While the top three teams in the country continue to look vulnerable despite wins, the big mystery continues to be the No. 4 team in the country, which has been the case all season.
Let’s play “One of these isn’t like the other.”
No. 4 Southern Cal has one loss—to an unranked, 3-5 Washington team, and the Trojans are coming off two close wins over Oregon State and Notre Dame.
Behind them at No. 5 is undefeated Cincinnati, who also beat Oregon State, in Corvallis, no less. The Bearcats have taken care of business in other games, destroying nearly every opponent—without their starting quarterback, I might add.
At No. 6 sits Boise State, who—despite their weak schedule—has notched a win over Pac-10 leader, Oregon.
Behind Boise State is undefeated Iowa at No. 7. The Hawkeyes won at Penn State, who is ranked five spots higher than Ohio State, the Big 10 team Southern Cal defeated to garner so much respect.
Back at No. 8 is another undefeated team in TCU. They have won at Virginia, at Clemson, and just destroyed BYU. Their schedule will hurt them, but they are taking care of business.
LSU is at No. 9, despite having only one loss—to the No. 1 team in the nation. And here’s the kicker: LSU won at Washington while USC’s only loss was against the Huskies.
And finally, the No. 10 team is Oregon, who is atop the Pac-10 standings right now, and whose only loss is to the currently ranked No. 6 team.
Something is seriously wrong here, droogs. Southern Cal’s preferential treatment in the polls is making an already ridiculous setup even worse.
Obviously, the game in Eugene this weekend looms large for both the Ducks and Trojans. Should USC escape with a win, the pollsters will look justified.
An Oregon win presents an even bigger problem, however—and a possible nightmare for the BCS. Should Oregon win out, how can they possibly jump a team that defeated them, especially when that team will more than likely close out the year undefeated?
Too many scenarios can still play out since there is so much football left to be played, but pardon me if I think someone is going to get shafted.
I’ve never been a proponent of a playoff in college football, but based on what we have seen this season, will anyone in the country feel good about the national title game participants?
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