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The BCS championship game will be a rematch between LSU and Alabama.

Oklahoma State complained it should have had a shot at the top-ranked Tigers, BCS bashers had more fodder for the we-need-a-playoff debate and many fans scrunched up their noses at the thought of another field goal-kicking contest like the previous incarnation of the Game of the Century.

The good news, particularly if you’re in the no-rematch camp, is that there are 34 other bowl games with some great players, great matchups and even some interesting nicknames, starting with that rascally Honey Badger in the Bayou.

Here’s a rundown of some of the things to look for over the next month or so:

TOP GAMES
Even if you’re not a fan of LSU and Alabama getting a return engagement in the BCS title game, you HAVE to watch. It is for the national title, after all.

But there are plenty of other games worth watching.

Fiesta Bowl, Stanford vs. Oklahoma State, Jan. 2, Glendale, Ariz. If the national championship game were to have an undercard, this could be it. Two great offenses, two great quarterbacks in Andrew Luck and Brandon Weeden — expect lots of yards and points in what has the potential to be the most entertaining bowl of them all.

Rose Bowl, Wisconsin vs. Oregon, Jan. 2, Pasadena, Calif. Speaking of shows, how about Badgers running back Montee Ball and Ducks dynamo LaMichael James trading jukes and touchdowns? Going to be some day on the couch the day after New Year’s.

Alamo Bowl, Baylor vs, Washington, Dec. 29, San Antonio, Texas — Robert Griffin III on one side, Keith Price and Chris Polk on the other, not a lot of defense. Yeah, this is going to be good.

Cotton Bowl, Arkansas vs. Kansas State, Jan. 6, Arlington, Texas Arkansas’ two losses were to LSU and Alabama, K-State’s to the two big Oklahoma schools. All you need to know.

Playoff

This year’s BCS matchups have certainly met the annual expectation of controversy and scrutiny. From the BCS National Championship matchup to the Sugar Bowl featuring two at-large teams outside the Top 10, lines in the sand have been drawn for and against certain teams belonging.

Now that the dust has settled on this year’s matchups—and the various publications criticizing or supporting them—it’s a good opportunity to explore the much preferred hypothetical playoff possibilities.

Proponents of a playoff system have varying degrees to which they think it should be carried out. Some favor a simple four-team model, others prefer six, eight, or even 16 teams.

Funeral held for Notre Dame student killed in video tower fall – ESPN

Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly and several of the team\’s players were among several hundred mourners Monday at the funeral of a student killed last week when a tower from which he was videotaping a practice toppled over.A bell tolled as an altar boy holding aloft a large crucifix led Declan Sullivan\’s casket out of the St. Mary Catholic Church following the 90-minute funeral service in suburban Chicago.Holding hands, the junior\’s mother and father followed closely behind the dark-wood casket — Alison Sullivan falling into the arms of a clergyman in white robes after pallbearers carefully slid her son\’s casket into a silver hearse.

via Funeral held for Notre Dame student killed in video tower fall – ESPN.

Picks – Week 8, 2010

Purdue (4-2) at Ohio State (6-1)

Line: Ohio State by 24.
Saturday, 12:00 ET

Wisconsin just beat up Ohio State. The Buckeyes’ national title hopes are over, and they have nothing to play for. Purdue, meanwhile, has won two in a row. This is the biggest game of the Boilermakers’ season, and I expect them to cover.

Prediction: Ohio State 27, Purdue 17
Purdue +24 (4 Units)

Michigan State (7-0) at Northwestern (5-1)
Line: Michigan State by 5.5.
Saturday, 12:00 ET

Northwestern is a very tough place to play. Back in 2005, when Penn State won the Orangle Bowl, they nearly escaped from Northwestern with a win, having to rely on a last-second touchdown.

These Wildcats are a solid 5-1 and have had two weeks to prepare for this contest. Michigan State, meanwhile, could be looking ahead to Iowa next Saturday.

Prediction: Northwestern 27, Michigan State 23
Northwestern +5.5 (3 Units)

Wyoming (2-5) at BYU (2-5)
Line: BYU by 10.5.
Saturday, 2:00 ET

Why is BYU favored by double digits? Since their opener, the Cougars have outgained only one team. There is no reason they should be giving more than six points in this matchup.

Prediction: BYU 21, Wyoming 17
Wyoming +10.5 (3 Units)

Arizona State (3-3) at California (3-3)

Line: California by 3.
Saturday, 3:30 ET

This is a tough spot for Cal. They’re coming off a tough loss to USC and could be flat against an Arizona State squad that has had two weeks to prepare for this contest.

Prediction: Arizona State 27, California 21
Arizona State +3 (4 Units)

Oklahoma (6-0) at Missouri (6-0)

Line: Oklahoma by 3.
Saturday, 8:00 ET

Can someone tell me why Oklahoma is first in the BCS poll? Didn’t they nearly lose to Cincinnati and Air Force? The Sooners are a bit of a fraud, and I think they’ll get hammered at Missouri this Saturday. The Tigers are coming off a win on the road and are now underdogs under the lights with the Game Day crew on site. That’s usually a recipe for success.

Prediction: Missouri 34, Oklahoma 24
Missouri +3 (2 Units)

via WalterFootball.com: NCAA College Football Picks – Week 8, 2010.

Oklahoma Sooners, Oregon Ducks sit atop first Bowl Championship Series standings – ESPN

The first BCS standings are out and Boise State isnt No. 1.In fact, the Broncos arent among the top two teams who would qualify for the Tostitos BCS National Championship game.Oklahoma was first and Oregon was second in the standings released Sunday, with Boise State in third place and in need of plenty of help to become the first team from a conference without an automatic Bowl Championship Series bid to play for the BCS title.

Auburn is fourth, followed by TCU and LSU.

Boise State’s No. 3 spot is the highest ever for team from a non-automatic qualifying conference.

How important is being in the top five of the standings? If history is a guide, 20 of the 24 teams to play in the title game were in the top five in the initial standings. No team has reached the title game from lower than 12th in the initial release.

On the flip side, the Sooners and Ducks begin this race from the front row, but they can’t quite say they’re in control of it. Only once in 12 seasons of the BCS have the teams that were at the top of the first standings played in the championship game. That was 2005 with Southern California and Texas.

via Oklahoma Sooners, Oregon Ducks sit atop first Bowl Championship Series standings – ESPN.

Picks – Week 7, 2010

Miami of Ohio 3-3 at Central Michigan 2-4
Line: Central Michigan by 13.
Saturday, 12:00 ET

Central Michigan is getting way too much respect for what they did last year because they arent anywhere close to 13 points better than Miami of Ohio. Central Michigan lost to Ball State at home for crying out loud.

Prediction: Central Michigan 26, Miami of Ohio 24
Miami of Ohio +13 (2 Units)

Iowa (4-1) at Michigan (5-1)
Line: Iowa by 3.
Saturday, 3:30 ET

Michigan had an easy early-season schedule, which allowed them to jump out to a fraudulent 5-0 record. They lost last week and aren’t playing well right now. I like Iowa.

Prediction: Iowa 27, Michigan 17
Iowa -3 (3 Units
)

Mississippi State (4-2) at Florida (4-2)
Line: Florida by 7.5.
Saturday, 7:00 ET

Florida was deflated last week after its loss to Alabama. I think the Gators will bounce back with a big victory here; Mississippi State isn’t very good.

Prediction: Florida 31, Mississippi State 13
Florida -7.5 (2 Units)

Ole Miss (2-3) at Alabama (5-1)
Line: Alabama by 21.
Saturday, 9:00 ET

The answer to this question may surprise you: How many conference wins of 20-plus does Alabama have since November of 2008? Three. That’s it.

Ole Miss isn’t as bad as the teams Alabama has beaten over that stretch. In fact, the Rebels have had two weeks to prepare for this game. The Tide, meanwhile, could be reeling coming off their first loss in a very long time.

Prediction: Alabama 27, Ole Miss 17
Ole Miss +21 (4 Units)

via WalterFootball.com: NCAA College Football Picks – Week 7, 2010.

WalterFootball.com: NCAA College Football Picks – Week 7, 2010

Miami of Ohio 3-3 at Central Michigan 2-4
Line: Central Michigan by 13.
Saturday, 12:00 ET

Central Michigan is getting way too much respect for what they did last year because they arent anywhere close to 13 points better than Miami of Ohio. Central Michigan lost to Ball State at home for crying out loud.
Prediction: Central Michigan 26, Miami of Ohio 24
Miami of Ohio 13 2 Units

Iowa (4-1) at Michigan (5-1)
Line: Iowa by 3.
Saturday, 3:30 ET

Michigan had an easy early-season schedule, which allowed them to jump out to a fraudulent 5-0 record. They lost last week and aren’t playing well right now. I like Iowa.

Prediction: Iowa 27, Michigan 17
Iowa -3 (3 Units)

Mississippi State (4-2) at Florida (4-2)
Line: Florida by 7.5.
Saturday, 7:00 ET

Florida was deflated last week after its loss to Alabama. I think the Gators will bounce back with a big victory here; Mississippi State isn’t very good.

Prediction: Florida 31, Mississippi State 13
Florida -7.5 (2 Units)

Ole Miss (2-3) at Alabama (5-1)
Line: Alabama by 21.
Saturday, 9:00 ET

The answer to this question may surprise you: How many conference wins of 20-plus does Alabama have since November of 2008? Three. That’s it.

Ole Miss isn’t as bad as the teams Alabama has beaten over that stretch. In fact, the Rebels have had two weeks to prepare for this game. The Tide, meanwhile, could be reeling coming off their first loss in a very long time.

Prediction: Alabama 27, Ole Miss 17
Ole Miss +21 (4 Units)

via WalterFootball.com: NCAA College Football Picks – Week 7, 2010.

Picks – Thursday Night Game – Week 7, 2010

Kansas State (4-1) at Kansas (2-3)
Line: Kansas State by 3.
Thursday, 7:30 ET

Kansas State lost their big game last week and now have to come back as road favorite over an “inferior” team. I just don’t like this spot for them. Traveling on a weeknight is tough enough.

The public is pounding Kansas State, yet this line hasn’t moved up at all.

Prediction: Kansas 24, Kansas State 20
Kansas +3 (4 Units)

via WalterFootball.com: NCAA College Football Picks – Week 7, 2010.

Florida Gators receiver Chris Rainey back at practice, could play again vs. Georgia Bulldogs – ESPN

Florida receiver Chris Rainey, suspended last month after being charged with aggravated stalking, is back and could play again this season.Coach Urban Meyer said in a statement Tuesday that Rainey has returned to practice. Meyer said Rainey wont play Saturday night against Mississippi State but left open the possibility that Rainey could be back on the field Oct. 30 against Georgia.

via Florida Gators receiver Chris Rainey back at practice, could play again vs. Georgia Bulldogs – ESPN.

2 Wash. St. Players: 38 Marijuana Plants At Home

Vince Grippi of the SPOKANE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW reports today that Sunday morning two Washington State football players were arrested in Pullman on drug charges for allegedly having over three dozen marijuana plants in their residence.

via SPORTSbyBROOKS.

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