Posted by deaconcat08 on October 11, 2009
1. Idaho- Yes, I know this was my # 1 good thought last week, but with each victory this team gets one step closer to becoming the most surprising bowl game participant of all-time. I think right now there is about a 65% chance of them getting to one. They have Hawaii at home next week, which they should win handily. That will give me them 6 wins, but you’d have to think that it’s going to take 7 wins for a WAC team to go bowling. The 4 games after that are brutal, and the Vandals will most likely be dogs in all of them. They do, however, end that season with Utah State at home, which will be a huge, winnable game that will most likely determine Idaho’s postseason fate.
2. Shoes and uprights- The two most crazy and exciting finishes of the year this season in college football came this past Saturday in a couple of “off the radar games” that only digital cable/satellite users could see. Vandy and Army each banked in clutch field goals off the left upright in their classic at West Point, and Washington got an unbeliveable pick 6 off of a receiver’s shoe to win in Seattle. Please watch highlights of these games if you haven’t seen them already. Shoe interception: http://msn.foxsports.com/video/shows/pac10. Bank shot field goals: http://vucommodores.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/101109aaa.html.
3. Temple- Like Idaho, this is another team that won this wekeend to keep has their improbable run at a bowl game going. A bowl bid would actually mean a more to Temple because they haven’t gone bowling since 1979. The Owls should win their remaining home games, which will give them 6 wins. If, however, they end up needing 7 victories for a bid, then they’ll need to win at Akron on November 13th.
1. Unreasonable expectations- As a Wake Forest and South Carolina fan, I’ve heard a lot of my friends start talking about division/conference championships after each team’s last few victories. However, the fans of both of these squads need to be more worried about getting 6 victories and to a bowl game then anything else. The Deacons and Gamecocks have so far attained good conference records by rolling over the bottom-dwellers of their respective leagues, but that will all change this week as both teams have the potential to get annihilated on the road next Saturday (Wake at Clemson, SC at Bama). In fact, neither team has an automatic W left on their schedule, so bowl eligibility is not a lock for either squad. On a similar note, I saw a couple of bowl projection sites putting Duke in a bowl game. I recognize their win at NC State was impressive, but one look at their remaining schedule and it becomes clear that the odds of the Devils making a bowl are about the same as New Mexico going to the BCS title game.
2. Pollsters- Why does Boise State keep dropping for no reason? Both Boise and Southern Cal were idle on Saturday, yet somehow on Sunday the Trojans impressed the pollsters enough to jump the Bronocos in the coaches poll. This is why college football’s reliance on polls to determine national championships is ludicrous. Also, South Florida is still ranked way too low for a BCS squad that is still unbeaten after Week 6.
3. Bobby Bowden- No commentary needed. It’s just a sad, sad situation.