Why does Stanford have to be just good enough to ruin everything yet not good enough to make or win the national title? These are the things I think about.
Because as Matt Barkley fades from the Heisman discussion and USC is forced to once again reload, we have no one to blame but Stanford. And even though he's not on the team now, this is the face I want you to think about when you realize another wrench has been thrown in our gears of hope.
So now we're back to what is probably this week's theme: next in line. Who is rising? Who takes the place of USC in the rankings? What new teams do we have to believe in? Let's decide together.
- Why *wouldn't* the high schooler who rushed for 10 TDs and over 600 yards be an Oregon commit?
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Brigham Young: Went down to Utah -- who just lost to Utah State -- after this truly excruciating sequence. If you're not going to watch the video (and really, I'm not going to blame you), Doc Saturday's Graham Watson breaks down the stretch.
Maryland at West Virginia (8): "Sweet," you say, "West Virginia is finally playing a BCS team. Let's see how their offense looks." ... "Yeah," I say, "but Maryland lost to UConn last week."
Whatever, I'm still excited.
Kentucky at Florida (14): Again, a game that could be cool if, you know, Kentucky didn't lose to Western Kentucky last week.
UAB at Ohio State (16): This has to be tOSU's last easy game, right? Yes, I'm aware they probably should have lost last week. And I don't even know why I'm complaining about their schedule. Braxton Miller will lead me to the promised land.
Virginia at TCU (17): Virginia is, like, my go-to boring BCS team when I'm trying to come up with one off the top of my head, but TCU is undefeated, so... OK.
Bowling Green at Virginia Tech: Haha, forgot Virginia Tech isn't ranked, this game sucks.
Central Michigan at Iowa: How bad is this game? So bad I'm *going* to it. Awww yeah. Taking in my first live college football game of the year. What up, Iowa City?
Missouri at South Carolina (7): I could definitely be talked into this one.
Oregon State at UCLA (19): Ha, well, I mean, they're both undefeated. And yes, Oregon State is 1-0. No, they haven't had two bye weeks. They had that one game cancelled back in Week 1. Battle of the unbeatens!
Colorado at Washington State: They say Colorado sucks and Wazzu's mediocre and this game will be painful to watch, but I'm calling a double-digit Cougar victory.
Florida Atlantic at Alabama (1): I hate you, Alabama. I seriously hate you. Not only did you get their Week 1 'neutral site' game in the South, not only did you get bulletin board material from *Western Kentucky* prior to Week 2, not only did you catch Arkansas in shambles Week 3 after losing their QB, but you play FAU this week *and* you somehow, SOMEHOW got *more* bulletin board material. FAU defensive end Cory Henry, you're up.
"They ain’t what people think," Henry said. "They’re good and everything but they can be beat, too. They just execute well. They just execute and beat you."
And Henry was not through. He was then asked if FAU had any kind of advantage.
"We got speed against them," he said. "You got speed you can win."
One really starts to get themselves in trouble with the "They ain't what people think" line, but saying "They can be beat" is pretty harmless. I will give him bonus points for basically calling out SEC Speed with his closing arguments. Aaaagh. Nick Saban has to be so pleased by this. Hate.
California at USC (13): Ugh, SCREW YOU, USC. I don't even feel bad for you anymore; I'm just pissed.
LSU (2) at Auburn: MEH.
Louisville (20) at Florida International: MEHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.
Rutgers at Arkansas: This is probably the worst game I've ever seen. Not even John L. Smith could make me smile.
Michigan (18) at Notre Dame (11): I really can't get over how appropriately ranked Notre Dame is. That ranking is just so... appropriate!
Though it's not the game of the week, it's probably close. Ever since Big Blue got crucified in Week 1, their season definitely lost an edge. And though the ND-Michigan rivalry is a fierce as ever -- seriously, the last three games have all been decided on, like, the final play and all by four points -- I find myself mentally at ease with everything. Hell, Notre Dame is playing well, they probably deserve to snap their losing streak to the Wolverines. Not that Michigan hasn't bounced back since the 'Bama trouncing. It's trending up. I mostly just hope for a good game because, despite how quick the media is to anoint M or ND as 'back' any time anything happens, this rivalry really has been top notch for years now. Hopefully outsiders can sift through the B.S. to actually notice that.
Oh, and this was so 'eh'.
Vanderbilt at Georgia (5): Bleeee-ooooh.
Kansas State (15) at Oklahoma (6): Good gracious, I love this game. It's offensive. By that, I mean they both should have competent offenses. I love these 'vault' games where the winner just commands national respect. K-State has more to gain, but a victory for OU would really say something, too. Best of luck, gents.
Clemson (10) at Florida State (4): Game of the Week. Florida State's moment is finally here. A home game against a Top 10 team to truly prove the 'Noles are back. I love everything about it. And Clemson. Top 10! How cool is that? I asked Clemson Tom to hit us with a preview, and here's what he wrote me:
Clemson is going into Dork (Doak) Campbell Stadium on Saturday to face off with the Florida State Seminoles. ESPN and all the other major sports outlets have basically dubbed FSU as the next powerhouse in college football. It seems like everyone in America automatically believes ESPN when they say something, but they are just analysts who are paid to give their opinion, which is often given to them. They aren't God, they cannot see the future.
This Saturday, no matter what the experts may have predicted, when the ball gets spotted, all bets are off! I expect a high scoring football game. Florida State can beat Clemson, and Clemson can beat Florida State. Both are young and can score points.
I'd like to say this could be the next heavyweight bout, but I think it's more around a Mayweather versus Pacquiao kind of fight. Expect the stadium to be loud and extremely passionate. Expect me to have well over a case of beer flowing my system and a few Red Bulls in my veins.
It's games like this that make me love college football over any other sport in the entire world. And that includes badminton.
Haha, what a close. I really do hope for greatness here.
Arizona (22) at Oregon (3): Mark this as the only time I will be rooting against Oregon this season. My respect and admiration for RichRod is just too high. I seriously would probably root him over Michigan if they somehow made the national title. And it's not a RichRod vs. Michigan thing. It's a justice vs. injustice thing. I digress.
Anyway. Games like this Wildcats-Ducks one are precisely the reason I was so excited to see this additional influx of spread offense coming into the Pac 12 in the first place. And as Mike Leach comes around the block, this will only continue. I want less of a game and more of a display here. This is football in my favorite kind of way. Pile them points.