NCAA Football Thoughts and Opinions: Week 10

David HedlindAnalyst IINovember 8, 2009

SEC Championship Game

In a rematch of last season, we again have Florida representing the East and Alabama from the West. I think many of us saw this one coming after last season, when we saw who was coming back for both teams. Last season's game was pretty good so I wouldn’t expect that this year's would be boring.


Notre Dame Will NOT Be In a BCS Bowl

The hopes and expectations were high before the season. Many even said that Notre Dame needed to get to the BCS in order for Charlie Weis to keep his job. While that may not be the case, winning games could still save his job. The schedule isn’t easy though and the road ahead may still have a few more bumps.


Iowa and Oregon Down but Not Out

Both lost games this week, but both are still at the top of the conference standings.

Iowa has to get past Ohio State this coming week and the task may be difficult if quarterback Stanzi is unable to return. If Ohio State beats Iowa, I am pretty sure they clinch the Rose Bowl no matter what happens the following week.

Oregon needs to win out in order to win the conference out right. Another loss, and it is likely a shared title. Arizona is in a good seat to steal away the conference title, especially since they play each other in a couple weeks.


Upsets and Escapes

Oregon and Iowa weren’t the only teams involved in some upsets around the country. Nebraska was able to hold off Oklahoma and Navy edged Notre Dame.

Those four games were unranked teams beating a ranked team. There was also Penn State falling to Ohio State, which was a few spots behind them.

While these teams came out on the short end, there were a number of teams that were able to stave off the upset.

On Friday night, Boise State held on to beat Louisiana Tech who was making a late push. LSU had Alabama on the ropes, but even if they were able to win I don’t know that it would have been really considered that much of an upset.

Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Houston, and Wisconsin won by a combined nine points between their four games.


Conference Outlooks

The SEC leaders were basically decided before the season. Florida and Alabama lived up to expectations.

The Big 10 should all but be decided after next week when Iowa and Ohio State meet.

The ACC likely comes down to Georgia Tech playing Clemson with Boston College lurking.

The Pac 10 game between Oregon and Arizona will be one of the biggest ones in determining the conference. That is provided they win their other games. Two loss Stanford, Oregon State, and USC are holding on for some missteps.

I would be surprised if Texas isn’t playing for the Big 12, but the opponent from the North is likely to come down to either Kansas State or Nebraska who meet in the final week.

The Big East is still a race between Cincinnati and Pitt. West Virginia is hoping to slip into the mix.

TCU and BYU should determine the Mountain West. Boise State and Nevada will do the same for the WAC.

Troy is walking away with the Sun Belt.

Temple and Ohio will play to represent the MAC East in a couple weeks. The West will be determined on the same day between Central Michigan and Northern Illinois.

Conference USA will probably see a return of East Carolina, but the opponent will be different this year and Houston will be the West representative.



I know I am just one small voice but I truly believe that winning should no longer be a factor in the Heisman Trophy. If a player is good and has all the right stats, a lack of the Ws shouldn’t eliminate them from the competition. I have seen some amazing performances from players with good stats that are playing on teams that may not be catching all the right breaks.


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