There’s three weeks left in the regular season, and everything looks clear cut. Alabama and Florida will meet Dec 5th for the SEC Championship. If all goes as planned the winner will be headed to Pasadena to play for the nationalchampionship.
Texas has cupcakes Baylor and Kansas before an interesting match-up with Texas A&M at Kyle Field, then off to the Big XII championship game against another cupcake from the north. TCU and Cincinatti are on the outside looking in and who knows which one will get in if any of the big three slip up. Boise State is just plain on the outside. Iowa lost quarterback Ricky Stanzi this past Saturday, and their lead in the Big Ten title race in a 17-10 loss to Northwestern. Oregon dropped from the ranks of the one-loss contenders as Toby Gerhart ran all over the Mean Green on his way to setting a Stanford school record for rushing yards in a game with 223. Ohio State dominated an over-matched Penn State squad and saved us from watching them get slammed in the Rose Bowl again. Georgia Tech is now the best of the unbeatens at #7 in the BCS and two-loss LSU actually moved up a spot to 8th place after their loss to Alabama.
Lane Kiffin and his PR-happy Vol’s finally realized any press isn’t always good press. Three freshmen from Kiffin’s highly touted 2008 class were arrested and charged with armed robbery. Starter Janzen Jackson and back-ups Nu’Keese Richardson and Mike Edwards were all involved. You might remember Richardson was at the center of Kiffin’s controversial cheating claims aimed at Urban Meyer. Jackson was suspended for last week’s game, reportedly for a failing a drug tests though the official statement issued only claimed it was for a “violation of team rules”. For more on this story http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=4647094.
Notre Dame lost to Navy for the second time in three years after a 43 game-winning streak was snapped with Notre Dame’s triple overtime loss in 2007. Charlie Weis is really on the proverbial hot-seat now. I can’t imagine Notre Dame keeping him if he slips up even just once more. Right now his .714 winning percentage is the same percentage that got Tyrone Willingham fired after only three seasons.
With Legarrette being reinstated and the breakout season freshman LaMichael James is having, Oregon’s rushing attack might be unstoppable. In other Suspension news, Florida’s Brandon Spikes appears to have suspended himself for the Vandy game, maybe not. No one will ever know the truth behind that conulated PR spin. As expected Florida’s defense did not suffer as they held Vandy to 3 points and 199 total yards of offense in their blowout victory.
Here’s a look at the top action this weekend.
#1 Florida at South Carolina
South Carolina’s November slides have been the only common theme of Spurrier’s less-than-stellar tenure with the Gamecocks. I
don’t see anything to make me feel this year will be different. A healthy, reinstated Brandon Spikes leads his defense to a physical domination of SC’s offense. They might not win big on the Scoreboard but they’ll leave the field knowing they controlled the fate of the game throughout.
#2 Alabama at Mississippi State
Alabama is fresh off clinching the Western Division Crown and earning a spot in the SEC Championship game. This is more than likely a good thing and should give them some extra incentive to take care of business inStarkville. The Bulldogs will put up a fight and may even make it interesting but by the fourth quarter Bama will have the game put away.
#3 Texas at Baylor
Texas knows what’s at stake the rest of the season: a loss and they can say goodbye to their national
championship dreams, keep winning and nothing is stopping them from reaching Pasadena. Their offense keeps on rolling as Baylor’s offense struggles to get any production against Texas’s stout Defense.
#16 Utah at #4 TCU
The mid-major game of the year is upon us. Last Year Utah won in a battle of the unbeatens. This year TCU is the only one coming in without a loss. They keep it that way with sound defense and an offense that is firing on all cylinders right now.
#6 Boise State vs. Idaho
The biggest interstate rivalry west of Wyoming and east of Oregon is always a grudge match. The Vandals are still the other school from Idaho but with a victory here all that could change. They are having the best season in recent memory and you can bet they’ll be fired up. Boise State is the better team and should win easily but Idaho has too much on the line. The Vandals keep it close until Boise pulls it out, late.