13) Didn't take Alabama long to get back in the national title picture, with both Oregon/Kansas State losing, the SEC almost has to have a team in the national title game, and against Notre Dame, unranked at the start of the season. Irish should beat USC next week, with Matt Barkley separating his passing shoulder at the end of the UCLA game. On a side note, cant wait for the BCS playoffs and this is why they should have an 8 team playoff. How does the SEC get away with playing Division II type schools and move up in the polls. How does Notre Dame get a free ride into the National Championship game without having to play in a conference let alone a conference championship game. But Im not angry or anything.
12) Huge day for Jim Mora Jr, who Bruins now will take to the recruiting trail with a bounce to their step after beating USC 38-28; UCLA is also going to the Pac-12 title game, as champs of the Pac-12 South. They've got a strong nucleus of young players, especially on offense.
11) As for Lane Kiffin, his Trojans are first preseason #1 team to lose four regular season games since 1984; they could be first one to lose five regular season games since 1964 if they lose next week. He must fire his father and get a defensive co-ordinator that knows what he is doing. A fucking shame what the coaching staff did to this team this year.
10) Rough day for the Wake Forest athletic department; Deacons were lifeless in a 38-0 pummeling in South Bend; the basketball team was down 48-13 to Iona in the Virgin Islands, in the first half, the same Iona team that lost Friday.....to Quinnipiac. Wake wound up losing 94-68.
9) Seven SEC teams played I-AA opponents this week; not a good time of year for that. Alabama-West Carolina game had a total of 100 plays, as the timekeeper probably played running time.
Louisiana Tech, in their loss to Utah State, ran 108 plays for 629 yards, all by themselves. KState-Baylor game had 163 plays, NC State-Clemson game had 190 plays. Alabama ripped off its fans with a glorified scrimmage.
8) Winless Southern Miss scored with 2:48 left to get within 34-33 of UTEP, then for some reason, went for two points, despite their QB being 4th-stringer Arsenio Favor. When you're winless, that stuff never works, and the Golden Eagles lost again. They had 18 consecutive winning seasons before this year, and now they're winless. Yikes.
7) When (former Southern Mississippi coach) Larry Fedora took over at North Carolina, he asked each of his offensive linemen to lose 20-25 pounds, to better block for the spread offense. Tough adjustment for the kids, but Tar Heels are 7-4. Fedora did inherit some talented players. .
6) Wouldn't want to be at season-ending banquet for Washington State's team; older players apparently hate Mike Leach, and feeling seems to be mutual. Coogs have been outscored 100-7 in the first half of their last three games-- doubt Senior Day will be whole lot of fun, either. If Leach can keep his job long enough, he'll win up there, but it'll take a while.
5) Kicker from Rice named Chris Boswell made FGs of 53-51-56 yards, tying a record, so good for him. How does Rice have a great kicker but not some of the bigger name teams?
4) Utah State is 9-2, a tremendous accomplishment for a program that hasn't won very much; they led 41-14 at Louisiana Tech with 1:00 left in third quarter, but Bulldogs made another wild comeback and took game to OT, where State prevailed, 48-41. Can Aggies keep coach Gary Anderson long enough for him to coach in the MWC next year?
3) Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez, who seems like a good guy, has won four of his last five games with the Wildcats-- he is the first Arizona coach to go bowling in his first season in Tucson. Good for him; we liked him on CBS Sports Network last year, after getting canned at Michigan. .
2) Michigan State is the first team since 1971 to play seven games in a row decided by 4 or less points. Spartans lost to 8-3 Northwestern team that led in 4th quarter in all three of its losses.
1) It is now entirely possible that the nation's only unbeaten team won't even go to a bowl; Ohio State. If Notre Dame were to lose the national title game, that would leave the Buckeyes as the lone unbeaten, assuming they beat Michigan in their rivalry game. Then what?
Will anyone declare them mythical national champs, or co-champs, if they're the only unbeaten team when the season ends?
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