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I update my bowl picks each week when I do my viewers guide. I looked at it already and have some ideas, though.
This was wipeout weekend this past Sat as eight of the AP’s top 25 teams lost: No. 3 Florida State (to N.C. State), No. 4 LSU (to No. 10 Florida), No. 5 Georgia (to No. 6 South Carolina), No. 11 Texas (to No. 8 West Virginia), No. 15 TCU (to Iowa State), No. 21 Nebraska (to No. 12 Ohio State), No. 23 Washington (to No. 2 Oregon) and No. 24 Northwestern (lost to Penn State),
I moved TCU and Nebraska out and of my top 20 and added Oregon State and Cincinnati. Here is my new national top 20:
Alabama, Oregon, West Virginia, South Carolina, Florida, Kansas State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Florida State, LSU, USC, Oklahoma, Clemson, Oregon State, Louisville, Georgia, Texas, Stanford, Mississippi State and Cincinnati.
Accordingly, here are my bowl picks:
BCS National Title Game (at Miami) -- Alabama vs. Oregon (These 2 just keep cruising along, WVU made major statement with win at Texas, though. Can Oregon beat USC at the Coliseum? If that doesn't happen, WVU could slide in here by winning out.)
Rose Bowl -- USC vs. Michigan State (USC would replace Oregon here, while I think MSU will survive the Big Ten massacre. Their defense is an equalizer. Their game at Michigan next week could be the determining factor.)
Orange Bowl -- Florida State vs. Louisville (FSU still the class of the ACC; Louisville or Cincinnati will end up here with the last pick in the BCS rotation is my guess.)
Fiesta Bowl -- West Virginia vs. Notre Dame (WVU comes here as the Big 12 champion as of today. After Alabama and Oregon are replaced in their home bowls -- likely by teams from their conferences -- Notre Dame would go here with first at-large pick ... it is entirely possible, however, that Sugar or Rose could take ND as a pick to replace an Alabama or Oregon)
Sugar Bowl -- South Carolina vs. Kansas State (the next bests from the SEC and Big 12 draw in here)
Capital One Bowl -- Florida vs. Nebraska (what a powerhouse match-up this would be)
Outback Bowl -- Georgia vs. Wisconsin (Michigan could be here instead of Wisconsin)
Cotton Bowl -- LSU vs. Oklahoma (another powerhouse match-up)
What do you think???
I think you're right on the money for the most part. The only two places I'd change would be moving LSU ahead of FSU in your top-20 since LSU lost to UF and FSU lost to NC State. I'd also have S. Carolina ahead of WVU, but that may be a homer pick. Your bowl games picks are very logical considering where we are today. I'd probably put Cincinnati ahead of Louisville, but that's just a gut feeling.
South Carolina Gamecocks. The 2010 National College Baseball Champs.
Ha you gamecock fans sure are hating on FSU a lot lately, and are huge SEC homers. Especially since FSU and LSU would be a pretty even game since LSU has a piss poor offense, and FSUs defense seems to have forgotten how to rush the passer.
What do I think? I think Ohio State will be watching from home on TV.
I can't speak for my fellow Gamecocks, but I don't hate on anyone. Just using deductive reasoning my friend, I think FSU's loss was worse than LSU's loss. NC State is no Florida, and not even close. I could be wrong, but I doubt it. I still think FSU goes to the Orange Bowl as the ACC has no other legitimate top-15 team.
Well in just about every thread gamecock fans have been trying to talk smack to FSU, and pretty much telling us to know our place despite FSU own the all time seris by 13 games and winning the last game.
......and still finishing the season higher ranked than tsun!
I haven't noticed that although I haven't been looking. In terms of history the Noles have much more to crow about (see what I did there) than Carolina. However, we have a better program right now.
Well, Fremont, we've know that (ha ha).
Only because they aren't eligible to lose to an SEC team in a bowl game.
All of those power teams with one loss are tightly bunched. You have to have FSU ahead of Clemson because of head to head. I go counter to that with USC and Stanford though.
You have to weigh out how they did in the other games they won and who they played. You have to weigh out the loss (how bad was it, one score or double digits, home or away, good opponent or poor opponent, etc.).
I did not spend a lot of time weighing it out. We were told from day one LSU was supposed to be great. I haven't seen it other than Washington game. FSU has been great except for first half vs. Clemson and second half vs. NC State.
Maybe I will do more of a study on this and get back to you. I have FSU one slot ahead of LSU, not like a 20-point difference or anything.
Great opportunity for Corch Urbs to recruit while the other teams prepare for their meaningless exhibition games.
Does USC get into the Rose Bowl at 10-3?
Yeah, if Oregon goes to the 1-2 game, I'd say yes because I doubt Stanford finishes much better than 9-3, right? They would take a Pac-12 team to replace them. There is a small chance they would take ND instead if Sugar Bowl doesn't first. But those bowls usually take the next best team in their host conferences to replace a No. 1 or No. 2 team. An 11-1 ND would be reason for an exception though.
Of course, if they take ND it could be for a rematch with Michigan or MSU. What would the point be in that ... other than ND in the Rose Bowl for first time since 1924. That would be historic.
Makes a lot of sense, thanks.
Do you think the Domers are for real?
Also, I'd love to see the WVU offense against a top SEC defense. That would be interesting.
This post was edited by goodnews 18 months ago
At this point FSU will not win out. You see how fast frustration sets in for that team. They will drop another one and Clemson will take their part in the championship and probably win the ACC again. Miami, VT, Maryland could all beat them and somehow Duke is 5-1 although a very unimpressive 5-1
This post was edited by Coastal Eer 18 months ago
Where Do I sign up? I would take it
However I think ND is the first not automatic taken off board..always are. So Whatever bowl has the first pick gets them(replacement pick or not)
I'm a USC Trojan fan. Under your scenario, where would USC land if ND goes to the rose bowl?
What is happiness? The feeling that power is growing, that resistance is overcome.--Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
In the trash? How sweet it would be to bump USC out of the Rose Bowl.[shamrock] I'd have LSU ahead of FSU at this time. Their loss isn't near as bad as FSU's to NC State. I don't think LSU stays there for long. I don't see them beating South Carolina, A&M, or Bama. Their OL is struggling and offensive play calling is atrocious.
After watching that lousy D you keep putting on the field week after week, I would think you would rather have the extra practices.
Ohio State's defense has given up an average of 20.5 pts per game.
Michigan's defense has given up an average of 21 pts per game.
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I think it might be sweet If ND went to rose bowl. I'd prefer USC go to the fiesta bowl. Not interested in USC playing a big ten team this year
BCS National Championship: #1 Alabama 13-0 v. #2 Oregon 13-0
Rose Bowl: Michigan St. 11-2 v. USC 10-3
Fiesta Bowl: West Virginia 11-1 v. Notre Dame 10-2
Sugar Bowl: South Carolina 11-2 v. Kansas St. 11-1
Orange Bowl: FSU 12-1 v. Rutgers 12-0
Another likely scenario: Call it 2010 II, two offenses no one can seem to stop.
BCS National Championship: #1 Oregon 13-0 v. #2 West Virginia 13-0
Rose Bowl: Michigan St. 11-2 v. USC 10-3
Fiesta Bowl: Kansas St. 11-1 v. Notre Dame 10-2
Sugar Bowl: Alabama 12-1 v. Rutgers 12-0
Orange Bowl: FSU 12-1 v. South Carolina 12-1
B10 Teams - Total Defense
8. Michigan State (272.3 ypg)
19. Michigan (311.8 ypg)
21. Iowa (315.0 ypg)
23. Minnesota (320.8 ypg)
28 Wisconsin (338.0 ypg)
32. Penn State (349.2 ypg)
37. Illinois (351.3 ypg)
48. Purdue (365.4 ypg)
49. Nebraska (367.0 ypg)
60. Ohio State (386.5 ypg)
66. Northwestern (392.2 ypg)
94. Indiana (444.0 ypg)
The score is kept in points.
Michigan v. Ohio State (Total Points)
Ohio State 1,464
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