Wednesday, October 2nd, 2002
I must have been drunk, because I could have sworn I saw Rutgers beating
Tennessee ... by a touchdown ... at halftime ... in Knoxville! Yes,
the Scarlet Knights were leading the vaunted Volunteers and their checkerboard
end zones for a half an hour! After being humiliated by Florida at
home the week prior, I'm not sure how imposing the Knoxville visit will be
for the Miami Hurricanes. Which makes me wonder ... will anyone beat
Virginia Tech would like to try. They remain undefeated, and have
tagged Marshall at home and A&M on the road. But it will be tough
for the Hokies to upset the mighty 'Canes in their familiar confines. So
unless the Hokies pull off the impossible, the rest of the candidates to
face Miami for the title will try to sort themselves out over the rest of
Elsewhere, Texas wants to know why they get no love from the NY
Times computer. Although they're ranked second in both major polls, the
Abacus has the Longhorns at No. 29! Maybe the computer slight will give
Chris Simms to extra motivation to finally win an important game.
That could happen in two weeks vs. the Sooners, who look to unseat Texas
from their No. 2 perch and claim it for themselves.
Georgia started slow, but survived. And now they appear to be catching
their breath just in time. They get Tennessee at home, face Florida in the
World's Largest Cocktail Party, and have to go on the road to Auburn.
If they can manage to stay undefeated through the SEC Championship game,
an invitation will be virtually assured unless Texas or Oklahoma remains
What about Oregon? They're still undefeated, and have to face every
Pac-10 giant over the remainder of the season (UCLA, USC,
Washington, Washington State, and Oregon State). If
they can make it undefeated through that traffic, how can you keep them out?
Unless the "East Coast conspiracy" is validated again this year.
Which is where Ohio State comes in. They're in the East. They have
tradition. So even if they're not totally back, everyone wants them to be.
They still have Wisconsin, Penn State, and Michigan
left, but have looked impressive enough early on. Can they be kept out if
they go undefeated? On a side note, any volunteers to officiate at Beaver
Stadium? The refs were verbally assaulted by alum LaVar Arrington
to the point that he had to be removed, and papa bear Joe Paterno
allegedly grabbed one around the neck after a controversial decision!
Lastly, who could forget about the old Blue and Gold? If the pollsters want
any team rejuvenated from the dead, it would be the Domers. Notre Dame,
more than any other school, holds the tradition card. Hell, even the
Times computer has them ranked No. 1! So if they manage to beat both
the FSU Seminoles and Trojans on the road, they will be in the title
One sleeper out there is the N.C. State Wolfpack. They are still
undefeated, and have an easier schedule than ever team mentioned prior. The
only hiccup would be FSU, who they get at home on the 23rd of November.
So Florida State is the key. They still play half of the contenders mentioned
above, so therefore can ruin half a dozen seasons. Personally, I'm hoping
everybody goes unbeaten so the BCS can be blown straight to hell.
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