Notre Dame will garner most of the national attention at 8-0 with there domination of an average Florida State team in Tallahassee. Speaking of home field problems, it's the third loss in two seasons at Doak Campbell Stadium. The Irish should be undefeated when they play a very good USC team at the end of the season. They are the least talented but most well coached team in the country. They are opportunistic, cashing in 17 points off of four turnovers against the ‘Noles and most surely will rise in the coaches and writers polls this week. I think they will finish 12-0, but do not hold me to that because I really like the Trojan team out west. If they do the Irish are a lock for the BCS title game because the computers love Notre Dame's schedule.
Miami's run defense is again suspect in a win over West Virginia and most likely won't get tested again until the date with Virginia Tech. These two teams are hurt by the conference they play in and the fact that their non-conference foes (Florida. FSU, Tennesseee, LSU and Virginia) all have three losses with LSU only having two but after this weekend .
Oklahoma benefits from a great conference and a win over Texas and a good Alabama team. If they run the table they are in but they have an obstacle the Irish don't and that is the conference championship game and it could be against a hot Colorado team. Bob Stoops is the best big game coach in college football and must make sure his team does not let down against inferior opponents like last year.
Ohio St. overcame a sizable road block with Penn St. and has Michigan left at the end of the season. Check this out - Ohio St. could run the table not go to the title game and not play in the Rose Bowl. Or could they? Iowa is undefeated in the conference and does not play the Buckeyes. The Hawkeyes go if they are undefeated in the conference because they have not been the most recent so could we get an Iowa-Ohio St.showdown? Not likely because the Pac Ten does not want any part of the Orange or Sugar Bowls. Hey it was just a thought!
NC St. could go undefeated and I think will beat FSU but they still have some upsets left on their schedule. There non-conference schedule will hurt them but they knew there only chance before the season to get to the title game was to be the only undefeated team left standing and FSU/Clemson have a big year.
So the BCS may finally get 3 unbeaten teams and this is going to be fun. What we know or expect now is this as for the conference tie-ins –
NC St – Orange Bowl
USC-Rose, Iowa – Rose Bowl
Oklahoma vs Notre Dame for National Title
Miami - VT winner vs NC St. in Orange?
What about Georgia? Even with a loss they go to Sugar to face undefeated Ohio St.? Then Texas at 11-1, VT - Miami loser at 11-1 going to bowls like the Cotton and Gator? If I had to pick a game this weekend to see for all the marbles it would be Oklahoma and the Irish. I think the ‘Canes have gotten complacent and really need to shore up the run defense. I would however give the Heisman to Ken Dorsey. I mean all he does is win and heck we gave Heisman's to Gino Toretta and Andre Ware!
It always seems to work out but the month of November should be the most interesting ever in college football!
Snippets and tidbits... The Georgia Bulldogs rolled up their second consecutive 500 yard plus performance on offense and they have found their rhythm. A couple of reasons - David Greene is no longer looking over his shoulde. The one-two combo of Greene and DJ Shockley is deadly and now Mark Richt is starting to look more like a genius. Also, the offensive line even without John Stinchcomb is as deep as any in the league and has taken the run blocking to another level. They are opening holes while protecting both quarterbacks in the passing game. Tony Milton did a nice job with 78 yards filling in for the injured Musa Smith. The emergence of Terence Edwards and he has become the go-to guy. It has taken 4 years but he clearly is the most polished and difficult receiver to cover in Athens. He runs all routes and is catching everything. With a healthy Fred Gibson drawing most of the attention he has stepped up. On Saturday Edwards dominated as the "go-to" guy without Gibson and delivered 5 catches for 127 yards and 3 big touchdowns.
Quick Gator note and observation...I think UF can exploit the Georgia secondary and must find different ways to protect Rex Grossman so that he can get the ball down the field. The Dogs also miss a lot of tackles in the run game and UF's offensive line will be on the spot this week in Jacksonville.