Yes, it was hard to me to find a compelling game Saturday too.
Six of the top seven teams in the AP poll that played Saturday covered easily. The top 15 either won or didn't play. Things heat up a bit next week when Texas Tech-Oklahoma will either sort out the Big 12 South (if Texas Tech wins) or complicate it even further.• Just a thought so don't go nuts but ... if Urban Meyer wins it all this season (two titles in three years) is he getting close to surpassing Steve Spurrier's legacy?
• He didn't really say it, did he?
President-reject, er, elect Barack Obama told 60 Minutes Sunday night he is seriously going to pursue a college football playoff.
"I don't know any serious fan of college football who has disagreed with me on this," he told the show. "so I'm going to throw my weight around a little bit. I think it's the right thing to do."
Here's some other right things to do B.O. before you go poking your nose into our game: The economy, national security, alternative energy, health care, poverty ... should I go on? Your playoff infatuation is the presidential equivalent of Oprah's book club. Just something to sell yourself.
Oh wait, I forgot who got you elected.
Wake me when you do something important like sign a bill into law.• The coaches finally got it right. Texas is now ahead of Oklahoma in the coaches' poll after beating Kansas. The Horns moved up from fifth to fourth, while idle Oklahoma dropped from fourth to fifth. The coaches' poll was the only BCS entity that had Oklahoma ahead of the only team to beat it this season.
The next test of the system is a week from now if Oklahoma defeats No. 2 Texas Tech. Texas is idle under its
Thanksgiving regular-season finale against Texas A&M. The Horns had a surprisingly comfortable cushion at No. 3 over Oklahoma in the latest BCS standings. The question now becomes whether Texas can hold off OU if the Sooners win out.• The ACC is Maryland's and Miami's to blow which means, of course, they will. For now, though, each controls its division destiny in getting to the ACC title game.
The march of the Terrapins continues: Maryland drove 73 yards, taking almost nine minutes off the clock in the fourth quarter, to set up the winning field goal against North Carolina. The drive will go down as one of the signature moments of Ralph Friedgen's Maryland tenure. The Terps have beaten six consecutive top 25 teams. Of course, they'll also lost to Middle Tennessee State.
Now they control their fate in the Atlantic Division with games left against Florida State and Boston College. FSU blew its chance to take control of the division in getting upset by BC.
Maryland can also win the division by beating Florida State at home this week and having BC lose at Wake Forest. The Terps have won seven in a row at home.
ACC coach of the year? It might be Randy Shannon whose Hurricanes (7-3) have won six in a row and lead Coastal Division with two games to go.• More to the point, does the ACC deserve a BCS berth? Its highest ranked team in the BCS, No. 22 North Carolina, lost on Saturday.
• Remember when Vanderbilt was 5-0 and actually competing in the SEC East? It took six long arduous weeks for the Commodores to get what they really wanted -- simple bowl eligibility. It came, finally, on Saturday at Kentucky.
Vandy's 31-24 victory assures it of its first bowl since 1982.• The best thing about Conference USA is Tulsa and Houston. The two offensive giants combined for 1,142 yards and 59 first downs in Houston's 70-30 victory. At least it's fun to watch.
• Might as well start the drumbeat for the latest game of the year: Texas Tech's offensive line has not been called for holding in the last 118 pass attempts.