How the Mighty Have Fallen

week-4Whew, it was a rough week. It seems like it was yesterday that Michigan State was the hot pick for the playoffs. Three loses in a row and it’s hello Tax Slayer Bowl. And to think their marquee win was over the equally disappointing 2 and 4 Notre Dame. It was a good week for the state of Washington, with the WSU Cougars crushing Stanford and the UW Huskies rolling over the Ducks. It was not such a good story for the other Cougars. Houston got upset by Navy and lost any hope for the playoffs. However, with that loss, it proves my point that the non-power 5 schools get no respect. The Saturday morning talking heads said that even if the Coogs went undefeated they wouldn’t be worthy of a playoff spot, even over a Power 5 conference winner with two losses. Admittedly, the Coogs’ schedule wasn’t the strongest, but conference foes are always at their best against each other. They know each other’s weaknesses and many times represent a tougher out that a middling power 5 team. It would have been crime if Houston went undefeated and a two loss Big 12 school was chosen over them. Of course, this is purely academic now, or is it? Boise State and Western Michigan are still undefeated…

I guess the big game this weekend is Alabama versus Tennessee. I get the feeling that the Volunteers are going to get trucked. I also thought BC would give Clemson a game last week and we all know how that turned out. I guess Ohio State at Wisconsin could be a good one. As for me, I will be in the Big Easy watching the Memphis Tigers take on the Tulane Green Wave on Friday night. The Tigers are the favorites in this one. Tulane will need to win the time of possession with their strong running game and keep the scoring down. If they do, they might just come away with the upset.