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Boise State is one remarkable football team. Seemingly oblivious to all the talk surrounding them, they just keep their heads down and play on. They had one hiccup against Louisiana Tech where they gave up three touchdowns, but they have shut down all other conference foes. Their latest victim was Fresno State who can be quite the tricky opponent. Ask the USC Trojans about that one - Reggie Bush needed a Heisman-clinching performance to remain undefeated. The last time this team lost was against TCU in the Poinsettia Bowl on Dec. 23, 2008. Their last regular season loss at Hawaii on Nov. 23, 2007. Beyond the Smurf Turf and trick plays, they have proven to be one of the most resilient teams in all of college football.

Meanwhile the SEC has an identity problem. The conference as a whole touts their defense. “We’ve got the toughest defense in all the country,” SEC apologists might say. I’ve been watching their games a lot this season because suddenly they’ve become fun games to watch, and I’m wondering where all of this so-called defense is. All right, LSU can play good defense at times but where was that against Ole Miss? And Auburn’s defense? Oregon could find holes in that sieve without having to open their eyes.

I still think the SEC is the best conference just based on the eyeball test, however they are starting to come back down to earth. But in coming back down from the stratosphere, those days of 3-2 games seem to be gone this season. CBS’ Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson might not like it because they now have to work a little harder, but for the viewers at least it provides some entertainment that
doesn’t require heavy booze and barbiturates. Although heavy booze and barbiturates is always a go in my household.

1. TCU Horned Frogs (11-0, 7-0 Mountain West): With a bye this week and a fascinating match up against New Mexico, these Christians will be praying that Auburn and Oregon lose. (Last week: 1)
2. Oregon Ducks (10-0, 7-0 Pac-10): They also took the week off to prepare for Arizona next week at home. Then they have the Civil War at Reser Stadium. (Last week: 2)
3. Auburn Tigers (11-0, 7-0 SEC): They got a week of rest, so to speak, even though the Cam Newton scandal still burns furiously. Friday is the Iron Bowl in Tuscaloosa, perhaps their biggest test until the bowl game. (Last week: 3)
4. Boise State Broncos (10-0, 6-0 WAC): They could have had a hiccup against Fresno State, but they still did their thing beating the bulldogs 51-0 on the Smurf Turf. (Last week: 4)
5. Stanford Cardinal (10-1, 7-1 Pac-10): Oregon had problems at Memorial Stadium. Stanford didn’t as they demolished Cal 48-14 in the Big Game. (Last week: 5)