Once upon a time (yes, I'm old, I'm 40), the third weekend of November brought us the de facto end of the football season. The biggest rivalries were played on this weekend. From the wind-swept desolate plains in the Midwest to the sun-splashed Pacific Coast, arch rivals lined up to settle things once and for all.
Now, we got Florida-Florida International, and Alabama-Chattanooga.
Thanks a lot, SEC, but I think I'll tune to the History Channel and watch a rerun of the Six Day War.
Today's best rivalry game was The Game. Yeah, Harvard-Yale actually meant something. Michigan-Ohio State? Not so much.
As for the BCS standings, we're in Ground Hog Day mode. In fact, maybe I should just shut down this site for the rest of the year and see you next August. I mean, even a chimp or Brad Edwards can do these projections. Shouldn't I try to win the Nobel Peace Prize (I hear you don't have to do much to get that, but it comes with a cool million)?
Save for Iowa's dropping from the ranks of unbeatens, the top of the BCS standings has stayed virtually static for the past four weeks. The order of the top six teams shuffled around slightly, but nothing much has changed.
There are still 16 teams in contention for the 10 BCS bowl berths. Bad news for Boise State: Either Iowa or Penn State will earn an at-large bid, and Oklahoma State probably will, too, if it can beat suddenly-disintegrating Oklahoma. And there's still a chance that a 9-3 USC team might be chosen over a 13-0 Broncos.
But that's a discussion for later. Here's the projected BCS standings for this week (and no, it's not Memorex):
1. Florida, 2. Alabama, 3. Texas, 4. TCU, 5. Cincinnati, 6. Boise State, 7. Georgia Tech, 8. Oregon, 9. Ohio State, 10. Pittsburgh, 11. Oklahoma State, 12. Iowa, 13. Penn State, 14. Virginia Tech, 15. LSU.