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Fourth and inches …

Utah Senator Orrin Hatch renews his ill-advised and embarrassing fight to quash the BCS … considering all the other problems that need to be solved with the economy, domestic security, and foreign relations, there couldn’t be a bigger waste of government time and resources … If Senator Hatch actually had a clue, he would understand that if the BCS was shut down by the government, we’d see a quick return to the old bowl game system that existed pre-BCA (Bowl Championship Alliance) — the organization that preceded the BCS.

Most fans might disagree, but I’m all for it. It beats a playoff, which will never happen anyway. However, the best scenario would be a true Plus-one system, where four or five BCS bowl winners would be re-ranked and the top two teams would play for the national title. That wouldn’t be much different from the system we have now, except we wouldn’t know who was playing in the title game until the dust had settled on January 2nd.
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And another one bites the dust…say goodbye to longshot Virginia Tech and Ohio State and their BCS national championship game hopes. Texas barely survives the toothless Sooners and Cincy impresses with big road win over South Florida. For now, though, it’s looking like the SEC champ will play either Texas or USC in Pasadena on January 7.

1. FLORIDA GATORS/SEC (6-0). If you haven’t heard about it by now, you can’t say you’re much of a college football fan. The Gators were helped by several bad calls by SEC refs on their way to a 23-20 win over Arkansas. The officiating crew has since been suspended. Next up: at Mississippi State.
2. ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE/SEC (7-0). The Tide prevailed over a feisty South Carolina squad, 20-6, and play host to an improving Tennessee this weekend. The Vols manhandled Georgia 45-19 last Saturday.
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Fourth and inches …

Don’t expect a shootout at the Red River … Look for a defensive battle. Oklahoma has an outstanding defense. The Longhorns’ aren’t as stalwart on D, but they’ll be tough to move the ball on thru the air. The Sooners will need to get a ground game established, if they hope to be on the victors side of this contest. The Cotton Bowl Stadium is the game site for the last time in this historic rivalry. Next year the Shootout will move to Cowboys Stadium in Forth Worth.

Stop the presses in Boulder: Dan Hawkins benches son. I’m only surprised because I thought it would happen sooner. Cody Hawkins would be a decent back-up QB for most Division 1A schools—even in Boulder. But as a starter for the Buffaloes this year, the younger Hawkins has a 1-4 record, completing barely over 50 percent of his passes for 5.4 yards per attempt, with 9 interceptions and 9 TD passes.

Can Notre Dame escape the Trojan headlock on this series? USC has won the last seven meetings between these rivals—six of the wins came by at least 20 points. This Saturday’s game is the first time in three years where both schools have a legitimate shot to earn a BCS bowl game.
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We’ve reached the midpoint of the season and Florida and Alabama remain on a collision course to meet in the SEC title game on December 5. Texas shook off what’s becoming typical first half sluggishness to KO Colorado. The ‘Horns face their biggest challenge of the regular season in archrival Oklahoma this Saturday—the last ever Red River Shootout to be played at the Cotton Bowl.

1. FLORIDA GATORS/SEC (5-0). Well, Tebow took the snaps, and like I projected, the Gators took the Tigers by the tail in Baton Rouge last weekend, 13-3. Arkansas visits Gainesville Saturday as 24.5-point underdogs. The Gators will win, but not by that spread.
2. ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE/SEC (6-0). Roll Tide, Roll. And did they ever, to the tune of 22-3, marginalizing Mississippi’s passing game and tossing the Rebs’ postseason hopes onto the now mounting heap of once possible BCS Cinderfellas. Steve Spurrier’s South Carolina Gamecocks come to town with visions of an upset dancing inside their helmets. Won’t happen.
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Fourth and Inches …

“Goldy” the Minnesota Golden Gophers’ mascot knew the right button to push with visiting Wisconsin Badger fans last Saturday … with the Green Bay Packers coming to Minneapolis to play the hometown Vikings on NFL Monday Night Football, Goldy wore a Brett Favre number 4 Vikings’ jersey. Speaking of Favre, you have to see him in the new Sears large screen TV commercial–he pokes fun at himself for his well known off-season indecisiveness. It’s an instant classic.

Florida State’s embattled Bobby Bowden deserves the chance to let the season play out. Florida State football was the joke of the state before Bowden came onboard in 1976, having won just four games in the previous three seasons. Of course, he’s only led the Seminoles to 12 conference championships and two national championships in the past 33 years, compiling 283 wins during that time. Nah, let’s run the guy out of Tallahassee on a rail right now.

Is Notre Dame heading to a BCS bowl? Not so fast. Sure, the Irish have pulled out three barn-burners in a row over Michigan State, Purdue and Washington to run their season record to 4-1, but those three teams are a combined 5-10. Still, every win has nurtured Notre Dame’s confidence. They have this week off and will face the most important test of the year on October 17 when the top 10 ranked USC Trojans travel to South Bend.
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Uh, Houston, we’ve got a problem. The Cougars stumbled against lowly UTEP and dropped out of the RF365 Power Ranking as quickly as they leaped into it. Say goodbye to Cal and Michigan, too. The top-ranked Gators face their toughest test of the season this week on the road in Baton Rouge.

1. FLORIDA GATORS/SEC (4-0). They know how to take care of Gator problems down in Louisiana. If Tebow isn’t taking the snaps for Florida this weekend, Numero Uno is going down.
2. ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE/SEC (5-0). The Tide took care of business against Kentucky last week, 38-20, but Mississippi poses the biggest trap game for them until Auburn at the end of the season.
3. TEXAS LONGHORNS/Big 12 (4-0). Texas is coming off a bye week and the ‘Horns are anxious to chew up the Colorado Buffaloes this Saturday in a tune-up for the Red River Shootout on Oct 17.
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