Red scare hits BCS

Nov 14, 2006 3:08 AM

The first BCS bomb went off at Louisville where the Cardinals let a number of 1-loss schools back in the national title hunt after stunning West Virginia. Now, after Rutgers, it’s total chaos.

Only Coach Greg Schiano and the Scarlet Knights believed they would beat Louisville, especially down 25-7 in the second quarter. But, it happened with the help of a stupid offside penalty that should have sent the game into OT.

Out of the rubble, rose Southern Cal and Notre Dame as the biggest winners. Their upcoming matchup becomes the next great earthquake that will shake up the BCS. Florida barely survived South Carolina, while Texas, Auburn and Cal left the national title picture.

Auburn departed the scene after a brutal performance against an angry Georgia team that was an extremely rare 11½-point underdog. The game opened 13½, so bettors knew just what they were doing.

The real shocker was in seeing the usually stellar Tigers defense surrendering a staggering 37 points a Georgia offense that had really been struggling for points. No matter, we were on UGA.

The BCS, for its many faults, may luck out and present a true national title matchup like last year’s Texas-USC classic in the Rose Bowl. What is good for the sport, and Las Vegas, is the constant bickering about which teams do and don’t belong in the discussion. I think we need a playoff, but college football is doing just fine thank you just the way it is.

Especially, in the books where favorites and underdogs are trading covers.


W.Virginia at Pitt: Another Thursday dagger for WVa? Maybe not. The Louisville loss to Rutgers, coupled with a comfortable win over Cincy, sets up a showdown later with the Scarlet. Pitt is in decline, even with QB Palco. WVU.


C. Michigan at N.Illinois: Maybe this is the kiss of death, but the visiting Chippewas have been almost automatic this year as a cover team. A struggling Toledo team had its way at UNI last week. Central is better. C.MICH.


Iowa at Minnesota: The Hawkeyes just want to see this season end. Minnesota, for all its quirks, can make a bowl with a win. MINNY.

W. Mich at Fla St: The Seminoles have the right team to develop new QB Xavier Lee, who appears to finally be the QB that’s been missing at Tallahassee the past few years. This is cruel and unhuman punishment for Western. FSU.

USF at Louisville: Pizza alert! South Florida is thinking a bowl and 10 wins. The Cards have to regroup after Rutgers and remember what they did at Papa John’s Stadium against West Virginia and Miami. We’ll take points and pepperoni. USF.

Miami at Virginia: The Cavaliers have played far better in Charlottesville than on the road. The Hurricanes are dishonorable mention in latest America’s Most Wanted crime list. UVA.

Duke at Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets won a thrilling 7-0 game last week against UNC. This one should be even worse on the eyes. DUKE.

Army at Notre Dame: After the Irish chewed and spit out the Air Force last week, the Cadets will be the ones needing a priest on the sidelines. Brady Quinn pads up his Heisman resume and audition for Southern Cal. ND.

Wyoming at UNLV: The Cowboys have had some nice moments this year. The Rebs fit in nicely to Wyoming’s bowl plans. WYOMING.

UAB at Southern Miss: The fire has gone out of the Blazers if you saw the UTEP debacle last week. Southern Miss cruises in Hattiesburg. SO. MISS.

Nevada at La Tech: Tech is just brutal. Nevada can score on the ground, in the air, with its starting QB or backup. NEVADA.