Non-BCS Eliminator Week Three Rankings
Last year I had some fun doing a non-BCS Eliminator, so I'm gonna start them again this week.
Every year one non-BCS team busts into a BCS bowl, so who will it be?
Right now, we have seven non-BCS that are undefeated and receiving votes in the coaches poll, so I'll list them here and rundown what they've done and what BCS or ranked non-BCS teams they still have to play.
The big news so far of course is BYU and Houston going on the road and beating Oklahoma and Ok St, respectively, but there are a few other teams lurking as well.
|Wins vs. BCS/Ranked teams||
Still to play (Bold=Home)
|9. BYU 2-0||at No. 12 Oklahoma||FSU 9/19, No. 15 TCU 10/24, No. 16 Utah 11/28|
|10. Boise St 2-0||Oregon||None|
|15. TCU 1-0||at Virginia||at Clemson 9/26, at No. 9 BYU 10/24, No. 16 Utah 11/14|
|16. Utah 2-0||none||at Oregon 9/19, Louisville 9/26, at No. 15 TCU 11/14, at BYU 11/28|
|27. Houston 2-0||at No. 17 Okla St||Texas Tech 9/26, at Miss St 10/10|
|41. Colorado St. 2-0||at Colorado||at No. 9 BYU 9/26, No. 16 Utah 10/10, at No. 15 TCU 10/17|
|45. Tulsa 2-0||none||at No. 12 Oklahoma 9/19, No. 10 Boise St 10/14, No. 27 Houston 11/07|
No. 9 BYU has been the story of the season, beating Oklahoma in their backyard in Week One, and following up with a decisive win in a potential trap game last week @ Tulane, 54-3.
This week BYU hosts Florida State, who were almost trapped themselves vs. Jacksonville St. Kudos to whomever made BYU's schedule, they get Oklahoma while they were getting the kinks out of their new offensive line, in the first football game in Cowboys Stadium, then they get to host FSU. Add home games vs. TCU and Utah, and they have a shot at not just the BCS but also the title game.
No. 10 Boise St practically finished their season in Week One with a home win over Oregon. They don't play any other BCS teams, and no one else currently ranked. After blowing out Miami(OH) 48-0 on Saturday, they do have a few games against lively teams, all on the road: @ Fresno St., Friday night, then Tulsa and Hawaii in October.
Fresno should be tough, as they led @ Wisconsin before falling in overtime. Out of the ranked teams on the BCS list above, Boise, with their weak schedule, can least afford a loss.
No. 15 TCU beat up Virginia in Charlottesville before giving up to late scores, winning 30-14. This doesn't mean much when teams like William & Mary have their way with Cavaliers as well. TCU plays FCS Texas St. this week, before their first real test, on the road at Clemson.
No. 16 Utah won a surprisingly close game at San Jose St 24-14, after beating Utah St in the Battle for the Beehive Boot in Week One. They have the nation's longest winning streak at 16. They have their two BCS games these next two weeks, @Oregon this week, then hosting Louisville next week. After making the Sugar Bowl last year, this is more of a rebuilding year, so I figure they'll be the first to lose.
All the teams so far were in the hunt last year, but let's welcome the Houston Cougars to the Eliminator! After beating FCS Northwestern St in Week One, they went into Stillwater and beat No. 17 Oklahoma St 45-35. They were up big early, weathered a comeback and came back on their own to the tune of 21 fpurth quarter points. Quarterback Case Keenum is a stud, 725 yds and 7-1 TD-INT ratio.
Whoever made their schedule is a genius: They got Oklahoma St. after OSU played Georgia, this week they have a bye, then next week Houston hosts Texas Tech after TTU plays Texas. This is the ultimate vulture schedule.
Colorado State is trying to bust their own conference let alone the BCS. They got a big win against in-state rival Colorado, in Boulder, but lets be real, Colorado will be lucky to win three games this year. Colorado St barely beat FCS Weber St 24-23 on Saturday. They host Nevada this week.
Tulsa is another shootout C-USA team, beating Tulane and New Mexico by a combined score of 81-23. Will they be the next non-BCS school to take down a ranked team from Oklahoma? Tulsa faces wounded in-state power Oklahoma on Saturday. If Tulsa is gonna get their first win over Oklahoma since 1996, this is their best chance.
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