We are starting to see things a little more clearer now. Of the preseason AP Top 10, seven teams (USC, LSU, Oklahoma, Georgia, Florida State, Michigan, Arkansas) have at least one loss. Alabama, Oregon, and South Carolina are still standing.
Utah: Isn't it interesting how the 10-win seasons and all the talk about how the poor little guy doesn't get a fair shot has gone away now that the Utes have joined a real conference where they play big boy football week-in and week-out? Utah is 10-8 overall and 4-7 in conference play since joining the PAC-12 in 2011. Don't be surprised if Kyle Whittingham jumps ship this off-season.
TCU: See above. This is your future. Frogs lose at home to Iowa State (I love those guys) 37-23.
Iowa State: Since everyone is piling on Gene Chizik, I might as well point out that ISU is better off without him. They were 5-19 with him. Without him, they are 22-21 with two bowls in three years (4-1 this year). The Cyclones will get hammered in the coming weeks (Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas) but let them have their sad little annual moment.
Florida State: To the surprise of nobody outside of northwestern South Carolina and northern Florida not named Phil Steele, the ACC is officially eliminated from from the BCS Championship. The Seminoles' path was laid out before them and they went to sleep against NC State. It would take a lot of craziness for FSU to get into the big game.
The Red River Shootout: (or Red River Rivalry as the politically correct crowd call it) is always circled on the calendar but this year it is not for the reason the Big XII folks were hoping. With both participants having one loss at home, the loser of Oklahoma-Texas is pretty much eliminated from any National Championship talks. Furthermore, the seat of the losing coach will go up in temperature a few degrees. Since Alabama's smackdown of the Longhorns, Mack Brown has gone 17-13.
Ohio State: Thanks to a weak schedule, the Buckeyes are 6-0 and looking to run the table against the dregs of the Big Ten. #25 Michigan is the only team on their schedule who is currently ranked. If by chance the Fighting Urbans - who are not eligible for postseason play - go 12-0, expect their fans to claim some kind of mythical National Championship – like our friends on the other side of the state did in 1993.
Northwestern: Alas, poor Wildcats. We barely knew ye. Now, get thee to a nunnery... or back to obscurity. (39-28 loss to Penn State)
* A few updates: Georgia Tech must have heard our laughter because defensive coordinator Al Groh was fired. Can Paul Johnson be far behind?...Oregon State is still undefeated but just lost their starting QB Sean Mannion to a knee injury...WKU (4-1) keeps trucking along. The Hilltoppers play at Troy Thursday night.