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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Not Pat Sulley

September 28th, 2010
5:20 pm

“You can’t be that stupid. Oklahoma had players drafted over those years too. Guarantee you it was more than Aubie just about every year.”

You obviously missed my point, Bama. It’s ok, we all know Bama fans aren’t that bright to begin with.

BAMA dude

September 28th, 2010
5:23 pm

Here you go, Oklahoma had seven in 2006, three in 2007, and four in 2008. That brings your total to 25 in the four year period vs. 19 for Aubie.

Not Pat Sulley

September 28th, 2010
5:24 pm

BAMA dude logic:

Oklahoma 2004: beat one ranked team.

Auburn 2004: beat 5 top 25 teams and one of them twice.

In Bama dudes mind, Oklahoma is better………………..

Paul in RDU

September 28th, 2010
5:24 pm

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?????????

So Not Pat – how was Auburn’s 4 first round draft picks in 2005 a record when Miami had 6 in 2004?
Or is 4>6 where you are?

Not Pat Sulley

September 28th, 2010
5:24 pm

“Here you go, Oklahoma had seven in 2006, three in 2007, and four in 2008. That brings your total to 25 in the four year period vs. 19 for Aubie.”

Like I said, you totally missed the point.

Not Pat Sulley

September 28th, 2010
5:25 pm

“how was Auburn’s 4 first round draft picks in 2005 a record when Miami had 6 in 2004?”

SEC record for NFL first round picks.

Not Pat Sulley

September 28th, 2010
5:26 pm

Paul, here you go.

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.

Paul in RDU

September 28th, 2010
5:29 pm

Not Pat Sulley – You do realize that “all-time NFL draft record” (your words from your earlier post) means “all-time” – not “All-time SEC”.

BAMA dude

September 28th, 2010
5:29 pm

How did I miss your point? By your logic, Oklahoma still had more kids drafted. Again, you cited draft record as a key reason Aubie should have gotten a chance.

And by the way, you didn’t cite ESPN to show that they’re in the tank for USC. You were citing the text praising Auburn’s backfield. In college ball I’ll take Leinart/White/Bush any day over Campbell/Brown/Williams. As far as pro ball goes, frankly they’ve all been busts to a degree for different reasons. White and Bush have had decent careers, Cadillac and Brown have done well when healthy but haven’t been able to stay that way, and the two first round QB’s are on the pine.

Not Pat Sulley

September 28th, 2010
5:30 pm

Paul in RDU

I left out SEC. My bad, it’s fixed now.

Not Pat Sulley

September 28th, 2010
5:32 pm

“Again, you cited draft record as a key reason Aubie should have gotten a chance.”

WRONG! All I did was list their accomplishments from 2004.

“You were citing the text praising Auburn’s backfield. ‘

That MUST be why I posted the title of the article “2004 USC is decade’s best team” LOL.

“In college ball I’ll take Leinart/White/Bush any day over Campbell/Brown/Williams.”

Of course you would since Bama has a lot in common with paying players.

BAMA dude

September 28th, 2010
5:33 pm

Ok then, enlighten me. What WAS the point of this post if not to say that Oklahoma actually had fewer NFL ready players than Auburn:

Not Pat Sulley

September 28th, 2010
5:15 pm
“In 2006 Auburn had four players drafted; one in the second and three in the last round

In 2007 Auburn had five drafted, Ben grubbs went late in the first

In 2008 Auburn had five drafted; three seconds, a fourth, and a seventh”

To play your game, if you put all those players above in the 2004 draft, what does that equal, genius?

Answer: More than 11.

Paul in RDU

September 28th, 2010
5:34 pm

I thought the whole point of your posts was to show that Auburn was the best team in the nation in 2004 – not just the best team in the SEC.

Not Pat Sulley

September 28th, 2010
5:35 pm

“Ok then, enlighten me. What WAS the point of this post if not to say that Oklahoma actually had fewer NFL ready players than Auburn:”

If I have to explain a simple point, that you obviously missed, then you seriously need to take a break from blogging.

Not Pat Sulley

September 28th, 2010
5:36 pm

“I thought the whole point of your posts was to show that Auburn was the best team in the nation in 2004 – not just the best team in the SEC.”

It was both, and now that USC has been proven to have cheated, Auburn can now say that.

Put Oklahoma’s and Auburn’s schedule side by side and it’s a no brainer.

Paul in RDU

September 28th, 2010
5:36 pm

Interesting point about the 2004 draft – the most successful first round pick from Miami actually went to the other Miami – the one in OH

BAMA dude

September 28th, 2010
5:38 pm

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)

Sure sounds like you’re suggesting that the drafted players prove they were screwed.

Not Pat Sulley

September 28th, 2010
5:38 pm

“Interesting point about the 2004 draft – the most successful first round pick from Miami actually went to the other Miami – the one in OH”

Interesting, since it’s the 2005 draft we’re talking about.

Not Pat Sulley

September 28th, 2010
5:39 pm

“Sure sounds like you’re suggesting that the drafted players prove they were screwed.”

Like I said, I was only pointing out Auburn’s set of accomplishments.

Not Pat Sulley

September 28th, 2010
5:40 pm

“Miami actually went to the other Miami – the one in OH”

The rapist?

BAMA dude

September 28th, 2010
5:40 pm

Not Pat Sulley

September 28th, 2010
5:35 pm
“Ok then, enlighten me. What WAS the point of this post if not to say that Oklahoma actually had fewer NFL ready players than Auburn:”

If I have to explain a simple point, that you obviously missed, then you seriously need to take a break from blogging.

Nice try, petulant one. If there is another point then make it. There’s no other way to look at that statement.

BAMA dude

September 28th, 2010
5:41 pm

Nobody can take away their accomplishments. That doesn’t make them one of the two best teams though.

Not Pat Sulley

September 28th, 2010
5:41 pm

“Nice try, petulant one. If there is another point then make it. There’s no other way to look at that statement.”

Not my problem if you can’t comprehend simple sentences.

Not Pat Sulley

September 28th, 2010
5:42 pm

“That doesn’t make them one of the two best teams though.”

Ah, so an undefeated Auburn squad, who beat 5 top 25 teams and is one of only 4 SEC schools to go undefeated in 30 years……….isn’t one of the best teams.

Bama logic = utter stupidity.

BAMA dude

September 28th, 2010
5:44 pm

To play your game, if you put all those players above in the 2004 draft, what does that equal, genius?

Answer: More than 11.

The “11″ references the number of players drafted by Oklahoma that year. Your suggestion was that Auburn had more NFL draftees finish school later, offsetting the diffference. If there’s another point then make it, because your argument is looking pretty weak right now.

BAMA dude

September 28th, 2010
5:47 pm

Not that year. not when you had an OU team with eleven juniors and seniors who would be selected in the upcoming draft plus a Heisman QB and freshman Adrian Peterson. They may have been one of the top teams of the decade, doesn’t mean they weren’t third best that season.

They finished number two. Add that to the list of accomplishments, it’s a good one.

Not Pat Sulley

September 28th, 2010
5:47 pm

“If there’s another point then make it, because your argument is looking pretty weak right now.”

You stated that Oklahoma had 11 players drafted in 2005. I stated that Auburn had 4 go in the first round in 2005. You then wrote a smart @ss reply about how Oklahoma had more go in the draft that year which I stated that Auburn didn’t have as many because there were players who did not finish school that year.

Now, if you have half a brain, you can see where this is going.

Not Pat Sulley

September 28th, 2010
5:48 pm

“Not that year. not when you had an OU team with eleven juniors and seniors who would be selected in the upcoming draft plus a Heisman QB and freshman Adrian Peterson. They may have been one of the top teams of the decade, doesn’t mean they weren’t third best that season.”

And that “awesome” team as you call them, played ONE ranked team all year before getting destroyed by USC.

“They finished number two. Add that to the list of accomplishments, it’s a good one.”

To a team that got it’s title taken away and Heisman stripped from their star running back.

Nuff said.

BAMA dude

September 28th, 2010
5:53 pm

Yes, I have a brain…

but where it’s going is that Oklahoma had just as many that didn’t finish that year. That argument goes in OU’s favor every time.

Strength of schedule isn’t everything- OU can hardly help it that Texas and Nebraska were both in the crapper. The Big 12 is traditionally a power conference that happened to be down. Auburn had a great year in 2004 even though talent-wise they didn’t match up top to bottom with USC and OU.

BAMA dude

September 28th, 2010
5:54 pm

On another note, I have wasted enough time on this. Later.

Not Pat Sulley

September 28th, 2010
5:56 pm

“Strength of schedule isn’t everything”

LOL!!!!! That MUST be why people say that Auburn was left out because they played the Citadel.

“Auburn had a great year in 2004 even though talent-wise they didn’t match up top to bottom with USC and OU.”

More Bama logic.

Tide Rising

September 28th, 2010
5:57 pm

For a long time it seemed that the ususal daily tit for tats were dawg and Tech fans. Its refreshing to see that its back to being Bama vs AU fans going at it. The dawg and Tech fans have been strangely absent.

Not Pat Sulley,

I have to admit that I’m disappointed. I did crack up when I saw you start replying ma’am to people in your retorts. But I’ve yet to see your “You have the intelligence of a carrot” zinger to someone. You holding back on us or what?

Jake

September 28th, 2010
6:06 pm

So, Tony you just want a final 4 play-off. This is bull, what a whimp play off you want. I guess the boys like App State have different books and the D-1 colleges have it much harder in the class rooms than D-2 schools. D-2 has real play offs, but I guess your right it would be too harsh on the D-1 boys.

Paul in RDU

September 28th, 2010
6:29 pm

Jake – You didn’t know that the Ivy League, Davidson, Lafayette, Lehigh, Elon, etc. are easy academically?

NERDS!!! 30-24!!!

September 28th, 2010
6:31 pm

1) GEORGIA DAWGS

That’s all the matters!

TampaGator

September 28th, 2010
6:47 pm

Crimson Truth…Florida might only score 13 points but I don’t think Bamna scores 34 on the Gators defense….which is better than Bama’s defense right now. Of course, Bama’s offense is better than Florida’s offense right now. Florida’s defense is fast, it is physical, and it is deep…especially on the defensive line where they go 3 deep with talented players at every position along the line. I will be surprised if Bama runs the ball of Florida like they did in the championship game. I also think Bama is going to have to throw the ball if they are going to win the game with offense. On the other hand, if Brantley and crew come out firing on all cylinders, Florida could turn your prediction around…but it would be Florida 21 and Bama 17. I don’t think either team scores 30 in this game…but you never know…particularly if one team forces a bunch of turnovers. I believe Florida has improved enough to upset the Tide on Saturday….but I still think the Tide should be favored to win at this point.

But those picking LSU to win in the Swamp….I don’t think so…win or lose against Bama.

dawgmatic

September 28th, 2010
6:48 pm

Where was tech in those standings? They don’t rank middle school offenses and empty stadiums anymore?

TampaGator

September 28th, 2010
6:50 pm

Who is Georgia playing this weekend? Colorado. Better win that one or Richt and Bobo might resign on Monday…or be slobbered to death by “foaming at the mouth” Dawg fans.

Tim

September 28th, 2010
6:59 pm

Alabama is good, but lets please put this “as good as last year” talk to rest, they are not. It is about 50/50 who wins between them and Florida. The week after, South Carolina plays them at home. a week off while Bama is playing Florida after Arkansas. South Carolina should beat Bama. It is very possible that Bama loses two close one’s back to back.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

September 28th, 2010
7:01 pm

I do not compare our(AU) program to Alabama..you have the most championships in div 1 football. I complained that we (especially 2004) go undefeated while the national attention slobbers over usc with a QB who has completed about 5 passes in 5 years in the nfl, and ohio state, the perenial loser to the SEC team in the BCS championship game.

That being said, I went to AU for an education, and I am proud of my BSME degree.

Maybe it’s the small media market..but I can’t Imagine state college, PA is a huge market and even they get the benefit of the doubt..

And there is a lot to say for not having spent 4 years in a town decked out in houndstooth plaid and elephants.

Oh well, After we beat Bama in the Iron Bowl Nov 26, I will continue the discussion:)

TrishaDishaWarEagle

September 28th, 2010
7:07 pm

and btw i stand corrected UGA was undefeated in 1980..I don’t hate UGA, it’s just an easy target:)

butt hurt Aints fan

September 28th, 2010
7:16 pm

Which way to the WHO DAT cry party?

jumbeauxtiger

September 28th, 2010
7:35 pm

TampaGator,

I am just curious what your explanation is for the Florida’s offense slow start this year. You mentioned numerous times in the offseason that this year’s offense would be much better than last year.

Personally I thought Tebow would be tough to replace.

STUNG AGAIN!!!

September 28th, 2010
7:54 pm

NOT PAT SULLEY= TYPICAL BARNNER WIDOW LICKER!! ALWAY’S SUCKIN’ HIND TIT & PISSED ABOUT IT B/C IT AIN’T EVER GONNA CHANGE!!!

Coach O

September 28th, 2010
8:07 pm

@Not Pat Sulley

You had everyone on this blog fooled into thinking that you were a normal CFB fan until you let the Bama fans make you cry and pee your panties.

TampaGator

September 28th, 2010
9:34 pm

jumbeauxtiger…..

13 snap issues in game one cause a complete offensive breakdown. Injuries to the offensive line and some more snap issues caused issues in game two. The offense got better in game three but still did not have an healthy offensive line. In game four, against a good Kentucky team, the offensive line had all the starters back in place for the first time and Brantley felt comfortable for the first time…and the offense played very well. Brantley, when he has received a good snap and received good blocking up front, has been on and precise with his passes. Last Saturday, he looked like a polished, seasoned veteran…and I think he will just get better and better as the season goes along….and Carl Moore, Deonte Thompson, and now Andre Debose are starting to have an impact that I expected they would. Plus…now…you add the “Tebow-like” ingredient in sort yardage situations…Trey Burton…and you have the potential to be much better than last year….and Florida’s offense was really not that good last year and seen in the SEC championship game. And Demps is better than last year. Moody is better than last year. Gillislee is better than last year….and….well….I still believe the offense will be a lot better than last year. It has just taking more time than I thought it would….for reasons I did not think would happen…the snaps and the injuries to the OL. And when Matt Patchan returns as the #1 backup offensive tackle (and he would start on any other OL in the country) to …the Gators might just have the best and deepest OL in the country…which will make the offense even better.

The defense….by the way….is currently playing like the best defense in the country….ask Kentucky’s talented playmakers who were nearly completely shut down when the game was on the line by the Gator D. The D is really, really talented and really, really deep with big, fast, tough….and big time type players….everywhere.

Lee Barton

September 28th, 2010
9:55 pm

Does anyone think that Ohio State, Alabama, Florida or Oklahoma would consider wins over Va Tech or Oregon State as the signature wins on their schedule…..The Harlem Globetrotters don’t lose, but no one is lobbying for the to play the Heat next year for the championship. Schedule matters.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

September 28th, 2010
10:20 pm

Tony Baby!!! Your predictions on the Dogs have misfired over the the past 2 weeks…..where are you now?

Chuck Uga

September 28th, 2010
11:35 pm

I find it funny that Mr. Barnhart says not to blame Richt because he doesn’t have the material on hand to run a 3-4. Well Tony, let’s give him another 2-3 years to get those players meanwhile let’s just act like it’s the old Dooley days of the 1970’s and suck up 7-5, 6-6 or 5-7 seasons until then. You of all people know that he can’t get the players he needs for 2011! True freshmen on a D-line?! Never mind all the other SEC programs around us who turn around their programs in 2 years! Then again, this is Georgia where the number of hayseed fans rationalize stupidity, delusion and ignorance with the best of them. Unless this team somehow wins 7 games, my donations and season ticket purchase will end after 17 years.

jumbeauxtiger

September 28th, 2010
11:38 pm

TampaGator,

I didn’t realize you had that many mishandled snaps, geez. You will need your offense to come together on Saturday. If you do then I think you have a good chance.

I think our D is playing just as well as yours. Now our offense is another story.

We have been successful running the ball so far but we won’t be able to do that on the Gators. If we can’t throw least in a controlled passing game like Bama does, we won’t stand a chance in the Swamp.