College Football Teams from LSU to Utah Keep Hope Alive

Gary BrownCorrespondent IINovember 3, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 30:  Oregon Ducks fans during the game against the USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 30, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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There are plenty of college football headlines this week, and unless you are playing football for Oregon or Auburn a theme that seems to be developing in many places is that of hope.

Start with the ACC. Georgia Tech's football team still clings to hope they can win the Coastal division title if they can pull the upset against college football’s always late arriving Virginia Tech Hokies. Even if the Yellow Jackets get the win, there is still quite a bit that has to happen for hope to become reality.

Even more absurd is the idea that North Carolina has any glimmer of hope remaining in the Coastal side of the ACC. It seems they would be hoping even more that the NCAA would go away.

It is not only the ACC where hope is being stirred. Fans of Alabama and LSU football still have dreams of reaching the BCS title game. The LSU Tigers need the Tide to beat the other Tigers in their SEC division, but they need to get a win over Bama this weekend to tag the Tide with two losses. Then all that will stand between Les Miles and a second national title shot is leaping over at least nine other teams in the BCS rankings.

There are plenty of other teams in the BCS rankings hoping the Tide will go down again this season. In the big 12 Nebraska experienced that what now seems like a bizarre loss to the guys dressed up in Texas  uniforms, while Oklahoma also keeps their fingers crossed each week that their national title dreams are still alive.

Wisconsin is the number nine team in the current BCS rankings. Why do they still have hope when all seems lost to Big Ten teams like Michigan State and the Buckeyes?

Alabama has the best shot of the one loss teams. They just need to win the rest of their games and hope the computers and humans that comprise the BCS rankings like them better than whoever emerges from the Mountain West undefeated (Utah or TCU) and Boise State.

Found a four leaf clover or carry a rabbit’s foot around? The Horned Frogs, Utes and Broncos can sit near the top of the polls all they want. They need lots of luck before they can get a shot to win it all.

First of all, either TCU or Utah will be kicked out of the race as they face each other this weekend. Boise State will not lose a game during the regular season because of their schedule.

For TCU, Boise State or Utah to reach the title game it will require several one loss schools to fall a second time. Think the odds are in their favor?

Here is what some other schools are hoping for:

Florida Gator fans are hoping they have their mojo on offense back after the win over Georgia. With Vanderbilt on tap this weekend they will feel like they do.

USC football fans are hoping they will wake up soon to find Lane Kiffin is not their coach and the whole NCAA thing never happened.

In Fayetteville fans of Arkansas football are hoping offensive stars like Ryan Mallett, Greg Childs and Joe Adams stick around for their senior year.

Baylor football has bigger hopes than just a bowl game now. Bear fans want a Big 12 crown.

Big East football fans are hoping they don’t lose their automatic BCS bid and for basketball season to get underway really soon.

Colorado is hoping they can beat Kansas AND fire head football coach Dan Hawkins at the end of the year.

As William Sloan once said,"Hope arouses, as nothing else can arouse, a passion for the possible." 

Of course while hoping for the impossible to occur the cynic will recall the words of Friedrich Nietzsche when he said, "Hope is the worst of evils, for it prolongs the torment of man." 

Here is to hope.