|3||Boise State||8-0||3||72||at Idaho (Nov. 12)|
|4||TCU||10-0||5||62||v. San Diego State|
|5||Stanford||8-1||10||16||at Arizona State|
|7||LSU||8-1||8||15||v. La. Monroe|
|9||Ohio State||8-1||9||87||v. Penn State|
|12||Alabama||7-2||4||20||v. (18) Mississippi State|
|14||Virginia Tech||7-2||19||80||at (25) North Carolina|
|15||Oklahoma State||8-1||20||32||at Texas|
|17||Texas A&M||6-3||NR||26||at Baylor|
|18||Mississippi State||7-2||21||60||at (12) Alabama|
|19||South Carolina||6-3||13||30||at (21) Florida|
|20||Oklahoma||7-2||11||19||v. Texas Tech|
|21||Florida||6-3||NR||29||v. (19) South Carolina|
|22||Missouri||7-2||16||18||v. Kansas State|
|23||Utah||8-1||17||79||at Notre Dame|
|24||Nevada||8-1||NR||86||at Fresno State|
|25||North Carolina||6-3||NR||23||v. (14) Virginia Tech|
The top eight teams in this ballot could conceivably win their remaining games. The end result of that may yield the current pairings playing each other in respective bowl games—Oregon against Auburn, Boise versus TCU, Stanford meeting Wisconsin, and LSU facing off with Nebraska.
Concerning the above referenced possible bowl games, it would be fitting for Boise State and TCU to play the proverbial “rubber match.” According to the Word Detective:
This tie-breaking sense of “rubber” apparently originated in the pulse-pounding English game of “bowls,” or lawn bowling. Despite its name, bowls has little in common with American bowling, and consists of rolling wooden balls (called “bowls”) across a level green, the object being to get your ball as close as possible to (but not to hit) a little white ball at the other end of the green. “Rubber” in its tie-breaking sense first appeared in the context of bowls around 1599, and was in use by the card-playing crowd (whist, bridge, etc.) by 1744. A set of three games of bridge is still generally referred to as a “rubber.”
Alabama’s title hopes of any kind. I admit, I bought into the Tide hook, line, and sinker. Even after they lost to South Carolina. I seemed convinced that the burden of the nation’s longest winning streak had finally taken its toll and without it burden Bama would methodically rise to the top on the back of a menacing ground game as others faltered. Well, they are an Auburn loss away from finishing third or fourth in their own division.
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