College Football Notebook

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I’ve been brought numerous things more than 22 years in this business however I’ve NEVER been known as a BCS master. In all genuineness, exactly who might WANT to be known as one? That being stated, we’re screwed over thanks to the BCS deciding school football’s national title amusement matchup and the vast majority are a little anxious nowadays, as nearly EVERYONE is foreseeing a Texas/USC or USC/Texas (whichever way you incline toward) confrontation in the current year’s Rose Bowl.

The principal BCS standings were discharged on October 17 and there were gossipy tidbits that while USC would be No. 1, accord No. 2 in the surveys Texas, could wind up behind Va Tech in the standings. Those feelings of trepidation were unwarranted, as USC and Texas were a strong one-two in the primary BCS standings. I delay here for a minute to remind everybody that since the BCS’ beginning in 1998, the two groups positioned first and second in the underlying standings of the year, have NEVER met in the BCS’ season-finishing title diversion!

Proceeding onward, the second BCS standings were discharged this past Monday. In to some degree a shock, USC tumbled to No. 2 with Texas climbing to the main spot. The edge of .0007, was the nearest ever between the initial two spots in the standings history. USC possesses the country’s longest winning streak at 29 recreations (Texas has the second-best streak at only 14!), has been positioned No. 1 in the AP survey for 26 successive surveys (an unequaled record) and is the two-time guarding national champion yet now winds up at No. 2!

For USC fans, it’s not as terrible as is sounds. USC is easily in front of No. 3 Va Tech and recollect, No. 2 is similarly on a par with No. 1 in this ‘diversion’, as they both progress to the Rose Bowl. Really, Texas, which has not any more positioned groups on its outstanding timetable, is in more serious risk of dropping out of one the main two spots than USC. The Trojans still have Cal (No. 23 in the BCS), Fresno State (unranked in the BCS however 22nd in the AP and 24 in the mentors’ survey) and UCLA (No. 9 in the BCS) on their timetable.

As of now, Va Tech is in the “feared” No. 3 spot (see USC in 2003 and Auburn in 2004). Be that as it may, the Hokies play Boston College (BCS No. 12) Thursday night in addition to even now have Miami-Fl (No. 8 in the BCS) and an imaginable ACC title-amusement confrontation on tap with Florida State on December 3 (No. 11 in the BCS), to support their PC rankings. As of now, there are SIX unbeatens staying in school football and it’s conceivable that the year could end with upwards of four.

Either USC or UCLA needs to lose when those groups meet on December 3 and accepting Georgia and Alabama were to stay unbeaten through the finish of the consistent season, the Bulldogs and Crimson Tide would meet in the SEC title amusement, dropping either from the positions of the unbeaten.

Talking about unbeatens, Alabama, Georgia, Texas, UCLA, USC and Va Tech are each of the 7-0. Nonetheless, just Texas is a flawless 7-0 ATS. The groups joined ATS stamp is 26-16, or 61.9 percent. At the flip side of the range, FOUR Division I-A schools enter this present end of the week’s activity winless. The rundown incorporates Buffalo (0-7), New Mexico State (0-7), Rice (0-6) and Temple (0-8). Of those four, just Rice, at 0-6 ATS, is additionally winless against the focuses! The consolidated ATS sign of the four winless schools is 11-17 or 39.3 percent.

Here’s an intriguing truth. You have frequently heard me and others allude to the pointspread as the “colossal equalizer.” Here’s the reason? The six unbeatens actually have a triumphant rate of 1.000 and the four winless groups normally are at .000. Be that as it may, you’ll see that when you analyze the two gatherings’ SU winning rate versus their ATS rates, this is what you get. The unbeatens’ ATS rate is .619, a distinction of .381. With respect to the winless groups. the contrast between their SU and ATS winning rate is .393. Pretty darn close!

Before leaving this exchange of unbeatens and winless groups, I’d be neglectful on the off chance that I didn’t say both Duke and Purdue (despite the fact that I’m certain those schools would rather I didn’t!). While Texas is the country’s ONLY impeccable ATS school, Rice is not the country’s just winless ATS school. Joining the Owls are Duke and Purdue. The Blue Devils are 1-7 SU yet 0-7 ATS, beating just VMI in a non-lined diversion. Concerning the Boilermakers, they are 2-5 SU yet 0-7 ATS, as they won yet did not cover against Akron and Arizona to open the, prior year losing their last five amusements both SU and ATS!

How are those new head mentors getting along?

In one of may numerous preseason articles, I specified that 23 of the country’s 119 Division I-A schools (very nearly 20 percent!) would open the 2005 season with an alternate head mentor than they had completed with in 2004. Are the majority of the schools better for the change? I won’t sit idle posting each school’s individual record yet sequentially from BYU to Western Michigan, the 23 schools that changed set out mentors toward the 2005 year went an aggregate 114-149 (.433) in 2004 with an ATS record of 117-138-2 (.459). Heading into this present end of the week’s activity, those 23 schools are a consolidated 70-91 SU (.435) and 66-88-1 ATS (.429).

In the event that a tree falls in the backwoods and there is nobody around to hear it, does it make a sound? While the general numbers are quite comparable from a year ago to this year, here are seven schools that have most likely seen a change, either great or terrible.

Skip Holtz has East Carolina at 3-3 SU and 5-1 ATS, after the Pirates went 2-9 SU and 5-6 ATS in 2004 (ECU was a joined 3-20 in ’04 and ’03). Hal Mumme brought his gathered “Air Raid” offense to Las Cruces yet the Aggies of New Mexico State are averaging only 14.3 PPG and are 0-7 SU and 2-5 ATS in the wake of going 5 (6-5) in 2004. Mike Gundy assumed control at Oklahoma State and the Cowboys are 3-4 SU (wins have come over I-AA Montana State, Fla Atlantic and Ark St) and 1-5 ATS, taking after a 7-5 (7-5) 2004 agen judi bola online.

Greg Robinson got his initially head guiding employment, following 30 years in the business, at Syracuse this year. In any case, his mid-season report card is bad, as the Orange are 1-6 SU and 2-5 ATS subsequent to going 6-6 (8-4) in Paul Pasqualoni’s last year (had 11 winning seasons in 14 years at Syracuse!).Utah set the school football world on its ear in 2004, turning into the principal non-BCS meeting school to get a BCS bowl offer and completed 12-0 (10-2 ATS). Notwithstanding, Urban Meyer left for Florida (where he’s a disillusioning 5-2 SU and 3-4 ATS) with previous DC Kyle Whittingham assuming control for the Utes and going only 4-4 and a lamentable 1-7 ATS so far in 2005. Things are turning upward in Kalamazoo nowadays (take a stab at composing that with a straight face!), as Bill Cubit in his first year as a Division I-A head mentor, has the Broncos 4-3 SU and 2-4 ATS after the school completed 2004 at 1-10 (3-7).

I haven’t disregarded Charlie Weis and Notre Dame, I simply left them until last. Weis, with none of his own enlisted people, assumed control over an offense that had completed 108th in the country in all out offense in 2002, 90th in 2003 and 81st in 2004. After seven recreations of the 2005 season, Notre Dame is eighth in complete offense (492.7 YPG), twelfth in scoring (37.9 PPG) and 5-2 SU (6-1 ATS). Subsequent to going 6-6 SU and ATS in 2004 in addition to 5-7 SU (4-8) in 2003, Weis has the Irish positioned ninth in the most recent AP survey, tenth in the most recent mentors’ survey and fifteenth (?) in the most recent BCS standings. He has a QB (Brady Quinn) that is breaking Notre Dame passing records on a week after week premise and would be the Heisman leader notwithstanding two folks from USC and a QB from Texas named Young. Above all, he has the Irish in line for a BCS bowl offer, on the off chance that he can win-out.

Out of regard to the Willingham family, I won’t say how Notre Dame’s previous head mentor is doing in Washington. On the other hand, I don’t have any acquaintance with him or any one in his family, so what the hell. Willingham has the Huskies 1-6 SU and 2-4 ATS through seven recreations, with his solitary win coming over an Idaho group which is 1-6. In decency to Ty, he acquired a group that was 1-10 (3-7) in 2004.

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