk about "the best one-loss team" will look ridiculous when there are still three other unheralded undefeated teams to account for.