Tag:College football
Posted on: November 23, 2008 6:02 pm
Edited on: November 23, 2008 8:34 pm

OFF-TOPIC: CFB -- Hooray for Utah! Penn St.?

First off, kudos to Utah for finishing their season undefeated at 12-0 and busting their way into a BCS bowl game. There will be much wailing and gnashing of teeth over this among supporters of other "stronger" conferences, but undefeated is undefeated, and Utah deserves all the consideration given any other undefeated team (an idealistic, though not realistic, and not in line with accepted thinking point of view, I know).

And why didn't Penn State go to 5 after beating #17 Michigan State (9-2 going into the game) yesterday 49-18? Sure, USC beat unranked Stanford 45-23, but I think PSU's victory over a ranked 9-2 Michigan team trumps a 45-23 USC victory over an unranked Stanford team.

Here are the polls as of today:

AP Poll

1. Alabama
2. Florida
3. Oklahoma
4. Texas
5. USC
6. Penn St.
7. Texas Tech
8. Utah
9. Boise State
10. Ohio State

Coaches' Poll

1. Alabama
2. Oklahoma
3. Florida
4. Texas
5. USC
6. Penn St.
7. Utah
8. Texas
9. Boise State
10. Ohio State

Judging by how the two "paper" polls have come out today, it will be interesting to see what the computers say when the BCS comes out. If it already has, my apologies. I haven't been able to find it. I think we are being set up for another split championship and quite possibly a three-way disagreement among the "paper" polls and the BCS. What a mess this is.

Ball State continues to roll, too, but there likely will be left out in the cold when BCS time comes. Undeservedly so, but, again, we are dealing with a biased, weighted system that isn't fair to everyone, if anyone. Keep it up, Cardinals!

And Boise State stayed undefeated, too, with one game left. Go, Broncos!

Posted on: November 9, 2008 9:04 am
Edited on: November 9, 2008 8:13 pm

UPDATE: OFF-TOPIC -- CFB: More chaos in the ranks

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.

Posted on: November 2, 2008 1:55 am
Edited on: November 2, 2008 12:54 pm

OFF-TOPIC: CFB Chaos -- and the polls say . . .

Wow, what a day! Texas loses to Texas Tech, Florida whips Georgia, Alabama trounces Arkansas State, Oklahoma clobbers Nebraska, USC buries Washington, Oklahoma State beats up on Iowa.

It will be interesting to see what the Top Five looks like when the new polls are released later today. It drives me crazy that we have to deal with two different polls (AP and ESPN/USA Today, and I'm not a big fan of pre-season polls either, but that  may be a topic for another day) AND the BCS nonsense.

So, here's my take on what the poll(s) will look like tomorrow:

1. Alabama (because they are still undefeated)

2. Penn State (idle)

3. Texas Tech (by virtue of the win over Texas)

4. Florida (by virtue of the big win over Georgia)

5. Oklahoma (by virtue of the win over a weak Nebraska team)

6. Southern California (big win against weak team)

7. Oklahoma State (big win over weak team, narrow victory by Utah over a weak New Mexico)

8. Texas (they won't drop out of the Top Ten, but I think this is about where they'll be)

9. Boise State

10. TCU


Out of Top Ten -- Georgia, Utah

In Top Ten -- Boise State, TCU

Of course, some could argue for Penn State dropping to four, with Texas Tech jumping to two or three, or maybe Florida jumping to three or four with the win over Georgia. That was probably the biggest surprise of the day, even bigger than Texas Tech winning over Texas. Texas likely stays in the Top Ten because they played a hell of a game in the second half and nearly pulled off a huge comeback. Big Ten teams get dumped on fairly often, so it wouldn't surprise me a bit to see Penn State drop.

This is my first attempt at trying to read the minds of those who participate in a highly unpredictable process. These could be all wrong, but they make sense to me. Many out there would argue many, many different outcomes after Saturday's games. After tomorrow, I'll decide if I'll try this again. We'll see what happens!

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