NCAA Football Week 11 Thoughts and Opinions: A Military Bowl Season

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NCAA Football Week 11 Thoughts and Opinions: A Military Bowl Season
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Southern Miss

First and foremost, thoughts and prayers out to the three Southern Miss players, Tim Green, Martez Smith and Deddrick Jones, who were shot early Sunday morning at a club.

 

Military Bowling

Never in the history of bowl games have all three military academies been bowl-eligible all at the same time—until now. Army won on Saturday, making them the last of the three to gain eligibility. As to where they will go is still to be seen.

I believe Navy is tied to the Poinsettia Bowl where they will meet a team from the Mountain West. Air Force is in the Mountain West and will go to one of their bowl tie-ins such as the Independence against an ACC foe.

Army has no tie in but would go to the Armed Forces if the Mountain West or Conference USA can’t fill all their slots. There should also be some other open slots around for at large bids.

 

Washington State Cougars

Sure it was just one win but it was their first Pac 10 conference game in 16 tries. Not since their final Pac 10 game of 2008 when they won the Apple Cup have the Cougars known conference victory—and it wasn’t just some edged out the opponent on a game winning field goal either. They went on the road to Oregon State and handled the Beavers pretty easily.

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South Carolina

For the first time in school and conference history, South Carolina has won the SEC East and will represent the division in the conference championship game in Atlanta against the Auburn Tigers.

The thing is we have already seen this game this season. Auburn won 35-27 at home. Will the neutral field make the difference? Or maybe it will be because, in my opinion, South Carolina looks better now than they did then, and they didn’t even look half bad back then.

 

Big East

After watching Big East leader Pitt lose to Connecticut, a few things crossed my mind. They still aren’t bowl-eligible and they could still end up in a BCS bowl. They will get there with a 8-4 record.

Other teams in the conference could still finish with an overall record better than that of the conference champ. Why isn’t there a stipulation that a champion from one of the BCS conferences finishes out of the rankings they should lose their BCS bowl bid?

 

Notre Dame

I will admit it, I counted the Irish out of a bowl already. I didn’t think they had a shot against Utah this past weekend. I was wrong.

Now the Irish are one win from being bowl-eligible with games against Army and USC still to go. I don’t think they can win at USC. I think the army game is a push for me right now. I think it could go either way.

My question is: If they do win and get bowl-eligible, will they even accept a bid?

 

Oregon Ducks

Some people say Oregon was exposed. I agree. They were exposed as a team that does not have to rely on the offense and wearing out opponents and a team that has a solid defense and reliable special teams. Oregon now eighth in scoring defense, is 20th in total defense and only gives up 4.35 yards per play, which is sixth in the nation.

The special teams had big return after big return including Cliff Harris returning his fourth punt for a touchdown this season. This ties a Pac 10 record for a single season.

 

Wisconsin Badgers

You already know what I am going to say, but still, 83?? WOW. No I don’t think it was running it up based on the play-calling and personnel in the game for most of the second half. I want to know where Indiana’s defense was, though.

 

Numbers

Still four undefeated teams: Auburn, Boise State, Oregon and TCU.

Still one team without a win: Akron.

Fifty-four teams are bowl eligible. Sixteen teams are needed to fill all bowl spots. Sixteen teams are one win away from eligible.

 

Quote of the Week

Okay, so I don’t normally do a quote of the week, but I read this and I laughed out loud and got a funny look at work for it. It is simple, but funny.

On the Pac 10 power rankings blog post by Ted Miller of EPSN.com

“If you don’t like where you are in the power rankings, play better.”

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