As mentioned in the last slide, Notre Dame and Stanford meet this weekend. I happen to be the ilk of USC fan that thinks Notre Dame needs at LEAST one loss heading into the USC game (preferably two) to help USC's chances in the BCS calculation.
LSU and South Carolina face off this weekend (also see SEC slide). I have no reason to think Les Miles' Tigers are capable of knocking off head ball coach Steve Spurrier’s Gamecocks. However, if they do, it will be DELICIOUS.
Oregon already beat Arizona, and the Wildcats still have to face their arch rival, Arizona State.
Speaking of ASU, they are looking remarkably poised six weeks into the season under Todd Graham. They beat Colorado 51-17 this week. The Sun Devils will face Oregon next week at home, then UCLA at home, Oregon State in Corvallis, USC in Los Angeles, Wazzou (who doesn’t yet matter) and Arizona in Tucson.
The Pac-12 will shake down. Oregon State, currently undefeated, lost QB Sean Mannion to a knee injury for an undetermined length of time. The Beavers will lose.
As for the current top of the polls—we’ll look at the SEC in a moment. But currently ahead of USC in the AP poll is West Virginia, Kansas State, Notre Dame, Ohio State (ineligible for postseason play), LSU (are you KIDDING me?) and Oregon State (see: Mannion, Sean—knee injury).
West Virginia—OK, you’ve got me there. Geno Smith is insane. Or is he? They don’t appear to play any defense in the Big 12 and while an offensive shootout is a great amount of fun, it isn’t exactly what gets the hearts of the voters and the chips of the computers overflowing with generosity.
WVU and Kansas State meet each other next weekend, but first up for the Mountaineers is Texas Tech. They then take on TCU, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Iowa State and Kansas. Good luck running that gauntlet.
Kansas State already beat Oklahoma, who is clearly not as good as initially thought (seems to be an epidemic of that going around). Up next for the Wildcats is Iowa State this weekend, then West Virginia, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, TCU, Baylor and Texas.
Besides WVU, I think a late-season tilt with Texas is the best shot for Kansas State to go down.