So far the college football season has been great: Clemson-Georgia, Georgia-SC, Michigan-Notre Dame, Florida-Miami, Texas-BYU, plus a few FBS teams beat FCS teams. Its early but how are things shaping up relative to inter-conference play ?
So far the Big 10 (which as twelve teams in contrast to the Big 12 which has ten teams — but ignore the names).
Big 10: only three losses
ACC: only five losses, beat the SEC in two head-to-head, two ACC-on-ACC, so three losses really
PAC 12: only four losses, one of which was PAC12-on-PAC12, so lets call it three losses
SEC: only six losses, two of which were SEC-on-SEC contests so lets call it four losses
Big 12: only five losses, one of which was BIG12-on-BIG12 so really four losses
So Big 10, ACC, and PAC 12 are the leaders so far in inter-conference play. Who are soaking up the losses? American Athletic (9 losses, really 8), Mid American (15, really 14), Conference USA (16, really 15), and the Independents (including Notre Dame) with only six teams have seven losses.
So it is this jester’s opinion that the National polls are skewed to the SEC (which to be fair has won the National Title so many years in a row). None the less, the rankings need to be re-balanced upon this season’s truth not on last season’s results.
Next Week …
No. 1 Alabama vs No. 7 Texas A&M — Must see Game
No. 18 UCLA vs No. 22 Nebraska — Very Compelling Game
Tennessee at No. 2 Oregon
No. 3 Ohio State at California
No. 20 Washington at Illinois
Ole Miss at No. 15 Texas
No. 14 Notre Dame at Purdue
No. 21 Wisconsin at Arizona State
No. 8 Louisville at Kentucky
Boston College at No. 25 USC — (only interesting ACC inter-conference game)
A lot of Big 10 vs PAC 12 games this week.
My Picks …
Texas A&M over Alabama in an upset. TAMU is at home, but BAMA has had a week to prepare so it will be close. Alabama’s reign is over!
Nebraska over UCLA in a mild upset. Again Nebraska is at home and they have looked like a juggernaut. Nebraska has two games, but UCLA has two weeks to prepare. Stats slightly favor UCLA over Nebraska so I guess it is just the home field advantage I am hanging my hat on and Big Red having two games under its belt. Almost a toss-up.
Winners – Oregon, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Louisville,
Toss Ups – Washington/Illinois, Ole Miss/Texas, Boston College/USC
Wisconsin looks like Fielding Yost Point-A-Minute team, unscored upon so far. The biggest lock. It will be high scoring game (no defense played here unless it is by Wisconsin).
On the Toss-Ups take the home teams. USC must watch out for Boston College though.