Another weekend of top-five BCS teams crashing and burning has left us staring down the barrel of a second consecutive Ohio State-SEC national title showdown. The conventional wisdom says that like last season, the one-loss SEC representative will expose a slow, overrated Buckeye team to grab the crystal football. That seems like the smart bet, since everything else this season has gone exactly like we all expected.
Illinois at Ohio State. Sure, the Big Ten might be a joke of a conference this season, but it's a joke with great tradition. And what's more tradition-rich than a game with national title implications at the Horseshoe?
South Florida at Syracuse. USF, you little tease. You got us all excited about your prime time win over West Virginia and your 6-0 start and shiny No. 2 ranking in the BCS. But now you've been exposed for what you really are: a decent little program that would struggle for bowl eligibility in the SEC. This week the Bulls take on Syracuse, a not-so-decent little program that would struggle for bowl eligibility in the SWAC.
As the SEC continues to back up
USC's quest to fulfill
Tracking the fortunes of college football's greatest corporation, Notre Dame, we find the stock to be ... down, after losing to Navy for the first time in roughly 850 years. It's not clear who should have been more embarrassed, though: the Irish for losing at home to the Middies, or the Middies for giving up 44 points to the team with the smallest "decided schematic advantage" in all of football. In yet another indignity in a season that's treated them like a speedbag, ND finds itself underdogs at home to Air Force (aka "the good service academy team").
Penn State may be visiting Temple this week, but our law enforcement roundup must first make a pit stop in the Nittany Lions' hometown of State College, Penn. A number of students are in hot water after they were recorded firing beer bottles at visiting Ohio State fans and the video ended up (surprise, surprise) on YouTube. What's noteworthy about this case is not that college students acted like drunken obnoxious jerks toward opposing fans, but that those bottle tosses were the only good passes thrown by a Penn Stater the entire day.
This week's Heisman candidate who played himself right out of trophy contention is Boston College's
The program formerly known as Quarterback U, Miami, completed ONE pass last weekend in a loss to NC State. On the positive side, though, it was for 84 yards, giving them the highest average per completion in the nation ... Which group of fans are less thrilled about having to face their former coach in a big divisional showdown each season, LSU's or Florida's? ... The SEC East has been so nutty that Saturday opponents Kentucky and Vanderbilt have gone from also-rans to serious contenders back to also-rans, and that's just in the last month alone ... As dark as things looked for Northwestern after losing to Duke and getting thrashed by Ohio State, they are still just one win away from bowl eligibility ... Seriously, Miami, just ONE pass completion?... Tennessee center