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Who is No. 1? It looks like Texas

Posted on: October 12, 2008 12:56 am

Say goodbye to 1 vs. 2.

Oh, Missouri and Texas are still playing next week, just not as the top two teams in the land. That's because Missouri was among three of the top four teams in the AP top 25 (the top three in the coaches poll). No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 3 Missouri and No. 4 LSU saw their undefeated seasons end. No. 2 Alabama might have been sitting prettiest of all with a bye.


The way the dominoes were falling late Saturday, it was shaping up to be Missouri-Texas next week in a 1 vs. 2 matchup. The question would have been, which was No. 1 and which was No. 2? No. 5 Texas laid claim to the top spot with an impressive 45-35 upset of Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl. Missouri was making its own case to be No. 1 driving late in the fourth quarter against a stubborn Oklahoma State.

Then Chase Daniel threw his third interception. Game, and perhaps season, over. Certainly Daniel had his Heisman hopes damaged. The Tigers now head to Austin after only their second regular-season loss since 2006.

The larger question is which team is No. 1? The pollsters have their toughest choice of the season.

 No. 2 Alabama makes sense because it didn't lose. Of course it didn't play either, which is the only way to avoid the upset bug.


 Texas can make the strongest case of all beating a No. 1 in the regular season for the first time since 1963. If the Horns do get to the top it will be the first time in the regular season since 1984.


 The more No. 6 Penn State played, the more it looked like it deserved to get a piece after beating Wisconsin 48-7.


Whatever happens, it's likely we'll have our fourth different No. 1 team this season. That's as many as we had all of last season.

Here's an educated guess of how the top five in AP poll will look on Sunday:

1. Texas -- Made the biggest statement of all. A No. 1 ranking would its first since winning the 2005 national championship.
2. Alabama -- You can't win if you don't play, unless it's college football. Ole Miss next week.
3. Penn State -- Is the rest of the Big Ten that mediocre? Doesn't matter. Press Box Joe's team is for real.
4. Florida -- Hung 51 on No. 4 LSU. The No. 11 Gators deserve to make the biggest jump of the weekend.
5. Oklahoma -- A 10-point loss on a neutral field to a rival doesn't damn the Sooners' chances. In fact, if they win out, OU would still play in the BCS title game.



Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2008 1:58 am

Who is No. 1? It looks like Texas

as the spread offense becomes more and more popular in college football it seems like upsets are becoming more and more common.  the spread gives the underdog a chance cause they can always create mismatches. even teams that don't fully run the spread use it more now in their offense and just having the spread is changing the type of athlete that dominates football. defenses are built to stop the spread and it means more and more speed.

regardless of whether all these upsets are good or bad for college football, we're all entitled to our own opinion, it sure makes it exciting!

Since: Aug 26, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2008 1:55 am

Who is No. 1? It looks like Texas

Are you kidding me???  There is no question that Texas should be #1.  Florida put the smack on LSU, but!  Alabama was ranked too high in the first place.


1. Texas

2. Alabama - maybe

3. Florida

4. Penn State

5. Texas Tech

6. Oklahoma

7. USC

8. LSU

9. Georgia

10. Mizzou

Since: Aug 21, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2008 1:41 am

Who is No. 1? It looks like Texas

Yeah, but you see you are thinking logically, and all these west caost loving writers cant see anything logically

Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2008 1:39 am

Who is No. 1? It looks like Texas

USC "hopped" to #1 because UGA played a really ugly game against a deservedly un-ranked team.  Texas beat the #1 ranked team in the country.  As it turns out, Bama's big win at UGA wasn't as impressive as it looked at the time.  Georgia is clearly at least somewhat overrated.  And don't get started about how tough the SEC is, that just is NOT the case this season.  Some good teams, no really powerhouse teams except maybe FL and just maybe Bama.  Hell, Auburn lost to Ark today, and Vandy was finally exposed against MS State, and LSU was just BURIED by FL.  Lots of average teams in the SEC this year.

Since: Oct 12, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2008 1:31 am

Who is No. 1? It looks like Texas

It's fun to speculate - but it really doesn't matter yet.  This guy's supposed top 5 will be similar to your local "end-of-the-bar" alcoholic's.  Once again, it doesn't matter.  Polls are all speculation until the games are played.  All five of these teams (except Penn State) have tough games yet to play.  Everyone says, "The cream will rise!"  --  It's crap.  The "cream", this year, will hold on.  That means, JUST WIN.  I realize it's fun, but we don't need to get excited about speculation right now.  Especially this year.  The BCS 1 & 2 will both have a loss.  This guy needs to write something every week, so he is forced to deal with the "right now" problem in college football.  I don't ever post, so I'd rather give you the "common sense" ranking.....

1.  Alabama  2.  Florida  3.  Texas  4.  USC  5.  Oklahoma  6.  Georgia  7.  LSU  8.  Penn State  9.  Missouri  10.  Irrelevant

Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2008 1:28 am
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Since: Aug 23, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2008 1:20 am

Who is No. 1? It looks like Texas

Wait wait wait, you can't win if you don't play? Where was this line of thinking after USC had a bye then hopped up to #1. Ugh, double standards and media bias strike again.

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