The 2009 college football season has been about as dramatic as a textbook published by your average college professor. Dry as a bone.
Six undefeated teams, from five conferences. In fact, there are only eight teams with fewer than two losses in all of Division I-A (FBS). And a good number of these will not lose another game the rest of the season.
About the most interesting development this season is the implosion of the once-mighty USC empire. After their meltdown two weeks ago at Oregon, the Trojans bounced back briefly against Arizona State. That proved fleeting, however, as today they were absolutely throttled by Stanford, which managed to run up the score in an ugly 55-21 rout. At the L.A. Coliseum, no less.
The only audible part of the Pete Carroll-Jim Harbaugh post-game pleasantries was a tense-looking Carroll muttering "good game" among other things. Here's hoping someone will emerge with some audio on what was really said.
USC's loss has one major implication: The Trojans' record seven-year run in BCS bowls is over. And that means the probability of having two non-BCS teams in BCS bowls just improved dramatically.
As it is right now, the six BCS conference champions, plus TCU, will get automatic bids. The loser in the SEC championship game between Florida and Alabama will get an at-large berth, leaving two bids up for grabs. Barring a major upset in the Big 12 title game, the choices will be among a 13-0 Boise State team, two-loss Iowa and Penn State, and one-loss Cincinnati.
Given how uneventful this season has been, the top 14 teams in the BCS standings may not change very much from this point going forward. The possibility of having five unbeaten teams is very real.
The projected BCS Standings for this week ... and it looks a lot like last week's. Yawn:
1. Florida, 2. Alabama, 3. Texas, 4. TCU, 5. Cincinnati, 6. Boise State, 7. Georgia Tech, 8. Ohio State, 9. LSU, 10. Pittsburgh, 11. Oregon, 12. Iowa, 13. Penn State, 14. Oklahoma State, 15. Wisconsin.