BCS Football Roundup: Winners and Losers From Week 9
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
It looks like Notre Dame is back. They proved it Saturday night going into Norman and dominating a pretty good Oklahoma team.
That was a statement game for the Irish. There were some question marks on offense but the offense played well enough to win despite Everett Golson’s three INT’s.
The defense led by legitimate Heisman candidate Manti Te’o allowed only 15 rushing yards.
The Irish are now 8-0 and have the Pitt Panthers, BC and Wake Forest on deck before their huge game at USC.
If they can avoid a letdown they have a legitimate chance to run the table and go undefeated. They are a now ranked third in the BCS polls. They are ahead of Oregon, LSU and Florida who, in my opinion, they are not better than.
Then again, it doesn’t matter what I think. If they win out and Alabama, Kansas St or Oregon (see Oregon below) slip up then the Irish will be playing for the national title.
Sure, they’re only ranked 10th in the BCS poll but at the beginning of the season if Cardinals fans were told that their team would be 8-0 and ranked 10th in the BCS going in to November I think they would be happy.
They have four games remaining with a possible trap game at Syracuse and a tough game at Rutgers November 29th which will probably decide the Big East and a trip to the Orange Bowl. Head coach Charlie Strong has this team heading in the right direction but will probably need a minor miracle to play in the national title game if they go undefeated. Until then let the chips fall where they may.
I have an 8-0 Oregon team ranked fourth in the BCS standings listed as a loser. Why? Because in the last two weeks they were jumped by Kansas St, Florida and Notre Dame. The Ducks are better than both teams. Someone needs to tell Oregon coach Chip Kelley that running the score up every week will not get the attention or points from the computers or voters.
With remaining games against USC, Stanford and Oregon St. (all ranked) along with the PAC 12 Championship game against USC (in all probability) the Ducks play the hardest remaining schedule in the nation. The bottom line is the Ducks control their own fate. If they win out they will play for the national title.
Coming into this week Florida and their fans were riding high. They boasted a No. 2 BCS ranking and a defense that was playing better than any other in the nation. Then came the Cocktail Party. Yes I still call it the Cocktail Party because I’m a college football purist and I will always refer to it as such.
This was your typical SEC game. Things were looking good for the SEC with Alabama No. 1 and Florida No. 2. Then Florida turned the ball over six times. Florida beat Florida here.
The Gators could commit six turnovers against Kentucky and still win but Georgia is another story. Not only are the Gators national title hopes almost gone but a Georgia victory over Ole Miss Saturday give the Bulldogs the SEC East title.
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