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Posted on: December 4, 2011 3:47 pm
 

Oklahoma State vs Alabama - A Debate for Number 2

The AP and Coaches have voted and the outcome is 'Bama #2 by "a hair" in their rankings. AP's rankings will not effect the BSC standings. The Coaches rankings will. It is now is up to the Harris Poll voters and the BCS computers...which come out at 8:15 PM Eastern / 7:15 PM Central tonight.

According to Jerry Palm, Bracketeer and CSB College Football "Expert":
"The media (in general, not everyone) seems to be throwing its weight behind the notion of moving Oklahoma State up to No. 2 and giving the Cowboys a shot at LSU instead of having a rematch Alabama."
According to Brett McMurphy, CBS College Football "Expert" and "McMurphy's Law" author:

"With Oklahoma State’s dominating victory against Oklahoma, earning the Cowboys their first Big 12 championship, I moved OSU up to No. 2 on my final regular season Associated Press ballot."
These gentlemen might be able to influence some of their media comrads to agree - particularly the Harris Poll voters.

As an avid OU fan, losing to OK State was tough, but so was their team. It is my opinion that Oklahoma State's "body of work" on the field edges out 'Bama's. Some will disagree, but many more will agree that OKlahoma St has more impressive win record, i.e. their "resume", versus 'Bama.

Now - about the Iowa State loss that some are arguing about:

Iowa State came on rather strong early on in the season, defeating the in-state rivals, iowa and Northern Iowa - which means nothing to anyone but the Cyclones. They played 7 ranked teams, beating two of them - # 2 Ok State and #20 Texas Tech...losing to #17 Texas, # 25 Baylor, Unrakned Missouri, #17 Texas A&M, #9 OU and #11 Kansas State - all Big 12 teams. It's tough in the Big 12. Period. Iowa State is not quite as bad as some may think, but they are not stellar either - they are upset minded, "spoliers" if you know what I mean.

Having said that, I offer the following:

While no one gets a "free pass" in sports, be it football, baseball, basketball, etcetera - there is a place for consideration in Oklahoma State's case: mitagating circumstances - a legal term in courts, but also used in academia (schools). It is NOT a common practice or even is there an expectation or requirement that it will be used to argue in any case. However, some of the exceptions are noted as: Illness, Family emergency, bereavement, etcetera. The thing about mitigating circumstances is that it is about reason and emotion - human feelings and thoughts. People might apply it subconsciously. Some of the voters may pick OSU over 'Bama using this consideration. Then again, maybe they won't. We'll see...

We will all find out tonight at 8:15 PM Eastern time / 7:15 Central time.

Good luck to all.
Category: NCAAF
Posted on: September 21, 2010 8:11 am
 

2010 season - Week 3 Review

Week 3 top 25 Review & Comments

1
. Alabama at Duke. – There never was any doubt about the outcome of this match-up. The Tide rolled to another easy victory…and will remain in the #1 slot. AL plays at home against AR this Saturday. This should be a very good game…but the outcome is likely…a win for the Tide.

2
. Ohio State at home against Ohio. tOSU is deserving of their #2 ranking. Pryor is coming in to his own and quelling any misperceptions of inconsistency. Saturday the Buckeyes play Eastern Michigan.

3. Boise State at Wyoming.
Okay…Boise hammered the Cowboys at home in Laramie, 51-6 and retain their #3 ranking. Boise plays Oregon St on Saturday.

4. TCU at home against Baylor.
Winning 45-10 and staying consistent, TCU trucks on, remaining in the #4 slot. They play SMU this Saturday.

5. Oregon at home against Portland St.
Did anyone think Oregon would lose this one? They retain their #5 slot and face off with AZ St on Saturday. AZ St. gave Wisconsin all they could handle last Saturday, losing by ONE point, 19-20. Was AZ St that good? Or was Wisconsin that bad? We will know by weeks end...but Oregon should win this one comfortably.

6. Nebraska at Washington.
Nebraska looked really good in this outing at Washington - a little 'deja vu' - pounding run after run through, around and over the Huskies defense winning by 5 touchdowns. This performance moved up from #8 to the #6 slot, passing over OU and TX. This Saturday they play at home against South Dakota St.

7. Texas at T-Tech.
Sloppy, but effective win for TX. The ‘Horns fall a spot from #6 to #7 as a result. They play at home against UCLA, who is coming off a win in Houston last Saturday.

8. Oklahoma at home;
against Air Force. Quite an exciting game. OU manages the win, 27-24, but drop to #8. While fans complain, wishing for a blow out by the Sooners, they should be considering the caliber of the opponent. Air Force is the best team the Sooners have played this year. The Sooners play at Cincinnati this Saturday.

9. Florida at Tennessee.
FL moves up to #9 after beating Tenn. The Volunteers’ just cannot get a break, but then when you are playing against a top 10 team like Florida, you better pack a lunch and bring a game plan. While not their best game, FL was impressive. FL plays Kentucky this Saturday…then off to play at Alabama Saturday, October 2. Florida needs to bring their best game for that match up.

10. Arkansas at Georgia.
The Razorbacks gave up a 2 touchdown lead in the 4th quarter, but managed a late go ahead touchdown to win with 15 seconds left on the clock. Still, this was a good victory, moving them into the #10 slot. Beating Georgia at Georgia is something to be proud of. Next week Arkansas plays at Alabama. They need to bring their best game to play the Tide – and then some.

11. Wisconsin at home against AZ St.
The Badgers escaped an upset-minded AZ St. – barely, 20-19. They retain the same #11 ranking. AZ St was better than anticipated by the “experts.” Oh yeah – the Badgers were offensively shallow and defensively weak. Practice, Practice, Practice….that’s what it takes. They take on the Austin Peay Governors.

12. South Carolina at home against Furman.
Although the Gamecocks were effective, they will have to tighten up on defense considerably because they face off with Auburn at Auburn on Saturday. They moved up one slot from #13 to #12.

13. Utah at New Mexico.
The Ute’s trounced on the Lobo’s, as expected, winning by 6 touchdowns, moving Utah up to #13. Did anyone think the Lobo’s had a chance? Maybe the Lobo fans. Utah plays San Jose St Saturday. Just another practice game for Utah. Their first real test will be Air Force October 30th, then TCU November 6th. We will see what the Ute’s are made of during those outings.

14. Arizona at home against Iowa.
After defeating previously ranked #9 Iowa 34-27,in Tucson, the Wildcats move up to #14. It was a struggle at times, but the Wildcats did what they needed to do to win. Next up for them is a determined Cal team, who in spite of their 502 yards of offense, lost to Nevada by a score of 52 to 31 at home. AZ must be very prepared for this next outing.

15. LSU at home against Miss St.
Offensively, the Tigers struggled with Mississippi St., but managed the win, but remained in the #15 slot. Josh Jasper set an LSU record with five field goals. Next for the Tigers is West Virginia. That should be an interesting game, but the Tigers will win.

16. Stanford at home against Wake Forest.
Stanford blew out Wake Forest 68-24, proving their strength and ability and their right to be in the top 25 with a move up to #16 this week. They play at Notre Dame this Saturday and should win.

17. Auburn at home against Clemson.
Auburn needed OT to beat the Clemson Tigers at Auburn, and dropping them to the #17 slot. Clemson pulled ahead early, leading 17-3 at the half. Auburn scored 3 td’s taking the lead in the 4th - 24-17; then Clemson tied it in the 4th quarter to go into OT. South Carolina plays Auburn Saturday. I see SC winning this game.

18. Iowa at AZ.
Iowa, who dropped from #9 to #18, has proven what most of us have suspected – overrated. AZ has proven that they have been underrated. Good game and congrats to the Wildcats and Mike Stoops.

19. Miami – Idle this last week,
fall one spot to #19. They face off at Pitt on Thursday, September 23rd following the loss to tOSU on September 11. This game could be close.

20. USC at Minnesota.
The Trojans understandably dropped from #18 to #20 due to the poor showing of a 32-21 win at Minnesota. SoCal was sporadic against the Gophers in another lack-luster performance. However, SoCal may have found their new strength, having rushed for 216 yards and only 17 of 26 passes for 192 yards, resulting in two touchdowns and two interceptions. They play a waning Washington St. on Saturday.

21. Michigan at home against U-Mass.
Michigan fell to #21 after a poor showing by Michigan’s defense. U-Mass launched a fourth quarter bid for an upset scoring 20 points in the fourth quarter, which fell 5 points short. Bowling Green is next for Michigan, where Coach Rodriquez believes they can work on and overcome some of their deficiencies.

22. West Virginia at home against Maryland.
The Mountaineers fell to #22 after their at home outing with Maryland. The Mountaineers receivers were sharp as sophomore quarterback Geno Smith threw for a career high four touchdowns, 19 of 29 for 268 yards. WV is at LSU this Saturday. This is where the rubber meets the road for the Mountaineers.

23. Penn State at home against
Kent St. Penn St. drops to #23 after a meek showing, and 24 points for the Nittany Lions against the Golden Flashes of Kent State, who were held scoreless. Next up for Penn St is Temple on Saturday.

24. Oregon State at home against Louisville.
Oregon St, at home, moves into the top 25, at #24 after they escape Louisville, 35-28. They are now 1-1, and play Boise St. this Saturday. This may be one of the shortest rankings in AP history, as Boise will be favored, at home by two touchdowns…at least.

#25 Michigan State at home against Notre Dame.
Michigan St, now 3-0, moves into the #25 slot after defeating Notre Dame in overtime. Coach Dantonio suffered a heart attack after the game. He is doing well now, after emergency surgery early Sunday morning. Congrats and well wishes go out to Coach Dantonio and the players on their much deserved win. Up next is Northern Colorado on Saturday.

**NOTE** Houston Cougars
, formerly the #23 ranked team, fell out of the top 25 after a loss to UCLA last Saturday. Their quarterback, Case Keenum, was injured and will miss the rest of the season due to a knee injury (torn ACL).



Intersting week, for sure. There seemed to be a lot of inconsistency, both in many of these games, but particularly in the poll voting. I will review the polls topic in another blog, later this week...'til then, have a great week everybody - unless you've made other plans.

Posted on: September 14, 2010 12:36 pm
 

2010 season - week 2 review

The waters are still a bit muddy, but we have seen a bit more of these teams (except Boise) to take a look and try to decipher the 3 polls.. I have picked what I believe to be the strongest team for each ranking since the AP, Coaches, and CBSSports polls are so different. Feel free to argue any points you disagree with. I am open to that – deciphering the 2 polls, plus CBSSports’ picks wasn’t easy.

#1 - Bama appears to be the real-deal, straight up...so far. Definitely deserving of their #1 ranking.

#2 - The question about tOSU is this: "Is Miami really as good as their previous ranking would imply" - (#12 by both polls) If so, then tOSU deserves where they are ranked this week (#2) - if not, well, we will discuss that next week.

#3 - Now to Boise St. Does Boise St's win over Virginia Tech lose its importance with VT's loss to James Madison this week? It's hard to tell this early, but I believe it might be the fly in the ointment regarding just how good Boise St is (or isn't).

#4 - TCU is ranked here by AP and CBSSports, but the coaches have them tanked at #5, with UT ranked #4. TCU's schedule is the big question here, however, their players and past performances tell more of the story. TCU is chocked full of talent and is coached quite well. They play as well against their tough opponents as they do their 'iffy' ones - and they win. Their only loss in 2009 came in the Fiesta bowl - a 17-10 loss to Boise St. This week TCU plays Baylor, who is not ranked in the top 25, but is ranked #45 by AP and #68 by CBSSports. Baylor is somewhat stronger this season, but just how strong won't be clear until after the TCU game. I am comfortable with them ranked ahead of UT in the top 10 but probably would be more comfortable if they were ranked #7 or #8, at least until they've played 4 or 5 games.

#5 - Oregon is ranked here by AP and CBSSports and Coaches have them ranked at #6.  This is probably just about the right spot for Oregon. Their true strength will be revealed starting with the AZ St, Stanford games and then USC, Cal and Or St. Time will tell...

#6 – OU is ranked here by CBSSports, AP has TX here, and the Coaches have Oregon here. Being comfortable with Oregon at #5, leaves me a choice of OU or TX. I choose to go with OU because I believe OU is stronger than TX and rightfully belongs here. While OU underestimated Utah St, they managed the win. There were a few reasons laid out for their misjudgment, but that still leaves an understandable question mark; however, their strong performance against an otherwise strong FSU team shows just what they are capable of. The question is, will OU perform consistently at this level. I want to believe so, but again - only time will tell.

#7 – TX - AP has OU here, Coaches have FL here and CBSSports has Iowa here. This is where I believe TX belongs. Their SOS so far this season is weak. They have beaten Wyoming and Rice thus far by 34 pts on each outing, and giving up 24 pts total. Not bad, but not rea; impressive in my opinion. I know TX is a talented team with potential, but we haven’t seen it yet. Again – only time will tell. After the T-Tech, UCLE, OU and Nebraska game we should see just what TX is made of – as well as T-Tech, OU and Nebraska.

#8 - NU – Nebraska is ranked here by AP and Coaches, and Iowa is ranked here by CBSSports. I believe this is a good placement of the Cornhuskers. Their schedule is weak until the TX game, although they have Washington and K-St before then. They face Ok St after TX. Will know more after the dust settles for NU.

#9 – IU – AP has Iowa here, Coaches have OU here, and CBSSports has Wisconsin here. I am not overly impressed with Iowa; however, their play has been good since last season, winning tight matches by small margins, but winning, nonetheless. Not sure how to sum this one up, but “it is what it is”.

#10 – UF – AP and CBSSports have Florida here. Coaches have Iowa. While not as strong as the last 3 seasons (my opinion), they have talent and Urban Meyer. Their schedule does not get tough until Alabama and LSU. Their destiny is in their own hands. I believe they have the capability to stay in the top ten most of the season. Only time will tell…

By mid-season, I think the top 10 will be Al, Or, tOSU, OU, FL, NU, Boise St., IU, TCU, TX - not that I necessarily agree with that, but if those teams play to their potential - they are in. However, TX has OU and Neb back to back in Oct, so that could vault or destroy each of the 3 teams; FL has Alabama. That could shake things up, of course. We will see...


So, that’s it folks. Chime in and let us start discussing this. I am about as confused as anyone out there is.

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: September 13, 2010 8:45 pm
 

2010 season - week 2 in review

The waters are still a bit muddy, but we have seen a bit more of these teams (except Boise) to take a look and try to decipher the 3 polls.. I have picked what I believe to be the strongest team for each ranking since the AP, Coaches, and CBSSports polls are so different. Feel free to argue any points you disagree with. I am open to that – deciphering the 2 polls, plus CBSSports’ picks wasn’t easy.

#1 - Bama appears to be the real-deal, straight up...so far. Definitely deserving of their #1 ranking.

#2 - The question about tOSU is this: "Is Miami really as good as their previous ranking would imply" - (#12 by both polls) If so, then tOSU deserves where they are ranked this week (#2) - if not, well, we will discuss that next week.

#3 - Now to Boise St. Does Boise St's win over Virginia Tech lose its importance with VT's loss to James Madison this week? It's hard to tell this early, but I believe it might be the fly in the ointment regarding just how good Boise St is (or isn't).

#4 - TCU is ranked here by AP and CBSSports, but the coaches have them tanked at #5, with UT ranked #4. TCU's schedule is the big question here, however, their players and past performances tell more of the story. TCU is chocked full of talent and is coached quite well. They play as well against their tough opponents as they do their 'iffy' ones - and they win. Their only loss in 2009 came in the Fiesta bowl - a 17-10 loss to Boise St. This week TCU plays Baylor, who is not ranked in the top 25, but is ranked #45 by AP and #68 by CBSSports. Baylor is somewhat stronger this season, but just how strong won't be clear until after the TCU game. I am comfortable with them ranked ahead of UT in the top 10 but probably would be more comfortable if they were ranked #7 or #8, at least until they've played 4 or 5 games.

#5 - Oregon is ranked here by AP and CBSSports and Coaches have them ranked at #6.  This is probably just about the right spot for Oregon. Their true strength will be revealed starting with the AZ St, Stanford games and then USC, Cal and Or St. Time will tell...

#6 – OU is ranked here by CBSSports, AP has TX here, and the Coaches have Oregon here. Being comfortable with Oregon at #5, leaves me a choice of OU or TX. I choose to go with OU because I believe OU is stronger than TX and rightfully belongs here. While OU underestimated Utah St, they managed the win. There were a few reasons laid out for their misjudgment, but that still leaves an understandable question mark; however, their strong performance against an otherwise strong FSU team shows just what they are capable of. The question is, will OU perform consistently at this level. I want to believe so, but again - only time will tell.

#7 – TX - AP has OU here, Coaches have FL here and CBSSports has Iowa here. This is where I believe TX belongs. Their SOS so far this season is weak. They have beaten Wyoming and Rice thus far by 34 pts on each outing, and giving up 24 pts total. Not bad, but not rea; impressive in my opinion. I know TX is a talented team with potential, but we haven’t seen it yet. Again – only time will tell. After the T-Tech, UCLE, OU and Nebraska game we should see just what TX is made of – as well as T-Tech, OU and Nebraska.

#8 - NU – Nebraska is ranked here by AP and Coaches, and Iowa is ranked here by CBSSports. I believe this is a good placement of the Cornhuskers. Their schedule is weak until the TX game, although they have Washington and K-St before then. They face Ok St after TX. Will know more after the dust settles for NU.

#9 – IU – AP has Iowa here, Coaches have OU here, and CBSSports has Wisconsin here. I am not overly impressed with Iowa; however, their play has been good since last season, winning tight matches by small margins, but winning, nonetheless. Not sure how to sum this one up, but “it is what it is”.

#10 – UF – AP and CBSSports have Florida here. Coaches have Iowa. While not as strong as the last 3 seasons (my opinion), they have talent and Urban Meyer. Their schedule does not get tough until Alabama and LSU. Their destiny is in their own hands. I believe they have the capability to stay in the top ten most of the season. Only time will tell…

By mid-season, I think the top 10 will be Al, Or, tOSU, OU, FL, NU, Boise St., IU, TCU, TX - not that I necessarily agree with that, but if those teams play to their potential - they are in. However, TX has OU and Neb back to back in Oct, so that could vault or destroy each of the 3 teams; FL has Alabama. That could shake things up, of course. We will see...


So, that’s it folks. Chime in and let us start discussing this. I am about as confused as anyone out there is.

 
 
 
 
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