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Power Poll: Week 11; LSU-Bama rematch fever

Posted on: November 13, 2011 11:54 am
Edited on: November 13, 2011 11:59 am
 

They weren’t exactly celebrating in Tuscaloosa Saturday night. A win over a lethargic Mississippi State was consoling but it was a side issue.

An LSU-Alabama rematch just became a lot more likely.

Two unbeatens went down (Stanford, Boise State). Alabama is projected to stay solidly at No. 3 in the BCS as the “best” one-loss team in the country. You know what that means: If Oklahoma State cannot, for whatever reason, fulfill its duties as a BCS title game finalist, the Tide will be glad to take over if the Cowboys lose.

This week's Power Poll ...

1. LSU – Tigers 10-0 for the first time since 1958. Quarterback shuffling for the second time in a week.
2. Oklahoma State – If you had Texas Tech and 61 points, you were a big winner. Red Raiders weren’t.
3. Alabama – Trent Richardson stars in The Week After.
4. Oregon – Ducks don’t let Stanford Stadium grass grow between their webbed feet, scorch the Cardinal. Ducks haven’t lost a conference game since 2009.
5. Oklahoma – Loss to Texas Tech looks even worse.
6. Virginia Tech – David Wilson for Heisman?
7. Clemson – Sammy Watkins injured, Tajh Boyd uneven. Tigers still win ACC Atlantic.
8. Stanford – Cardinal are really, really good except when they Oregon. Outscored 105-61 in last two meetings.
9. Arkansas – Armageddon scenario shaping up if Hogs win at LSU.
10. Houston – Look who’s headed to the Sugar Bowl.
11. Boise State – For the second straight season, a crushing November loss with the kicker taking the “starring” role.
12.Nebraska – Huskers competing just fine in the Big Ten. Could win 10 in their first season.
13. Michigan State – Are there any Legends or Leaders left in the Big Ten? Spartans in control of division named after the former following big road win at Iowa.
14. Wisconsin – Russell Wilson back in Heisman race (16 of 17, four touchdowns). Badgers back in Leaders race.
15. South Carolina – Spur Dog cries in the lockerroom. Calls Florida win his sweetest ever. How will that play in Gainesville?
16. Georgia – Dawgs tied for the fourth-longest winning streak in the country.
17. USC – “This has become a big rivalry,” Lane Kiffin says after Washington win. Trojans have also become a resilient team.
18. TCU -- Gary Patterson had more stones than the Broncos had field goals.
19.Penn State – Let the healing begin.
20. Michigan – Where was this against Iowa?
21. Kansas State – In its last four weeks, Wildcats have scored 50 twice and given up 50 twice.
22. Southern Miss – Ole Miss could do worse than hire Eagles’ Larry Fedora.
23. Florida State – The evil Jacory Harris shows up again throwing crippling interception against Noles.
24. Baylor – Bears avoided biggest embarrassment of the day, coming back from 21 down against Kansas.  
25. Notre Dame – To be honest, there was no one else to put here. Irish won on a coin flip.

Category: NCAAF
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Since: May 12, 2011
Posted on: November 14, 2011 2:31 am
 

Power Poll; LSU-Bama rematch fever

What about LSU-Arkansas rematch fever ?  I know , they haven't played yet, but, consider if Ark beats LSU

If that happens, it opens up the possibility of a scenario ( yes, unlikely, but not too far-fetched ) where  a team (LSU) could conceivably end up being voted #1 in both the Coaches and the AP poll.

Here is the scenario:

OU beats OSU. ..LSU loses to ARK, ARK or whoever( SEC west rep beats UGA soundly n SEC champ;
LSU defeats ARK in rematch n Sugar Bowl;
week later Bama beats OU in BCS championship game.
Bama wins BCS championship, but
LSU voted# 1 in coaches and AP for having beaten Bama head to head....I know, I should be sleeping

You may say, what about the Ducks ?  Well, they beat the only team that could bring them up in the BCS rankings and they are still 3/10 point behind Bama and only 3/10 point ahead of OU.  I just don't see them getting to the BCS championship game at all.

In the scenario above, if OU were to beat Bama I think they may end up splitting the polls with LSU or could win all polls also.  I suppose that could happen if Bama were to beat OU as I mentioned above, but , at that point, both Bama would have 1 loss and guess who won the head to head match.

I'm sure there are holes in my scenario which you fine folks will be willing to point out...........







Since: Apr 10, 2007
Posted on: November 14, 2011 12:28 am
 

Power Poll: Week 11; LSU-Bama rematch fever

Soooooo..... whats really happens if The University of Georgia wins out and do the upset thingie in the SEC Chanpionship?


It's definitely a possibility!!! 



Since: Nov 22, 2009
Posted on: November 13, 2011 11:33 pm
 

Power Poll: Week 11; LSU-Bama rematch fever

But I would bet a considerable portion of the farm that neither of them could win if they don't score anything but field goals in a game against Oklahoma State, or even Oklahoma.
Well neither Oklahoma State nor Oklahoma has faced a defense like this. Oklahoma has proven before that their high-flying offense doesn't fare well against strong defensive teams. Oklahoma State's problem is that they can't stop anybody. LSU doesn't go without scoring in this one and OSU will be held way below their average. Easy win for LSU against either of these teams. The team with the best chance to beat LSU is the team they beat last week. Simply because they play the same type game.



Since: Oct 24, 2010
Posted on: November 13, 2011 11:30 pm
 

Power Poll: Week 11; LSU-Bama rematch fever

Those Oklahoma dustbowl winds must be blowing through your head.  Oregon has lost only to the indisputably best team in the nation this year, not to Texas Tech! Texas Tech? Really?  Dude, Texas Tech sucks bad, and your loser Sooners lost to them!  Texas Tech!  Did you notice they got beat 66-6 by your other Oklahoma comrades? The same Texas Tech team that beat you after barely beating the horrible Nevada team Oregon obliterated 69-20 earlier this year.  In Oregon we may be recruiting alot from your area, but we are just plain better than ANY team in Texas or Oklahoma. Football may be your religion, but you're just not very good at it....



Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: November 13, 2011 11:27 pm
 

Power Poll: Week 11; LSU-Bama rematch fever

i like babe mantle 49's pool better than dodd's. I know you love Boise State but are they really better than Nebraska, MSU and Wisonsin? Come on, Dennis, lets all please just stop with the Boise State bullshit. Boise is about as good as Baylor, TAMU, maybe SMU. There's only so good you can be with slow ass 3 star recruits.



Since: Oct 29, 2006
Posted on: November 13, 2011 9:43 pm
 

Power Poll: Week 11; LSU-Bama rematch fever

Dodd's Power Poll list is incorrect.... there are no power teams, some of them might be one of these days, if they keep practicing;

The following should be filed under the title, 'in my opinion';

First of all, as a Sooner fan I will admit, of course I still believe Oklahoma is the #1 team, but OU has no excuse for losing to Texas Tech at home. And therefore they should expect the loss of a rare golden opportunity to play for the NC at the end of the year. Also I believe they've lost too much talent to injuries to be able to hang with Oklahoma State in Stillwater.

On the SEC bully-boys, LSU and Alabama; Both do look almost as good as their well-hyped publicity has painted them. But I would bet a considerable portion of the farm that neither of them could win if they don't score anything but field goals in a game against Oklahoma State, or even Oklahoma.

 

Virginia Tech hasn't done anything to justify them as being a top ten team, their only half-way respectable games have been; barely beat 5 loss Miami at home, they squeaked (4 points) by 7 loss Duke and they edged 3 loss and over-rated Georgia Tech.

Clemson's situation is just about the same as Virginia Tech, maybe worse; mainly because they had trouble beating FCS Wofford! Clemson's only victories over less than mediore opposition were over current SEC-patsie Auburn at home, a narrow win over a substitute-QB-led Florida State at home, and over the above named and over-ranked Virginia Tech. Clemson lost to 3 loss Georgia Tech, they barely edged Wake Forest at home, and to top it all off they barely beat Maryland.

Both Stanford and Oregon, (like everyone says about Boise State), should be thanking the football gods they play in a conference full of push-over teams (and the PAC sure didn't raise its power profile by adding Colorado and Utah).

Arkansas has played an easy schedule thus far and they're ranked higher than they merit, in my view. With probably three exceptions the Razorbacks this season have played mostly against less-than average competition; Of the 3 exceptions, they got trampled by Alabama 14-38, they did beat South Carolina at home, and they won a narrow victory over 5 loss Texas A&M (after the Aggies blew a big lead and fell apart worse than they usually do in the 2nd half). But Arkansas exposed its pretensions when it had trouble winning over a pathetic Troy team, at home!

Houston does have an amazing offense but I believe their undefeated season will end when they play Tulsa at Tulsa.

Boise State? What can I say..... I bet they are thinking '....why in the world didn't TCU leave the MWC two or three years ago!'

The next several spots in Dodd's Power Poll nearly all have one thing in common.... they only better-than average teams they have played this season are the teams that gave them their losses.




Since: Sep 30, 2007
Posted on: November 13, 2011 8:39 pm
 

Power Poll: Week 11; LSU-Bama rematch fever

21. Kansas State – In its last four weeks, Wildcats have scored 50 twice and given up 50 twice.
They have given up 50 three times, 53 vs Oklahoma, 52 vs Oklahoma State, 50 vs Texas A&M.



Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: November 13, 2011 6:49 pm
 

Power Poll: Week 11; LSU-Bama rematch fever

Hookem, I tend to agree with you. However, playing Devil's advocate, despite losing several starters for the year on defense Virginia Tech looks vastly improved since their meeting with Clemson. On the other hand the Tigers seem to be struggling a bit giving up 45 pts to Maryland, 38 to UNC, 31 in a loss to Georgia Tech, and 28 in a last second victory over Wake Forrest. Virginia Tech won fairly easily at Georgia Tech and at Wake Forrest. If they have a rematch in the ACC championship game I think it'll be a good one.   

You might be right for no other reason than it's really hard to beat the same team twice in one season when they are fairly close in talent. However, at this point in time there is no rational reason to have VT higher. Clemson has played the superior schedule and won head to head. It just makes zero sense at this point.



Since: Jun 9, 2009
Posted on: November 13, 2011 5:50 pm
 

Power Poll: Week 11; LSU-Bama rematch fever

Hookem, I tend to agree with you. However, playing Devil's advocate, despite losing several starters for the year on defense Virginia Tech looks vastly improved since their meeting with Clemson. On the other hand the Tigers seem to be struggling a bit giving up 45 pts to Maryland, 38 to UNC, 31 in a loss to Georgia Tech, and 28 in a last second victory over Wake Forrest. Virginia Tech won fairly easily at Georgia Tech and at Wake Forrest. If they have a rematch in the ACC championship game I think it'll be a good one.   



Since: Nov 13, 2011
Posted on: November 13, 2011 4:18 pm
 

Power Poll: Week 11; LSU-Bama rematch fever

As a Nebraska Grad, I know they had no right to be in the championship game for 2001 season.  They didn’t win their Conference, didn’t even go to the Conference Championship game.  Everyone said they should not be in the Championship Game if they can’t win their Conference. I 100% agree with that theory.  Where is that talk now?  If Alabama can’t win their own Conference, why should they play for the title? They had there shot at LSU at home and lost, why do the get a second chance over Oregon, who lost to LSU in Dallas, if Oregon goes on to win the PAC 12. That being said, I hope OSU stays undefeated.  It would be fun to see that offense against LSU's D.  




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