Saturday, October 09, 2004

College Football Weekend Preview

Here's the current standings:

Unscathed Teams Who Have Beaten a Top Ten Team (1)

  • All Other Unscathed Teams (17)
    ASU, Boise St, Cal, Col, Georgia, Louisville, Minn, Oklahoma, Ok St, Navy, Purdue, S Miss, Texas, USC, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin

    Teams With Half-Acceptable Losses (5)
    Florida, FSU, Maryland, Miami*, Ohio St

    Teams With 1 Acceptable Loss (7)
    BC, Colorado, Fresno St, Memphis, Michigan, Missouri, Wake Forest

    Teams With 1.5 Acceptable Losses (1)

    Teams With 2 Acceptable Losses (2)
    N Illinois, Tex Tech

    Teams With Unacceptable Losses Protected By The Three Weeks Rule (7)
    Nebraska, South Carolina, Stanford, Texas A&M, UAB, UCLA, Wash St

    There's a change at the top this week. Auburn moves to the top due to their undefeated status and their victory over a top ten team (deserving or not), Tennessee. I had mistakenly had Miami in this bracket, forgetting that they had to go to overtime to beat FSU.

    Only forty teams are left now. Let's take a look at this weekend's big matchups, the playoff games (that's right, I said playoff games), and the implications for the Captain's College Football Championship (CCF).

    Playoff Games
    Oklahoma vs. Texas
    Any game on a neutral field is a must win in the CCF. Someone big goes down today, and until the Longhorns actually win this game again, you have to like Oklahoma.

    Nebraska at Texas Tech
    Texas Tech is a 7-point favorite. A loss by either team will be cause for elimination.

    The following are all games in which unscathed road teams are playing championship contenders who need to win:
    Minnesota at Michigan

  • The Little Brown Jug is not all that is at stake. Michigan is a 3.5-point favorite.

    Wisconsin at Ohio State
    Ohio State is minus 4.

    Cal at USC
    USC's is a 7-point favorite. Cal can knock them out of the race for the first time in two years with a big win right here, but I like the Trojans.

    Oklahoma State at Colorado
    The Buffaloes are on the ropes as a 6.5-point underdog at home.

    So it's a key weekend in both Big 12 and Big Ten. Lucky for me, the Red Sox wrapped up the first round last night,

  • freeing me for some serious clicking. Let's see what happens.

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