Tuesday, October 19, 2010

College Football 2010: Week 7

So I thought last weekend was the weekend of perpetual upsets, but clearly week seven wanted to bring us even more, with seven upsets (how fitting) from the top 25. But before I get into that, not only was this the week of upsets, this was the weekend of Alabama's homecoming. Michigan homecoming is a one-day shindig that involves watching two fraternity teams roll around in SAE's mudbowl and play football. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love Michigan Mudbowl. However, Alabama homecoming (or apparently southern homecoming in general) is worlds different. For starters, there is a parade. A parade that law school students ride in as well as undergrads. And a law school tradition for homecoming? Rage the entire week at various mixers, and then on game day, wear tuxedo tails while riding on a rickety wooden trailer after getting hammered at an open bar. See below.

My best friends from home came down to celebrate homecoming with me!
(and even managed to snag a jacket; no one knew they weren't 1Ls)

Riding the homecoming float, tails & all.
So while (8) Alabama managed to hold on against Ole Miss 23-10 in their homecoming game, my other team didn't fair so well. Even though I was chanting "it's great to be a Michigan Wolverine" in place of "it's great to be from Alabama" in the homecoming parade, Michigan lost to (15) Iowa 38-28, making them still one game away from being bowl eligible. Right now, that's all I'm asking for. One game please, just one more win. 

(3) Boise State and (6) Oklahoma put up shut-outs in both of their games, with wins against San Jose State (48-0) and Iowa State (56-0) respectively. But I expected the (7) Auburn and (12) Arkansas game to be closer than it ended up being. While it was a nail biter for a lot of the game, when Ryan Mallett got injured, Auburn took off and scored 28 points in the fourth quarter, winning 65-43. 

As for the rest of the country...

Seven top 25 teams were upset this week. Granted, only three were in the top 10, but nonetheless a big deal. Starting with the less significant upsets, (23) Air Force lost to San Diego State (are you kidding me?) 27-25, and (22) Florida choked and lost to Mississippi State 10-7 (is this a lacrosse score or a football score?). (19) Nevada lost to Hawaii 27-21, derailing Boise State's championship bus a little bit, but if Boise keeps performing the way they have been, they still have a shot (Virginia Tech put up a lot of points this weekend). Also derailing Boise's bus was (24) Oregon State's loss to Washington 35-34 that didn't actually need to occur. Oregon State, who had everything to lose, decided to go for a 2-point conversion instead of  tying the game up with an extra point while in double overtime. But nope, they go for the two and while they almost had it, they didn't. And they lost. In my opinion, a glaring error in judgment by the coaching staff.

As for the big ones, (10) South Carolina lost to Kentucky when Kentucky scored a 34-yard touchdown pass with 1:15 left in the game. They also scored a two-point conversion, making it a field goal game to tie it up. South Carolina decided to go for the touchdown instead of the field goal (again why, I don't know as they also had everything to lose in this game) and the touchdown pass was intercepted in the end zone, leaving the score 31-28.

There were two top five upsets this weekend, and one of them almost made up for Michigan losing. (5) Nebraska, after their "Beat Texas" video display, lost to an unranked Texas team 20-13 at home. In my opinion, that was a whooooole lotta hype for nothing. But the win of the weekend was (18) Wisconsin over (1) Ohio State 31-18. Initially, Wisconsin scored 21 unanswered points, and just when it looked like Ohio State was going to  catch up by bringing it within 3, Wisco scored another 10. It'd be super helpful if Michigan State was playing Ohio State this season, but nevertheless, it was amazing to see Terrelle Pryor fall on his face.

BCS Rankings: Week 1

So I watched the "BCS Countdown" on Sunday night, and was thoroughly confused with the results. The BCS top 10 fell like this:

1. Oklahoma
2. Oregon
3. Boise State
4. Auburn
5. TCU
6. LSU
7. Michigan State
8. Alabama
9. Utah
10. Ohio State

So starting from the top. Do I think Oklahoma deserves to be No. 1 right now? No. Am I happy they are? Yes. So I won't complain about that. However, I really think that it should have been between Oregon and Boise, and I really think that Boise has outperformed Oregon in the last few weeks of the season (yes, I realize their schedule isn't as strong). The bigger surprises to me were LSU being No. 6 (although I guess being undefeated in the SEC is a fairly strong factor to consider, regardless of the fact that your coach is a loony tune) and Michigan State being No. 7. MSU being in the top ten of the BCS makes me pretty nauseous. And really, the only game I see them losing barring a huge upset is Iowa.

The other 15 teams stand as follows:

11. Missouri
12. Stanford
13. Wisconsin
14. Oklahoma State
15. Iowa
16. Nebraska
17. Florida State
18. Arizona State
19. Texas
20. West Virigina
21. South Carolina
22. Kansas State
23. Arkansas
24. Mississippi State
25. Virginia Tech

My issues with this half of the list: Wisconsin and Nebraska should be higher, Texas should be lower, and Kansas State shouldn't be ranked. A win against a No. 1 team puts Wisconsin higher than 13, and that in my mind should also move Nebraska up, maybe in front of Oklahoma State. Three-loss Texas? You don't deserve No. 19, even if you did beat an undefeated Nebraska. Sorry. Even though Kansas State is only a one-loss team, I think Arkansas is definitely a stronger team, especially with their schedule in the SEC.

Games to Watch this Weekend:

(1) Oklahoma vs. (11) Missouri: Both teams are going in undefeated and this will give Oklahoma a chance to prove that they deserve the No. 1 ranking they were given in the BCS. [8pm/7 central, ABC]

(4) LSU vs. (6) Auburn: This will easily be the game to watch this weekend. Both teams also go into this undefeated, and Auburn doesn't have to play in Death Valley so I'd say their luck might be significantly better than it would have been otherwise. Either Auburn's lucky streak is up or Les Miles' deal with the devil is expired... [3:30pm/2:30 central, CBS]

(13) Wisconsin vs. (15) Iowa: The Big Ten match-up of the weekend. As much as I'd love to cheer for Wisconsin in this game after what they did to Ohio State and because of Iowa beating Michigan last weekend, Iowa needs to win this if they are going to beat Michigan State for the Big Ten title. So that said, go Hawkeyes? [3:30pm/2:30 central, ABC/ESPN]

(14) Oklahoma State vs. (16) Nebraska: Redemption game for Nebraska and a chance for Oklahoma State to stay undefeated. Don't really care who wins this game so I'll go for the underdog. [3:30pm/2:30 central, ABC]

Michigan has a bye this week - so I'm cheering for upsets and Alabama.  

Roll Tide.

PS: Someone brought it to my attention that this is my 100th post. Thank you all so much for your continued support!

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