The Sports Broadcast

A blog about sports broadcasting from the great state of Florida. They report. I decide.

Sunday, October 03, 2004

Two More Down

Two more teams besides West Virginia fell off the potential unbeaten list, with Fresno State's upset loss to Louisiana Tech (there goes ESPN College Gameday's visit to the Fresno-Boise State game) and Ohio State's shocking upset loss to Northwestern. Especially damaging for the Buckeyes is the fact that it counts as a Big 10 conference loss, not just a shameful loss to a team they should have beaten. When you let other teams hang around week after week instead of putting them away, it will catch up to you sooner or later. The potential unbeatens list now stands as such (in alphabetical order):

Boise State
the Cal-USC winner
the Virginia-Miami winner

Texas can jump on the list if the Longhorns beat Oklahoma, but that's a pretty big if, and Texas always gets knocked out of the BCS race every year by losing to OU and then to a team they should have beaten (last year it was Washington State, in 2002 Texas Tech, and in 2001 Colorado). This year it could be Texas Tech again, who put up far more of a fight against Oklahoma than they have in recent memory, Oklahoma State, or possibly even Texas A&M. Georgia is not on the list because Florida is on their schedule and they must travel to Auburn. Purdue has a chance to move up from spoiler to contender based on Ohio State's new-found vulnerability and the fact that Kyle Orton has still not thrown an interception in 137(!) attempts, but I'll wait to see how they handle Wisconsin and Michigan in back-to-back weeks. Wisconsin too might move up, but I only mention this because the Badgers have not lost yet. Wisconsin must play Purdue, Ohio State, Michigan, and Minnesota, and running that table is going to be very, very difficult.

I predicted the Gators would be ranked 13th this week, but instead they moved up to 12th in the coaches poll thanks to Ohio State's loss that I somehow didn't predict...

A little bit of Instant History for you: San Jose State and Rice played the highest-scoring regulation-length game in Division I-A history last night with SJSU sqeaking out a 70-63 victory and passing the old record of Middle Tennessee State's 2001 70-58 victory over Idaho. The record for any game was set last year by Arkansas' epic 71-63 win over Kentucky in 7 overtimes. The record for any level of football was in Division III North Park's 104-32 demolition of North Central (Illinois) in 1968. SJSU and Rice also set a new record for combined touchdowns with 19. There is a reason why the WAC has a reputation for wide open football.


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