BCS week 2
The new BCS poll just came out today and boy oh boy am I dissapointed in this poll. There are small glimmers of light in it though, as far as getting it right is concerned.
Lets start with the rundown.
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In the top 3, Florida, Bama, and Texas all won their own games but this week the spread gets a tiny bit tighter from last week. Not enough to write home about though with .08 separating 1st and 3rd.
Iowa has to be the flat out dark horse for this season, they are setting school records left and right, not to mention helping me catch up on the season for my pick’ems against Austin. Taking a solid 4th place and ready to sneak into the national championship game if 2 of the top 3 slip up and if they themselves can take down Ohio State at Ohio State which will be the game to watch for Iowa.
USC and TCU each moved up two spots in the BCS for 5th and 6th. USC, with a close win over conference rival Oregon St. is back in the drivers seat to make a run at winning the PAC-10 this year and heading to the Rose Bowl once again. TCU is looking to crash the BCS party this year and are poised to do that. They can add to their arguement as the front runner for non-BCS schools and clinch their conference with a win over Utah in a couple weeks.
Boise St. and Cincinnati both slipped 3 spots this week taking the 7th and 8th position in the poll. Boise St. went to town on a dismal Hawaii team and Cincinnati gave us another show with the picking apart of last place Louisville. Wins like those will not get you much when the people ahead of you are remaining undefeated and playing better opponents.
LSU is also back in the hunt with a very outside but real chance to sneak into the SEC championship and just maybe into the national chamionship. If they can pull out a win over Bama in the weeks to come and then get revenge on a Florida team the sent them packing earlier on in the season. They remain at 9 in the BCS.
Oregon is the other front runner to take the PAC-10 championship this year and their last great test will be against USC this week coming up. I think the ducks are definatly hitting their stride after a tough start to their season. Oregon is 10th this week.
Georgia Tech is 11th this week, and I have to say they seem to be the only consistancy in the ACC, and that aint saying much. This conference is probably the ugliest conference when it comes to showing up every week. I am also not looking forward to their horrible conference championship game that is either going to be BC v. Ga Tech or Clemson v. Ga Tech, talk about snoozefest.
Penn St. made a pretty good statement for their campaign to win the Big 10, but need Iowa to slip up a few times for it to matter. Since the Hawkeyes own the tie breaker in the conference. The Nittnay Lions destroyed the rebuilding Michigan Wolverines in the Big House. Penn St. takes 12th.
Virginia Tech and Oklahoma St. each went up one notch this week for 13th and 14th place. Va Tech will have a gimmie game against North Carolina who has all but fallen flat after their great start to the season. Hokies should win easy. The Cowboys on the other hand have probably their hardest test of the season against the number 3 Texas Longhorns which should prove to settle once and for all this season who will represent the Big 12 South in the Championship game. After their hearbreaking loss to Houston in week 2 the Cowboys have outscored their opponents 200-85, they are a high powered offense that Texas has yet to see this year, but Oklahoma St. is going up against the number one rush defense in the nation and a team that has not even let their opponents get 100 points on them yet all year. Make time to watch this great matchup.
Pitt is 15th in the nation according to the BCS up 5 from last week, this team is coming into its own with a stopping of South Florida. The Big East somehow has become more interesting to follow than the ACC and its not even basketball season yet. Pitt is as good as in a BCS bowl this year if they can win out and beat their two remaining ranked opponents in Cincy and West Virginia. I think playing Cincy is the best possible end to their regular season.
Utah, Ohio St and Houston all move but stay bunched together. Each gained a win this week but none were very exciting, these teams will see better action in the team to come. they too 16th, 17th and 18th.
Miami fell to 19th in the BCS, which is good for them since they deserve to be unranked. They have to be the biggest faker this season, in the national picture as well as the ACC. They have great wins over good teams but their two losses are laughable at best. The punctuation on this season thus far would be losing at home to a mediocre Clemson team.
Arizona, West Virginia and South Carolina all moved up two spots and stay in the same order taking 20, 21, and 22 in the poll.
Notre Dame, Cal, and Ole Miss sneaked back in to the Top 25 of the BCS. I am not going to say much bout any of those teams since they have as good of a chance to lose each week as most unranked teams. They are too in and out for my liking.