FBS Trick-or-Treat: The Best Games on Halloween Eve
After the No. 1 team in the country went down for the third consecutive week, all the rankings got thrown out the window yet again, and a new top 25 was formed.
The 2010 FBS college football season is over halfway complete, and only seven undefeated teams remain. Three formerly undefeated teams fell the past weekend; who is on upset alert for Week 9?
If Michigan State can get past the Hawkeyes, they not only are the best team in the Big Ten, but can only lose the Big Ten in the final weeks. Sparty plays Minnesota and Purdue at home, before traveling to Penn State to finish the season.
Although Michigan State has a slight lead, it still seems to be a four-team race with Wisconsin, Ohio State and Iowa still in the hunt. Should Iowa pull off the upset, it will make a very interesting final four weeks of Big Ten football.
Should Iowa beat Michigan States, all four teams would have one loss; Wisconsin beating Iowa and Ohio State, Michigan State beating Wisconsin, Iowa beating Michigan State. This game along with Iowa/Ohio State on Nov. 20 will define the Big Ten season and determine who will play in the Rose Bowl.
One of the aspects of college football that I dislike is that teams are gauged on what they should be doing, not what their record states. Missouri is currently the No. 6 team in the BCS standings, rising five spots from last week.
However, it took beating the former No. 1 team, Oklahoma to jump into the top 10. If Texas or Nebraska had beaten Oklahoma, they would probably be in the top three if not No. 1 altogether. The loser of this game will be on an uphill climb for a spot in the Big XII championship.
The "World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party" takes a different spin this year. Instead of vying for a spot in the SEC championship, the Gators and Bulldogs are simply trying to get a winning season and a spot in a postseason bowl.
Georgia head coach Mark Richt has been on the hot seat for a while, and needs to win two of their final four games to get a bid. The good news for both teams: Georgia plays Idaho State Nov. 6 and Florida hosts Appalachian State Nov. 20.
The bad news: Both teams play their respective ACC rivals Florida State and Georgia Tech, who will not only be trying to win, but get wins to better their conference.
ESPN's College GameDay probably thinks they have put a curse on the No. 1 team, making the game they attend better. Although they cannot attend a bowl, USC can still win the Pac-10 and prove that they are still an elite team.
Should Oregon obliterate the Trojans, much like they have to their previous opponents, they could steal the No. 1 spot from Auburn.
In most years, this matchup would be a one-sided rout in favor of the Longhorns. However, Baylor is currently leading the Big 12 South with a 3-1 record and is bowl eligible.
While it seems a stretch that Baylor will play for the Big XII championship, they can better their bowl standings, and try to end Texas's 10-game-per-season win streak.
Florida State/NC State
With both teams coming off a bye week, these two will be fighting for a chance to keep their ACC championship game hopes alive. As of now, it seems to be a four-team race with FSU, NC State, Clemson and Maryland as the front-runners.
All four have to play each of the other three (with the exception of Clemson/Maryland). The team that finishes with the best record between the four games will play in Charlotte on Dec. 4.
Hopefully, the Tigers will learn that it is easier to lose the No. 1 spot than it is it gain it. Ole Miss is on the edge of making a bowl, needing three wins in their final five games.
On the flip side, based on the non-conference strength of schedule, Auburn cannot afford to lose if they want to play for the national championship.
This weekend, like the ones before, will show the unexpected and unknown. The only thing for certain is that next Sunday's BCS top 25 will be different than the last. And possibly make it clearer which teams are the most deserving to participate in a BCS bowl.
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