College Football: What We Learned This Weekend in Each BCS Conference
The first weekend of November saw the college football picture become a little bit clearer in some conference, while others are still hazy heading towards the final stretch.
The "Game of the Century" was not all it was cracked up to be, but LSU will take it. Now all the talk will be if a one loss 'Bama team is deserving of a shot at the National Title if everything pans out.
OK-State had to lay 52 to avoid an upset at the hands of Kansas State, keeping them in the hunt as they eye "Bedlam" in just under a month, while Stanford won to keep the marquee Oregon game just that.
Here are some thoughts from each BCS conference after this weekends games.
SEC: LSU Sqeaks By, While Arkansas Rolls SC
After Saturday, the SEC West appears to be LSU's to lose after they defeated the Tide 9-6 in Tuscaloosa. However the next "big" game comes Thanksgiving weekend when they host Arkansas. That's where things get really interesting.
Assuming both teams win out to get to this game, and 'Bama rolls over their competition, it could set the tone for a BCS determined division winner, although you would have to think that Arkansas would get the nod as they continue to play well ever since the loss to the Tide.
I think we all remember what happened to LSU against Arkansas in 2007...
Over in the East it appears to be Georgia heading across town to the SEC title-game courtesy of the South Carolina loss to Arkansas.The question is can the Bulldogs stay in a game with any of the three likely candidates from the West?
In bowl news, there are still six eligible teams with Florida and Mississippi State just one win shy.
Bottom line, look for LSU and Arkansas to be a BCS "playoff" game to see who gets Georgia.
ACC: Not to Much to Write Home and Tell Mom About
Not much happened this week in the ACC, as Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech and Clemson had the week off.
The highlight could have been a Wake Forest win over Notre Dame. They led at the half, but could not get anything going against the Irish in the second half.
Heading down the stretch the Coastal division will come down to the Hokie Yellow-Jacket matchup Thursday night. If Virginia Tech wins it is over. If Georgia Tech wins, things get interesting.
In the Atlantic Florida State is playing better against some of the weaker conference foes, while Clemson appears to be heading to the conference title game.
In bowl news both Florida State and Virginia became bowl eligible with their wins, while Miami, NC State and Wake are one win shy of joining the six others.
Look for the usual unpredictability of the ACC down the stretch, but Clemson takes on Virginia Tech in the title game.
Big Ten: Does Anyone Want to Lock Down Their Division
Controlling your own destiny is maybe something you don't want if you are in the Big Ten this year. Just ask Nebraska.
Northwestern came into Lincoln Saturday and stunned the sellout crowd and putting the Legends division back up for grabs. Over in Iowa City the Hawkeyes erased the nasty taste from the Minnesota game out of their mouths with a win over Michigan.
So who is going to decide to win this division?
Michigan State is the only one loss team, but still has Iowa and Northwestern, while the Huskers still get Michigan and Iowa. At this point it is a toss up.
The Leaders division will see 5-0 Penn State try and keep that lead in the next several weeks with games vs both Wisconsin and Ohio State. Again, you could flip a coin at this point with any of the three.
In bowl news the Buckeyes and Hawkeyes became bowl eligible with their wins and join six others to tally eight bowl-eligible teams.
Predicting a conference title game at this point is tough, but how about a Nebraska-Penn State title game?
Big East: The 'Nati Keeps Winning, the 'Ville Turns Heads
As always, the Big East appears hard to predict as Cincinnati leads the way at 3-0, with Louisville breathing down their neck at 3-1.
Louisville stunned West Virginia Saturday, while Cincinnati won a bit of a sloppy one at Pitt. The Bearcats already have the tie breaker, handing the Cardinals their only loss in conference play.
At this point it would be dumb to write off West Virginia, but they have not been consistent enough on both sides of the ball. A lack of a "true" running game could cost them a game or two down the stretch.
In the bowl picture Rutgers became bowl eligible with their three-point win over South Florida. Do the Scarlet Knights have a chance to come out of nowhere to win this thing?
The BCS spot goes to...Louisville...
Big 12: Oklahoma State Hangs On, While the Sooners Lose an All-American
OK-State will be No. 2 in the BCS poll later today, and they can thank their potent offense that overcame a lousy defensive effort. Brandon Weeden threw for over 500 yards as the Cowboys snuck by Kansas State at home.
Meanwhile, their in-state rivals from Norman won on the field, but lost All-American receiver Ryan Broyles. Nevertheless, the Sooners still defeated the Aggies and the "Bedlam" game is still in tact for the BCS spot.
Texas destroyed Texas Tech at home to become bowl eligible, and in doing so has a lot of people's eyebrows raising as to how good this young team can be in the future and down the stretch.
There are currently four bowl eligible teams, with Mizzou, Baylor, Iowa State and Texas Tech all one win away.
Who wins the conference?
Take Oklahoma State to finally break on through to the BCS side.
Pac 12: Oregon-Stanford Next Week, Enough Said
Both Oregon and Stanford took care of business Saturday to keep the pre-season hype of there game intact.
Oregon ran through Oregon State in Corvallis, while the Ducks gave the Huskies an "L" in their final game at the current Husky Stadium.
Looking ahead, Stanford appears to be a favorite at home, but the Ducks have a ton of speed, and we all know that speed kills.
Meanwhile the South division is now officially UCLA's to lose?
The Bruins needed a late missed FG to upset Arizona State at home Saturday to improve to 4-2 in the conference. But before you get on that wagon it is important to know that USC and Utah still remain on the schedule, while ASU plays Pac 12 basement teams.
In the Pac 12 bowl picture USC is still not bowl eligible (hahaha), and neither is anyone else except for the same four heading into the week. Both Cal and Utah are now one win short of bowling.
The title game goes to ASU and...drum roll...Oregon.
Non BCS: Boise and Houston Wearing the Slipper
Boise State beat UNLV, Houston beat up on another FBS bottom-feeder. It appears that Boise is in line for another BCS bowl game, barring another Nevada, while Houston needs a Boise slip and to win out to even entertain the thought.
The Broncos appear to have their backs up against the wall with one-loss teams like Oklahoma and Alabama breathing down their necks. Nevertheless the boys from Boise keep winning.
In C-USA Houston will likely play a division title game against Tulsa to end their season, as both are unbeaten in conference play. The likely opponent will be No. 25 Southern Miss.
In other conferences Western Kentucky is on a roll in the Sun Belt as they improved to 5-1 in conference on Saturday.
The MAC saw most of its action in prime time during the week. Ohio is the leader in the East, while Northern Illinois has control in the West. But watch out for Ball State. Pete Lembo's squad controls their own destiny, as they have games with both Toledo and Northern to finish the season.
Bonus: Heisman Predicitons
Andrew Luck is the smart money, and may be the only play for the gambling man. However, do now discount a few others.
First of all Stanford has to lose. If Luck leads the Cardinal to an unbeaten season you might as well engrave the statue now.
If Boise can sneak in to the title game Kellen Moore stands a chance, as do guys like Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden.
But the bottom line is, Luck will be getting lucky next month in December in all likelihood.