Last week's SRS rankings
Peter R. Wolfe's college games scores
While little changed at the top -- only Ndamukong Suh and the Cornhuskers stand in the way of the seemingly inevitable Texas-Floribama BCS Championship Game -- it was a wild rivalry week in college football. The only two one-loss teams both lost to their biggest rivals; Oklahoma State got smashed by SRS-favorite and Bedlam rival Oklahoma; Clemson, Utah, North Carolina and Ole Miss, all in the top 25 in the AP, lost battles to their in-state rivals, as well. Up top, Texas A&M and Auburn both came oh-so-close to pulling off big upsets, to the dismay of most of the population of Fort Worth, Cincinnati and Boise. There are now six undefeated teams in the FBS, zero one-loss teams, and nine two-loss teams (with six of them in BCS conferences, and half of those in the Big 10).
The full SRS rankings:
|67||Middle Tennessee St||SunB||2||8.0||33.3||41.3||9||3|
|68||North Carolina St||ACC||10||-1.3||42.4||41.2||5||7|
|99||San Diego St||MWC||8||-6.6||38.6||32.0||4||8|
|112||San José St||WAC||8||-16.5||41.4||24.9||2||9|
|118||New Mexico St||WAC||9||-16.1||35.6||19.5||3||9|
Week 14 should feature some terrific showdowns, as five of the BCS conferences will be decided this week. A quick preview:
5) Clemson vs. Georgia Tech. Orange Bowl committee, don't fret: your ACC champion will be on at least a one-game winning streak! The ACC, looking like arguably the deepest conference in football a week ago, had a miserable Thanksgiving. Clemson and Georgia Tech, winners of the Atlantic and Coastal divisions, respectively, both lost to 6-5 SEC teams. Florida State completed the trifecta as the Seminoles got destroyed by Tim Tebow (he was the only player for Florida, right?) in Gainesville. Going 0-3 against the SEC won't do anything to improve the ACC's public perception, and we now have an ACC Championship Game with both teams entering on a losing streak. SRS says: Georgia Tech is 1.7 points better than Clemson. In other words, a toss-up.
4) Cincinnati vs. Pittsburgh. Just like above, this game lost a lot of luster with the Panthers loss to West Virginia this week. Had Pitt won, I'd put this game of (would-be) Big East undefeateds at #2; now, the only stories are whether the Big East gets to send its best team to the BCS, whether the Bearcats can possibly slide into #2 in the BCS if Texas loses, and how many times "Brian Kelly" and "Notre Dame" are mentioned in the same sentence. SRS says: Cincinnati should be a 1.1 point road favorite.
3) Texas vs. Nebraska. The Big 12 championship game is taking place at Jerry World, but that's the only new thing about this matchup. In the last five B12 championship games, the South has beaten the North by a combined score of 233-51. That's an average margin of victory of 36 points! Oklahoma, the South representative in '07 and '08, scored 100 points in those two games. In UT's last appearance in this game, they beat an overmatched Colorado squad 70-3. This game should be closer, but I'm not sure if Nebraska is going to score many more points than the '05 Buffaloes did. SRS says: Texas is a 12.7 point favorite. The game is in Dallas (closer to UT than Nebraska) and the Huskers QB Zac Lee was injured this past weekend against Colorado. Tune in to watch arguably the best player in the country (and likely top-five pick in April) Ndamukong Suh, the incredible defensive tackle for Nebraska. Stay to watch Colt McCoy cement his Heisman bid.
2) The Civil War: Oregon vs. Oregon State. Last year, Oregon came into Corvalis and upset the Beavers and deprived them of a Rose Bowl bid; that victory instead gave USC the conference title. This year, it's winner-take-all in the Civil War; whoever wins in Eugene this year will win the Pac-10, and represent the conference in the Rose Bowl against Ohio State. In one of the great rivalries in college football, the stakes have never been higher. SRS says: Oregon's 8.5 points better than Oregon State, and that's before factoring in that Oregon's at home. If the Ducks lose this one, it would be a surprise.
1) Floribama, Part 2. For the second straight year, the SEC Championship Game takes place in Atlanta between the Gators and the Tide. Last year, the Gators were the clear better team despite the inferior record; Florida was a 10-point favorite entering that matchup. The '08 SECCG was an instant classic, as Florida trailed entering the fourth quarter until the Tebow Child emerged to steal the win (and cover the spread). This year, both teams have played dominant football all season long. As good as the game was last year, this one looks even better. The opening line was Florida -3.5, but following Alabama's poor showing in the Iron Bowl, the Gators are now 5.5 point favorite. SRS says: Florida should be a 2.2 point favorite. The winner of the SECCG has gone on to win the BCS Championship Game in each of the past three seasons.
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