It was quite the evening in college football this weekend. We saw some early upsets in the day in the Big Ten and the big games in primetime went down to the wire, and beyond. Here are five thoughts form Saturday’s action as we wake up this Sunday morning.
1. There ain’t gonna be no rematch… or will there?
Apollo Creed told Rocky Balboa that there would be no rematch after their first championship bout. Of course, he later had a change of heart and egged Balboa back in to the ring for a much anticipated rematch. Les Miles has already said it would be an honor to play Alabama once more should the two happen to meet in a BCS championship game, the only possible way these two would face-off again this season.
Alabama is expected to drop slightly in the polls following the loss and they should be in good position to sneak back in to the championship picture with a little bit of help in the polls and from the computers and BCS rankings. Many will tell you that Alabama is the best one-loss team in the country, and perhaps they are. Would they pass an undefeated Boise State team in the BCS rankings? Maybe. But would they pass Oklahoma (with one loss) or an undefeated Stanford? What happens if Oregon defeats Stanford next weekend? Oregon’s only loss this season also came to LSU, and that was on a neutral field and the Ducks managed to actually score some points. Would Oregon pick up some votes ahead of Alabama if the two were compared side-by-side?
We will all have to wait and see how this all shapes out over the course of the remainder of November. Remember, there is plenty of football to still be played and there are a number of great games still on the schedule all over the country.
2. Oklahoma State’s defense is indeed a concern
Sure, the Oklahoma State Cowboys have an offense that will come through in the clutch but if there is an undefeated team with a glaring hole that needs to be plugged, it may be Oklahoma State. The Cowboys escaped with a victory against Kansas State this weekend but the defense continues to fail at making some feel confident in taking them as a legitimate BCS contender. The Bedlam Series game against Oklahoma at the end of the regular season will likely be a dose of reality for the Cowboys.
3. Teams going to new conferences failing to bring the swag
West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Texas A&M and Missouri have all recently said they have plans to move to a new conference home as early as 2012 (well, we’re still waiting on Missouri), so you would think that these schools would wants to show off their football programs. Unfortunately for them, they all took losses this weekend to conference rivals. Announcing a change in conference affiliation may not have much of an effect on the field, but does anyone else think that somewhere deep down inside their opponents are pumping their chests just a little more today after humbling their outgoing conference rivals?
4. Kellen Moore, Case Keenum enter NCAA record books
Houston’s Case Keenum passed Hawaii quarterback Timmy Chang for first in NCAA history in passing yards with 17,212 yards. With a few games still left in the season, the sixth-year senior still has plenty of time to pad his medical-aided record.
Meanwhile, Kellen Moore became the NCAA’s all-time wins leader for a quarterback, passing Texas Longhorn legend Colt McCoy with 46 wins. Moore, like Keenum, has time
Both quarterbacks have racked up some big numbers and win totals against what many would call inferior opponents, but at a certain point don’t you just have to say that these accomplishments are more of a trait than a competitive advantage?
5. UCLA the team to beat in the Pac-12 South?
Nobody saw this one coming, but the UCLA Bruins now control their own fate in the Pac-12 South. The Bruins seized control by knocking off Arizona State but their path to the Pac 12 championship game will be tough. Two road game sin the final three weeks include trips to Utah and USC, who may be the best team in the Pac-12 South but due to being ineligible for postseason play are ruled out of the equation. But USC’s wins and losses still count in the division standings, which is not good news for UCLA, who has struggled against the Trojans in recent history (one win in series since 1999).
Can the Bruins save Rick Neuheisel’s job with a run to the conference championship game? Better yet, can the Bruins turn the BCS picture upside down by winning a spot in the Rose Bowl?