Syracuse Cincinnati Football

So what did we learn this week in college football?

Well, for starters, we found out that Florida and Texas may not be as good as many thought they would be entering the season.  Florida needed a last second field goal by Caleb Sturgis to beat an unimpressive Arkansas team 23-20 at home, while third-ranked Texas got all they could handle from an Oklahoma team that has been decimated by injuries (reigning Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford injured his right shoulder for the second time this season in the Longhorns 16-13 victory over the Sooners.) Alabama, ranked 2nd behind Florida, took care of South Carolina at home, and is beginning to look like the best team in the country, while fourth-ranked Virginia Tech lost to Georgia Tech in a game that definitely cost the Hokies a chance at the national championship and may have cost them their shot at the ACC championship.

So where does that leave us in the race for the national championship?  Alabama and Florida, if all goes as scheduled, will play each other for the SEC championship in December, where one will win and play for the national title, while the other will lose and most likely be eliminated from national championship contention.  Texas looked so bad against Oklahoma that the Longhorns can no longer be counted on to go unbeaten the rest of the way (Texas plays at Missouri and at Oklahoma State in the next two weeks, but we believe that the game the Longhorns will lose will be on Nov. 21 against Kansas.)  So who faces the SEC champion in the national championship game?

Let’s round up the unusual suspects. Boise State is 4th in the BCS rankings after the shake-up in the polls this week, but their hold is a very tenuous one on that spot. Their schedule down the stretch is horrendous, and there is no way they will garner enough support to get to number two in the polls.  Iowa is undefeated, but they are going to lose to Ohio State in a few weeks.  Mark our words on that.  Southern Cal has only one loss, but the computer rankings really looked down on the Trojans loss to Washington.  So that leaves Cincinnati.  A team from the Big East that started the season unranked and is now 5th in the country with a 6-0 record.  The Bearcats have games against West Virginia and Pttisburgh left on their schedule, two teams that are now both ranked in the Top 25. Could they really be the favorites now to play for national title?  No one believes that Cincy is better than USC or Alabama or Florida. Especially now that quarterback Tony Pike (pictured) is hurt. All we know is if the Bearcats go unbeaten, it’s going to be a headache for all involved.  Playoff Now!