College Football Musings - Week 13

It was a night to forget in Pullman as well as South Bend. The SEC can't fill its bowl contracts, but they are certain of two spots in the BCS. It was one of the best nights FSU has had in years both on and off the field. I'll have all of those items and more coming your way in the weekly musings.

Haven't they suffered enough? --- The Washington State Cougars were 1-10 and had given up 58 or more points six times. The Washington Huskies were winless in ten games having topped 14 points just three times. Not only did the dregs of college football go head to head Saturday; they forced their loyal, suffering, embarrassed fans to sit through a double overtime event (calling it a game would be a gross exaggeration). I refuse to call either team a winner, but State scored 16 while Washington scored 13. At least the Cougars season has come to a merciful end. They play at Hawaii next week, which is a really nice trip win or lose. Washington plays at California in two weeks to make it a perfect oh-for-12.

Nice reaction Vandy --- The Commodores earned their first bowl bid in 26 years when they beat Kentucky last week. They showed the bowl folks why they don't want them coming to their game by losing to the worst Tennessee in anyone's memory this weekend. They just might end up in the Music City Bowl… in Nashville! How about that, a bowl trip you can walk to!

Fightless Irish --- Notre Dame had to win one more game to guarantee a winning season, but that was an easy task with the pathetic Syracuse Orange coming to town. Well, apparently offensive genius for life Charlie Weis was looking ahead to Southern Cal, because Notre Dame somehow lost to the ‘Cuse. Akron scored 42 on Syracuse and Connecticut put 39 on the board just last week, but brilliant Charlie managed just 23. Just think Irish fans, only seven more years and $24.5 million for this crap.

Kudos to Myron Rolle --- Florida State junior safety Myron Rolle deserves everyone's applause and respect for earning a Rhodes Scholarship on Saturday. Rolle was chosen over a group of America's best and brightest. It is a remarkable achievement. His teammates were apparently inspired as well as they put together their best performance in several years in whipping Maryland 37-3. FSU looks like a team to be respected come Saturday afternoon in Tallahassee. They day was a big jolt of positive energy for a program that really needed it.

BCS makes you wonder --- Southern Cal has one loss, as does Penn State. The team USC lost to (Oregon St.) lost to Penn State by 31 points. So how are the Trojans No. 5 and the Nittany Lions No. 8 in the BCS standings? You got me! Florida staying at four was not surprising since the Gators' workout with The Citadel was certain to hurt them with the computer geeks. Not to worry. FSU is No. 20 and Alabama is No. 1. If the Gators win their next two they WILL play for the BCS Title.

SEC Bowl Blues --- Unless Auburn upsets Alabama the SEC will fail to fill two of its bowl contracts this year. One of those spots is not the league's fault since Florida and Alabama will both receive BCS bids. The other was cinched when Arkansas lost to Mississippi State. Another problem is that for some of the games there is not an eight-win team for the other bowls. That could change if LSU, South Carolina or Ole Miss can win this week. If they all win, the bids will look a lot better. If they don't, the folks in Tampa, Dallas and Atlanta might have to welcome a five-loss team to their town. The league office will have more than a casual interest in those teams winning, along with Kentucky (at Tennessee) and Vandy (at Wake Forest).


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