I need to apologize for missing last week's (week No. 11) column, but I was in the hospital having my tonsils out on the 16th and just never felt up to writing about the misery of others.
Of course, at the end of the season there were bound to be a couple of upsets, and these past two weeks were no exception, as the Rice Owls rose up and have now put together a two-game winning streak to leave the rankings.
Here are this week’s rankings. The team’s previous ranking is in parentheses.
No. 5 (NR)—Vanderbilt Motown Commodores: 2-10
There were several impressive candidates for this spot (Michigan, Ball State, and Miami of Ohio), but when you look at the full body of work, and the fact that one of their wins is against FCS Western Carolina, I had to list them. Plus the added bonus that they have finished their season and can’t win again is hard to argue against.
No. 4 (1)—New Mexico Lubes: 1-10
Oh, this was probably my biggest disappointment of the season, as the Lubes had a chance to go the entire season wire to wire, but NO! They screwed this up also as James Aho (bless you) kicked a 27-yard field goal with 12 seconds left to beat Colorado State 29-27.
Lose this game and 0-12 is in the bank, as they finish their season against undefeated TCU on Saturday, which would have been the perfect finally 0-11 against 11-0.
No. 3 (5)—Washington State Kitties: 1-10
They did their part this past Saturday, allowing Oregon State to pound them 42-10 to keep alive the Beavers' Rose Bowl chances. Washington State gained a total of 192 yards, including only 59 on the ground. They are hoping for a miracle this weekend by losing to in-state rival Washington and then Western Kentucky winning one of their final two games.
No. 2 (4)—Eastern Michigan sparrows: 0-11
They were bombed into submission against Toledo 47-21 this past Saturday. I have nothing else to add to the score. They will run their record to a perfect 0-12 this Saturday as they close out the season at Akron.
No. 1 (2)—Western Kentucky flat toppers: 0-10
Western Kentucky tried to break their 18-game losing streak, as they led over UL-Monroe 18-14 with five minutes to go in the game. But alas, it wasn’t to be, as a late score brought WK down to defeat once again 21-19. In the words of superhero Underdog, “There’s no need to fear”—WK has two remaining games against 3-7 Florida Atlantic and 2-8 Arkansas State to end the streak.
Dropping out of the bottom-dwellers was Rice. See you again next week.
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