Thursday, December 25, 2014

College football quackery

USC at Oregon is the weekend's biggest college football game.

College football quackery

GREENWICH, Conn. - I'm en route to Providence for the Penn-Brown game at the moment, and I know I owe you a blog post heading into the weekend. So here it is.

For yet another week, there aren't many great college football games this Saturday. I wasn't going to do a Spectacle of the Week poll initially, but then I realized that the Washington State-Notre Dame game is on a neutral field and in prime time. So have at it.

My pick is USC at Oregon. Although most everyone around here will be watching the World Series, it will be worth checking out the atmosphere at Autzen Stadium for at least a few minutes.

It's been a while since a game in Eugene has been broadcast to the East Coast. As ESPN.com's Ivan Maisel wrote on Wednesday, the Ducks' house hasn't always been among the most intimidating venues in college football. But it is now, and it should be electric on Halloween night.

What's the Spectacle of the Week?
Florida vs. Georgia at Jacksonville, Fla. (3:30 p.m., CBS)
Temple at Navy (3:30 p.m., CBS College Sports)
Penn State at Northwestern (4:30 p.m., ESPN)
Washington State vs. Notre Dame at San Antonio (7:30 p.m., NBC)
Texas at Oklahoma State (8:00 p.m., ABC regional)
USC at Oregon (8:00 p.m., ABC regional)

I will not be live-blogging Game 3 of the World Series, as I'll be on a train back to Philadelphia at the time. But I will rejoin you for Game 4. And I'll be back on here tomorrow afternoon from Brown Stadium.

For now, though, here's the week's Top 10 Chart. Note that the Sagarin ratings are through games of this past Saturday, and as such do not reflect Virginia Tech being upset at home last night by North Carolina. For the record, Sagarin has Georgia Tech ranked No. 11.

Sagarin also has Oregon winning by four points (89.71 and 3 to 89.13).

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

Jonathan Tannenwald Sports Producer
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Soft Pretzel Logic is Philly.com's college sports blog, with a primary focus on the University of Pennsylvania. You'll also see coverage of the Big 5, other major college sports events in the region, and the annual Penn Relays track and field meet.

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