The BCS picture remains hazy. Let’s make predictions anyway!
By John Griffin
Oh Geno Smith, wherefore art thou? For the first time this season, Smith wasn’t absolutely phenomenal. Actually, he wasn’t even above average. Smith completed 52.7% of his passes and threw just 1 touchdown as West Virginia got dismantled by Texas Tech, 49-14. Tech’s QB Seth Doege ended up looking like Heisman candidate, throwing 6 touchdowns and racking up almost 500 yards. It’s not much of an accomplishment against West Virginia’s porous defense, which is almost last in the NCAA in points allowed. The Mountaineers give up an average of 37 points a game. Regardless, Doege and the Red Raiders come away looking like a Big XII contender.
After a gut-wrenching loss to Florida last week, #9 LSU defeated #3 South Carolina in Baton Rogue, 23-21. The Tigers are far from out of the championship hunt if they defeat Alabama (who breezed to yet another win, of course). In order to do so, Tigers’ QB Zach Mettenberger needs to elevate his subpar play. 12 of 25 with an interception won’t cut it. Though, speaking of cutting, at least Mettenberger shaved his horrible mustache, so at least now he doesn’t look like a 28-year-old Justin Bieber. The Gamecocks are still very much in the title race as well, but they’ll need to get past new #3 Florida next week in Gainesville.
Early BCS Predictions
There’s still a lot of football to be played, and at this point, anyone can make a move, especially in the SEC and Big XII. My thoughts on the conference champions and BCS qualifiers at this point:
ACC: Florida State
Big XII: Kansas State
Big East: Not that anyone cares about this conference at this point, but Louisville.
Big 10: Well, Ohio State is the only standout in a conference of mediocrity, and they’re not eligible for the post season (courtesy of the sweater vest), so I’ll take Wisconsin.
PAC 12: Oregon
Independent: Notre Dame
Alabama and Oregon, #1 and #2 respectfully, have the toughest slate of games remaining. Bama has 3 top-25 teams remaining (4 if you assume they make it to the SEC championship) and Oregon still has to go through USC, Stanford, and Oregon State.
Players of the Week
Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel lifted the Aggies past #23 Louisiana Tech. Manziel threw for 3 touchdowns and rushed for 3 more, accounting for almost 600 yards of offense in a 59-57 win. Manziel is electric, and as a freshman, he’ll only get better.
Texas Tech QB Seth Doege was terrific. 32 of 42, 499 yards, 6 touchdowns, and a rating of 218? Not much to say except “wow.”
Play of the Week
How about OU RB Trey Milliard obliterating 2 Texas defenders? OU cruised to a 63-21 win.
The Week Ahead
#6 LSU travels to College Station, as the #18 Aggies hope to spring an upset. I believe they will.
#7 South Carolina versus #3 Florida could be the game that decides the SEC East race. A win for either team cements them in the national championship picture.
Holy war! It’s Mormons versus Catholics as BYU takes on #7 Notre Dame.
Can #13 West Virginia bounce back and topple #6 Kansas State? I think Collin Klein is going to run through that defense like a grown man sprinting through a group of kindergarteners. Actually, that would be pretty entertaining…