College Football Musings – Week 8

There's a shake up in the BCS picture as three more teams are no longer among the ranks of the unbeaten. Seven teams remain perfect heading into the stretch run of the season and all indications are the ACC and Big East are once again going to send a truly undeserving team to a BCS bowl. We offer up that and more in this week's musings.

Three more go down --- We knew that either LSU or Auburn would drop out of the ranks of the unbeaten, but they were joined by Oklahoma and Oklahoma State on a fairly wild Saturday of college football. That leaves just seven teams perfect at this stage of the season – Oregon, Auburn, Missouri, TCU, Utah, Boise State and Michigan State. Since TCU travels to Utah on November 6, at most six teams will reach the finish line without a loss. Last year there were five and yet the BCS survives.

Things are ducky in the NW ---- It's looking more and more like the best college football team in the country resides in the Pacific Northwest. Oregon continued its amazing run in 2010 with a 60-13 seal clubbing of UCLA Thursday night. Oregon rolled up 582 yards of total offense with tremendous balance (270 rushing, 312 passing). Running back LaMichael James is a Heisman Trophy contender with 971 yards and 11 TD and is averaging more than seven yards a carry. The Ducks lead the nation in scoring at 55.1 points a game. Next up, Oregon rolls up against The Half Monty and USC.

Big Least making BCS cringe ---- Whoever has the last selection among the BCS Bowls -- and I think it's the Fiesta Bowl -- can go ahead and invite the Big East Champion to play in their game. Syracuse beat West Virginia 19-14 Saturday all but guaranteeing that the league will not offer up a top 20 team come selection time.

Orange Bowl says "Go Noles!" ---- Meanwhile, our friends in South Florida are becoming big FSU fans heading into the second half of the season. The Seminoles are the only one loss team in the ACC and play Thursday night in Raleigh against North Carolina State. The winner of that game is the favorite to win the Atlantic Division and play in the ACC Title Game. FSU is the league's best hope for a highly ranked team in the post-season, and thus, the Orange Bowl's new best friend.

Auburn having fun ---- I caught a good bit of the Auburn/LSU game despite being on vacation and I must say this, Auburn has more fun than any team in the SEC. They really seem to be having a great time out there and others should learn from that example. After all, it IS just a game, right? Of course it's a lot of fun when you have a QB who has run for 603 yards and nine TD in the last three games.

I'll be Dawg-gonned ---- Well the obituaries were written and the gravesite prepared but it appears there's life in ‘dem ‘dere ‘Dawgs. Georgia routed Kentucky 44-31 (it was 41-17 at one point) for their third straight win. Georgia is now 4-4, 3-3 in the SEC, and can still entertain thought of winning the SEC East and advancing to Atlanta. It makes Saturday's showdown with Florida in Jacksonville a season saver for one team and a minor disaster in waiting for the other.

Next week's highlights ---- In addition to Florida/Georgia, next week's college football schedule has several good, interesting and important games. That list of contests includes Florida State and N.C. State, Michigan State at Iowa, Missouri at Nebraska and Oregon at USC. Also next week, Kerwin Bell and his JU Dolphins play at Morehead State. JU is 7-1, losing only to Appalachian State. Bell's high powered offense has scored 35 or more points in every win.

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