Oh, by the way …
-- Florida can clinch the SEC East Saturday (vs. Georgia) giving it five weeks to prepare for the SEC title game. That, of course, will be quite a preparation. The Gators (7-0, 6-0 in the SEC) don't want to settle for just a trip to Atlanta. They still have three nonconference games coming against Louisiana-Lafayette, Jacksonville State and Florida State (plus Missouri).
The goal is the whole enchilada.
Meanwhile, No. 1 Alabama must wait at least two more games to clinch the SEC West. The Tide come into Saturday only halfway through the conference schedule.
-- Texas Tech can further its agenda with a win at Kansas State. A K-State win gives the Wildcats the tiebreaker over Oklahoma and Tech. A Red Raider victory makes it possible to have four Big 12 teams with one conference loss after this week (Tech, K-State, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma). That scenario probably benefits Oklahoma the most. With a win over Notre Dame, the Sooners would likely become the highest-ranked Big 12 team in the BCS.
--Relish it while you can, Blue Devils. Duke's game at Florida State is a clash of division leaders in the ACC. (Clemson is actually with FSU in the Atlantic Division, but the Noles own the tiebreaker.)
--Rutgers (7-0, 4-0) is guaranteed to own the conference lead after Saturday. It plays a nonconference game against Kent State. Cincinnati went into Friday's game against Louisville having played ONE conference game.
--If there is a seventh bowl in the new playoff era and if that were in effect this season, Boise State would be playing perhaps Stanford or Texas Tech. The commissioners are considering whether to throw a seventh bowl into the symmetrical playoff mix to accommodate the Group of Five conferences (Big East, MAC, Conference USA, Sun Belt and Mountain West).
There has been little movement on the seventh bowl that would match the highest-ranked team from that group against a team from the Pac-12 or Big 12 (most likely third pick at best). Brett McMurphy reported this week that a seventh bowl was “unlikely”. Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said this week that the seventh-bowl issue wouldn't be decided for six to nine months.
Boise, 21st in the BCS, holds a significant lead over No. 24 Ohio in this year's non-BCS race for a BCS bowl. Best chance: The highest ranked of those two essentially has to finish ahead of a Big East champion that is not ranked in the top 16 of the final BCS.
The commissioners will address those and other issues, at the next BCS meeting on Nov. 12 in Denver. The 11 commissioners will be in attendance with the BCS Presidential Oversight Committee in conjunction with the annual Association of Public Land Grant Universities (APLU) meeting.
While no substantial news is expected to come out of the meeting, we are in the middle of an exclusive negotiating period for the playoff itself (ESPN is expected to land it) and the Big East for a new TV contract.