Ten Things We Learned In College, Week 8
You know how sometimes a professor will throw a ton of new material at you at once, and you leave class knowing you learned a lot but you’re not really sure how it relates to everything else you’ve learned in that class yet? That’s how I feel after watching SportsCenter this morning. My head is swimming, but I’ll give this my best shot.
1. Three losses, and Stanford still to come? Sorry Notre Dame, no BCS Bowl for you (again). *laughs at B.Kerr*
2. LSU and Alabama will remain #1 and #2, with Oklahoma State presumably #3, but beyond that everything is chaos. I assume Stanford will move past Oklahoma and Wisconsin, but does unbeaten Boise State?
3. Things are not looking good for the Big East. West Virginia got spanked 49-23 by Syracuse, meaning Cincinnati is the conference’s only one-loss team and the only team without a conference loss. Aside from the uncertainty regarding the who/when/how much will it cost of expansion, they could be in danger of losing AQ status.
4. Alabama’s last two halftime scores were 17-7 against Ole Miss, and 6-6 against Tennessee. They can’t start slowly like that against LSU or the game could be over at halftime.
5. Auburn misses last year’s seniors. Like, a lot. What LSU did to them yesterday, including 4 sacks in the first half, was ridiculous.
6. With a big win over Marshall, Conference USA’s Houston could be a dark horse to slip into a BCS Bowl. Not likely, but keep an eye on the Cougars.
7. The ACC is weird. So many conference games have had surprising outcomes. Even Clemson, while still unbeaten, allowed 38 points to North Carolina yesterday.
8. Texas Tech deserves some major love, and I imagine they’ll get it when this week’s BCS poll comes out. I honestly didn’t expect to see anyone upset Oklahoma during the season.
9. Wake Forest is 5-2, and 4-1 in ACC play. Worst-case scenario for them should still involve a bowl game.
10. Kansas State should also rise in the polls. They’re currently #11 but put a beatdown on Kansas yesterday, 59-21.