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Monday, September 26


The Road to Pasadena

We had a few games this Saturday with BCS implications. USC won again, Va Tech destroyed Georgia Tech, and our favorite Big 10 team redeemed last year’s loss at Iowa.

Tier 1—The Favorites
1. USC—started slow against an average Oregon team on the road. This was their first road test but there are more starting with Arizona State this Saturday. Am I the only one sick of sportscasters salivating over the Trojans? I can’t wait for them to lose.

2. Texas—the new Harris poll gives Horns fans another reason to cheer. We are number 2 in the inaugural poll. Now let’s take care of business in Columbia.

3. LSU—if the season ended today, the Tigers would be in a BCS bowl having only played one game. They will finally play tonight against Tennessee. When is hurricane season over?

4. Va Tech—I think I wrote this last week: another impressive win. Bean doesn’t want to drink the Kool Aid yet, but there is plenty of good stuff to go around. The Yellow Jackets only got 6 first downs on Saturday in Blacksburg.

Tier 2—The Contenders
1. Florida—got their first SEC road win of the season, 49-28. It wasn’t that close. Kentucky scored three touchdowns in the second half after being down six. Big game at good Alabama team on Saturday.

2. Georgia—the Bulldogs continued to roll over Mississippi State on the road 23-10. They are off this week and then travel to Knoxville. The Vols could be rolling or reeling by then.

3. Florida St—the Seminoles were off this Saturday. They have a relatively easy ACC schedule the rest of the way. Major and the Orangemen visit this Saturday.

4. California—the overlooked Pac 10 team is 4-0. The Bears don’t have any good wins yet but should be 5-0 when they visit UCLA in two weeks. Remember they are the last team to beat USC on Sept. 27, 2003.

Tier 3—Need Help
1. Ohio St—big win over a hapless Iowa team. Michigan State and Minnesota may challenge Big 10 supremacy but I’m not worried. The Buckeyes play the Spartans in two weeks and the Gophers in four.

2. Miami—solid home victory over Colorado, 23-3. The Canes are home for four of their next five with only a visit to Temple mixed in. Nov. 5th in Blacksburg a must see.

3. Tennessee—the Vols need a win tonight to salvage their season. Not gonna happen: I predict a solid LSU win.

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