Saturday, August 1, 2015

Casey Stengel and Joe Paterno

A raft of one-loss teams are in the national college football spotlight this weekend.

Casey Stengel and Joe Paterno

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After last week's upheaval, there are more than a few people out there wondering whether any teams in college football can actually play this game.

Florida and Texas seem to be the two top teams in the country, but they haven't really been tested yet. And as they're both off this week, we'll have to wait even longer to find out if they're for real.

The highest-ranked team playing this week is No. 3 Alabama, which is following in the Gators' footsteps with a trip to Kentucky. After Tim Tebow's concussion last week, you would think Nick Saban has his team ready to play.

The biggest game in the SEC is No. 4 LSU at No. 18 Georgia. The Tigers are 4-0, including a win at Washington. A win in Athens could propel them over the Crimson Tide in the polls.

What's the Spectacle of the Week?
Michigan at Michigan State (12:00 p.m., Big Ten Network)
Penn State at Illinois (3:30 p.m., ABC)
LSU at Georgia (3:30 p.m., CBS)
Washington at Notre Dame (3:30 p.m., NBC)
USC at California (8:00 p.m.)
Oklahoma at Miami (8:00 p.m., ABC)

The game I most want to see won't be on local television. It's USC at Cal, and it could go a long way towards determing who wins the Pac-10 this season. But it won't determine who's in first place this week. That honor goes to UCLA at Stanford. The Cardinal are 2-0 in conference play, and welcome a Bruins squad playing its Pac-10 opener.

USC at Cal will air on ABC west of the Rockies, while the rest of the country (including Philadelphia) will get Oklahoma at Miami. Which isn't a bad game, but it doesn't have the same kind of stakes.

Penn State at Illinois will be the 3:30 ABC game, while ESPN will simulcast ABC's broadcast of Florida State at Boston College in that timeslot.

That goes along with the Versus doubleheader of Penn-Dartmouth at noon and William & Mary at 3:30. Which games will you be watching?

As for the Top 10 chart, this week we add the first Harris poll of the season. Check it out below:

Rank
AP
Coaches
Sagarin
Harris
1.
Florida
Florida
Florida
Florida
2.
Texas
Texas
Boise State
Texas
3.
Alabama
Alabama
Virginia Tech
Alabama
4.
LSU
LSU
Alabama
LSU
5.
Boise State
Boise State
Iowa
Boise State
6.
Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech
USC
Virginia Tech
7.
USC
USC
Oregon
USC
8.
Oklahoma
Oklahoma
LSU
Ohio State
9.
Ohio State
Ohio State
Texas
Oklahoma
10.
Cincinnati
TCU
Oklahoma
Cincinnati

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