Welcome to Schadenfreude Saturday
As Adam Rose pointed out on his twitter it was schadenfreude yesterday with losing being the cool thing to do. Losses by Iowa, Notre Dame, Oregon, Michigan, Penn State and LSU made it almost seem trendy.
By looking at the rankings it’s easy to think college football is having a down year, but the rankings are only part of the story. There have been great games all weekend long with teams looking evenly matched. Whether that’s due to parity or mediocrity does not diminish the excitement.
For three quarters, the LSU-Alabama game was up in the air with LSU leading throughout most of the three quarters. But Alabama found their offense that had gone missing in the fourth quarter and scored a touchdown and two field goals to clinch the SEC West and an appointment to face Florida in the SEC Championship game.
Iowa has provided the world with their fourth quarter heroics all season long, however they couldn’t get it done at home over Northwestern.
And let’s not forget the thrilling end to the Navy-Notre Dame game where thanks to a late safety Navy was able to escape with their second consecutive win at Notre Dame Stadium at the feet of Touchdown Jesus.
In the Pac-10 the nation is starting to see the depth of the conference. The excellent showing by Stanford who beat Oregon and Oregon State beating Cal is raising the profile of the conference. Unfortunately it hurts the chances of a BCS champion coming from the conference. However with four of the ten teams ranked in the AP top 25 in USC, Oregon, Arizona and Stanford (with Oregon State merely eight points away from being ranked), the Pac-10 is finally being shown some respect.
Now for the LAist-CS top 16 rankings. Outside of the top three, it was a hard time ranking the other 13 teams. Another complication this week was Andy Sternberg not participating this week. In lieu of his rankings, I used the AP rankings. So here it is.