Whom the Mountain West Wants to Lose: Week Nine

JeremySenior Writer INovember 1, 2008

Here is another round of whom the MWC wants to root for (or against) this week in an effort to get a BCS bid, or just higher rankings. As of now, if Utah wins out it is in, but TCU could sneak in for a spot with a win over the Utes next Thursday.

No. 15 Florida State (6-1) at Georgia Tech (6-2)
Atlanta, GA
3:30 PM ET ESPN360.com
Florida State aims to stay atop the ACC Atlantic standings when the Seminoles visit Georgia Tech. Bobby Bowden will be looking to improve to 13-0 all-time against the Yellow Jackets. Georgia Tech’s most recent win over Florida State was a 30-0 victory in 1975 in Atlanta.

This game is picked because the ACC, along with the Big East, may have its winner be below the 16th spot in the BCS standings, which could open up a spot for a second MWC team with a spot for TCU if the Horned Frogs are able to beat Utah, but not be in the top 12.

No. 6 Georgia (7-1) vs No. 8 Florida (6-1)
Jacksonville, FL
3:30 PM ET CBS
It’s party time in Jacksonville and it should be intense. Florida will be looking for revenge, even if the Gators aren’t talking about it, after Georgia’s team end-zone celebration last season. The Bulldogs’ 42-30 victory last year was their third win in the teams’ 18 previous meetings. The winner of this game has the inside track on the SEC East title.

One would assume the loser of this game would fall below Utah if the Utes win this weekend. The only way either team could be ahead and lose is if the Utes win a close game and this game is a close one, as well.

No. 1 Texas (8-0) at No. 7 Texas Tech (8-0)
Lubbock, TX
8:00 PM ET
The gauntlet of ranked teams comes to an end Saturday for Texas. The Horns hit the road to face unbeaten Texas Tech in Lubbock. For the Red Raiders, it’s the second of four straight games against ranked foes. Texas has averaged 48.0 points in winning five straight against Texas Tech.

Technically, this game does not matter because the Big 12 can only get two schools in. That will be the Big 12 winner, which most likely be a team from the South, and then the second team will be the highest-ranked team, which, as of now, will be Oklahoma if Texas wins the conference. Texas is whom TCU fans should be rooting for because a Texas Tech loss should push the Red Raiders below Utah, unless this game is as close as the Oklahoma State's 28-24 loss to Texas last week.