Saturday, September 29, 2007

Any Given Saturday

In college football, every Saturday (or Thursday and Friday, for that matter) is the playoffs, whether it's in September or December. This Saturday, five of the top 10 teams in the AP poll lost. Gone (probably) are the championship hopes of Oklahoma, Florida, West Virginia, Texas and Rutgers ... and you can also add Oregon and Clemson to that mix.

This, of course, leads to quite a shakeup for the BCS standings. More than half (seven) of the top 13 teams in last week's unofficial BCS standings lost. And the survivors didn't exactly do it in scintillating fashion. USC overcame over 150 yards of penalties to barely edge Washington. LSU had an incredibly sloppy first half against Tulane. Wisconsin and Cal both won close games against unbeaten foes.

From here it looks as though LSU will keep its top ranking in the new unofficial BCS standings. USC will lose points in the polls after its narrow escape against the Huskies. And the Tigers still maintain an advantage in the computer ratings. In fact, I project that the Tigers will be ranked No. 1 when the first official BCS standings come out on Oct. 14 -- that is, unless they lose to Florida next week.

And in college football, anything is possible. Every game is a playoff game.

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