Thursday, October 07, 2010

College Football Trend Watching : Week 5

What You Know (A Summary of the Previous Week)

Busy week for grim reaper...Oregon's offense is an unstoppable death machine, Alabama's defense is an unstoppable death machine, not wearing shoelaces makes you an unstoppable death machine, Mark Richt's job security is being run over by a death machine

What You Might Have Missed (Under the Radar Stories)

  • It has been 50 years since PSU, Notre Dame, Texas, and USC were all ranked out of the top 25
  • With Texas dropping out of the top 25, Nebraska is currently slated to face 1 top 25 team (Ok State) during the regular season. Not say Nebraska isn't deserving but a pretty weak schedule makes it difficult to evaluate how good Nebraska is
  • USC has all but disappeared from the national radar so it's not surprising that their loss to Washington really didn't much coverage. What is surprising is that Locker, after the previous weeks debacle, put up 400 yards on USC's hapless defense. Remember the recruiting restrictions don't kick in till next year so we might not be mentioning USC in anything other than "potential spoiler" over the next few years.
  • Iowa's defense absolutely smothered PSU. Partially it's that Penn State's offense sucks, but Iowa's defense outperformed Alabama's D (at least from a yardage perspective). Iowa lost to Arizona due to special teams suckitude and poor o-line play. Iowa's D might well be the best in the Big 10 and therefore shouldn't be ignored.

Looking Ahead (Games of the Week)
Michigan State @ Meechigan - In-State rivals, both undefeated, Dantonio back, best game of the Week
Alabama @ South Carolina - Alabama's last major challenge until Auburn. Gamecocks at home and coming off a bye week
LSU @ UF - Honestly I watch LSU because who knows what crazy stuff Les Miles will do next
FSU @ Miami - Hey it only seems like a few years ago that this was one of the best rivalries in college sports. Both are ranked. Umm not sure what else to say about it...

Prediction Time 10/7
Well I sure blew the Stanford thing..consequently Oregon is back to winning the Pac 10. I still expecting them to drop a game before the end of the year. I'm now also expecting Auburn to finish with a better record than UF and therefore get the at-large bid...

BCS Championship: Alabama v. Oklahoma
Orange Bowl : Miami v. Boise State
Sugar Bowl: Auburn v. TCU
Fiesta: West Virginia v. Nebraska
Rose Bowl: Oregon v. Ohio State

1 comment:

Gutsy Goldberg said...

1) I don't feel bad for USC
2) The big 12 looks really weak! If Nebraska plays Oklahoma and beats Okl in the Big12 champ game, who do you think would have the best chance to crash the championship game party? (at the end of the season)