Zig’s College Football Top 10

by Junior D on November 12, 2012 · 1 comment

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If only someone could have seen the Aggies upset of number one ranked Alabama coming. If only someone would have had the stones to pick the Aggies and put it out there for the entire world to see. Oh, wait, someone did, it was me! Even though last week, I said Alabama was by far and away the best team in College football, when it came time to make my picks for this past Saturday, I just had a feeling. There was a little voice in the back of my head that was telling me to pick the Aggies. Now to be fair, that little voice normally tells me it’s okay to have that eighth beer on Saturday evening, even though I’ll need to get up at 7am Sunday morning. I am just glad the little voice had something productive to say this time.

I was very much of the opinion that Alabama was unstoppable. I went so far as to pencil them into the national title game against Kansas State. I wanted to pick the Tide. I wanted to see them win their second straight national title. I am the guy that roots hard for the dynasty. I appreciate great teams or programs making legendary runs and stock piling championships. It’s good for sports. It gives all the “other” fans a team to root against and all “other” programs a measuring stick. Alabama’s loss doesn’t prove they aren’t good enough to win a second straight national title; although it does make it much more difficult. It proves why college football is the energy source that warms your heart and feeds your soul.

Zig’s Top 10

1)      Kansas State

2)      Notre Dame

3)      Oregon

4)      Alabama

5)      Ohio State

6)      Georgia

7)      Florida

8)      Texas A&M

9)      LSU

10)   Florida State

 

For the first time in a very long time, we’re going to draw a scenario for you that doesn’t have an SEC team playing in the national title game. Depending on where you live, that either makes you very happy, or sick to your stomach. I’m somewhere in between.

I cannot say with any great deal of certainty that either team left in the top three will run the table. Oregon has two dangerous, but winnable games left on their schedule. Rivalry games are always tricky, and you just know that Oregon State would love to ruin the Ducks shot at a national title. I will reserve my picks until later this week, but if I were a betting man, I’d say Oregon has a great shot at running the table.

Notre Dame has one more challenge left…at USC. The Trojans have gotten the PAC 12 “let’s not play defense” memo and they’re taking it to heart. USC does have the benefit of playing at home, but as we outlined in our “fair-weather fan” post a few days ago, USC fans probably won’t even realize there is a game. That and Notre Dame has played better on the road than they have at home this year. Notre Dame is looking like a stronger candidate.

Kansas State has, by far, the toughest road left. Baylor is no slouch. Yes, they are one game below .500 this year, and their defense is a mess, but their offense is more than capable of putting up points and making things interesting in a shoot out. Let’s also not forget that Kansas State plays host to Texas for their season finale. After back to back losses this year, Texas seems to have figured a few things out. Their timing could be devastating to the Wildcats.

There you have it. There are really only two schools of thought here. Either all three teams run the table, the rankings stay the way they are right now, and the current top two teams play for the title leaving behind some very unhappy Irish fans. Or, one of these three teams loses, and a charmed path opens for two schools. History will tell you that the likelihood of all three schools running the table is slim to none. That’s the path I’ll take. I think Texas “gets” Kansas State in their finale. That pick is subject to change, but for now, here is your national title game.

Oregon vs. Notre Dame.

There is one more possibility. Two or all three of these teams could lose. If that happens, I give up. I’ll just sit on my couch with my ice cold Yuengling Light and wait for the computers to tell me what to think.

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Joe P November 14, 2012 at 1:52 pm

I noticed that the BCS rankings (http://espn.go.com/college-football/rankings) have SEC teams in the 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 spot. WTF!?

Also, every time sanctions are imposed on a program we hear the, “you’re punishing the innocent” argument. With that in mind, Ohio State is 2 years removed from the incident(s) that resulted in its sanctions. Should they finish the season 12-0 wouldn’t they become the so-called poster-child for this argument?

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