Sunday, October 19, 2008

Week 8 recap

If we did not know who the best team in the country is up to this point, we know now. Texas destroyed Missouri on national television and if they can finish off the murderor's row that is the Big 12 schedule as well as win the Big 12 championship game, possibly against the same Missouri team, then Texas should be favored in the BCS national title game.

They are trailed in the BCS by Alabama and Penn State, both undefeated. Alabama once again did what they had to do to get by their opponent. Penn State struggled with a bad Michigan team starting off, but rolled in the second half.

Oklahoma is listed as 4th in the latest BCS, but unless Texas loses two games, that may be the highest they go because the pollsters will not put Oklahoma in the national title game if they are not in the Big 12 Championship game. Look at Georgia in 2007.

USC walloped Washington State 69-0 in the worst loss in Wazzu history.

Oklahoma State and Texas Tech continue to stay undefeated as they continue to roll through the Big 12 schedule.

If the season ended today, there would be two non-BCS teams in the BCS games. Utah is #11 in the BCS and Boise State is #12. Despite its one loss to Oklahoma, TCU is up there also at #14. If they beat Utah, watch out!

A couple of upsets this week budged the nation a little bit. Arizona is trying to prove that they belong in a bowl game as they stay up late and defeat California 42-27. Maryland, another team that beat Cal this season, shut out Wake Forest and put the rest of the ACC back in the race. Virginia is also playing much better as they defeat North Carolina in overtime.

Vanderbilt may not make a bowl after all. A week after losing to one Bulldog in Miss State, they lose another to Georgia. Vanderbilt really needs to beat Duke in their next game. Otherwise, they may not be playing in a bowl again.

Georgia Tech finally makes their way into the rankings after they ruin Dabo Swinney's debut as the interim head coach of Clemson. They might be playing their way towards Tampa if they are not careful.

Also, congratulations to Northwestern. For the second straight year, Pat Fitzgerald has led them to 6 wins. Only this year, they should win more than six and actually get to go to a bowl game this season.

Also joining the rankings this week is more non-BCS love in Ball State and Tulsa. Tulsa put up 77 points on national television while Ball State continues to win despite losing their best receiver early in the season.

This week's bowl projections and next week's preview coming later this week.

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