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Power Poll Week 12: Cowboys still in running

Posted on: November 20, 2011 1:57 pm
 

We know the SEC has a choke hold on the top three spots, and thus the national championship race. But who is next in line?

The Power Poll says it's Oklahoma State which went from despair to hope in the space of 24 hours. The Cowboys are still in it despite losing Friday to Iowa State. They have to hope for losses by two SEC teams above them and then smack down Oklahoma in Bedlam.

 
1. LSU – Don’t load up on turkey, boys. There’s plenty of Hog to go around.
2. Alabama – Dear Lane: Thank you for the lovely gift. We received it late Saturday night. Signed, Nick.
3. Arkansas – This has to be the best week of football for the Piggies since 1969.
4. Oklahoma State – Nothing like a Friday night in Ames.
5. Stanford – Cardinal still have another Big Game left if teams above them lose.
6. Virginia Tech – What’s wrong with a fourth ACC title in five years?
7. Houston – Question: If the Cougars are the lone remaining undefeated team, do they play for it all. If that happens do dogs and cats start living together?
8. Boise State – It’s hard to believe that Kellen Moore will probably play in only one BCS bowl.
9. Oregon – On that final drive against USC, Chip Kelly was too fast even for himself.
10. Oklahoma – Can’t win the little ones.
11. Michigan State – Indy or bust. Spartans clinch a spot in first Big Ten title game.
12. Wisconsin – Please, someone, quick, trademark “MonteeBall”.
13. Kansas State – Cotton Bowl on Line 1.
14. South Carolina – Back-to-back nine-win seasons for the first time.  
15. Georgia – Hot seat has turned into a comfortable recliner for Mark Richt. Dawgs clinch SEC East.
16. USC –  At last check, were still singing “Fight On” in raucous Autzen Stadium lockerroom.
17. Clemson – This is called a let down game: Losing big to N.C. State after the division is clinched.
18. Baylor – We all need a hero in our lives. Robert Griffin III is it.
19. TCU – Soon to be in their third conference in a year, Froggies clinch at least a share of their third straight Mountain West. Or was it the Big East?
20. Penn State – Good on Tom Bradley. He wins the Interim Coach Bowl over Ohio State.
21. Michigan –  Big House fans chated “Beat O-hi-o [State]”. It’s been almost 3,000 days since the Wolverines have.
22. Nebraska – The good version of Denard Robinson showed up in Ann Arbor. Huskers were just bad.
23. Notre Dame – Could still win 10 after matching last year’s victory total (eight).  
24. Virginia – Mike London can have his pick of jobs.
25. Iowa State – In case you haven’t heard, Paul Rhoads is so proud to be your coach, Cyclones.

 

 

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Since: Nov 3, 2009
Posted on: November 21, 2011 6:35 pm
 

Power Poll Week 12: Cowboys still in running

"The strangest part of this last weekend, the third to last weekend of regular season play isn't so much the so called upsets by so many top ranked teams but the scheduling of opponents for this late in the season.  Previously ranked number ten, Boise State, played a conference game against a good San Diego State team.  Number nine, Virginia Tech beat a confrence opponent, North Carolina, who we will see in a bowl game this winter.  Number eight, Stanford, also took on a future bowl team in conference opponent California.  Number seven Clemson took on conference foe and bowl bound North Carolina State.  Number six Arkansas defeated Mississippi State.  Number five Oklahoma lost to 25th ranked Baylor.  Number four Oregon lost to an 18th ranked Southern Cal team.  Number three ranked Alabama beat Georgia Southern, granted a good FCS team.  Number two ranked Oklahoma State took it on the chin to a bowl bound, conference mate, Iowa State.  Top ranked LSU dropped one of the bottom teams in their conference, Mississippi.

The three SEC teams that jumped to the top of the polls this week may, indeed, be three of the best football programs in the nation, yet claiming the three top spots on a weekend that they played either teams with losing records or in the FCS, while waiting for other top ranked teams to falter to good teams, seems rather odd."


as far as teams playing FCS teams late in the season...I'm not sure why the SEC built a week off in November, but they did. I don't like it. I've said before that if this relatively new 12th game of the year is going to be a home game vs an FCS team I want my 11 game season back. but i digress.

love how you play up teams with "future bowl participant". nice touch. Cal has won 2 games since Oct started. "bowl bound" NCSU wasn't bowl bound until they defeated Clemson. Iowa St was also not bowl eligible until their upset.
also, do you think these teams call another school on Monday and ask for a game Saturday? these games are set at least a year in advance. In the SEC most of these games are played at or near this time of year for quite some time now.




Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: November 21, 2011 8:22 am
 

Power Poll Week 12: Cowboys still in running

No, I do not deny LSU the number one spot.   It is theirs, or at least it is right now.  There is still a lot of football to be played in the final two weeks.  And no, I do not fault any program or playing a conference foe, good, bad or indifferent this late in the season.  I do have a problem with a BCS program taking on a FCS team this late in the season.

As for the BCS National Championship game in New Orleans, no I don't like the LSU-Alabama match up.  Partially because of the conference issue.  No, I'm not biased against the SEC, just I like the idea of the two best teams from two different conerences facing off for this game.  Prior to their loss against a very good, but bowl ineligble USC, Oregon was in a very good position to face LSU in this game, and I would have opposed that game because Oregon did not get it done in the regular season when they played LSU.   Guess what Alabama fans, even if Alabama were in a different conference than LSU, the same theory applies.

Currently, my pick or the BCS National Championship game in New Orleans would be the winner of the LSU-Arkansas game playing Oklahoma State, assuming the Cowboys defeat a very good Oklahoma team.  But who knows, Georgia could end the season as the SEC champions!




Since: Aug 24, 2007
Posted on: November 20, 2011 7:46 pm
 

Power Poll Week 12: Cowboys still in running

How low some people will go in the fight to make excuess's for their wannabe teams. Every team make the scheduling 2 0r 3 years in advance. Arkansas has played LSU the last game of the season since they joined the SEC. THey also play Alabama the1 SEC game of the year since they joined the league. Teams come and go through out the season. Some years their up and sometime not. COME ON MAN... you can do better than that!!



Since: Sep 9, 2008
Posted on: November 20, 2011 7:45 pm
 

Power Poll Week 12: Cowboys still in running

Dodd, like always you are an idiot!



Since: May 16, 2007
Posted on: November 20, 2011 5:40 pm
 

Power Poll Week 12: Cowboys still in running

Uhhhh, excuse me, LSU was nUmber 1 for several weeks going into this weekend, you suggesting that LSU shouldn't be Number 1 because they played one of the weaker teams in the SEC?

Looks to me like maybe Oklahoma and Oregon were overranked. The media clamoring for Oregon to get a shot at the BCS final when LSU handled them easily

Without Jordan Jefferson remember?

Either LSU or Arkansas will fall after Friday and If Alabama defeats Auburn, either Alabama or LSU will have to defeat Georgia (9-2) and ranked, to make it to the BCS Final.

LSU, if they win out, certainly would have earned their way in at 13-0, don't ya think?

If everyone thinks that an undefeated team should play, then by all means slot Houston into the final.

Then you will see what it means when people say that:

Defenses win championships.

The thing that seemed odd to me is that in the OSU/Iowa State, Oregon/USC, Oklahoma/Baylor games

Not a single team played defense, none whatsoever.




Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: November 20, 2011 5:11 pm
 

Power Poll Week 12: Cowboys still in running

Well Dennis, I'm sure your post was written long before the news broke this morning about the Arkansas tight end passing away.  Yet it leaves your comment, "This has to be the best week of football for the Piggies since 1969." sound quite hollow.

As to the question about TCU, does it matter?  They probably would have won either conference with ease.

The strangest part of this last weekend, the third to last weekend of regular season play isn't so much the so called upsets by so many top ranked teams but the scheduling of opponents for this late in the season.  Previously ranked number ten, Boise State, played a conference game against a good San Diego State team.  Number nine, Virginia Tech beat a confrence opponent, North Carolina, who we will see in a bowl game this winter.  Number eight, Stanford, also took on a future bowl team in conference opponent California.  Number seven Clemson took on conference foe and bowl bound North Carolina State.  Number six Arkansas defeated Mississippi State.  Number five Oklahoma lost to 25th ranked Baylor.  Number four Oregon lost to an 18th ranked Southern Cal team.  Number three ranked Alabama beat Georgia Southern, granted a good FCS team.  Number two ranked Oklahoma State took it on the chin to a bowl bound, conference mate, Iowa State.  Top ranked LSU dropped one of the bottom teams in their conference, Mississippi.

The three SEC teams that jumped to the top of the polls this week may, indeed, be three of the best football programs in the nation, yet claiming the three top spots on a weekend that they played either teams with losing records or in the FCS, while waiting for other top ranked teams to falter to good teams, seems rather odd.




Since: Aug 24, 2007
Posted on: November 20, 2011 4:52 pm
 

Power Poll Week 12: Cowboys still in running

Even if Arkansas won or lost, LSU BAMA and the HOGS are still a full level ahead of everyone else and regardless of LSU-Arkansas game they both should still be in the top 3. The reason there should be a LSU Bama rematch is then Arkansas would go to the BCS Sugar bowl which they have earned! Dumb BCS rule about 3 teams from a conference!!!



Since: Oct 29, 2009
Posted on: November 20, 2011 4:26 pm
 

Power Poll Week 12: Cowboys still in running

I'm an Alabama fan, but you can't rule out OS State, Oregon, or someone else playing in the BCS. If LSU beats Arkansas and Georgia, and we lose to Auburn, it's wide open for another team. SEC is in control of it's own destiny, but we've said the same this year for Oklahoma, Stanford, and OK State.


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