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Monday, October 3

 

Pasadena Continued

The BCS race is now in full swing as teams enter the conference portions of their years. The ACC and SEC have emerged as the top conferences with the Pac 10, Big 10, and Big 12 slightly behind. Remember the BCS computers take into account strength of schedule, and the first BCS standings will be released in two weeks on Oct. 17th. USC, Alabama, and Notre Dame all took big steps on Saturday toward the BCS and possibly Pasadena.

Tier 1--The Favorites
1. USC--escaped Tempe with after a 35 point second half performance against a good Arizona State team. They were down 18 points and can be beaten. The Trojans have passed their first two road tests. Trips to Notre Dame and Cal still ahead.

2. Texas--played sloppily and still won huge. To steal one from the PGA: These guys are good. Now, we get to take our shots at the Sooners. Sorry, Travis, throw out the records: it's a rivalry game.

3. Va Tech--another solid win for the Hokies, and this one was on the road vs. West Virginia. The Hokies play a final non-ACC game against Marshall this Saturday. Lately, Marcus Vick is doing a pretty good Vince Young.

4. Alabama--welcome the Crimson Tide to the discussion. Mike Shula's club was more than impressive in their 31-3 drubbing of Florida. Bama has a favorable schedule down the stretch getting Tennessee and LSU at home. Should they survive those then a final tough road game at Auburn. I don't see any SEC team going undefeated.

Tier 2--The Contenders
1. Georgia--an off week completed for the Dogs. They travel to Knoxville for a slug fest with Tennessee. We find out if Georgia is for real in front of 100,000+ clad in an ugly shade of orange. Does everyone agree the SEC East is the toughest division in college football?

2. Florida St--not even Major could score much on the Seminole defense. Even with an anemic offense, they should be 10-0 when the play Florida in Gainesville to end the regular season. Wake visits FSU this Saturday.

3. California--blanked Arizona 28-0 on Saturday. Tough road game at UCLA on Saturday night is their lasbeforel test befor USC visits on November 12th. I still have a hard time seeing Cal in a BCS game. Remember the Holiday Bowl?

Tier 3--Need Help
1. Notre Dame--the surprise of the year. Charlie Weis, my coach of the year, transforms the Catholics and Brady Quinn into contenders. Huge win at Purdue. The Irish have already beaten Michigan, Pitt, and Purdue. They have an off week before getting USC. Look out Trojans.

2. Ohio St--travels to Happy Valley on Saturday night vs. an overachieving Penn State team on ESPN. I'm shocked that this turned into a big game. I still think Ohio State runs to table.

3. Miami--same old story, awesome defense and a less than acceptable offense. Canes win 27-7. Line was 21. Miami ended game with ball on South Florida 8 yard line. Who says line makers aren't good?

4. Tennessee--the Vols get two wins in six days and save their season. Huge games with Georgia, Alabama, and Notre Dame in upcoming five weeks.

5. Florida--got embarrassed at Alabama on Saturday. Still have to play Georgia, LSU, and Florida St. Urban Meyer fan club bus has a lot of seats available.

--AW--

Comments:
I'm pulling for Bama, but I'll be the first to say don't count them in too quickly. That guy who broke his leg in two places, Prothro, was their absolute best player. With games remaining against Tennessee, Auburn and LSU, it'll be hard to win without him.

Prothro out for the year is equivalent to Vincent Young or Marcus Vick gone for the year. Yes, he's that good.
 
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