Saturday, November 10, 2007

Another 1 Goes Down

Well, you just knew this had to happen, right? There isn't a single team that's immune to an upset, and Ohio State is just the latest victim in this season of upheaval.

The immediate beneficiaries are LSU, who outclassed an overmatched Louisiana Tech, and Oregon, who was eating cheeseburgers while reviewing its schematic advantage against Arizona next week. The Guru projects that the Tigers and Ducks will be the new occupants of Nos. 1 and 2.

But they should by no means rest easy. They may both be jumped without losing a game. Looming at No. 3 will be Kansas, the only remaining unbeaten BCS conference team. The Jayhawks will almost certainly vault to the Top 2 if they can win their three remaining games. Oklahoma should check in at No. 4 and then a big drop to No. 5 Missouri.

A couple of other developments that the Guru will expand on later this week: 1) Neither the Big Ten nor the Big East will have an eligible at-large team in the new BCS standings, which should help Hawai'i's cause. 2) The Big 12, SEC and Pac-10 are well positioned to secure an at-large entry, leaving the ACC vulnerable should Hawai'i qualify via either the Top 12 or the Top 16 rule.

The Guru's Projected Top 15: 1. LSU, 2. Oregon, 3. Kansas, 4. Oklahoma, 5. Missouri, 6. Ohio State, 7. West Virginia, 8. Arizona State, 9. Georgia, 10. Virginia Tech, 11. Texas, 12. Florida, 13. Boston College, 14. USC, 15. Hawai'i.

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