College Football Notebook

I’ve been brought numerous things more than 22 years in this business yet I’ve NEVER been known as a BCS master. Actually, exactly who might WANT to be known as one? That being said, we’re left with the BCS deciding school football’s public title game matchup and the vast majority are a little anxious nowadays, as nearly EVERYONE is expecting a Texas/USC or USC/Texas (however you like) standoff in the current year’s Rose Bowl.

The principal BCS standings were delivered on October 17 and there were tales that while USC would be No. 1, agreement No. 2 in the surveys Texas, could end up behind Va Tech in the standings. Those feelings of trepidation were unwarranted, as USC and Texas were a strong one-two in the principal BCS standings. I stop here briefly to remind everybody that since the BCS’ beginning in 1998, the two groups positioned first and second in the underlying standings of the year, have NEVER met in the BCS’ season-finishing title game!

Continuing on, the second BCS standings were delivered this previous Monday. In an all around shock, USC tumbled to No. 2 with Texas climbing to the main spot. The edge of .0007, was the nearest ever between the first two spots in quite a while history. USC possesses the country’s longest series of wins at 29 games (Texas has the second-best streak at only 14!), has been positioned No. 1 in the AP survey for 26 sequential surveys (an unsurpassed record) and is the double cross safeguarding public hero however presently winds up at No. 2!

For USC fans, it’s not generally so terrible as is sounds. USC is serenely in front of No. 3 Va Tech and recollect, No. 2 is similarly on par with No. 1 in this ‘game’, as the two of them advance to the Rose Bowl. As a matter of fact, Texas, which has not any more positioned groups on its residual timetable, is in more serious peril of dropping out of one the main two spots than USC. The Trojans actually have Cal (No. 23 in the BCS), Fresno State (unranked in the BCS however 22nd in the AP and 24 in the mentors’ survey) and UCLA (No. 9 in the BCS) on their timetable.

Right now, Va Tech is in the “feared” No. 3 spot (see USC in 2003 and Auburn in 2004). Notwithstanding, the Hokies play Boston College (BCS No. 12) Thursday night in addition to in any case have Miami-Fl (No. 8 in the BCS) and a possible ACC title-game confrontation on tap with Florida State on December 3 (No. 11 in the BCS), to support their PC rankings. At present, there are SIX unbeatens staying in school football and it’s conceivable that the year could end with upwards of four.

Either USC or UCLA needs to lose when those groups meet on December 3 and accepting Georgia and Alabama were to stay unbeaten through the finish of the customary season, the Bulldogs and Crimson Tide would meet in the SEC title game, dropping either from the positions of the unbeaten. UFABET168

Discussing unbeatens, Alabama, Georgia, Texas, UCLA, USC and Va Tech are each of the 7-0. Notwithstanding, just Texas is an ideal 7-0 ATS. The groups joined ATS mark is 26-16, or 61.9 percent. At the opposite finish of the range, FOUR Division I-A schools enter this present end of the week’s activity winless. The rundown incorporates Buffalo (0-7), New Mexico State (0-7), Rice (0-6) and Temple (0-8). Of those four, just Rice, at 0-6 ATS, is additionally winless against the places! The consolidated ATS sign of the four winless schools is 11-17 or 39.3 percent.

Here is an intriguing truth. You have frequently heard me and others allude to the pointspread as the “incredible equalizer.” Here’s the reason? The six unbeatens normally have a triumphant level of 1.000 and the four winless groups normally are at .000. Notwithstanding, you’ll see that when you look at the two gatherings’ SU winning rate versus their ATS rates, this is what you get. The unbeatens’ ATS rate is .619, a distinction of .381. With respect to the winless groups. the contrast between their SU and ATS winning rate is .393. Darn close!

Prior to leaving this conversation of unbeatens and winless groups, I’d be delinquent in the event that I didn’t specify both Duke and Purdue (in spite of the fact that I’m certain those schools would prefer I didn’t!). While Texas is the country’s ONLY amazing ATS school, Rice isn’t the country’s just winless ATS school. Joining the Owls are Duke and Purdue. The Blue Devils are 1-7 SU yet 0-7 ATS, beating just VMI in a non-lined game. With respect to the Boilermakers, they are 2-5 SU yet 0-7 ATS, as they won however didn’t cover against Akron and Arizona to open the, prior year losing their last five games both SU and ATS!

How are those new lead trainers getting along?

In one of may numerous preseason articles, I referenced that 23 of the country’s 119 Division I-A schools (right around 20%!) would open the 2005 season with an alternate lead trainer than they had gotten done with in 2004. Are the greater part of the schools better for the change? I won’t sit around idly posting each school’s singular record however one after another in order from BYU to Western Michigan, the 23 schools that changed lead trainers for the long term went an aggregate 114-149 (.433) in 2004 with an ATS record of 117-138-2 (.459). Heading into this present end of the week’s activity, those 23 schools are a consolidated 70-91 SU (.435) and 66-88-1 ATS (.429).

Assuming that a tree falls in the backwoods and there is nobody around to hear it, does it utter a sound? While the general numbers are really comparative from last year to this year, the following are seven schools that have certainly seen a change, either positive or negative.

Skip Holtz has East Carolina at 3-3 SU and 5-1 ATS, later the Pirates went 2-9 SU and 5-6 ATS in 2004 (ECU was a joined 3-20 in ’04 and ’03). Hal Mumme brought his alleged “Air Raid” offense to Las Cruces yet the Aggies of New Mexico State are averaging simply 14.3 PPG and are 0-7 SU and 2-5 ATS subsequent to going 5-6 (6-5) in 2004. Mike Gundy took over at Oklahoma State and the Cowboys are 3-4 SU (wins have come over I-AA Montana State, Fla Atlantic and Ark St) and 1-5 ATS, following a 7-5 (7-5) 2004.

Greg Robinson got his first head training position, following 30 years in the business, at Syracuse this year. Notwithstanding, his mid-season report card isn’t great, as the Orange are 1-6 SU and 2-5 ATS subsequent to going 6-6 (8-4) in Paul Pasqualoni’s last year (had 11 winning seasons in 14 years at Syracuse!).Utah set the school football world on its ear in 2004, turning into the first non-BCS gathering school to get a BCS bowl offered and completed 12-0 (10-2 ATS). Be that as it may, Urban Meyer left for Florida (where he’s a frustrating 5-2 SU and 3-4 ATS) with previous DC Kyle Whittingham taking over for the Utes and going only 4-4 and a lamentable 1-7 ATS such a long ways in 2005. Things are gazing upward in Kalamazoo nowadays (have a go at composing that with an indifferent expression!), as Bill Cubit in his first year as a Division I-A lead trainer, has the Broncos 4-3 SU and 2-4 ATS later the school completed 2004 at 1-10 (3-7).

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