The College Football Review, Week Ten: Rice Is Officially Better than Notre Dame

It was a so-so weekend in college football. Ohio State struggled but eventually defeated Wisconsin to remain undefeated and No. 1 in the AP and BCS rankings with just two games left this season.

Boston College was upset by Florida State, and probably fell out of contention for the national championship. LSU held on to defeat Alabama in the first annual Nick Saban Bowl, and Oregon defeated the previously undefeated Arizona State. Kansas kicked Nebraska’s ass, just a week after Nebraska nearly defeated Texas. And speaking of Texas, the Horns once again needed a fourth-quarter miracle, this time coming from behind to defeat Oklahoma State.

The upset of the week was not Navy defeating Notre Dame. Anybody’s who watched any college football this season knows Notre Dame stinks. So I was surprised to hear several times that Navy’s victory was a huge upset. Notre Dame losing is not a huge upset. Rice winning, now that’s a huge upset. And the Owls did win this weekend, upsetting UTEP. Do you know what the Rice victory means? Yep, it means the Owls have a better record than Notre Dame.

So, Notre Dame fan, do you think this might be a little of that karma feedback thing for your treatment of Ty Willingham?

I hope that none of you wasted your Saturday night watching the Aggies to lose to Oklahoma. I don't think you need access to the Coach Fran tipsheet to know Dennis Franchione's going to be out of a job come the end of the season. Defeating the Horns won't even save his job this season. I was wondering who would go first – Coach Fran or Nebraska's Bill Callahan – but with the Aggies and Coach Fran negotiating a contract buy-out, I think the decision's already been made.

So while Alabama might have lost to LSU, I'm sure they’re laughing their asses off at the Aggies. I guess this is another one of those karma things.

And I know many of you probably spent Sunday night watching the Cowboys and Eagles, but I hope you spent some Sunday night time over at ESPN watching the Cougars put on a show for a national TV audience. The Cougars are 6-3 for the season and are now bowl eligible. The Coogs should be able to clinch the C-USA West title next week with a defeat of Tulsa. After that, the Coogs will close out the regular season with games against Marshall and TSU. And if the Coogs can win the C-USA title game, they would return to the Liberty Bowl.

What the Coogs won’t be worrying about, even if they win out, is qualifying for the Bowl Championship Series. As of today, Ohio State is the No. 1 team and would probably clinch a slot in the championship game with one win in either of their two remaining games – Illinois next week, then Michigan to close out the season. The fight is probably over who will face Ohio State. LSU is the team at the moment, but LSU has been struggling to win games these past several weeks. Oregon has been playing a tough schedule, and the team has been dominating games (hell, the mascot even kicks ass and takes names). But if Kansas can make it through the rest of the Big 12 North season unscathed, then win the Big 12 title game, it could also get the slot against Ohio State. As could Oklahoma should it win out for the rest of the Big 12 South season, then win the Big 12 title game. But then there’s Missouri, also with one loss, still set to face Kansas, and maybe Oklahoma. And LSU still has to make it though the SEC title game. And five minus four equals one plus three equals four minus two plus ten divided by fifty multiplied by 3.14. AHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!

I don’t about you, but wouldn’t it be easier if the NCAA just set up a playoff system for Division I college football. Don’t give me that academics bullshit, as most of the college football postseason is between semesters. And the NCAA doesn’t seem to care much about academics when it comes to basketball, where teams are away from school for most of a month while participating in March Madness.

But what do I know? I’m only a blogger. At least we won’t have to deal with Notre Dame bitching about the system. So I guess that’s a good thing. -- John Royal

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