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 17, 2008 12:36 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2008 12:37 pm

OFF-TOPIC: CFB -- polls fairly stable for now

I checked out the College Football polls yesterday, and I couldn't believe my eyes! The writers' and the coaches' polls actually are in agreement on the Top Six -- Alabama, Texas Tech, Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, and Southern California. The writers have Penn State at 7 and Utah at 8, while the coaches have those reversed. And the polls also agree on 9 and 10, Boise State and Ohio State.

It appears that, over the next few weeks, the "wrangling" is going to happen in the slots from 10 to 20, with maybe a little action in the 7 through 10 slots. I think, though, the Top Six are set for now. I'm impressed by the cross section of conferences represented in the Top 10. Pretty amazing!

Ball State continues to creep toward the Top Ten at 14 in the writers' poll and 16 in the coaches' poll. Cincinnati is now at 19 in the writers' poll, 20 in the coaches' poll. My hope is for Ball State to finish undefeated so they can stick a big red Cardinal thumb in the BCS' eye when it's all said and done.

Here's the Top Ten in the BCS right now -- Alabama, Texas Tech, Texas, Florida, Oklahoma, USC, Utah, Penn State, Boise State, and Ohio State. (Ball State currently is at 17 in the BCS.) Georgia and Oklahoma State are 11 and 12.

The next few weeks should be interesting. There is still a lot of good football to be played!

Category: NCAAF
Tags: BCS, CFB, NCAAF, polls, rankings
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!

Category: NCAAF
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