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One Is The Loneliest Number

Posted on: October 24, 2010 10:16 pm
Edited on: October 26, 2010 4:09 pm

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For the second week in a row, a team outside the top two in the human polls is the BCS No.1.  All three human polls have Oregon No. 1 and Boise State No. 2.  Yet, Auburn is the BCS No. 1 due to four of the six computers ranking them on top.  This is truly surprising considering that, historically, the voters have slighted the Broncos while the computers have usually regarded them higher.  Who would have thought that a well-respected and undefeated SEC team would need to rely on the computers to set the voters straight?  It looks like it is going to take a No. 1 ranking in the human polls, for Boise State to have any shot at the title.  Meanwhile, the computers are only going to make it harder for the Broncos as their strength of schedule gets worse with each WAC opponent.

Speaking of conference troubles, with the loss of West Virginia to Syracuse on Saturday, the Big East now has no representative in the AP, Coaches, or BCS top 25.  They are also the only Big East teams left with 2 losses, and they both have some of the best conference teams remaining.  One of them will have to step up in order to finish the season in the top 25.

Nevada is surprisingly back in the polls and in the BCS top 25 for the first time.  I say surprisingly only because it is after a bye week, and their last game was a loss to Hawaii.  In fact, Nevada was able to sneak in despite not appearing in the coaches’ top 25.  Instead, Michigan is the coaches’ No. 25.  However, the computers think better of the Wolf Pack than the Wolverines right now, so Nevada earned the BCS spot.  If Michigan can beat Penn State next week, they will likely jump over Nevada.

Meanwhile, Virginia Tech should be thanking the voters and the ballots they wrote in on.  The Hokies made the BCS at No. 23 only because the human polls ranked them No. 21.  The Billingsley Report ranked them No. 25 and the other five computers didn’t rank them in the top 25 at all.

In the AP, there is very little disagreement about who should be ranked in the top 25.  A solid 18 teams appear on all 60 ballots.  While 24 teams appear on at least 50 of the 60.  That left Baylor just enough room to sneak in at No. 25 with only 32 votes.  Congrats to the Bears on their first ranking since 1993.

Eight teams received a single vote in the AP, but probably the two loneliest votes are Mike Hlas with Northern Illinois at No. 25 and Jon Wilner with San Diego State at No. 19.  Both teams have two losses, and they have only beaten one BCS-conference team between them.  Northern Illinois beat Minnesota. (edited 10/26/10)


Head-to-Head lines:


Cole Harvey and Pete DiPrimio are the only two voters to rank Florida State over Oklahoma.  These two teams have the same number of losses (one), and for those that forgot, the Sooners beat down the Seminoles 47 to 17 in week two.  If Oklahoma loses again and FSU doesn’t, there would be reason to switch the teams, but as of right now, the Sooners have clearly proven themselves the better team.

Even with a better record and a direct win over Iowa, these three voters still rank Arizona lower.  Maybe it is a Big Ten thing because these four voters still rank Ohio State over Wisconsin even though the Badgers won the head-to-head and just had another solid win over Iowa.  Thankfully nobody ranks Iowa over Wisconsin, or it would be time cancel my subscription to the Big Ten Network and just stop watching them until they get a championship game.

Since: Oct 28, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2010 10:07 am

One Is The Loneliest Number

I don't see Syracuse getting in  the top 25 or winning the Big East. They aren't that good.Yes they beat WVU,BUT WVU beat themselfs.Syracuse will lose at least 2 more times in the Big East. Pitt will be the team who will either win the title when they play Wvu or lose it. It will come down to those 2 teams. Pitt right now looks to be peaking and they Wvu Defeanse is playing should help them win the remaining games on there shedule.So it looks like the Big East Championship will go thru Pittsburg this year!

Since: Dec 5, 2009
Posted on: October 26, 2010 6:13 pm

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The ultimate Strawman argument:

 nice to not acknowledge clayborn getting chopped blocked on every play and NOT one call.

Do you know what you are talking about? Even Clayborn admits he got owned:

The premier one-on-one matchup Saturday pit Iowa defensive end Adrian Clayborn against Wisconsin left tackle Gabe Carimi in a battle of possible first-round NFL draft picks.

Carimi, 6-foot-7 and 327 pounds, handled Clayborn most of the game, something the Iowa senior All-American admitted afterward.

“It was a good battle the whole game, but he got the upper hand,” Clayborn said. “They won the game.”

Carimi said he had planned for Clayborn since last year’s game in Madison when Clayborn battered Carimi for two tackles for loss.

“I’ve been preparing since last year, since my injury last year against him and he got the better of me,” Carimi said. “I got the better of him (Saturday).”

Carimi told Wisconsin Coach Bret Bielema he could beat Clayborn at the line of scrimmage and to run the ball directly behind him. Bielema heeded those words on a fourth-and-1 play at the Iowa 2-yard line. Running back John Clay blasted behind Carimi into the end zone.

“That (conversation) was at halftime,” Carimi said. “I said, ‘Hey the first drive I drew Clayborn back eight yards on that zone to the left.’ I knew that I could keep on zoning on him.

“I was ready for it. I was pumped all week.”

Bielema declined to reveal everything about their conversation, saying only Carimi “had a pretty strong statement to me.”

“He was very confident he was going to play well today,” Bielema said. “Basically, he was telling me to come to the left side whenever I felt I needed to.”

Clayborn finished with five tackles — including one solo stop. He was credited for one sack when he ran by Carimi in the first half and knocked the ball out of Wisconsin quarterback Scott Tolzien’s hand.

“That was the one play that got away from me,” Carimi said.



Face it homer.....Iowa lost, and it had nothing to do with so-called penalties. They just got beat. Be a man and own it.

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: October 26, 2010 6:01 pm

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I agree FLASUCKSGOIOWA, MSU is very good this year and should be in the top 3 as Auburn is the ONLY team with a better resume, but talk about there is a team that is LUCKY to have won half of its games and LSU is another.   MSU has been more convincing in all of it's wins besides Notre Dame and last week's NWU games.  Auburn was lucky to beat Clemson, Miss Stake, Kentucky, South Carolina, Arkansas, and LSU.  LSU was lucky to beat anybody this year with the exception of Miss Stake.

And this is what's wrong with the BCS:

Meanwhile, should be thanking the voters and the ballots they wrote in on.  The Hokies made the BCS at No. 23 only because the human polls ranked them No. 21.  The ranked them No. 25 and the other five computers didn’t rank them in the top 25 at all.

How does a team that isn't even in most computer rankings even get in the BCS rankings?  The human portion (Harris and the Coaches) has way too  muc influence in the system--that's why Florida became #2 over Texas a few years back and went to an NCG they didn't earn and it's why Bama ends up #7 in the BCS this year when the computers have them below #10 where they really belong.  In fact by the computers they would be #12 and Mizzou and MSU would be #2 and 3 respectively--which is far more accurate considering body of work. 

Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: October 26, 2010 4:02 pm
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Since: Dec 6, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2010 1:29 pm

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Scoreboard dude, scoreboard.  The matchup was so close that Wisconsin's ability to score extra points over Iowa was the deciding factor. You guys can make a statement about how you feel this Saturday against the Spartans.

Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: October 26, 2010 12:54 pm

One Is The Loneliest Number

Gunrock…all that hardware you are wearing...yet your comment about the big east screams you are young.  You do know that there is not one historical fact to base your statement on. …unless you think the last two years is all that is important to establish a pattern.

Look up head to head games, MWC versus Big East.   

Look up who has one more bowl victories, Big East or MWC…be fair…do it only from when the MWC was formed.  If you run that one from the beginning of the Big East…that would really hurt you.

And just how many BCS bowl victories does the MWC have? 

No..the only thing that everyone knows is the Big East smokes the MWC in football…and in BBall there isn’t anything to talk about.  The MWC is losing the only two programs that won and they will gain Boise State.  So…the MWC isn't playing football.  They are playing coloring book on the football field and the NCAA isn’t listening to ignorance.

This couple of down years for the Big East is about to end.   And the pendulum is swinging back. 

But even if it doesn’t….the MWC requires light years to catch up on the Big East in historical victories of any kind.  Simply put…the MWC Sucks even more than the Big East.  And yet you still right the crap you wrote.  Please..... 

Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: October 26, 2010 12:40 pm

One Is The Loneliest Number

Speaking of conference troubles, with the loss of to on Saturday, the Big East now has no representative in the AP, Coaches, or BCS top 25.  They are also the only Big East teams left with 2 losses, and they both have some of the best conference teams remaining.

Now there is a change of pace….SU being mentioned as a potential top 25 team.  SU fans will like reading that one. 

Pitt has 3 losses and the only team remaining that can give them trouble is WV.  If WV’s loses to Pitt, then Pitt will be in a position to win the Big East as they beat the tar out of SU already….but for Pitt to win the BE, SU must lose at least one more time.

Reference WV and SU having the best conference teams remaining.  Except for WV’s game with Pitt, WV should win all their remaining games. 

SU has Cinc, UofL, Rutgers and UConn remaining in conference and one OOC game with BC.  SU should win all of their remaining games as well.

It is early, but the SU football picture is looking up.    

Since: Jul 23, 2009
Posted on: October 26, 2010 11:48 am

One Is The Loneliest Number

Auburn would beat Oregon by two touchdowns in an easy way.Oregon wont get the shot though after USC and OSU beat up on them.

Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2010 11:46 am

One Is The Loneliest Number

Even though it barely counts, Northern Illinois has beaten a BCS Conference team in Minnesota. I realize they are terrible, but you were wrong in saying they hadn't done so.

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2010 10:30 am

One Is The Loneliest Number

You know, in the wash of debates like, "is the Pac-10 better than the SEC" and "is the Big 10 any good," and finally "does the rest of teh WAC not named Boise count as football teams or are they just guys who like to wear tight pants" I think we forget the one thing we can all agree on: the Big East sucks sucks sucks sucks sucks and it is a crime that they get an automatic qualifier over the MWC, who at least has two good teams.

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