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Power Poll: Week 11; LSU-Bama rematch fever

Posted on: November 13, 2011 11:54 am
Edited on: November 13, 2011 11:59 am

They weren’t exactly celebrating in Tuscaloosa Saturday night. A win over a lethargic Mississippi State was consoling but it was a side issue.

An LSU-Alabama rematch just became a lot more likely.

Two unbeatens went down (Stanford, Boise State). Alabama is projected to stay solidly at No. 3 in the BCS as the “best” one-loss team in the country. You know what that means: If Oklahoma State cannot, for whatever reason, fulfill its duties as a BCS title game finalist, the Tide will be glad to take over if the Cowboys lose.

This week's Power Poll ...

1. LSU – Tigers 10-0 for the first time since 1958. Quarterback shuffling for the second time in a week.
2. Oklahoma State – If you had Texas Tech and 61 points, you were a big winner. Red Raiders weren’t.
3. Alabama – Trent Richardson stars in The Week After.
4. Oregon – Ducks don’t let Stanford Stadium grass grow between their webbed feet, scorch the Cardinal. Ducks haven’t lost a conference game since 2009.
5. Oklahoma – Loss to Texas Tech looks even worse.
6. Virginia Tech – David Wilson for Heisman?
7. Clemson – Sammy Watkins injured, Tajh Boyd uneven. Tigers still win ACC Atlantic.
8. Stanford – Cardinal are really, really good except when they Oregon. Outscored 105-61 in last two meetings.
9. Arkansas – Armageddon scenario shaping up if Hogs win at LSU.
10. Houston – Look who’s headed to the Sugar Bowl.
11. Boise State – For the second straight season, a crushing November loss with the kicker taking the “starring” role.
12.Nebraska – Huskers competing just fine in the Big Ten. Could win 10 in their first season.
13. Michigan State – Are there any Legends or Leaders left in the Big Ten? Spartans in control of division named after the former following big road win at Iowa.
14. Wisconsin – Russell Wilson back in Heisman race (16 of 17, four touchdowns). Badgers back in Leaders race.
15. South Carolina – Spur Dog cries in the lockerroom. Calls Florida win his sweetest ever. How will that play in Gainesville?
16. Georgia – Dawgs tied for the fourth-longest winning streak in the country.
17. USC – “This has become a big rivalry,” Lane Kiffin says after Washington win. Trojans have also become a resilient team.
18. TCU -- Gary Patterson had more stones than the Broncos had field goals.
19.Penn State – Let the healing begin.
20. Michigan – Where was this against Iowa?
21. Kansas State – In its last four weeks, Wildcats have scored 50 twice and given up 50 twice.
22. Southern Miss – Ole Miss could do worse than hire Eagles’ Larry Fedora.
23. Florida State – The evil Jacory Harris shows up again throwing crippling interception against Noles.
24. Baylor – Bears avoided biggest embarrassment of the day, coming back from 21 down against Kansas.  
25. Notre Dame – To be honest, there was no one else to put here. Irish won on a coin flip.

Category: NCAAF

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 11:37 pm

More evidence that a playoff is needed

If Bama gets a rematch with LSU, maybe it will be the proof everyone needs to finally stop letting the bowls run the NCAA.  They should have an 8-team playoff between BCS conference champions with two at-large "play-in" games with teams from other conferences or independent teams, making it a de facto 16-team playoff.  
Back to that rematch, nobody outside of SEC country will care about this game, and it will be the least-watched BS Sham-pionship game of all time.  Maybe that will finally get the presidents' attention. 

Since: Dec 2, 2010
Posted on: November 15, 2011 5:04 pm

The computer over the nose.

In my opinion, the rediculousness of the BCS rankings is clearly shown by the fact that Texas is still somehow in the BCS top 25.  
The way the Longhorns have been stinking up the place is not lost on the human (coaches/ap) poll voters.  The computer factor might include a thought process formulated by a biased programmer, but doesn't include the all important sense of smell.

Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2011 10:49 pm

Power Poll: Week 11; LSU-Bama rematch fever

 i have 1 suggestion for the ncaa rules comittee. current system has some conf playing 5 ooc games. these conf can win ONE conf game and go bowling. some conf play 4 ooc. then you can be 2-4 in conf , win all ooc games(easy to do if you pick correctly) and then you have 2 conf that play 3. difference here is idaho can win 1 conf game and go bowling. where a team in pac12 or big12 have to win 3 games in conf. iowa st has won all 3 of there ooc games plus2 conf games and they probaly wont go bowl. tenn has not won a conf game, they have won 4 ooc games(buff,cinn, mid-tenn and fcs montana)they have kent and vandy to play. if they win both games they go bowling. something is wrong when you can pick 5 easy teams, win 1 conf and you get a nice paycheck. ALL teams should play same amount of ooc games, and dont count a win against a fcs team. basically a gimme.

Since: Nov 14, 2011
Posted on: November 14, 2011 5:43 pm

Power Poll: Week 11; LSU-Bama rematch fever

Oregon and Stanford might play weaker teams, but they destroy them on a fairly consistent basis.  Frequently the scores from Oregon games aren't indicative of how one-sided the games are.  I wish Oregon would be able to play tougher teams too, but just because they play bad teams doesn't mean they are that good.  The reason they lost 40-27 to LSU is largely due to huge turnovers from DeAnthony Thomas who was playing his first college game.  Thats a lot of pressure, and I'm sure that if they played now, without those crucial turnovers, it would be a closer game.  Also, last year against Auburn, Oregon came within three of winning, closer than any other team has come to beating an SEC team in the NCG.  The four games before last years, the SEC team won by an average of almost 17 (16.75) points.  They won by 27, 14, 10 and 16.  Oregon was the only team that gave the SEC a good matchup.  Stanford beat Virginia Teach last year in the Orange Bowl.  These team are GOOD teams.  You say that they play a bunch of weak teams?  They beat them, don't they?  What about Oklahoma?  Texas Tech?  They were dominated by Iowa State!  What are Oklahomas key wins this year?  Florida State?  Florida State has been a complete flop, a joke.  they had no business starting anywhere near the top 5 at the beginning of the season.  Kansas State?  Thats a solid win, but it doesn't match up to Stanford.  Texas?  A&M?  They are 6-3 and 5-5 respectively, and compared to Washington and Arizona State and Cal (all 6-4) are not as stiff of competition.  Oklahoma could help themselves out by beating OSU and Baylor, but until then, they haven't played many tough teams.  Oregon lost one game to the best team in the nation (LSU), and Oklahoma has dropped a game before they even play their toughest game of the season (OSU).  How can you think that Oklahoma is the best team in the nation?  They haven't played anyone!  LSU (and I hate to admit this) is the best team in the land.  They have beat the next best team in the SEC (Alabama) they have beat the best team in the PAC-12 (Oregon) and one of the best teams in the Big East (WVU).  They are one of three undefeated teams in the league, and if they end as the only undefeated team in the nation, I think they should simply be given the championship.  They've already beat Alabama and Oregon.  Oklahoma blew it against Tech.  The arguments for any team having a right to play LSU are running thin. If they take out Arkansas, they will have already beat most of the competition that are the other best teams.  Oklahoma State is the most worthy to play them as of now, and if they lose, I'd rather see LSU play a Houston team than that has been consistently good against teams than watch a rematch of LSU-Albama or LSU-Oregon.  Boise State always performed well when they were in the national spotlight, and TCU did well last year too.  The point of college football is to be the best team on the field each week, and only three teams have managed to acomplish that this season: LSU, OSU and Houston.  They are the teams that deserve to be competing for the championship.  Not any other teams, including Oklahoma State.

Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2011 11:59 am

Power Poll: Week 11; LSU-Bama rematch fever

If LSU and Alabama are picked for the NC you can rename it the "Who Cares Bowl" because only fans of LSU and Alabama will watch that boring rematch.

Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: November 14, 2011 11:34 am

Power Poll: Week 11; LSU-Bama rematch fever doesn't matter how close a score is as far as a win is concerned.  Any good coach will tell you that a one point win is as good as 100 point win, and most likely built more character in a team to win in close situations.  After all the dust settles at the end of the season, it's WINS that count and not scores ! TCU's win at Boise State this weekend will verify what I am saying ! 

Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: November 14, 2011 11:19 am

Power Poll: Week 11; LSU-Bama rematch fever

You guys have got to understand that Virginia Tech is a much better team now, then they were back 8 weeks ago when they played Clemson.  Not to say that Clemson is not the better team, but I just don't think you can fully compare these two teams now, based on the results of that earlier.  We'll see what happens down the road, but a good comparsion of late, would be both teams playing Wake Forest. VT beat Wake handily in Winston-Salem, and Clemson was taken to the wire by Wake in Death Valley this weekend. VT got 2 big games(UNC at VT Thurs.Nite and at UVA on the 28th) anyway, before they even need to think about Clemson. So VT still got a lot of football left.  I do think David Wilson, should be mentioned as Heisman running back contender.

Since: Sep 26, 2007
Posted on: November 14, 2011 11:00 am

Power Poll: Week 11; LSU-Bama rematch fever

How in God's green earth can Dodd have Virginia Tech ranked ahead of Clemson when they lost at home to them 23-3?

Since: Aug 23, 2007
Posted on: November 14, 2011 8:28 am

Power Poll: Week 11; LSU-Bama rematch fever

Mr. Dennis knows what he is talking about? How in the world does he have two ACC teams VT,Clemson with higher power ranking than Arkansas? Arkansas is in the SEC not the ACC. Also, there only loss was at Alabama. Does he think that the Hokies can stop the Razorbacks offense? And all of this time i respected Mr. Dennis as an expert.

Since: Oct 15, 2009
Posted on: November 14, 2011 8:03 am
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