And then they played off.
Well, sort of. Some of the games are just the last one of the season, and they don’t even decide the conference champion in all the FBS conferences. Iowa State at Kansas State, for example: seems like a waste of time. Can’t they not, and say they did?
Tulsa, which beat Notre Dame last year, is 8-4 and done for the season, except for the Booger Bowl. We’ll find out about the bowl action after this weekend’s festivities.
The game of the week is a tough call, but a strong argument can be made that it’s the Bedlam match-up in Stillwater. That’s because Georgia is unlikely to beat LSU, of course. Assuming LSU rolls, the BCS won’t change in a way that matters very much after this weekend. The extreme unlikelihood of a shocker on the Bayou means the Sooners and Cowboys are basically playing for the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and the Oklahoma bragging rights – but the game is almost always, well, Bedlam. The Cowboys are giving 3, and the way the Sooners have been lounging around buffing their nails and answering their text messages during football games, it could easily be more. It will be interesting to see how well prepared OSU is for the Bell Dozer.
The service academies have that one more game left to play, and will meet for it on the 10th in the usual spot. Go NAVY!!!!!! Congratulations to Chair Force on the Commander’s Trophy.
Competing strongly for game of the week is Virginia Tech’s rematch with Clemson for the ACC crown. The maturing Thomas offense, featuring runners (including Thomas himself) who can keep gaining positive yardage while carrying at least two defensive backs, looks to do much better against the Tigers this time around. The Hokies have the respect of the oddsquad, giving a frisky 7 at this hour. Discover Orange Bowl bound!
Nevada gives 20 hosting Idaho’s untidy Vandals in one of those “gee, they’re still playing?” games lying around this week. The Wolf Pack should have no trouble with them, but we’ve said that before. We’d like to see Nevada finish strong and get a Booger Bowl.
In the best of the rest, Houston will be hosting Southern Miss for the C-USA title game. The Golden Eagles weren’t quite as dominating in the East division as Houston in the West, losing a couple of squeakers to low-performing Marshall and UAB. We figure you can take whatever points the Cougars are offering.
The inaugural Big “10” title showdown features #15 Wisconsin at #13 Michigan State, and could definitely be a good game. Ranking-wise, it’s also definitely the most evenly matched of the conference showdowns.
We shouldn’t neglect the Friday action, however. Not that we’re expecting much from UCLA at Oregon, with a fired Rick Neuheisel on the sidelines to coach one last game (unless he also coaches whatever Booger Bowl the 6-6 Bruins may go to?). And everybody feeling icky, like they just discovered a bug in their soda. The Ducks shouldn’t have a lot of difficulty winning their spot in the Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio.
Thursday-football enthusiasts can catch West Virginia at South Florida tomorrow. There don’t seem to have been any miscellaneous Midwestern match-ups lurking early in the week, but danged if there isn’t one on Friday night. Ohio at Northern Illinois.
With the BCS basically shaped up, it can be hard to find inspiring news. But we are excited to report that the Mean Green of North Texas is actually giving points – yes, giving points – in their season-ender hosting the Blue Raiders of Middle Tennessee. The oddsbubbas have the 4-7 Mean Green giving 5 to a 2-9 Blue Raider squad. They’ll be burning the town down in Denton.