This week, as we gloriously anticipated, the top team in the BCS's ridiculous version of things fell from the ranks of the unbeaten, opening the way for the teams that your NC&QB rankings have had at the top for several previous weeks.
The BCS and other polls will be jocking Kansas. Telling us how huge the pending top 5 match up between Kansas and Missouri is. Don't believe the hype. The game will have no effect on the BCS title. Kansas' non-conference schedule (Central Mich, SE Louisiana, Toledo, Florida International) should automatically disqualify them from any discussion. And their conference schedule included the dregs of possibly the weakest conference in the country. So, while we commend Kansas on their fine record, we simultaneously disparage them for being in the Big 12.
And for playing a schedule that the Top 15 teams in the US Today Super 25 High School Rankings could manhandle.
Congratulations to Juice Williams. Williams (as a reader pointed out to us) over came the horrendous coaching of Ron Zook (well, FL fans said he was terrible) and made the play call on that fourth and one which sealed the deal.
This weeks great 8:
8) Illinois: The Illini, led by potential '09 or '10 first pick of the draft Juice Williams, out hustled and out muscled the OSU to knock of the paper #1 Bucks. If the Illini can knock off Northwestern next week, and then win a bowl...they will secure a 10 win season. With a huge number of contributors coming back, and a great recruiting class coming in.....we fully anticipate Zook to get his walking papers and Illinois to bring in someone else to win a title. Karl Dorrell will probably be available.
7) Mississippi State: Consecutive wins over ranked teams have the Bulldogs at the Lucky Seven spot. An upset of Kentucky, followed with a resoundingly convincing and necessary victory over Alabama and their Plantation Boss, Nick Saban, have the Bulldogs on a righteous role. If Coach Sylvester Croom's team can take out Arkansas next week; we believe that that win, added to victories over 'Bama, Auburn and UK should be enough to secure coach of the year honors in the SEC for Croom. Some will say it should be Coach Brooks at UK. However, really...Brooks has Andre Woodson under center. Not a whole lot of 'coaching' going on there.
6)Kentucky: The 'Cats continued to show that they are among the best in the SEC with a win over Vandy. Dates with ranked teams from UGA and Tennessee could provide UK with a chance to move up the rankings.
5) Virginia Tech: The Hokies added to Bobby Bowden's misery by spanking his 'Noles. Seems that Bowden's inability to keep his confidence in Xavier Lee as his QB has ensured the FSU has no chance at a winning record in conference play.
4) Virginia: The Wahoos smashed Miami's farewell party in the OB, 48-0, upping their record to 9-2 (6-1). All that remains for UVA is a showdown with VA Tech. With UVA and Tech in the same division, and with them being the top two teams in the ACC, the match up will essentially be for the ACC crown.
3)West Virginia: The 'Eers showed some heart and held off a determined Louisville Cardinal squad. With games against Big East contenders Cincy and UCONN and the Backyard Brawl against Pitt remaining; WVU has a tough road to the Big East title.
2) LSU: The Bayou Bengals secured a big win over instate rival Louisiana Tech to secure the coveted Louisiana State Championship. The schedule raps up with Ole Miss and Arkansas. Then a trip to the SEC Title game. Arkansas and the Title Game certainly could pose threats to LSU, so we aren't going to endorse them just yet as being BCS title game bound. But certainly, they have the inside track.
1) Oregon: The Ducks continue to hold tight to numero uno. Not playing this week secured the position for them. The Quack Attack finishes up with Arizona, UCLA and Oregon State. A completely manageable schedule. Go ahead and book your trip to the BCS title game.