Monday, November 7, 2011

College Football Week 10

And another undefeated team is creeping into the top ten. The University of Houston is 9-0 and QB Casey Keenum continues to throw the ball. The last three will present their own challenges. This Thursday is a quick turnaround as the Cougars go out on the road to Tulane. Then more conference games against SMU and Tulsa will give them a challenge to go 12-0. And of course Conference USA has their title game.

The so-called game of the century between LSU and Alabama is all I need. Alabama dropped to number 3 in the BCS standing, still in front of undefeated Stanford and Boise State. And much talk has surrounded a national title rematch between the two teams. Haven't I heard this before? In 2006 Michigan and Ohio State faced each other as undefeated, but the home-town Buckeyes outlasted the Wolverines 42-39. Much of the nation clamored for a rematch. But it didn't happen and Michigan went on to lose the Rose Bowl and Ohio State went on to lose the national championship. This year LSU won at Alabama by a field goal in OT. Based on LSU's win coming on the road should eliminate a rematch, or Alabama's opportunity to play in the title game. I've always felt that the national title game should include conference champions, and after Saturday night, should not include a team that lost on its home turf. So, No, I don't want a rematch.

I'm thinking many Iowa fans were surprised this week's game between Iowa and Michigan State didn't earn the 2:30 ABC start. I was hoping for it. Instead the game for the Legends Division lead is on ESPN2 beginning at 11am. We can't be surprised Nebraska and Penn State are above the Hawkeyes in the TV pecking order. First time these two teams play, and each are ranked in the nation's top 25. Putting Michigan and Illinois at 2:30 on ABC is a little puzzling, but perhaps they are looking to draw as many TVs as possible. That puts Iowa and Michigan State on ESPN2 at 11am. This promises to be a well-hyped game that could live up to the expectations. But it doesn't garner the ESPN or ABC slot. I guess this game is only big for the fans in each state.

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