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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September 29th, 2010
12:31 am

I am not sure Alabama can escape their schedule this year with a 12-0 record.

They managed to beat the drums and make the second half surge for the comeback against a good Arkansas team who probably just couldn’t deal with the lead.

But one of these games the drums will beat, the Tide will try and roll out but it just won’t be there. Another team like Auburn or South Carolina or Florida will have that emotional edge that can help propel underdog teams in college football to achieve incredible feats.

Sure Alabama has the best pair of backs in the NCAA and perhaps the best pair in college history. But there are places where Alabama just isn’t as deep as last year. And Arkansas proved they are vulnerable.

Lets face it the Hogs were the first big test for Alabama this year, not Penn State. Alabama wasn’t flat in the first half, they weren’t uninspired, they just couldn’t match the inspired play of Arkansas.

After halftime and a big time butt chew’n by Nick Saban, you did see the look on his face as he left the field at the end of the first half didn’t you. Alabama came out and out fought the hopeless Hogs in the second half.

Alabama was able to finish, Arkansas didn’t know how too. But if learning how to out tough your opponent was all there was to it teams like Alabama should have ascended to that point years ago and never lost again.

The trick is toughness can be overcome by a team on a mission with extreme emotion. Sooner or later that emotional battle will be lost. Florida lost it to Alabama last year with their worst game of 2009, go back and count all those dropped passes by Gator receivers, they were sure handed and didn’t drop that many all year long.

It’s going to happen to Bama this year, I’m just sitting back to see who does it?


September 29th, 2010
3:33 am

PLAY-OFFS Tony Blowhart ?

First round of 2-team play-off.

Play-OffS would be MORE than 2 teams in but 1 game, idiot.

Leave the s off play-off and you would be correct for the 1st time, ever on ANYTHING.


September 29th, 2010
3:34 am

We know it is NOT Georgia.


September 29th, 2010
3:51 am

UTAH should beat three of the teams in the top five.


September 29th, 2010
6:55 am


I agree. Utah should put those teams on their schedule.

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September 29th, 2010
9:55 am

Regarding BYU going independent, with its in-state rival’ Utah’s recent success already hurting BYU in recruiting, and now its pending move to the PAC-12, BYU had to do something before the bottom fell out or risk becoming not only a second-tier program nationally but in its own state. I’m not saying going independent will work, but it seemed to get a good TV contract done before tanking this season. It seemed pretty shrewd on BYU’s part to recognize that it was now or never. It still may not work out for BYU, but I think if it waited, it’s chances were much more grim than going independent.

September 29th, 2010
1:18 pm

Beast, I think if Florida can get out to a good lead, they can hold it. Arkansas is not used to winning so they pissed away their lead and didn’t hold tough. Don’t think the Gators will do that.

Palladin, …another advantage Auburn has over LSU is coaching. Les Miles is horrible.

wheelz007, Florida might lose to Alabama, but no way they’ll lose to LSU.

Old School, Texas has the talent to beat OU, but after watching them play last week, they have the potential to lose to anybody.