Saturday, September 25, 2010

What 2 Watch 4

Here are three things you might see during this College Football Saturday.

The Big XII taking the lead in most undefeated teams

At this moment, the Southeastern Conference is tied with the Big XII for teams that are still undefeated.
However, because six of those SEC teams will be playing each other, the number of unbeaten SEC teams will fall to no more than four come Sunday (LSU is the seventh unbeaten SEC team, and plays West Virginia).
The entire SEC, both East and West Divisions, will begin to take shape as No.1 Alabama (3-0) visit No.10 Arkansas (3-0), No.12 South Carolina (3-0) travels to No.17 Auburn (3-0) and Kentucky (3-0) heads to No.9 Florida (3-0).
The seven undefeated Big XII teams appear to be a safe bet to stay unblemished one more week since two of those teams (Oklahoma State and Texas A&M) have the week off, and Missouri plays Miami (OH), Nebraska plays South Dakota State, Texas plays UCLA, Oklahoma plays Cincinnati and Kansas State plays UCF.
Not saying there will be no upsets in those games, but the chance of the Big XII having less than four undefeated teams at the end of the weekend is unlikely, at best.
In case you're wondering, here is how the conferences stand as far as remaining undefeated teams:
  • 7    Big XII (Kansas State, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M)
  • 7    SEC (Florida, South Carolina, Kentucky, LSU, Arkansas, Auburn, Alabama)
  • 6    Big Ten (Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Indiana)
  • 4    PAC-10 (Stanford, Arizona, Oregon, USC)
  • 3    WAC (Fresno State, Nevada, Boise State)
  • 2    ACC (Boston College, NC State)
  • 2    Big East (West Virginia, Rutgers)
  • 2    MWC (Utah, TCU)
  • 1    MAC (Temple)
  • 0    Conference USA
  • 0    Independents
  • 0    Sunbelt

Not-So-Fast Buster Bronco

The ESPN Gameday crew will be in Boise for the No.3 Boise State Broncos-No.24 Oregon State Beavers game today.
The "Mascot Head" segment - the moment when Lee Corso predicts the winner of the on-location game by donning one of the teams' mascot heads - at the end of the show is usually so secretive that the box containing the mascot head is guarded by several ESPN handlers.
However, over the past couple of weeks, Corso has been pretty outspoken during the iconic Saturday program about his belief that an undefeated Boise State team should not play in the BCS national championship game in place of a once-beaten SEC, Big XII or Big 10 team.
Corso's been known to use reverse psychology before, but CFRT is betting you'll see Benny Beaver on Corso's noggin this morning, and a "not so fast" for Boise's Buster Bronco.

The 10 Millionth Replay

When Kentucky visits No.9 Florida tonight it will mark more than just a battle between two SEC unbeatens.
No, it will also mark the anniversary of the Tim Tebow Concussion Game.
Last year, the Gators legend was blasted by a Kentucky lineman, forcing him backward and into one of Tebow's fellow offensive linemen.
The back of Tebow's helmet struck his teammate's knee, temporarily knocking him out.
It was a scary moment as Tebow lay motionless on the ground for several minutes.
Over the next two weeks, an estimated 9,999,999 replays of the hit was shown on virtually every network in the Solar System.
Count on replay #10 million to be shown sometime before kickoff today.
In fact, let's make a game of it, email us at CFRT ( and let us know how many times you actually see the replay today and tonight.

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