Friday, November 10, 2006

Rutgers [15] 28, Louisville [3] 25: And suddenly, there was pandemonium. Winning their biggest game since they helped invent the sport more than a century ago, the Scarlet Knights rallied from an 18-point deficit to stun the Cardinals, and stake a viable claim for a BCS Title game berth. Jeremy "the Judge" Ito's 28-yard field goal with 13 seconds left, kicked after an offsides penalty had negated an earlier miss, proved the difference. Only a visit to Morgantown on December 2 against West Virginia stands between Rutgers and an undefeated season.

This creates an obvious dilemma. Florida is probably the team most likely to advance, assuming they close out the season with wins against South Carolina this Saturday, FSU in two weeks, and in the SEC title game. Should the Gators falter, Texas is right behind, and playing, IMHO, the best football in the nation right now. Auburn follows, but there's a good chance they won't even qualify for the SEC Championship thanks to their earlier blow-out loss to Arkansas, which needs only one more win to clinch. Finally, USC, which smoked Arkansas, and plays an hellacious schedule down the stretch (but mostly at home: Oregon this week, CAL the week after, then Notre Dame, before playing UCLA in the Rose Bowl), could easily jump over the teams ahead of them. Lastly, the loser of Ohio State-Michigan will have only one loss; should that game be a classic nailbiter, and/or decided on a bad call, there will be two weeks between the end of that game and the selection of the BCS Championship teams to stoke the argument for a rematch.

There's no need, however, to stoke any arguments as to the Songleader of the Week. It's Megan, the third consecutive second year member of the Squad to win this prestigious honor. This future MBA from Vancouver, Washington (accross the river from Portland, OR) plans to pursue a career in advertising or marketing (my suggestion: the lucrative world of pharmacological sales), and says that the one word that best describes her is "Fun!" Her hobbies: "...dancing, the beach, all USC sporting events, and shopping. I love being outdoors, the ocean, and having fun! Traveling to new places and meeting new people are two of my favorite things."


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