Monday, November 04, 2002

Well, it finally happened: Miami got bounced from the No. 2 spot in the BCS rankings. However, the lucky school wasn't Notre Dame, which hubristically wore their green jerseys at home for the first time since 1985, and lost 14-7, but Ohio State, a convincing 35-3 winner Saturday over surprising Minnesota. The final straw for the pollsters was probably the Hurricanes pathetic performance through three quarters over Rutgers; even with four unanswered touchdowns in the fourth quarter, it cannot be considered a good sign that Miami has a hard time beating the only school to lose to Cal last season.

In any event, there are several less undefeated schools this week. Besides the South Bend debacle, Va Tech was beaten by Pitt, NC State lost to Georgia Tech, and Florida beat Georgia for what has to be the tenth straight time. BTW, ESPN Classic replayed the 1980 Georgia-Florida game, and I forgot what a genuinely crummy national champion the Bulldogs were that year. With about five minutes to go in that game, Al Michaels (who was doing play by play) listed the teams that were battling for a Sugar Bowl berth that year: besides Georgia and Florida, Alabama, LSU and Mississippi State were also in the hunt. And of those schools, guess which ones Georgia avoided that year. Try Bama, LSU and MIssissippi State. Their conference schedule consisted of Florida, and the five worst teams in the SEC. BOOO !!! At least Robbie Bosco and BYU played Air Force and Utah in 1984.


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