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CBSSports.com 120 -- Free Fallin'

Posted on: October 13, 2008 11:43 am
Edited on: October 13, 2008 12:52 pm
 

How low can you go?

For a handful of teams ranked in the preseason Top 25 we are about to find out.

Preseason favorites Auburn, Wisconsin, Arizona State and Clemson all find themselves falling down the rankings in the CBSSports.com 120 with a possibility that it could get worse before the season is over.

Auburn, which we all had in our preseason Top 25, fell to No. 42 this week after losing its third game in the past four.

The Tigers started the season at 3-0 before losing a close game with LSU. They then squeaked out a 14-12 victory against Tennessee before losing 14-13 to Vanderbilt and 25-22 to Arkansas.

Auburn was expected to be alot better offensively with Kodi Burns seeing time at quarterback and a strong rushing attack with the combination of Ben Tate and Brad Lester.

But Burns and Chris Todd have combined for only 1,101 passing yards, five touchdowns and nine interceptions. Tate has had some good games, but had only 32 yards rushing against Arkansas and 45 yards against LSU.

"Offensively, we just don't have an identity and that's what we have to do this week," coach Tommy Tuberville said as Auburn prepares to face West Virginia on Oct. 23.

Now Auburn is looking at other options at quarterback, including freshman Barrett Trotter and scout-team quarterback Neil Caudle, who has three attempts in his career.

"To burn a redshirt this late, we wouldn't play [Trotter] four or five plays. We'd get him ready to go," Tuberville told the Birmingham News. "If we're going to play him, we're going to play him."

If things don't get better in a hurry, Auburn will continue to fall down the rankings. After facing the Mountaineers in two weeks, Auburn still has to play Mississippi, Georgia and Alabama on the schedule.

Another team that finds itself in the same boat as Auburn is Wisconsin. Many expected the Badgers to compete for the Big Ten title and a possible BCS Bowl, but the Badgers have lost three in a row and dropped down to No. 44.

Things have fallen apart since the Michigan loss, where the Badgers had a 19-0 lead at halftime. They followed that up with a close loss to Ohio State and then getting blown out by Penn State.

P.J. Hill is averaging just 3.6 yards per carry (191 yards on 53 carries) in the losses with just one touchdown, while quarterback Allan Evridge has four interceptions and only two touchdowns over that stretch.

Wisconsin's schedule isn't as tough as Auburn's, but the Badgers still have to face Illinois, Michigan State and Minnesota.

Arizona State dropped the lowest of all the preseason favorites, falling to No. 64 this week after losing its fourth in a row. Nobody expected them to beat Georgia or USC at the beginning of the season, but they got manhandled in both.

Add in the losses to California and UNLV and the Sun Devils are now fighting just to be bowl-eligible. They still have to face Oregon and Oregon State and then UCLA and Arizona to close the season.

ACC favorite Clemson has lost two in a row, but holds steady at No. 47 after putting together a four-game winning streak earlier. Just as it looked like the Tigers were turing things around, they lost to Maryland 20-17 and Wake Forest 12-7. And now they go and fire Tommy Bowden!

Poll Notes

-- The lowest-ranked BCS team is Syracuse at No. 109. It is 1-5 with its only victory coming against Northeastern. The 'Cuse play at South Florida this week.

-- Mississippi State is the highest-ranked team with a losing record, checking in at No. 57 at 2-4. The Bulldogs moved up this week after beating Vanderbilt.

-- The lowest-ranked team with at least four wins is Arkansas State at No. 83. Their strength of schedule is 119th out of 120 schools, beating Texas A&M (No. 89), Middle Tennessee State (No. 102), Louisiana-Monroe (No. 114) and Texas Southern (FCS).

Comments

Since: Aug 21, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2008 3:25 pm
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- Free Fallin'

  • Arizona State played preseason #1 Georgia
  • Washington played #8 BYU, preseason #3 Oklahoma, and Notre Dame
  • Washington State played #9 Oklahoma State
  • UCLA played preseason #18 Tennessee, #8 BYU, and preseason #23 Fresno State
  • Oregon played undefeated #15 Boise State and Purdue(which I wouldn't even have counted if you didn't count Arizona State)
  • Oregon State played undefeated #3 Penn State, and undefeated #14 Utah
  • California played #22 Michigan State, and Maryland (the terps are having an impressive season)
  • Stanford played at TCU and Notre Dame
  • USC played #5 Ohio State and plays Notre Dame
  • HA HA HA HA, Whats funny her is that you are failing to mention the fact that your Pathetic Ass Conference lost most of these games, Who gives a shit if you go play them or not if you get your ass handed to you when you do. West coast morons. Go shove hamsters up your ass and fall in a fucking faultline. Dumbass. HA HA HA HA




    Since: Jan 17, 2007
    Posted on: October 14, 2008 3:24 pm
     

    CBSSports.com 120 -- Free Fallin'

    Austin Irish: You are EXACTLY right!!  Everything you said is right on, and there even a worse thing about those early rankings.  An early win over one of the over-ranked team (see UCLA beating Tenn) makes everyone think UCLA is better than they are.  Then they go to BYU and get whipped 59-0!  So everyone THEN thinks BYU must be really good...and they squeak by UW before anyone knows the Huskies are dogmeat, and BYU moves up higher.  Their SOS is abysmally low.  But they are ranked in the top 10 ahead of some very good teams (see Okla State, who just beat the #3 team, Missouri, AT Columbia!)  What comparable quality win justifies putting BYU ahead of the Cowboys?  The answer, of course, is that there is no reason other than the Cowboy were unranked to start the season, and BYU was already up there because of those early season wins that mean nothing, in retrospect.  BYU may be very deserving, but they certainly have not done anything yet to prove it. Ditch the early rankings, and wait until the BCS rankings start.



    Since: Feb 8, 2007
    Posted on: October 14, 2008 2:32 pm
     

    CBSSports.com 120 -- Free Fallin'

    I'm so tired of seeing this "My conference is better than your conference" sh*t. Why must every topic turn into a "Conference War" type of thread? Damn the conferences and what happened way back in 2004. What is your team "presently" looking like?



    Since: Nov 29, 2006
    Posted on: October 14, 2008 1:17 pm
     

    CBSSports.com 120 -- Free Fallin'

    I have read many idiotic statements on this thread, but Fresh your post is by far the dumbest. You are actually saying the polls are in love with the SEC?!! What do you call their infactuation with USC? USC is ranked 4th in the coaches poll, which is the poll used in BCS ranking. Fourth!! Please try to explain. Nevermind.. it may almost like a Republican trying to validate the war. (Which I will not even comment on.) They are ahead of an Oklahoma team that got beat by a very good Texas team. They are ahead of FIVE Undefeated teams! One of which (Boise State) beat the third best team in your conference (Oregon)!

     If you want to make fun of out of conference schedules let's take a look at your second best teams schedule (Cal). Cal has played Maryland and Colorado State. They get beat by Maryland who has lost to Middle TN State and Virginia!! 

    Who has the Pac-10 beat this year? Besides your Ohio State victory, no one. And Ohio State is as overrated as Auburn and Clemson!!

    I will be the first to say that the SEC gets love from the polls but what is their record in BCS title games? Look at how well we travel compared to other teams. College football is a business and like any other business they want to make money. The SEC has the biggest stadiums, biggest tv contracts, and more love and hatred than any other conference in college football. Until the SEC gets knocked off their high horse, it will continue.




    Since: Jun 9, 2008
    Posted on: October 14, 2008 12:13 pm
     

    CBSSports.com 120 -- Free Fallin'

    HAHA..The bcs belongs to the SEC? I would believe that IF Auburn played for the title in 2004...And as far as the weak OOC schedule you say the SEC has..the only reason PAC 10 teams seem to play tougher OOC games is b/c your conference sucks...you have to play good teams to get recognized...pac 10 shouldnt even be a BCS conference,,,I say Give the Moutain West the BCS bowl berth over the Pac 10..hell the Mouatin West went 5-0 against the Pac 10 in one week...Pac 10 is baseball and basketball...your football just sucks..get over it.




    Since: Sep 9, 2008
    Posted on: October 14, 2008 11:58 am
     

    CBSSports.com 120 -- Free Fallin'

    I see why your level your still an amateur you don't have your facts.

    Is this your only argument?  And anyways, neither I nor WeWillRise are "amateurs" in anything, even cbs status.

    Are you serious? You are really calling these big games outside of conference play. You kidding? Oh it was a joke. Must have been because no one in their right mind would ever say these are tough OOC games......... Before you post please read your thread first. Sounds like you need to do some homework.

    Umm...these kinds of posts are what give a bad reputation to SEC fans as uneducated and ignorant.  How is OSU - USC not a big game? LMAO

    Props to tigers07 because he is man enough to admit that his team is overrated and is struggling.  I'm not hating on Auburn, I'm hating on the media for promoting Auburn as being a Top 25 team when they would be lucky to beat TCU or Notre Dame.




    Since: Sep 24, 2008
    Posted on: October 14, 2008 11:16 am
     

    CBSSports.com 120 -- Free Fallin'

    AMEN!!!  I'm sick of SEC teams being crowned as NC contenders until they prove otherwise on the field.  LSU, Auburn, Florida, Georgia and now Alabama are automatically the teams to beat for the NC.  Why doesn't the press chill out and let some games be played?  They should all be in the lower end of the polls for the first few weeks as they play lay down teams.

    Let them get into their conference and sort themselves out before you "crown their a$%"

    The SEC continues to hold sway in this BCS system--they invented it, by the way--and the rest of D1 football plays for the scraps.  There is a reason a sacrificial lamb like Ohio State keeps getting served up as the "deserving" opponent in the Championship game, the SEC wants to play them, not USC ever, not Boise State in '06, not Utah in '04. 

    The whole system is a sham to keep money in the SEC primarily.  Competition and playoffs take a back seat.




    Since: Aug 24, 2006
    Posted on: October 14, 2008 11:00 am
     

    CBSSports.com 120 -- Free Fallin'

    6-6 and the Papa Johns Bowl would be a miracle if we could pull that off with the lack of talent at the QB position that is becoming more and more evident every single game we play.  I could only hope for a winning or non-losing season record.




    Since: Sep 16, 2008
    Posted on: October 14, 2008 9:43 am
     

    CBSSports.com 120 -- Free Fallin'

    All the other "Big Time BCS conferences play big games outside of conference play."

    • Ohio State vs. USC
    • Illinois vs. Missouri
    • Oklahoma vs. TCU and OU vs. Cincinnatti (both ranked teams at the time)
    • Kansas vs. South Florida
    • California vs. Michigan State
    • Oregon vs. Boise State

    Are you serious? You are really calling these big games outside of conference play. You kidding? Oh it was a joke. Must have been because no one in their right mind would ever say these are tough OOC games......... Before you post please read your thread first. Sounds like you need to do some homework.




    Since: Jul 29, 2008
    Posted on: October 14, 2008 7:15 am
     

    CBSSports.com 120 -- Free Fallin'

    A few teams from the SEC are down this year; it's a cyclical process that every team goes through.  Auburn is usually very competitive as is Tennessee, just not this year - they are both converging on a coaching change - But, Auburn is not LSU, who faced a more "experienced" Florida team this year as opposed to last.  I hate when chicks like you get on here and vent your sexual frustration during your menstral cycle, all the while spouting ignorance all over the message board.  You're probably a SC fan.


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