Thursday, November 11, 2010

College Football Trend Watching : Week 9

I'm not sure how the trend watching got off kilter on the week counting but it definitely did.

What You Know (A Summary of the Previous Week)
TCU solidified its claim as #3 by destroying Utah, Alabama falls to the Mad Hatter, Florida rebounds, Texas falls off cliff, Stanford clinches Pac 10 for Oregon.

What You Might Have Missed (Under the Radar Stories)
  • As there 4 at large spots there is a large race to see who gets the big money payoffs for them. The Big 10 has claimed an at large spot for 5 straight years but this year that streak is in jeopardy. So who are the at large claimants?
  1. TCU - IF they win out they will almost assuredly get the automatic Non-BCS bid and end up in either the Mythical Championship or the Rose Bowl
  2. LSU - Short of Auburn losing its' last 2 games LSU is out of the SEC title hunt. They have a big game against Arkansas remaining but if they win out it's hard to imagine a 1 loss SEC school being ignored.
  3. Boise - Without an automatic bid Boise will have to sell itself on its ratings/crowd turnout. They got the nod last year but it remains to be seen if given a choice will a bowl select them (again)
  4. Stanford - Stanford is almost guaranteed a one loss season. They have a high profile coach and probably the #1 pick in the NFL Draft (Andrew Luck). However Stanford hasn't historically traveled well and the Pac 10 tends to be overlooked for bowl games given the ratings/traveling issues

Looking Ahead (Games of the Week)
South Carolina @ Florida - Winner clinches SEC East and Trip to the SEC Championship
Penn State @ Ohio State - tOSU has the toughest schedule of the top 4 Big 10 contenders .
Georgia @ Auburn - It's a light week
Iowa @ Northwestern - Wildcats have won 3 straight versus Iowa

Prediction Time 11/11

BCS Championship: Oregon v. Auburn
Orange Bowl : Virginia Tech v. Ohio State
Sugar Bowl: LSU v. Boise St.
Fiesta: Pittsburgh v. Nebraska
Rose Bowl: TCU v. Wisconsin

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1 comment:

Gutsy Goldberg said...

nice picture! good call on iowa's bizarre losing streak to penn state.