Road To The BCS - Four On The Floor
Eagles, Buckeyes, Sun Devils and Jayhawks face biggest tests yet
Oct. 25, 2007
By Jerry Palm
Special to CSTV.com
Jerry runs the web sites CollegeRPI.com and CollegeBCS.com and a CSTV.com analyst. E-mail here!
There are four major undefeated teams left in the chase for the national championship, but few people are totally convinced that these are among the best teams in the country. Many think that they are the product of soft schedules and the facts back them up. Not one of those teams' 29 combined wins has come over an opponent that is currently in the rankings, and three wins came over opponents that were ranked at the time. Three of those four teams will get strong tests this week.
Just like last week, No. 2 takes the field on Thursday night in a tough road test. Boston College goes to
Arizona State seems to have flown under everyone's radar. West coast teams get ignored sometimes because of late starts, but the nation will be watching the No. 4 Sun Devils this week as they host No. 21 California. The Bears were minutes away from ascending to No. 1 two weeks ago, but late-game mistakes by their quarterbacks have killed comeback attempts and now their national championship and Rose Bowl hopes are dashed. It will be interesting to see where
Kansas has had things the easiest so far among this group, which explains its No. 9 BCS ranking. The Jayhawks have it the easiest this week as well. They go to Kyle Field to take on Texas A&M. The Aggies have been flat since coach Dennis Franchione's pants caught fire a few weeks ago after the newsletter scandal broke, but last week, they steamrolled Nebraska, which is in greater disarray than A&M.
With the strong possibility that at least one one-loss team could play for the title this year, this week's game between No. 5 Oregon and No. 12 USC becomes an elimination game. The Trojans have struggled through some injuries over the last month, but they looked in top form against Notre Dame last week. But then again, who hasn't?
It seems like we can't get through a weekend without at least one top five team losing, and as you can see, this weekend may be no exception.