Monday, November 01, 2004

College Football Championship Update

First, we'll do the standings, then we'll show just how weird the standings are.

Unscathed Teams Who Have Beaten a Top Ten Team (4)
Auburn*, Oklahoma*, USC*, Wisconsin*

All Other Unscathed Teams (2)
Boise St, Utah

Teams With Half-Acceptable Losses (0)

Teams With 1 Acceptable Loss (2)
Cal, Louisville

Teams That Have To Be Perfect The Rest Of The Way (5)
BC, FSU, Miami*, Michigan, WV

So what's so strange about the 13 teams? Just this - outside of the BC/West Virginia matchup November 13th, none of these teams play each other again until the bowls. The reason for this is that there is almost complete parity in regards to the conferences of the contenders. Here's the conference breakdown, and the results of teams that have already played.

ACC - FSU and Miami. Miami won in OT at home, a Half-Acceptable Loss for both.

Big East - 2 teams. BC and West Virginia we already discussed. The loser is done for the year.

Big 10 - 2 teams. Michigan and Wisconsin don't play each other this year.

Big 12 - Oklahoma.

Conference USA - Louisville. They need a top ten matchup in their bowl game, and they can steal a share of the ECF. Nearly got that big win at Miami.

Mountain West - Utah. They have the same scenario as Louisville, except in their case its more likely.

Pac 10 - Cal and USC. Cal lost a close one at USC, an Acceptable Loss.

SEC - Just Auburn.

WAC - Just Boise St.

So on the one hand, no one is that dominant, and there will still be a lot of great conference battles ahead of us. On the other hand, if there are not many upsets, we're looking at multiple champions, just like two years ago.


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