First round of “playoffs” begins on Saturday

The first BCS Standings will be released two weeks from this Sunday. And right now it’s pretty clear that if they keep winning, Alabama and Ohio State are going to be 1-2.

But after that I’m not so sure. Will Boise State, the Cinderella, be No. 3?

And for all of you folks who want a playoff (and for the record, I want a four-team playoff),  just consider that a whole lot can happen between now and Oct. 17. Before the first BCS Standings are released:

No. 1 Alabama, which just escaped with a close win at Arkansas, will play No. 7 Florida (4-0) at home and No. 22 South Carolina (3-1) on the road.

No. 2 Ohio State will play No. 9 Wisconsin (4-0) on the road and at night.

No. 3 Boise State will play New Mexico State (0-3), Toledo (3-1), and San Jose State (1-3). The computers won’t like that.

No. 4 Oregon will play No. 13 Stanford (4-0) on Saturday  in a monster game.

No. 5 TCU willl play Colorado State (1-3), Wyoming (1-3), and BYU (1-3). Speaking of  BYU, the Cougars sure picked an interesting time in their football history to go independent.

No. 6 Nebraksa will play at Kansas State (4-0) and at home against No. 16 Texas (3-1).

No. 7 Florida will play at No. 1 Alabama (4-0) and at home against No. 10 LSU (4-0).

No. 8 Oklahoma will play No. 16 Texas in Dallas.

No. 9 Wisconsin will play at No. 21 Michigan State (4-0) and at home against No. 2 Ohio State (4-0).

No. 10 LSU will play Tennessee at home and at No. 7 Florida (4-0).

Given what you see on that schedule, how many upsets will there be and what will be the Top 5 in the first BCS Standings?

Here are mine:

1. Alabama

2. Ohio State

3. Oregon

4. Boise State

5. Nebraska

Your thoughts, please.

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408 comments Add your comment

bamafan

September 28th, 2010
2:46 pm

No Pat – thanks for confirming the stat about the probations. I have no doubt that Toomer’s Corner is a fine place for ESPN Game Day. The real issue is why Trish and others are not content to simply support their team…………telling everyone that another school is trash is the main reason Auburn fans were recently voted the most obnoxious in the SEC and one of the principal reasons why Auburn gets no respect.

BAMA dude

September 28th, 2010
2:46 pm

One should not onfuse a young secondary with a weak one. A weak one leaks yards and points like a sieve. A young but talented one gives up some big plays on busted coverages but makes an equal number of them. Mark Barron is a veteran stud leader at safety, Dre Kirkpatrick is a first round pick in the making and DeMarcus Milliner isn’t far behind. Robert Lester, the other safety, is intercepting balls left and right.

Funny thing, I’m not big on making predictions but last week I mentioned that Bama had given up only one TD in three games coming in, Mallett might get two. Turns out I was dead on- Mallett got two TDs with his three INTs. I don’t see Florida getting in the end zone more than twice either, especially since their passing game looks average.

Not Pat Sulley

September 28th, 2010
2:49 pm

“Auburn fans were recently voted the most obnoxious in the SEC and one of the principal reasons why Auburn gets no respect.”

LOLOL!!!! You must be referring to one, Mark Bradley!!!!! Gee, imagine a guy who loves UGA calling Auburn fans obnoxious.

He also wrote that Auburn went through a lot of coaches which they have not. Auburn has had 4 coaches since 1980.

Not Pat Sulley

September 28th, 2010
2:49 pm

“one of the principal reasons why Auburn gets no respect.”

What are you talking about?

Not Pat Sulley

September 28th, 2010
2:50 pm

BAMA dude

I predict Tebow will cry from Denver.

gcs

September 28th, 2010
2:54 pm

Boise State is NO Cinderella. They are the ugly step-sister who gets all the undeserved attention.

Oregon-Stanford is a monster game. Alabama-Florida is Godzilla.

BYU picked an interesting time to go independent:
By “interesting”, do you mean “stupid”?

1. Alabama
2. Ohio State
3. Oregon
4. Nebraska
5. Boise State

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Old School

September 28th, 2010
2:55 pm

“The only reason Bama gets attention is because of one Bear Bryant. Take him out of the equation and Bama is a regular football program.”

Ever heard of Coach Wade and Coach Thomas?

Not Pat Sulley

September 28th, 2010
2:59 pm

“Ever heard of Coach Wade and Coach Thomas?”

Yep and neither one are talked about as much as Bear.

Old School

September 28th, 2010
3:02 pm

My point being they were great coaches making the Tide the first great southern power and 4-1-1 in the Rose Bowl before Coach Bryant became HC at Alabama. Bryant simply overshadows all.

Not Pat Sulley

September 28th, 2010
3:05 pm

Old School

Not arguing that at all. They were great coaches. Some of the best.

Not Pat Sulley

September 28th, 2010
3:06 pm

Old School

See my other points about Auburn. Bama fans seem to always state their own opinions about Auburn and how they don’t get respect which is totally untrue. Auburn has had a few bad things happen to them. 2004 being the most recent.

Auburn has had a great football tradition.

Truth

September 28th, 2010
3:07 pm

Auburn fans… smh

Old School

September 28th, 2010
3:13 pm

Not Pat Sulley

I agree with your point about AU 100%. 6 SEC titles, 2 Heisman winners and with the exception of Southern Cal, probably no school has turned out more exceptional RBs. And yes, 2004 was the royal shaft.

Not Pat Sulley

September 28th, 2010
3:19 pm

Old School

Yeah, and you can understand why we’d be steamed about 2004. Especially when it turned out that USC had their title stripped from them.

5IML

September 28th, 2010
3:30 pm

Present day – 2004 = 6 years ago.

And Auburn fans complain about BAMA fans living in the past.

Not Pat Sulley

September 28th, 2010
3:33 pm

“And Auburn fans complain about BAMA fans living in the past.”

What do expect when other people bring it up? The AJC sports writers have brought that topic up 3 times this year.

Blame them.

5IML

September 28th, 2010
3:37 pm

Ignore the topic and post something completely off subject. That’s what most of us do anyway.

BAMA dude

September 28th, 2010
3:48 pm

How was 2004 the shaftfor Aubie? What did USC do to cheat exactly? It’s not like they were paying the players or recruiting the players based on the premise that they could get paid. A couple of the kids took money from agents while at school there which, frankly, I don’t think the NCAA should police anyway. That Auburn team was not the best in the country and blew any chance to complain and/or earn a split title by barely beating Va Tech in their bowl. Miami in 2000 had a legitimate beef, beating FSU head to head and being ahead in both human polls but missing on computer rankings. They proved their point, spanking Florida in the Sugar. The 2001 Oregon team was passed over in favor of a Nebraska team that had just been waxed in the Big 12 championship, giving up 62 points to Colorado. Oregon went on to beat the same Buffaloes team by 20 plus in the Fiesta. You can’t whine after the fact when you struggled to win against an inferior opponent.

5IML

September 28th, 2010
3:48 pm

For example, Ingram was “fighting mad” (as they say in south Alabama) at the end of the Arkansas game because Ark players were punching MCElroy during the pile up after the quarterback sneak.

See how I completely ignored the topic and went in my own direction? Now you try it.

bamafan

September 28th, 2010
4:00 pm

Sully – yes Bama fans live in the past. It was absolutely understandable during the dark ages of Dubose (all but 99), Franchione (even 10 wins in 2002 was not enough), and Shula (10 wins in 2005 were not enough since last two games were losses to LSU and Auburn). I didn’t even mention Mike Price – so yes, we were living in the past. Today, we are living in the present. Everybody does it.
Until Gene Chizik can win the SEC title, Auburn will live in the past – I believe the year is 2004.

5IML

September 28th, 2010
4:02 pm

BAMA dude,

Aub also struggled against a bad BAMA team on national TV to end the season. Follow that with beating a team (UT) you had already beaten that season, and it just wasn’t gonna happen for Aub.

I do disagree with you about USC. I’d guess that agents and USC’s coaches made it known that playing there was a paid internship. That would definitely affect recruiting.

Not Pat Sulley

September 28th, 2010
4:06 pm

“That Auburn team was not the best in the country and blew any chance to complain and/or earn a split title by barely beating Va Tech in their bowl.”

That same Va Tech was unranked when USC beat them by 8 points.

“Aub also struggled against a bad BAMA team on national TV to end the season.”

Yeah, and Bama struggle even worse against an unranked Auburn team last year.

BAMA dude

September 28th, 2010
4:06 pm

5IML, something like that would have come out long before it did, and would have carried something resembling a death penalty. Bottom line is that Reggie Bush was their Antonio Langham. Very similar offenses and similar penalties.

5IML

September 28th, 2010
4:06 pm

bamafan,

Shula finished the 2005 season by beating Texas Tech. But, if you mean the 2005 calendar year, you are correct.

Stallings is being honored at halftime of the game on Saturday. If Shula was in attendance and flashed on the jumbotron during the game, what do you think the crowd reaction would be?

Not Pat Sulley

September 28th, 2010
4:06 pm

“Until Gene Chizik can win the SEC title, Auburn will live in the past – I believe the year is 2004.”

Uh…..he’s in his second season. It took Saban three years before he won his at Bama.

5IML

September 28th, 2010
4:07 pm

BAMA dude,

An agent steered OJ Mayo to USC. Why couldn’t agents steer football players to lenient programs?

Not Pat Sulley

September 28th, 2010
4:08 pm

“You can’t whine after the fact when you struggled to win against an inferior opponent.”

Oh the hypocrisy.

Bama barely got passed TN and Auburn last year and both teams were not ranked.

BAMA dude

September 28th, 2010
4:10 pm

Actually, Virginia Tech played USC in the first week that year and lost 24-13. Much different than a three point bowl game win. Besides, the beef would have been with OU if it was with anybody. After getting the shaft the year before USC was going for sure.

Not Pat Sulley

September 28th, 2010
4:10 pm

“How was 2004 the shaftfor Aubie?”

Gee, I don’t know, Einstein. (sarcasm)

Could it be that Auburn went undefeated in the SEC, beat 5 top 25 teams, set an all-time NFL recruiting record etc?????????

Yeah, I can’t imagine how Auburn got screwed? (sarcasm)

BAMA dude

September 28th, 2010
4:11 pm

Uh…..he’s in his second season. It took Saban three years before he won his at Bama.

What was Saban’s SEC record in year two? Anybody remember?

Not Pat Sulley

September 28th, 2010
4:11 pm

“Actually, Virginia Tech played USC in the first week that year and lost 24-13.”

VT was not ranked when USC played them. So, if we’re gonna play your “gotcha” game, then USC should have beaten a non ranked VT team by 100 points.

“After getting the shaft the year before USC was going for sure.”

USC lost to Stanford which got them left out of the championship in 2003.

Not Pat Sulley

September 28th, 2010
4:12 pm

“What was Saban’s SEC record in year two? Anybody remember?”

5-1.

We’re still in Chizek’s second year at Auburn and he’s……..2-0 in the SEC so far.

King Gator

September 28th, 2010
4:12 pm

Gators over Bama – 27-21 in a very physical game! Go Gators! Dawgs pick it up already..

5IML

September 28th, 2010
4:17 pm

No Pat,

In 2004, Auburn put forth a ho-hum, lackluster effort against 6-4 BAMA team.

Last year, BAMA fought from behind to triumph over a scrappy 7-4 Auburn team that came out with guns ablazing and trick plays and onside kicks and the Tropper towel.

As you can clearly see, the difference is Auburn’s lack national appeal. With a solid year this year, followed up with Heisman-hyping for CAM going into next year, you can overcome the national disinterest.

Not Pat Sulley

September 28th, 2010
4:20 pm

“In 2004, Auburn put forth a ho-hum, lackluster effort against 6-4 BAMA team.”

In 2009, Bama put forth a ho-hum lackluster effort and came back with .52 seconds to beat a 7-5 Auburn team.

“Last year, BAMA fought from behind to triumph over a scrappy 7-4 Auburn team that came out with guns ablazing and trick plays and onside kicks and the Tropper towel.”

HAHAAHAH! Keep on digging, 5ML, someday you’ll come up with an argument that makes sense.

“As you can clearly see, the difference is Auburn’s lack national appeal.”

What the F%^% does that even mean? No one outside of Tuscaloosa gives a crap about Alabama.

“With a solid year this year, followed up with Heisman-hyping for CAM going into next year, you can overcome the national disinterest.”

The mind of a bama fan is too damn funny.

BAMA dude

September 28th, 2010
4:20 pm

Auburn didn’t get screwed. No way the Sooners led by Jason White and Adrian Peterson were getting passed up for Aubie.

And what is this crap you keep spewing about some NFL draft record? They had five kids drafter, four in the first round (though Jason Campbell had no business being drafted that high.) The only records set there might be school records.

Not Pat Sulley

September 28th, 2010
4:22 pm

5IML

What do records have to do with “national appeal?”

If this were a popularity contest, Alabama would be dead last in national appeal.

BAMA dude

September 28th, 2010
4:22 pm

Not Pat Sulley, you might want to recheck Saban’s SEC record in year two. 5-1 is not the answer.

BAMA dude

September 28th, 2010
4:23 pm

King gator, didn’t you pick Bama to win this morning?

Not Pat Sulley

September 28th, 2010
4:24 pm

“Auburn didn’t get screwed. No way the Sooners led by Jason White and Adrian Peterson were getting passed up for Aubie.”

55-14. Yep, dem Sooners sure wuz great.

“And what is this crap you keep spewing about some NFL draft record?’

Four Auburn Players Taken In First Round Of NFL Draft

AUBURN — The Auburn football program made history during the first day of the 2005 National Football League Draft Saturday as four Tigers were drafted in the first round, becoming the first school in Southeastern Conference history to have four first round draft picks in the same year. Running backs Ronnie Brown and Carnell Williams were taken by the Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the second and fifth overall picks, while cornerback Carlos Rogers and quarterback Jason Campbell were both taken by the Washington Redskins with the ninth and 25th overall selections.

Not Pat Sulley

September 28th, 2010
4:25 pm

“you might want to recheck Saban’s SEC record in year two. 5-1 is not the answer.”

8-1. My bad

Not Pat Sulley

September 28th, 2010
4:26 pm

BAMA dude

Whatever happened to the almighty Matt Leinart, Heisman winner?

BAMA dude

September 28th, 2010
4:26 pm

OK, so it was an SEC record. Big deal- Miami had six one year and Campbell shouldn’t have been a first rounder anyway. Must not have had much depth on that team either since two of the first rounders played the same position and nobody else was drafted until the last round.

BAMA dude

September 28th, 2010
4:28 pm

Call it 8-1 if you want chief. Fact is there were two undefeated SEC teams that year and one of ‘em had to lose the SECCG.

Not Pat Sulley

September 28th, 2010
4:28 pm

“K, so it was an SEC record. Big deal”

HUGE deal, dude.

“Miami had six one year and Campbell shouldn’t have been a first rounder anyway.”

Awe, poor whittle bama bed wetter. Guess what, he was and he also won SEC player of the year.

“Must not have had much depth on that team either since two of the first rounders played the same position and nobody else was drafted until the last round.”

Typical bama retard. Always trashing other teams accomplishments. But hey, you’ll always have Shaun Alexander. LOL

Not Pat Sulley

September 28th, 2010
4:29 pm

“Call it 8-1 if you want chief. ”

Oh, so Florida isn’t in the SEC, chief? LOL

BAMA dude

September 28th, 2010
4:29 pm

Leinart, like so many other Heisman QB’s, is not an NFL prototype. Many people always knew that.

Not Pat Sulley

September 28th, 2010
4:29 pm

“Fact is there were two undefeated SEC teams that year and one of ‘em had to lose the SECCG.”

One word: Utah.

Not Pat Sulley

September 28th, 2010
4:30 pm

“Leinart, like so many other Heisman QB’s, is not an NFL prototype. Many people always knew that.”

Yet ESPN called him the greatest QB ever.

Again, typical Bama logic.

5IML

September 28th, 2010
4:32 pm

Not Pat,

Every time you say something like “No one outside of Tuscaloosa gives a crap about Alabama” you lose a little bit of credibility that you can never regain. How many SI covers last year? How many this year? ESPN special? ESPNU five-part series? I can go on but I think you get the message.

It’s alright for you to be a fool, just don’t be a d**n fool.