Here we go, kids: the BCS Standings are out and as per usual they make no sense. However, the answer this time is that the computers don’t take into account half the season and the formulas are designed for a full 12-game schedule. Therefore, America doesn’t need to get bent out of shape about ratings that are not real and don’t mean anything until December 6, 2009.
Now, as a fervent BcS hater, I cannot decide what I want more: Four or more one-loss major conference teams and Boise St or TCU undefeated; or one undefeated team from the BcS conferences and TCU or Boise or both undefeated and them getting left out. Again, I cannot decide which would be better as a BcS hater which would be more fun, but then I remember that they will find a nice way to spin this and America will buy it and move on.
I am back to the point where I want either a full-scale playoff or back to the good old days where it is a beauty contest on January 1st and that is the end of it.
Now onto Week 8, where we get counter programming from the WWL and we can see if Tulsa can bounce back from their failed upset of Boise State last Wednesday.
Wednesday, October 21st
- Tulsa @ Texas-El Paso (ESPN, 8pm) – Dave Neal, Andre Ware
Thursday, October 22nd
Ahh, the Thursday night game from the ACC. This one will be in Chapel Hill for a game that does not matter at all to anyone outside of Chapel Hill and Tallahassee. Thus, I will watch game 5 of the Yankees/Angels because as much as I love college football I hate the ACC (except Georgia Tech’s offense).
- Florida State @ North Carolina (ESPN, 7:30pm) – Chris Fowler, Craig James, Jesse Palmer, Erin Andrews
Friday, October 23rd
Friday Night with Rutgers, Part Two. This game will be awful, but if you have never seen Michie Stadium at West Point watch for five minutes with the sound off and then change the channel.
- Rutgers @ Army (ESPN2, 8pm) – Joe Tessitore, Rod Gilmore
Saturday, October 24th
Gameday is in Provo. Again, everyone take a deep breath as the battle between TCU and BYU is the best game of the week. Fowler, Herbie, Corso, and Desmond will focus on this Mountain West battle and how important it is for TCU as they need to stay undefeated to have a shot at the BcS. They might also cover how BYU has a huge advantage by having married guys who go on missions and are now in their middle 20’s instead of gawky teenagers figuring out college. Also, Herbie will get to fly from Provo, Utah to Columbia, Missouri to call another Texas game as they are ABC’s #1 team (since CBS gets all the SEC teams first).
There are no games worth watching at Noon Eastern. I repeat none, follow them on your phone/computer via your favorite scoreboard site and get ready for the 3:30pm Eastern games.
- Minnesota @ Ohio State (ESPN, Noon) – Dave Pasch, Bob Griese, Chris Spielman
- Illinois @ Purdue (ESPN2, Noon) – Pam Ward, Ray Bentley
- Connecticut @ West Virginia (ESPNU, Noon) – Clay Matvick, David Diaz-Infante
- Indiana @ Northwestern (BTN, Noon) – Ari Wolfe, Mark Campbell, Mike Hall
- Alabama-Birmingham @ Marshall (CSS, Noon) – Tom Hart, Chuck Oliver, Allison Williams
- Arkansas @ Mississippi (SEC Network, Noon) – Dave Neal, Andre Ware, Cara Capuano (Will Air on MSG, FS Detroit+, CSN California, Comcast Network)
- South Florida @ Pittsburgh (Big East Network, Noon) – Mike Gleason, John Congemi, Quint Kessenich (Will Air on Altitude, CST, MASN, SNY)
- Georgia Tech @ Virginia (Raycom, Noon) – Steve Martin, Rick Walker, Mike Hogewood
- Central Michigan @ Bowling Green (ESPN Plus, Noon) – Michael Reghi, Doug Chapman
- Iowa State @ Nebraska (FSN, 12:30pm) – Joel Meyers, Dave Lapham, Jim Knox
- Oklahoma State @ Baylor (Versus, 12:30pm) – Ron Thulin, Kelly Stouffer, Lewis Johnson
- Colorado @ Kansas State (FCS Central, 12:30pm) – Dan McLaughlin, Yogi Roth, Samantha Steele
- Louisiana Tech @ Utah State (ESPN Plus, 3pm) – Trey Bender, Jay Taylor
The 3:30pm Eastern window brings you an interesting game on every major network so hopefully you have picture-in-picture or with the amount of commercials you can easily flip from one to the other and not miss very much. CBS brings us Verne and Gary in Alabama for Tennessee’s visit. This game used to be played every year on the 3rd Saturday in October; now it is the 4th Saturday and no seems to mind because the SEC has more money than everyone thanks to CBS and ESPN. On the NotreDame Broadcasting Company you can see if ND will bounce back against another rival Charlie Tuna has never beaten: Boston College. Finally, in the ABC regionalization package every area gets an interesting game. Penn State travels to Ann Arbor to see if they can stay in the Big 11 race. Oklahoma travels to Kansas without Sam Bradford to face the Jayhawks who laid the biggest egg last weekend losing to a terrible Colorado team. Oregon heads to Washington for a battle of schools that do not like each other at all and Oregon needs to make sure not be looking ahead to SC’s visit on Halloween. Finally, in the ACC, Miami hosts Clemson and we will see if Miami can enjoy prosperity and stop C.J. Spiller.
- Tennessee @ Alabama (CBS, 3:30pm) – Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson, Tracy Wolfson
- Boston College @ Notre Dame (NBC, 3:30pm) – Tom Hammond, Pat Haden, Alex Flanagan
- Penn State @ Michigan (ABC/ESPN, 3:30pm) – Sean McDonough, Matt Millen, Holly Rowe
- Oklahoma @ Kansas (ABC, 3:30pm) – Ron Franklin, Ed Cunningham
- Oregon @ Washington (ABC, 3:30pm) – Terry Gannon, David Norrie
- Clemson @ Miami (ABC/ESPN, 3:30pm) – Bob Wischusen, Brian Griese
- Louisville @ Cincinnati (ESPNU, 3:30pm) – Todd Harris, Charles Arbuckle
- Wake Forest @ Navy (CBS College Sports, 3:30pm) – Craig Bolerjack, Randy Cross
- Western Kentucky @ Middle Tennessee (Sun Belt TV, 3:30pm) – Todd Kalas, Derek Rackley (Will Air on CSS, CST)
- Akron @ Syracuse (Time Warner-NY, 3:30pm) – Mark Lawson, Dale Drypolcher, Chris Watson
- North Texas @ Troy (ISP Sports, 3:30pm) – Sam Smith, Roger Schultz (Will Air on FCS Central)
- Air Force @ Utah (Versus, 4pm) – Ted Robinson, Anthony Herron, Lindsay Soto
- San Diego State @ Colorado State (MTN, 4pm) – James Bates, Todd Christensen, Roger Bailey
- Idaho @ Nevada (Go Vandals Network, 4pm) – Bob Akamian, Mike Lamb
In the evening window, there are a ton of games worth watching. Starting at 7pm, you can start with Iowa at Michigan State on the Big 11 network to see if Iowa can get a lead this week. Then at 7:30 flip over to Florida at Mississippi State to see how they decide to bury Dan Mullen as Urban loves to do to those who leave. Also, at 7:30pm on Versus (sorry DirecTV subscribers) the Gameday crew (minus Corso and Hebrie) will get to stand on the sidelines and see the Mountain West’s best teams. Then at 8pm Eastern ABC will give you Texas again for the majority of the country and USC will get a chance to avenge last year’s loss to Oregon State. If you are watching the USC game you might need to try and sync your DVR with the radio broadcast because Mike Patrick is awful.
- UCLA @ Arizona (FS Regional, 7pm) – Steve Physioc, James Washington (Will Air on FS Arizona, Prime Ticket; FSN Northwest; FCS Pacific)
- Vanderbilt @ South Carolina (ESPNU, 7pm) – Eric Collins, Brock Huard
- Iowa @ Michigan State (BTN, 7pm) – Wayne Larrivee, Chris Martin, Lisa Byington
- Louisiana-Monroe @ Kentucky (SEC Network, 7pm) – Bob Rathbun, Dave Archer, Jenn Hildreth (Will Air on FS Florida, Southwest, Wisconsin; FSN Rocky Mountain; SUN)
- Tulane @ Southern Mississippi (CSS, 7pm) – Matt Stewart, Derrick Lewis, Sandra Golden (Will Air on CST)
- Florida @ Mississippi State (ESPN, 7:30pm) – Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge, Erin Andrews
- Auburn @ Louisiana State (ESPN2, 7:30pm) – Mark Jones, Bob Davie
- Texas Christian @ Brigham Young (Versus, 7:30pm) – Joe Beninati, Glenn Parker, Tim Neverett
- Southern Methodist @ Houston (CBS College Sports, 7:30pm) – Dave Ryan, Akbar Gbaja-Biamila
- Oregon State @ USC (ABC, 8pm) – Mike Patrick, Craig James, Heather Cox
- Texas @ Missouri (ABC, 8pm) – Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit, Lisa Salters
- Nevada-Las Vegas @ New Mexico (MTN, 8pm) – Dan Gutowsky, Robert Griffith, Toby Christensen
Late night brings you a Pac-10 battle between ASU and Stanford that no one will watch because the game that would be more interesting for the country would be Boise State at Hawaii—but that isn’t available on TV outside the islands.
- Arizona State @ Stanford (FSN, 10:15pm) – Barry Tompkins, Petros Papadakis, Michael Eaves
- Fresno State @ New Mexico State (ESPNU, 10:30pm) – Carter Blackburn, JC Pearson
- Boise State @ Hawaii (KTVB/Oceanic, 11pm) – Mark Johnson, Tom Scott, David Augusto/Jim Leahey, Russell Yamaoha