College Football Notebook (11/10)
I’ve always believed that the number zero is extremely defining! In the world of sports, as in real estate, it’s all about “location, location and location!” A zero in the right-hand column of the won-loss standings is a very good thing, while one in the left-hand column, is not so good!
As college football enters its stretch run, anyone remotely associated with the game is well aware that USC, Texas and Alabama (listed in order of the team’s BCS rankings), remain the nation’s lone unbeaten teams. However, there a few other teams with a zero in that right-hand column, when it comes to conference standings.
West Virginia of the Big East, easily took care of Cincinnati on Wednesday night, moving to 5-0 in league play. The Mountaineers still have games remaining on November 24 versus Pittsburgh (in Morgantown) and on December 3 at South Florida. The Mountaineers had the Big East title in their grasp last year but lost at home to Boston College 36-17 and at Pittsburgh (16-13), to finish the year. This year’s team shows no signs of imploding but one never knows
TCU has already clinched the MWC title, in its first year in the league. The Horned Frogs easily dispatched of Colorado State last Saturday (33-6), clinching the school’s first outright conference title since winning the SWC crown in 1958. At 7-0 in the MWC, the Horned Frogs (29-point favorites!) need only beat UNLV in Fort Worth on Saturday, to finish at 10-1 overall and 8-0 in league play. Ironically, the team’s only loss in 2005 came against an old SWC rival, SMU. Just one week after opening the season by winning 17-10 in สมัครเว็บตรง ufabet มือถือ Norman versus the Sooners (as almost four-TD underdogs), TCU lost 21-10 at SMU, a team that is just 3-6 on the year.
At least one of college football’s seven remaining conference unbeatens HAS to lose this weekend. Boise State and Fresno State of the WAC (both 5-0), meet Thursday night on ESPN. Boise State entered the WAC in 2001 and in that very first year, ended Fresno’s 17-game home winning streak with a 35-30 victory as a 16-point underdog. After losing at La Tech later that year, Boise began a conference winning streak that’s reached 31 games! During that run, the Broncos are an impressive 21-10 ATS.
Despite the fact that Boise owns that long conference winning streak and have beaten Fresno in all four meetings since joining the conference (winning by an average score of 41-21 and goings 4-0 ATS), the Bulldogs are solid favorites (more than a TD) in Thursday’s game. Fresno State is surely no slouch, as the Bulldogs are 38-5 SU at home since 1998 and enter their showdown with the Broncos at 7-1 (only loss at 8-1 Oregon, 37-34) and ranked No. 20 in the AP (current BCS ranking is 22).
The winner of Thursday’s showdown will likely win-out the rest of the way in conference-play but it