College Football Wrap-Up – 3 More Unbeaten Teams Fall and 7 Top 25 Teams Are Upset

1 Ohio State and gave Ohio State a most unfriendly 31-18 whipping while completely dominating the Buckeyes, who came in with their privileged reputation and a 6-0 record.

Florida, ranked 22nd, hosted Mississippi State, rated 33rd by Sagarin, and found itself on the short end of a 10-7 stick. Kearse had 9 catches for 146 yards and his school-record 4 touchdowns came on 16, 45, 17 and 21-yard passes.

Seven other unranked teams deserve a mention.

Copyright © 2010 Ed Bagley

The Mississippi State loss meant that Florida coach Urban Meyer suffered 3 consecutive losses for the first time in his coaching career. Hawaii leads the nation in passing offense.. The Longhorns, who had previously lost to UCLA and Oklahoma, led 17-3 at the half and won, 20-13.

Great home victories included 7th-ranked Auburn outlasting 12th-ranked Arkansas, 65-43, in the game of the week that featured offense and no defense, 4th-ranked TCU over BYU 31-3, 6th-ranked Oklahoma over Iowa State 52-zip, and 13th-ranked Michigan State over Illinois 26-6.

Here are 3 thumpings – Georgia shutting out Vanderbilt 43-zip, USC taking it to California 48-14, and Kansas State ripping Kansas 59-7 after leading 52-zip after 3 quarters.

Locker threw a career-high 5 touchdown passes, including 2 to Jermaine Kearse in a double-overtime game, and Oregon State’s 2-point conversion attempt for a win in the 2nd overtime period fell incomplete as the Huskies beat the Beavers 35-34.

South Carolina just did not play the second half, and failed to finish off its opponent.

Hawaii also has a high-scoring offense, averaging 39 a game. 1 team.

All bets are off now – the national championship race is wide open, and apparently getting wider by the week.

Eight other Top 25 teams had great wins to keep moving onward and upward.

Six other top-ranked teams had much less impressive victories. The Gators offense has just collapsed; two weeks ago they only scored 6 on Alabama, and now they have just dropped out of the Top 25 with a 4-3 record following consecutive losses to Alabama, LSU and Mississippi State.

In a side note, Auburn barely led Arkansas 37-35 after the 3rd quarter, but the Tigers outscored the Razorbacks 28-8 on some miscues in the last quarter to go on and win 65-43. The defeat was so bad that the Buckeyes dropped to 11th in the weekly AP Poll.

The fact that Nebraska was ranked 9th in scoring offense nationally, 7th in total offense, 4th in scoring defense and 12th in total defense, did not mean squat. Someone forgot to tell Wisconsin’s players, who could give a flip about the Buckeyes stats. Apparently, when there is no Tim Tebow, there is suddenly no Florida. Wisconsin would rather smash you in the mouth, and they did.

Throw out almost everything you thought you knew for sure. The Warriors shut down Nevada’s 7th-ranked scoring offense (43 points per game) while winning, 27-21, after leading 17-zip at the half.

No. They included 8th-ranked Alabama’s really lame win at home over 79th-ranked Mississippi 23-10, 9th-ranked LSU’s pathetic triumph over 149th-ranked, AA McNeese State 32-10, and 15th-ranked Iowa’s 38-28 victory over Michigan.

Earlier in the season, then No. Cornhusker coach Bo Pelini can obsess over those stats all he wants, it doesn’t matter, Nebraska, favored by 10, failed to cover by 18, exactly like Ohio State.

The seventh team to miss victory this week was the 24th-ranked Oregon State Beavers, who were beginning to look for real. The voters will now be embarrassed to put their undeserving, favorite team on top of the football polls. It is a new order of virtual parity at the top in college football.

Both Oregon State and Washington are now 3-3 on the season.

No. The Aztecs, who led 10-6 at the half, made it official with the final score. The 19th-ranked Wolf Pack brought their perfect 6-0 mark to Hawaii, the land of pineapples and passes. Whatever happened to that thing called defense?

Locker was 21-of-35 passing (60%) for 286 yards and the 5 TD strikes. The good old boys from the south have choked on their chewing tobacco. Imagine for a moment a SEC game with 108 total points scored. The Beavers paid a visit to the up-again, down-again Washington Huskies. 1 Alabama put a 31-6 thrashing on the Florida Gators, who won the national championship two years ago and four years ago.

Now there are only 10 major schools that are unbeaten going into the 8th weekend of the season – TCU, Auburn, LSU and Michigan State all are 7-0, and Oregon, Boise State, Oklahoma, Utah, Oklahoma State and Missouri are all 6-0.

Nevada was the third unbeaten team to fall. Ohio State, favored by 4 on the road, failed to cover by 18 points.

The South Carolina Gamecocks, who had just upset Alabama to rise to 10th in the AP Poll, led unranked Kentucky 28-10 at the half, but were outscored 21-zip by the Wildcats in the second half as Kentucky held on to upend the Gamecocks, 31-28.

Also, 16th-ranked Florida State’s narrow 24-19 effort hosting 110th-ranked Boston College, 17th-ranked Arizona’s weak 24-7 win at Washington State, and 25th-ranked West Virginia’s 20-6 escape against 100th-ranked South Florida.

The Badgers led 21-3 at the half, and the Buckeyes were wondering if they shouldn’t get on the bus home at halftime. 15-ranked Stanford were idle this week.

Air Force, which debuted in the Top 25 last week at 23rd, took a flying leap back out of the poll this week after being beaten by unranked San Diego State, 27-25. 5-ranked Nebraska fared no better. They had won 6 in a row against Washington, and had won 7 of their past 9 Pac-10 road games.

South Carolina knocked off then No. 2-ranked Oregon and No. That’s tough luck, for Florida, not Mississippi State.

The loss was Nevada’s 6th straight at Hawaii. Locker also picked up 60 yards on 12 carries (5.0 ypc), and Chris Polk added another 105 yards. The Warriors (now 5-2) had more total offensive yards and passing yards. The Cornhuskers (5-0), who hosted Texas, are sorry they ever showed up. 1 Alabama last week, and this week the Wisconsin Badgers hosted No. There is, of course, no truth to the rumor that Warrior players throw pineapples as well as passes, they just have a lot of very big, talented Samoan athletes on the island.

Washington needed a defensive stop at a critical moment and finally got one when the conversion pass to Joe Halahuni went through his hands as he was hit by linebacker Cort Dennison.

Ohio State was ranked 6th nationally in scoring offense, and 6th in scoring defense. The Air Force Falcons will have to regroup for some strategy.

The college football world was turned upside down this week as 7 Top 25 teams were upset, including No. 1-ranked Ohio State, and 3 of the 7 saw their unbeaten seasons ‘and national championship dreams – all but vanish before their eyes.

Besides Ohio State, Nebraska and Nevada, 4 other ranked teams lost – South Carolina, Florida, Air Force and Oregon State.

Here are 4 upsets – East Carolina, ranked 71st, knocking off North Carolina State 33-27 in overtime, 189th-ranked Eastern Michigan beating 124th-ranked Ball State 41-38 in overtime, 161st-ranked Rice nipping 77th-ranked Houston 34-31, and 159th-ranked UAB (Alabama-Birmingham) upsetting 112th-ranked UTEP (Texas-El Paso), 21-6.

That said, the Huskies have a real headliner in Jake Locker, who would be winning more games if his receivers would stop dropping passes, and his defensive teammates would start playing defense.

They included really good road wins by 3rd-ranked Boise State over San Jose State 48-zip, 11th-ranked Utah over Wyoming 30-6, 20th-ranked Oklahoma State over Texas Tech 34-17, and 21st-ranked Missouri over Texas A&M 30-9.

The best realization of this is that it is impossible to just pencil in Alabama, Florida or Ohio State as the No

Sports :: College Football – If You Thought SEC Was the Toughest NCAA Conference, Think Again

By comparison, the Big 12 played 10, the ACC and Big Ten played 7 games, the Big East 6, and the Pac 10 only 2.

It is the same reason why Hawaii is unbeaten at 10-0, having defeated two 1AA schools in fattening up its impressive win record while racking up the 153rd toughest schedule against the other 119 Division 1A schools.

Another interesting fact of note is this: Since the NCAA established the Division 1A and 1AA separation in 1978, only 5 Division 1A schools have not played a Division 1AA school: Washington, Southern California, UCLA, Michigan State and Notre Dame. 1 among the 242 Division 1A and 1AA schools.

Ranked 11th among Division 1A conferences is Conference USA at 58.88. Even Jeff Sagarin in his Sagarin Ratings lists the SEC as the top conference with a central mean (that is Sagarin math talk) of 79.89 with the Pacific 10–better known as the Pac 10–second at 79.19. Again 3 of the 5 teams come from the Pac 10.

Sagarin rates all of the 242 individual 1A and 1AA teams and then combines them among conferences to arrive at these figures.

I read other factors into his mathematical formula for deciding which conference is the toughest (best) conference.

When I add up the strength of schedule for the 12 SEC teams I get an average of 30 compared to an average strength of schedule of 14 for the Pac 10. 4 and Colorado No. 3, California No. Three 1AA conferences are then rated above the last 1A conference–the Sun Belt–at 58.26.

For the record, Nebraska is No. 5, so 3 of Top 5 teams in strength of schedule are from the Pac 10.

The “tough” SEC played exactly 10 Division 1AA opponents this season, more than any other conference in the country. The facts and statistics say otherwise.

Knowing that the SEC is legion for scheduling Division 1AA teams in its non-conference schedule, I suspect that the SEC’s strength of schedule (the quality of its opponents) may not be as strong. 2, Stanford No. Who plays the tougher schedule between the top two dogs? It is easily the Pac 10.

There is so much buzz and hype about the Southeast Conference–better known as the SEC–you would think there are no other NCAA football conferences that can compare.. Turns out that I am right.

The SEC already has 7 of its 12 teams with 7 or more wins and bowl eligible by NCCA standards, and now you know one of the reasons why.

If you are wondering, the team that has played the toughest schedule during the first 12 weeks of the 2007 college football season is the Washington Huskies, and that is why they are ranked No. On a scale of 100 the difference is 70/100ths of 1, or close enough to not make a difference in my mind.

Sometimes a 1AA school can beat a 1A school (like Appalachian State beating Michigan at home 34-32), not because they are necessarily better but because the 1A school did not take them seriously.

Copyright © 2007 Ed Bagley

Please, do not give me this garbage about the SEC playing the toughest schedule

Sports :: The Most Popular Sports In The United States

Proud parents everywhere enjoy watching their children learn and play the game. Basketball is a popular sport worldwide. It did not originate in the United States, but it has found its way into our sporting life and become one of the fastest growing sports. Baseball is one of the top sports being played in the United States. When you look at the citizens of the United States, there are several sports that seem to be much more popular than others. Football is truly the “American Sport”, since it is played in the United States exclusively. It has grown from being played only in college to having professional teams and being played by students in both elementary and high schools. The Super Bowl is one of the most watched television events when it comes to sports, and it determines which one of the many professional football teams will be considered the best for that year!. The number of people around the world playing basketball can reach a staggering 300 million! Basketball is one of the only professional sports in the United States to welcome foreign players onto teams, with many players of professional basketball being recruited from other countries and brought to the United States to play.

2. When it comes to sports, professional and amateur, baseball is ranked right up there at the top.

All around the globe, on any given day, you will find some sort of sports event on your local television station or on cable. What a great feeling when you see your child hit the ball or score a run! As the old song goes, “Take me out to the ball game!”. The most popular sports in the United States today, being watched live and on screens, are:

4. Football began as a college sport in the United States in the mid 1800s. Most ticket prices for local sports are reasonable and you and your whole family can enjoy the excitement of the game!

3. Having been played in the United States the longest, baseball attracts millions of fans to ball fields every year. Ice hockey is the most popular form of this sport, with street hockey being popular with older kids everywhere.

You may be asking “Where is golf and soccer on this list?” Well, although both sports are gaining in popularity, neither one meets the level of fans of the sports listed above.

1. There isn’t just professional baseball to keep many Americans busy, though. With networks dedicated solely to sports, you can find things like boxing, bowling, fishing, basketball, football, baseball and soccer on 24 hours a day! Most days you will be able to see sports live, either by watching pee-wee, high school, college and even professional sports events. They, of course, will cost you a bit more to attend, but the thrill of being there will make the price well worth it. Hockey is one of the newer sports gaining popularity with the American public