I was wrong about Missouri. It is nice to get back to the wackiness of a few years ago rather than the stagnation of last year where the only doubt was who was going to win the Florida/Alabama SEC Title game. Yes, the top 2 receivers for Notre Dame were hurt. Still, that doesn't mean you can't figure out how to tackle a Navy ball carrier at some point. Newton for Auburn is scary. Still, if LSU had a QB rotation that was slightly better than putrid, they could have lost the game despite running for over 400 yards. Punter throws a pass on a fake field goal to beat Notre Dame. Punter throws a pass on a fake punt to start the rally to beat Northwestern. Is this Michigan State's year? And, if they go unbeaten, would a Boise or TCU be ahead of an unbeaten Big Ten team that doesn't play Ohio State? Still, my faith that the universe won't collapse upon itself holds out hope that Michigan State remembers who they are. Does USC have a big game inside them that will make it 4 straight weeks #1 goes down on the road? Iowa State team that gets humiliated by Oklahoma rebounds in Austin? Also, with West Virginia losing to Syracuse, that means no Big East team is near the Top 25. Is that old 4 year average rule still in place for retaining the BCS slot, because if so, this will be a very bad number that the Big East is going to have to balance off for several years.
When LSU got that long td throw in the 3rd quarter, I started to get nervous. You're right, Redsox, if LSU had a better qb under center it would have been a much closer game. I still don't think LSU would have been able to pull it off. Our backs were having too good a day, and Nick Fairley is too much a beast for LSU's offense to overcome. This morning,on ESPN, I saw Brad Edwards project us to be numero uno in the BCS. That's great and all, but I'd rather be number one (or two) when it actually matters..since it seems like in recent weeks that being number one means you lose the following.
With 217 rushing yards, is there any doubt that Cam Newton will win the Heisman? I dare say not.
Brian Kelly has got to be feeling the heat when this is one of the three games that they needed to have a winning record. Now they have to beat Utah and USC away to at least go 7-5 IF they beat Army and Tulsa which at this point is no longer a given. Alabama fans as well as the voters must be seeing something in their team, I don't know. They beat up a terrible Tennessee team while Wisconsin beat Ohio State last week and Iowa this week and barely move. That also goes for Missouri who beat the number one team is as well as being undefeated who are behind some one loss teams. I also think Bama's defense is suspect.
Cam Newton is now the Heismen leading candidate. Les Miles going for it on 4th down with three time outs makes no sense and probably brings the beginning of the end of the Mad Hatter. Michigan State is still the dark horse to win this thing and their schedule doesn't look all that hard if they can past Iowa. Oregon/USC next week is going to really interesting.
Originally posted by redsoxnation Also, with West Virginia losing to Syracuse, that means no Big East team is near the Top 25. Is that old 4 year average rule still in place for retaining the BCS slot, because if so, this will be a very bad number that the Big East is going to have to balance off for several years.
(edited by redsoxnation on 24.10.10 0815)
The Big East is an autobid conference until at least 2013. At that point, who knows how the conference will look.
For now, at least, there are some speculating that the Big East champ could enter the BCS game unranked. I think that's a little bit farfetched, but as it stands now, the closest thing that the conference has to a ranked team is Syracuse (!), which got all of 8 votes in the latest poll, and is quietly, humiliation against Pitt aside, having an amazing season, considering the depths to which that program plunged under Greg Robinson. 2 wins out of their last 5 gets them bowl eligible, for the first time since 2004. (Since they played both Colgate, and Maine this season, 7 wins are required for bowl eligibility) 1 win out of the last 5, and Doug Marrone will have matched Robinson's 4-season win total in a season and a half. If the Orange can win 1 out of their next 17 conference games, Marrone will top Robinson in Big East wins, as well. (Robinson went 3-25 in conference, Marrone currently sits at 3-7), and he just got them their first win against the Mountaineers since 2001. So long as he keeps them grounded, and the wheels don't totally fly off (I'd think they learned that lesson when Pitt spanked them a couple weeks ago), 'Cuse is a legit Big East title contender, and if they pull it off, they'll be ranked (maybe only 25th, but they'll be ranked), and Doug Marrone will be the runaway coach of the year. He's made huge steps in the right direction, and there's finally some life back in the program.
Closed out the weekend with what was easily the most boring game of this round - in fact, I have been watching the Timberwolves/Spurs game since 6 and couldn't even tell you how long the game's been over.