Everything is Better with Meetings Edition
Few of the top teams in the game played this weekend, but, with the first Committee meeting and the blues dealt at Statesboro and Memphis, the sport held onto its title as the preeminent nationwide shitshow. With only five opinions on the line, three (kinda) came true this week:
Week Ten Most OverRated Football Program Results
1 San Diego State didn’t make the Committee’s list at all
2 SMU lost at Memphis in an over-televised much-to-do-about-nothing throw-down and fell eight places
3 Appalachian State lost to Georgia Southern and fell over six places, totally out of the AP top 25
4 Minnesota was off but will get stomped by Penn State next weekend
5 Oregon had to wake up and play to beat USC
That totals three more toldjaso™ this week to end the purely AP portion of the year.
Here at ground zero, the SMU-Memphis hype was unavoidable. Neither team had proven to be a top thirty squad, but both have bobbed about the bottom of the AP 25 because they had failed to lose to a bunch of nobodies. Suddenly GameDay sets up stage on Beale Street and the Liberty Bowls sells the most tickets ever. Fine. Whatevs.
Memphis capitalized on the attention by dredging up personalities from circa Watergate, locking in place our reputation as a backwater with great food. According to police data, within the city Saturday, there were no homicides and nearly no crime downtown, aside from one theft so there’s that. The main profit from the entire mess was this troll-of-the-week sign floating through the crowd:
“SMU: we paid athletes before it was cool.”
The Tigers had a big night; good for them. Myself, I repented of SMU a decade ago.
Meanwhile, the Committee finally flew to meet in Tarrant County (motto: We’re so Tired of being called “Dallas”). Their first opinion of the season shouldn’t be too important, but there’s a certain stickiness to these votes: no one wants to admit that they’ve been wrong and change. There are some big games to come, but this is their first pass at the playoffs:
- Ohio State
- Penn State
College Football Playoff Oughta Be
Big Ten Ohio State or Penn State
SEC Alabama or LSU after Florida excused itself from the proceedings via Athens
ACC Clemson survived UNC, so now they’re around for the rest of the year
PAC64 Oregon is just too weak; expect a second team from the Big Ten or SEC instead
Big XII Oklahoma is the best one-loss team in the nation even after losing to Kansas State
Notre Dame is not as good as Oregon and merely survived Virginia Tech
Much of this settles out soon: Ohio State and Penn State will likely settle the Big Ten when they meet on the 23d; Alabama hosts LSU this weekend and should win by about 8. I’m okay with the Committee except that I think Oklahoma and Oregon are better than Georgia; Georgia is a mistake. Back to our weekly idiocy: who’s who and what’s what?
First CFP Week N + 1 Most OverRated Football Programs
1 Minnesota is not a wild favorite of the Committee and will be stomped by Penn State
2 Oregon is barely overrated and has a clear road to winning the PAC256
We just don’t have much to talk about after the Committee weighed in.
The Season is Kinda Over Already Edition
I still like LSU, but they’re still not Numero Uno.
Previously-bagged Georgia is only a ten but is on their way to Atlanta, a very, very short drive. Even if they lose there, some will still have them near the top despite their losing to South Carolina who has since lost to Tennessee who has lost to Atlanta standard-bearer Georgia State who lost to Western Michigan 57-10 who lost to Eastern Michigan who has lost to Toledo and Buffalo and, well, you get the picture. This weekend NewWife’s Dawgs host toothless Missouri and your humble correspondent: pray for me as I drink my way through an SEC sorority soiree in Athens.
Previously-bagged Utah won’t play anyone until Oregon in the Pacific punch-out. Previously-bagged Florida is about four spots strong but won’t play anyone for the rest of the year. Previously-bagged Memphis has Cincinnati left, so one or the other will plummet and the other will be seemingly legitimized, but I won’t be sticking my toe back in the AAC filth again this year. Previously-bagged Wake Forest will lose to Va Tech and Clemson; make of that what you will.
Kansas State plays several twenty-somethings yet and will lose to one of them and then fall out of the top twenty, but I don’t think I care to waste a stronger opinion on them than that. Boise State buoys in the competency vacuum but plays no one for the rest of the year. SMU is still overrated after tanking to the Tigers because no voter wants to admit that he voted a team a good twenty spots higher than he should have.
Year to Date Hides on the Wall
1 Georgia lost at home to the second-best team from South Carolina that almost lost to UNC
2 Utah lost to an unrated USC but seems to be coming back
2 Stanford was revealed by USC
2 Syracuse was unranked after Maryland
2 Michigan was blown out by Wisconsin
2 Notre Dame sold off after losing to a highly ranked Georgia
7 UCF was edged by an unranked Pitt and continues to muddle
7 Iowa was no number 15 as Michigan proved
7 Wake Forest allowed Louisville to hang 62 on them
7 Cal was dumped from the AP after losing to Arizona State
11 Boise State lost by three to toothless BYU
11 Iowa State was dethroned before their decent showing against Iowa
11 Memphis lost to possibly 80th best team in the nation Temple and disappeared for a while
11 SMU lost at Memphis fell eight places
15 Michigan State slowly fell out of the ratings, so I was right after all
15 Clemson was dethroned by barely edging Mack Brown retirement project UNC
15 Texas lost to OU (mid-season toldjasos™) and has continued to suck and plummet
15 Texas probably over-paid for losing to titan LSU (early-season toldjasos™), but then they let Kansas hang 48 on them at home
15 Appalachian State got a case of the Statesboro Blues and fell over six slots
20 Auburn over-paid for losing to Florida
20 Texas A&M probably over-paid for quality losses against Clemson and Auburn . . . or maybe not
20 Washington State was de-ranked after becoming lowly UCLA’s first win
20 Virginia continues to lose after losing to can-play-with-UGA Notre Dame
24 Oklahoma lost to Kansas State . . . inexcusable
25 San Diego State didn’t make the Committee’s list at all
Year to Date It-Would-Seem Blown Calls Because They’re Doing Okay Really Well
2 Florida seems to have earned their status by defeating top-ten Auburn
3 Oklahoma is no longer a blown call because Kansas State
4 UCF is now a skin on the wall after Pitt
5 Michigan is no longer a blown call because Wisconsin
6 Washington State is no longer a blown call because UCLA
Our year now stands at 25-2-4. The week endeth thus!