When was the last time the top two teams in the country had a bye on the same day? When was the last time the top two teams in the country from the same conference had a bye on same day? When was the last time the top two teams in the country from the same conference had a bye on the same day before playing each other?
LSU and Alabama both rested on the couch Saturday. They planned it that way. LSU’s Les Miles told me last week he requested the bye week from the SEC before the Alabama game. You can bet Nick Saban did the same thing.
The SEC complied with the requests making the biggest regular-season game in (perhaps) five years equal footing before Saturday’s Ya’ll Brawl in Tuscaloosa.
This week's Power Poll ...
1. LSU – Jarrett Lee must somehow throw downfield to loosen up Bama defense. For all you rematch fans, the best and pretty much only chance at one is if the Tigers lose at the gun by a field goal. Keep reading. The details will be coming later in the week.
2. Alabama – Six, seven, eight future future pros on defense? Hope there’s room in the press box for, you know, media with all those NFL scouts showing up this week.
3. Oklahoma State – Cowboys quietly became the best team in the Big 12 on Saturday. Thirty-five point win against Baylor doesn’t properly reflect dominance.
4. Stanford – Bad Luck puts Cardinal in position to lose by throwing pick six. Good Luck leads four consecutive scoring drives to beat USC.
5. Boise State – Best chance at scoring BCS points the rest of the way is beating TCU Nov. 12 at home.
6. Oregon – Strange days in Eugene. Darron Thomas was pulled at halftime against Washington State in favor of redshirt freshman Bryan Bennett.
7. Oklahoma – Sooners’ only loss looks like a curd in the punch bowl -- to Texas Tech which lost by 34 at home Saturday to Iowa State. Yuck.
8. Virginia Tech – Hokies get caught up in research project with Duke. Almost fail.
9. Nebraska – Huskers’ only loss looks worse all the time. The best team (?) in the Big Ten has lost by 31 to Wisconsin. Still in control in Big Ten Legend.
10. Clemson – The Sprained Ankle That Killed A National Championship. Andre Ellington’s replacements – D.J. Howard and Mike Bellamy -- each lost a fumble against Georgia Tech.
11. South Carolina – SEC East put on endangered species list. This is where good football goes to die.
12. Arkansas – That’s why they’re Vanderbilt.
13. Penn State –JoePa passes up Eddie Robinson on all-time wins list; Lions have 2 ½-game lead in Leaders Division.
14. Michigan – Look who’s alive in the Big 12 Legends.
15. Houston – What, Case Keenum couldn’t get to double figures in touchdown passes against Rice? What a bum.
16. Kansas State – Yes, Oklahoma proved the Wildcats were patching it together with spit, mud and glue. And they’re still a heck of a story.
17. Michigan State – Too hard physically and mentally to get up three weeks in a row for Michigan, Wisconsin and Nebraska. For now, the Spartans have lost control of Legends.
18. Wisconsin – Great job at producing instant classics for the World Wide Leader to re-air. Bad job at finishing games.
19. Arizona State – Could clinch Pac-12 South this week.
20. Georgia Tech – This doesn’t seem right but it is: Tevin Washington’s 176 rushing yards against Clemson were the most ever by a Jacket quarterback
21. Georgia – Nothing bad to say here about Mark Richt. Finally. Dawgs win sixth in a row.
22. West Virginia – Are frequent flyer miles considered an extra benefit? Mountaineers welcomed to the Big 12.
23. USC – Lane Kiffin has done one of the best coaching jobs this season. Really.
24. TCU – Allowed only 42 points in three games since losing to SMU
25. Cincinnati – Well, someone’s got to win the last Big East title. Kidding, kidding.