Happy Columbus Day. And for those of you that hail from that glorious country to the north, Happy Thanksgiving. One would think it sad that I had to look up the meaning of Canada’s Thanksgiving being that I’m from there, but I would venture to guess I’ve lived in the U.S. for more or as many years as a lot of people who are reading this have been alive. I can’t sing the Canadian anthem, I can’t tell you who the Prime Minister is, and I didn’t know what Thanksgiving was for. Sad? Maybe, but as long as the college football down here remains superior, I don’t plan on learning those things. I’ve decided to enjoy my life and that means I’ll determine what’s important for me to know and not know. Important, Omarius Hines’ high school statistics. Not important, who the county commissioner is. Call it ignorant. I call it following my interests.
Alabama and Texas switched places in the latest AP Poll. News that gets a big “SO WHAT?” The SEC holds the top two spots which may be good for bragging rights, but since it’s a virtual impossibility that happens in the final BCS Standings, we can move right on from it.
Virginia Tech kept Boise State at bay and the Broncos’ chances took another hit in the Coaches Poll where USC passed the Smurfs without even playing. As the season progresses, we could see an undefeated Boise State team drop somewhere into the 7-9 region. Something fans of schools from BCS conferences will love.
Losing to the #1 team in the nation never hurts too much. You lick your wounds and move on. LSU is doing just that after dropping to only #10 in both polls. The Tigers have a rough road ahead, but could find themselves right in the thick of it if they rebound from the loss. Of course that entails finding an offense somewhere along the way.
There are four undefeated teams outside of the top 10. 6-0 Iowa has November 14th and a trip to Ohio State circled. 5-0 TCU has an easier road ahead, but a matchup with Utah on that same day could be a speed bump. 5-0 Kansas has virtually no shot at making it through the season unscathed. Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Texas are all on the schedule. And finally, 5-0 USF (the lowest ranked undefeated team) takes on 5-0 Cincinnati this Thursday in what will be the defining game of the season for the Bulls (yes, I know USF beat FSU, but there’s a lot of season ahead).
And for the fun of it, think about this. BYU and Oklahoma are ahead of USF in both polls. The Bulls beat FSU by 10 points, FSU beat BYU by 26 points, and BYU beat Oklahoma by 1 point. Based on results, should USF be ranked higher than both those teams? Maybe.
Teams to look out for. Nebraska doesn’t have Texas on the schedule and has only a close loss to Virginia Tech as a red mark on their resume at the moment. Georgia Tech has a defense that has opposing teams dreaming of putting up 50+ on the Yellow Jackets, but after Virginia Tech this weekend, they may have smooth sailing to the end of the regular season. And Notre Dame is back in the polls at #25 with USC on the horizon.