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Hey sports fans….

#16 South Carolina, 9-2 (def. Coastal Carolina 70-10): Did you know that South Carolina goes to the SEX-iest Championship Game if my man Johnny Ca$h and Texas A&M beat Mizzeruh?  You probably did, but hey not everyone is as intelligent and informed as you, my loyal reader.  The Gamecocks have wavered on the edge of realism every week.  This week they find their way back in with an opportunity to do a little climbing by getting its finest win of the year against Clemson.

#15 Central Florida, 10-1 (def. Rutgers 41-17): As a fake conference, the American continues to have Thursday night games….just like the ACC which is incredibly confuse-able with AAC in the SportsCenter app.  Anyway, The Knights gave me a win against the spread, and that’s all I really have to say about their victory this past week.  South Florida, one of the worst BCS conference teams, waits for the season finale for the UCF.  People say things like “Any given Saturday”, but that won’t be this Saturday because South Florida is the college equivalent of the smallest kid in a red rover game.

#14 Mizzeruh, 10-1 (def. Ole Miss 24-10): So I’m 3 for 3 on spread picks thus far which is a nice change of pace from the humdrum sub-.500 weeks I have been having.  Missouri can clinch an SEX-iest Conference Championship Game berth by beating Johnny Ca$h and company.  Weirdly enough, this will be Missouri’s only win against a ranked team…which might not even be true if they win…it’s getting awkward now

#13 Michigan State 10-1 (def. Northwestern 30-6): The directionally challenged Wildcats have lost 7 in a row.  We used to think they simply didn’t know the cardinal directions, but we have learned Northwestern doesn’t know it’s sports record directions either.  On the same hand, Michigan State knows precisely what it needs to do and is set up for a showdown with Ohio State in Indianapolis.  A surprising 8-3 Minnesota team, a benefit of the weak Big Ten, winning would probably hurt Ohio State more than Michigan State, but Baylor losing kind of makes that statement stupid anyway but I’m far too past the moment to go back and delete it.

#12 Texas A&M, 8-3 (lost LSU 10-34): It was kind of a wild week, but to me this was one of the more surprising losses probably right behind the hilarious Oregon debacle for second).  Johnny Ca$h struggled mightily and if Jameis Winston isn’t guilty of being a raper might have doomed his hopes for a second straight Heisman.  The Aggies has a whole won’t be making a BCS appearance for the second straight year despite having the overall talent to do so…it’s tough having to beat all these damn SEC teams each week.

#11 Louisiana State, 8-3 (def. Texas A&M 34-10): I never gave up on you, LSU!  Even when the AP and the ESPN dropped you and made you the girl crying at the steps because your prom date is hitting on the really hot chick named Buhmuh, I was there to drive you home and hand you my handkerchief.  You’re welcome and when they come back and attempt to rank you as highly as I have all year remember they’ll drop you at the first sign of trouble…and remember who has always had your back.

#10 Oregon, 9-2 (lost 16-42): This was absolutely hilarious when I saw it on the bottomline.  I mean would anyone have picked Arizona as a trap game for Oregon?  I mean I might’ve had it been anyone but Oregon.  The Ducks have seemed untouchable for anyone aside from Stanford and then go and flush the Rose Bowl down the toilet.  Ohio State fans nationwide rejoice.  Now they have to go play a much tougher Beaver team in the Civil War??  Hmmmm…

#9 Arizona State, 9-2 (def. UCLA 38-33): So I just realized I don’t have UCLA in here…having already gotten this far I’m just going to leave the list as is, but the Bruins deserve a spot REALISM if they beat USC this week….there Bruin fans.  Arizona State makes a triumphant debut in the real world.  I had them at #18 last week, so they were always hanging around.  Now THEY CONTROL THEIR OWN DESTINY FOR THE PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP GAME AND ONLY HAVE TO BEAT ARIZONA…sorry, I went into ESPN mode for a second.  They’re good people over there in Bristol.  Anyway, they do play Arizona, known defeater of Oregon, so I guess we should just say THAT STRARNGER THINGS HAVE HAPPENED IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL.

It’s halftime.  I’m going to talk about something near and dear to my heart as an OSU alum: the Mirror Lake Jump.  Recently…like this past Tuesday, the University began a new era of Mirror Lake Jumping by enforcing some regulations for the students thanks to a completely unrelated death in the small campus landmark in August.  A former student was found drowned in the lake, and the only real excuse this blogger can think of is suicide because it is almost impossible to drown in Mirror Lake as it is rarely deeper than about 4 feet.  Using this unfortunate, unrelated accident as an excuse, Ohio State regulated the jump for the first time.  Aside from being nearly impossible to regulate, the Mirror Lake Jump has been a tradition at Ohio State since before the officials who made the regulations were in diapers; however, traditions aren’t as untouchable in an era of lawsuits.  The problem?  Ohio State never had liability for the jump as the University always sends out an email discouraging jumping and saying it is “not a sanctioned university event”.  This year, Ohio State had actual liability for anything which might have happened.  As is the norm, no one was injured in the jump…and Ohio State should be thankful.  The regulation of the jump not only enrages a student body of over 50,000, it is a terrible decision because it makes Ohio State responsible for any accidents.

#8 Stanford, 9-2 (def. California 62-13): I missed on this one, saying Stanford couldn’t be a spread winner.  The Cardinal finish up with Notre Dame in the academic bowl.  I have no qualms saying Stanford will not struggle against the Irish.

#7 Baylor, 10-1 (lost Oklahoma State 17-49): Baylor got out Baylor-ed by Okie State.  Buckeyes nation-wide rejoiced again as the AP was falling in awkward, somewhat rape-y love with Baylor.  The Bears season is by no means wasted; however, it is difficult to see them making an at-large BCS berth with Northern Illinois and/or Fresno State primed to steal at least one of those suckers and Clemson nabbing one as well…oh and don’t forget Buhmuh might be a sleeper at-large as well should Auburn beat them this weekend….sorry, Baylor.

#6 Oklahoma State, 10-1 (def. Baylor 49-17): The obliteration of Baylor by Oklahoma State gets major points with the committee.  Despite my belief that the Big 12 is terrible, there are now two teams in the second half of the RT16.  The Cowboys looked impressive in their victory…this was a location for #AmericasFavoriteDrinkingGame so a blowout was to be expected…I have bad news for Auburn now.

#5 Clemson, 10-1 (def. The Citadel 52-6): My love affair with The Citadel is well versed, so it is extremely difficult for me to write about this.  The decimation of the hero The Citadel by the coward Clemson is something no one likes to romance, so I’ll just let you know Clemson has its biggest game of the year when it hosts Georgia…ummm…hosts Florida State visits South Carolina this weekend.

#4 Auburn, 10-1 (BYE): It was an off week.  #AmericasFavoriteDrinkingGame comes to the Iron Bowl.  You up?

#3 Ohio State, 11-0 (def. Indiana 42-14): It was business as usual for the Bucks against this God awful Big Ten…not as bad as the Big 12 or ACC thanks to OSU, MSU, and WISC.  I hate abbreviation.  Ugh.

#2 Alabuhmuh, 11-0 (def. Chattanooga 49-0): Buhmuh’s defense looked stout against another terrible, just absolutely terrible opponent.  A tougher test waits in Auburn this weekend in the Gameday game.  We’ve basically only seen blowouts in the past this season for #AmericasFavoriteDrinkingLocation.  Will it be true this week?  All I know is we’ll be drinking for such things as “The Iron Bowl”, “Rivalry Week”, and “The Game”.

#1 Florida State, 11-0 (Did Jameis Winston rape things to Idaho): What if he really did rape that girl?

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Real Top 16

So Oregon, Baylor, Stanford, and Oklahoma were on bye this past week which made life a little boring, but all four of those team are playing in the most legendary Thursday night of college football maybe in history.  Stanford at Oregon and Oklahoma at Baylor sounds like back-to-back College Gameday locations; however, God’s cruelty has nothing on the NCAA’s and now we have to stay up late on a work day because fuck our lives, right?  It’s not like I’m going to miss these games…Damn sith.

#16 Missouri, 8-1 (def. Tennessee 31-3): I’m not putting this down as a loss in my upset alerts, because I was in no way serious about it.  Missouri was at home and coming off their first loss of the season, even Buzz Killington could’ve found a way to motivate a team following the South Carolina overtime debacle.  Mizzou still has complete control of the SEC East, but with Texas A&M looming and South Carolina/Georgia nipping on the heels of the Tigers, my confidence has faltered.  Having lost inexplicably up by three scores in the fourth, Mizzou might have doomed their chance at Buhmuh in the SEC Title game with the loss last weekend and the dreams of thousands…or well…hundreds.

#15 Oklahoma, 7-1 (BYE): The Sooners and Texas Longhorns fell behind UCLA upon further review by the brain trust.  Oklahoma has a chance to leap frog a few teams if they can beat Baylor this Thursday…a win which will also help their big rival Texas climb possibly as well.  Texas is still my pick to win the Big 12 this year, and Oklahoma beating Baylor actually could help the Longhorns achieve that without beating the Bears in Week 15.  Oklahoma, on the same hand, shouldn’t be kept on the outside looking in.  The Sooners have as realistic a shot as anyone, but I would think they need to beat Baylor Thursday.  I have the Bears on upset alert.

#14 Texas, 6-2 (def. Kansas 35-13): Do the Longhorns have the best defense in the Big 12?  The statement is extremely ironic as there isn’t really a good defense to be found (don’t ask me about Baylor’s 6th ranked defense in points against), but the Longhorns might have the proverbial “fastest dog with no legs” defense…or the best of the worst.  Texas has looked relatively strong since the back-to-back BYU and Ole Miss embarrassments, and has three AP teams left on the schedule in Okie State, Texas Tech, and Baylor.  Chances to improve one’s standing are inevitable.

#13 Central Florida, 6-1 (BYE): The Knights slide a spot too thanks to my sudden belief in UCLA (it was always there, UCLA…always (smiley face)).  Central Florida beat Louisville and arguably outplayed South Carolina, so there is still reason to have faith in the Knights abilities to win their BCS Game come January.  I don’t want to get the hopes of America’s second largest public university by undergraduate students too excited, but we’ll find out in January just how good this team really is when they likely will play either Florida State, Miami Florida, or Clemson in the Orange Bowl.

#12 UCLA, 6-2  (def. Colorado 45-23): UCLA’s fall to #20 in the AP is one of those things I’ll never quite understand about the NCAA and college sports, but I suppose I must deal with.  The Bruins have lost to the teams currently ranked #3 and #5 in the BCS.  They gave Oregon a phenomenal game (really the only challenge the Ducks have had all season) for the bulk of the contest and played Stanford close as well.  Name me a team besides Buhmuh and Florida State you think could even have a chance of hanging around with both of those teams.  UCLA might have one of the worst signature wins in the RT16, but they might get just what the doctor ordered and another shot at either Pac-12 North heavyweight come December.

#11 Wisconsin, 6-2 (def. Iowa 28-9): Kirk Herbstreit this week on America’s favorite drinking game show called Wisconsin the best team in the Big Ten before correcting himself to “Second best team in the Big Ten”.  As an Ohio State alum, fully aware I share the honor with the disdain for and dishonored Herbstreit, I immediately thought of the 40 minutes of dominance the Buckeyes showed before Jared Abb…something torched us.  Still, Wisconsin is way better than people have given them credit and finally got a defensive performance this past weekend.  Now, Iowa is no Ohio State (much less an Oregon or Florida State), but still holding any team to 6 points is impressive.  Wisconsin plays a pretty talented BYU team this week, but I’m leaving the Badgers off of this week’s upset alert.

#10 Miami Florida, 7-1 (lost Florida State 41-14): I’d say fallen on hard times, but in all honesty Miami simply played a team that was a shit load better on the road in primetime.  Anyone who gave the Canes a chance was either in denial or thought this was a basketball game.  The U was the first team to really rattle Jameis Winston a bit, forcing two picks, but FSU was too fast and talented on third down.  Miami’s season is far from over.  A rematch at a neutral site in the ACC Championship game might seem more even to the Canes, but they shouldn’t get their hopes up…a loss might make them this year’s Georgia and knock them from the BCS Bowl chase (for some reason).

#9 Auburn, 8-1 (def. arKANASAS 35-17): Welcome to the new era of Auburn football.  Aside from the most embarrassing fake injury in sports history, Auburn was probably well pleased with the effort against Bret Bielema, his weight, and his wife.  It hasn’t gotten the other Tigers from the SEC into the latter half of the RT16, but being right of the heels of LSU is never a bad place in this world.  Tennessee has proven more than once that winning in Neyland Stadium is no easy task this year.  Am I putting Auburn on upset alert?  I don’t want to be a soft ass again this week, so yeah I’ll put the Tigers on upset alert this weekend.

It’s halftime…I don’t really have a talking point this year, so we’ll just go with HAPPY BIRTHDAY E and ZAC!  You know who you are.

#8 Louisiana State, 7-2 (BYE): Buhmuh plays LSU this weekend…Oregon plays Stanford on Thursday…and Oklahoma plays Baylor on Thursday…one of the finest weeks of college football has all of these teams coming off of a bye week.  LSU might be the team which would most need the BYE and will undoubtedly be the biggest underdog of all of the teams which will be dogs this week…Think of them as the bull mastiff of underdogs.  Ironically, LSU might also be the most talented of all the dogs as well…it just doesn’t seem to have the personal to take down Buhmuh.

#7 Baylor, 7-0 (BYE): After some fact digging the past week, I decided I needed to drop Baylor down a little bit…in fact I need to drop them a lot further down.  The highest ranked team in the BCS standings Baylor has played is Kansas State (65th last week), winning by only 10 points.  The only other team in the FBS which has a .500 or better record is Buffalo (6-2) as West Virginia (4-5), Kansas (2-6), and Iowa State (1-7) are all complete garbage.  Now, I don’t want to get too crazy, because Baylor has looked dominant against these terrible teams.  Losing this Thursday, however, will do more than knock Baylor down the list…it’ll prove they aren’t REAL.

#6 Stanford, 7-1 (BYE): Stanford knocked Oregon from the BCS Title game last year, and the Cardinal are looking to prove again they deserve looks for a REAL National Championship with a win this week.  I’d reckon a win catapults the Cardinal to where the Ducks are currently sitting (2nd)…although I might have some difficulties if Buhmuh beats LSU.  Stanford is going to have to grind more than it did last year, as Oregon’s offense has looked more unstoppable than ever.  We’ll see…you want a pick?  I’m sticking to my rankings this week and taking Oregon.

#5 Clemson, 8-1 (def. Virginia 59-10): The Tiger’s offense has fully recovered from the Florida State whomping of 2013.  Clemson won’t be winning any REAL National Titles as long as Florida State is undefeated, but we must keep in mind, losing to Florida State is better than losing to pretty much any team and Clemson does have wins over Georgia, Maryland (but who fucking cares about Maryland?), and South Carolina looming.  Thankfully for the Tigers, REAL rankings take into account that Georgia was not the neutered, hobbled Georgia which lost to Mizzou and Vandy, but the superpower which held Top 5 rank in the RT16.

#4 Ohio State, 9-0 (def. Purdue 56-0): I’d argue Ohio State’s offense is as unstoppable as any in the country, and while I’m probably wrong, the Buckeyes without a doubt have a top 5 offensive unit and COULD score with any team on a given night.  Braxton Miller is putting up Marcus Mariota numbers on the same competition Mariota put up those video game stats earlier this year (Nickel State, Colorado, Virginia…remember these teams, Oregon?).  I’m not one of those naive OSU fans who thinks we’re never going to lose again; however, there is no reason to believe the Bucks will be anything but 13-0 when they play their bowl game this year.  With Stanford playing Oregon, Buhmuh playing LSU, and Baylor playing Oklahoma, Ohio State could be #2 in the AP after this week…but certainly not in the RT16.

#3 Buhmuh, 8-0 (BYE): Va-Tech’s near defeat of the Tide keeps looking more and more ominous for Buhmuh.  The Tide might have shed the defensive worries of the Texas A&M game, but to be fair Ole Miss’s 48th ranked scoring offense is the best they’ve played since…the scoring woes also appear gone…but Ole Miss has had the best defense the Tide have played since Va-Tech and Buhmuh put up only 25 on the Rebels.  I’m not 100% sold on Buhmuh’s all-around abilities going into the rivalry game with LSU, certainly not as sold as Paul Finebaum’s ears are….you want a pick?  Simply because I want Buhmuh to lose, I’m putting the Tide on upset alert and taking LSU to win this game by a single point, 24-23.

#2 Oregon, 8-0 (BYE): They have beaten UCLA and Washington…they have demolished every other team in it’s way…but finally Oregon faces a team which has given the Ducks nightmares.  I’m not putting Oregon on upset alert, but if the Cardinal lose to a 10.5 spread I’d be surprised.  Spread spoiler, Oregon gets the win, Stanford gets the check.

#1 Florida State, 8-0 (def. The U 41-14): A nice palindromic victory for the Noles leave them still atop the RT16.  Florida State has looked nearly unbeatable…even more than Oregon if anyone thought that possible.  Boston College giving Florida State it’s only real scare is absolutely laughable to me, but Florida State needs to not get caught up in its current success, because usually the Wake Forests of the world are the ones which end National Championship hopes.

The Real Top 16

We’re about to embark on a journey, my friends, through the final 5 weeks of a college football season which may produce three undefeated teams for just the second time in the BCS era…even more to the point, we may have four unbeaten teams when it is all said and done.  It will be interesting to see where the dominoes fall and if Fresno State and Northern Illinois have the chance to be BCS Busters.  It should be fun.

#16 Missouri, 7-1 (lost South Carolina 24-27): I feel like the more hyped I get about a team, the more likely they are to lose.  I was excited about Mizzou’s prospects, after all, they had just muzzled Georgia and Florida.  With Crocodile Dundee (respect) smiling down, the Tigers fell to earth themselves at the hands of the South Carolina Gamecocks.  Now, no one can blame the kicker for the loss, it is irrational to ever blame defeat on one play, and Missouri’s defense muffed the game long before the ill-fated,  wobbling kick was rejected Mutombo-style in the second OT.  Blame whomever you want, but for now we can only point fingers at the worst coach in college sports, Frank Haith.

#15 UCLA. 5-2 (lost Oregon 14-42): The Bruins were in this game up until the beginning of the fourth quarter.  Look, the 28 margin of victory seems large, but remember the Ducks were actually favored by 24, so they barely conquered the spread.  UCLA was the first team to hold Marcus Mariota in check and further my argument that Mariota is in no way college football’s most valuable player (although jury still out as he has 0 interceptions).  The biggest loser of the game might be Brett Hundley as the question of who should be the first quarterback taken in April became a little murkier once more thanks to an outing more resembling a grade school contest than anything.  I’d have taken long graduated Mark Harmon over Hundley on Saturday…after all Mark Harmon is so damn cool.

#14 Oklahoma, 7-1 (def. Texas Tech 38-30): Texas Tech was never considered real by the brain trust here in Columbus, but we’ll give props to Oklahoma on beating the clearly AP overrated Red Raiders….so props.  The Sooners aren’t dead in the Big 12 race, but are behind both Baylor and Texas.  I’m sure after Texas did it’s finest “Get Mack fired” routine earlier this season you though the Longhorns worthless come bowl talk time…well…

#13 Texas, 5-2 (def. 30-7): Try as they might, Texas Christian was unable to have Jesus stop the impending beating, but our Lord and Savior managed to delay it 3 hours.  I was so high on Texas at the beginning of this season, and then the Longhorns laid eggs against BYU and Ole Miss…and by laid eggs I mean gave up a comical 550 and 275 yards respectively.  Since then the Longhorns have looked pretty damn impressive and hell might even sneak into the Fiesta Bowl.  When one’s to-do list for a BCS Bowl says “Beat Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, and Baylor”, that team starts to feel a little giddy.  Texas has been the emotional equivalent of a 18 year-old girl, but they might just be blossoming into a beautiful young women (it’s not weird because I said 18, right?))

#12 Central Florida, 7-1 (def. UConn 62-17): Any avid NCAA ’12 player might have been able to tell you the future of the Knights…well that person was my good friend Cenz who portended a team with quite a shitload of talent on the offensive side of the ball.  Well, the Knights outscored Teddy Under The Bridgewater before smashing in UConn’s extremely fragile faces this week.  The American Conference champion gets….ugh….an automatic bid to a BCS Bowl and that appears to be automatic for the Knights.  We always fear disappointment here at the RT16, but Central Florida should probably not do that.

#11 Wisconsin, 5-2 (BYE): You’re going to criticize me, aren’t you?  The Badgers have been steamrolling.  I wonder how those tough SEC defenses would fair, but we may never find out.  Wisconsin could be on the fast tack to an at-large this January, but it will need some help from the top.  There’s no reason to expect anyone to slow down the Badgers offense from here on out, after all, they already suffered their inevitable defeat at the hands of the Buckeyes in Week 5.  Expect total destruction of Iowa this Saturday.

#10 Auburn, 7-1 (def. FAU 45-10): Utter dominance?  Well, eliminate the fourth quarter and you have a very similar outcome, so yeah I’d so say pretty well dominated.  This might have been a Russell Crowe-Joaquin Phoenix type of mismatch, but you still have to hold serve.  Auburn goes to play at the Piglets and Bielema’s wife this upcoming weekend.  No reason to expect a letdown, but that’s what Va-Tech was so this weekend (#BOOM #ROASTED).

#9 Louisiana State, 6-2 (def. Furman 48-16): We’ll have to wait one more weekend for the return of College Gameday to the SEC (no doubt going to Tuscaloosa, right?)  Any ideas for the CGDG this week are both encouraged and appreciated (but we here in C-Bus can try to make due without).

It’s futchin’ halftime.  Time to relax, sit back, and talk about how funny it was that my Tweeter account for the blog was replied to by some idiotic Cardinals fan last night.  Moments after Berry of the Red Sox, he is no even important enough for me to know his first name….I think he’s like a poor man’s Billy Hamilton, stole second, I twittered about how Yadier Molina was overrated having a 100% stolen against rating in the 2013 World Series (this was the Sox first attempt at theft, see).  My main man Jeremy Tucker (@jstknxvol) replies, quoth the blogger, “@Yadamblog Sox have stolen ZERO bases while Cards have stolen 3 #knowthestory”.  Now, being polite and always encouraging of criticism and correction replied pretty mildly to the man’s blatant stupidity, but hey it’s tough knowing your a fan of Satan’s team (St. Louis Cardinals).  It just goes to show that sometimes you just shouldn’t be on Twitter, even if you’re only embarrassing yourself to 4 followers who are probably the same people who only talked to you in high school because you were the 1980’s equivalent of Steven Glansberg.  It’s refreshing to know that while I may have incorrectly predicted the upset of Stanford on Saturday, I am yet to try and call out a world renowned blogger on a sarcastic tweet while simultaneously being wrong about a game my team is playing in which is for the world championship of the team’s sport.  So long as my boy Jeremy is out parading around the streets of Knoxville, fighting the good fight, I know that I am not the absolute worst sports fan in this great country.

#8 Miami Florida, 7-0 (def. Wake Forest 24-21): Taking Wake against the spread this week was a fundamental call.  I would expect nothing less of Miami than to make this game uncomfortably close just like UNC a week ago.  The Hurricanes are limping into Tallahassee at a pace slower than Allen Craig’s jaunt to first last night on a ball off the fence…and they don’t even have a bloody sprained ankle.

#7 Stanford, 7-1 (def. Oregon State 20-12): Stanford did not just slow down the Oregon State passing offense, they…well no that’s about all they did.  Stanford “held” Sean Mannion and the bunch to just 271 yards passing, but it was the 8 sacks that caused the bulk of the damage…and 4 Beaver fourth down failures inside the Stanford 35 yard line.  The Cardinal and Oregon Ducks will play in the annual “Can Stanford knock Oregon out of the BCS Title Game” rivalry game on a bloody Thursday next week, November 7th.   It’s the only reason I feel confident in saying College Gameday will be in Tuscaloosa.  Thursday night game…what is this, The American?  C’mon man.

#6 Clemson, 7-1 (def. Maryland 40-27): Clemson’s BCS Title hopes seem so far gone, but it doesn’t need loads of help to climb back into the REAL race.  Clemson is mere percentage points ahead of Stanford, but is nipping on the heels of the five unbeatens ahead of them.  Only Florida State has reason to be ahead of Clemson after suffering a loss…since the Noles were the equivalent of a suave handsome man at a date party with Clemson playing the role of drunken sorority slut just a few days back.

#5 Baylor, 7-0 (def. Kansas 59-14): My scheduling in advance of Baylor’s rise in the AP has appeared to have come to an end.  The Bears might not be able to leapfrog anyone else, yes even the schedule-ly challenged Buckeyes.  “Help Wanted” is being posted outside the big ‘ol cave in Waco as Baylor sees one of the few National Championship opportunities the program has ever seen blockaded by four prestigious schools with unblemished marks.  Baylor has no reason to fear the upcoming stretch, but the trickiest games are the first and last with Big 12 stalwarts Oklahoma and Texas looming in those spots respectively.  I am portending a Bear victory against the Sooners this weekend, but I’m sure many lesser analysts will have the Bears on upset alert.

#4 Ohio State, 8-0 (obliterated Penn State): This type of domination has been a long time coming for the Buckeyes this season.  The defense was finally serviceable.  I think Braxton has finally hushed any Kenny Guiton talk, after all, he was an absolute juggernaut against what many would agree was Ohio State’s last difficult test before The Game.  If the Bucks could produce such a prestigious effort on a cold January night, many critics of the OSU schedule would be quieted.  Ohio State is still the least respectable of the Big 4 and just inches ahead of the ferocious Baylor passing game, but Ohio State can only beat the teams on the schedule, unlike Stanford, Clemson, Missouri, and Georgia this season, and prove itself come January.

#3 Alabuhmuh, 8-0 (mauled Tennessee 45-10): Buhmuh was one of the members 3 top 5 maulings this weekend and had perhaps the second most impressive (behind Ohio State).  Buhmuh appears dead set on making my life painful once more and winning a National Championship…REAL Title pending.

#2 Oregon, 8-0 (def. UCLA 42-14): Two things keep Oregon at #2: 1) We cannot be sure how talented UCLA really is.  The two big games UCLA has played this year are Stanford and Oregon…and have scored a mere 24 points in those two contests.  The win at Nebraska remains a bright spot…but Nebraska lost to Minnesota this weekend in one of the most disappointing moments in RT16 history.  2) Oregon wasn’t quite as dominant as you might expect in a 28 point win, and the offense will have to be better against Stanford.  Ben Hogan will be very consistent and the Stanford offense won’t make the mistakes we saw UCLA make late in the game.  Oregon can’t expect favors on that goddamn Thursday night.

#1 Florida State, (shivved NC State 49-17): The Seminoles are still the REALest team at there at this juncture.  That destruction of Clemson is still fresh in the minds of the brain trust and even costing us a win against the spread wasn’t enough to drop Florida State from the top spot.

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