Friday, August 22, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

Crunchy Numbers great and small

Since I'm not going to be at the coaches' luncheon tomorrow, I figured I'd combine all of this week's local games into one post.

Crunchy Numbers great and small

Since I'm not going to be at the coaches' luncheon tomorrow, I figured I'd combine all of this week's local games into one post.

We start with the big boys in Division I. If you've voted in the Spectacle of the Week poll, you know that Penn State-Wisconsin is pulling away from the rest of the field. It should be a great football game as well as a great atmosphere, and it will give local fans a good way to pass the time between games of the NLCS.

Can the Spread HD offense part the Red Sea? We'll find out soon enough.

4. Penn State (4)
Last week: Road win vs. No. 69/66 Purdue, 20-6
This week: 10/11 at No. 29 Wisconsin, 8:00 p.m., ABC

85. Villanova (91)
Last week: Road win vs. No. 142/145 William & Mary, 38-28
This week: Off

96. Temple (117)
Last week: Road win vs. No. 114/146 Miami (Ohio), 28-10
This week: 10/11 at No. 81 Central Michigan, 4:00 p.m.

(I can't help thinking that some folks on North Broad Street are particularly happy to be ranked above their old Big East rivals.)

105. Rutgers (112)
Last week: Road loss vs. No. 53/51 West Virginia, 24-17
This week: 10/11 at No. 37 Cincinnati, 12:00 p.m., WPHL-17

118. Delaware (86)
Last week: Road loss vs. No. 113/104 Massachusetts, 17-7
This week: 10/11 vs. No. 160 Maine, 6:00 p.m., CN8

171. Lafayette (160)
Last week: Home loss vs. No. 153/144 Harvard, 27-13
This week: 10/11 at No. 216 Columbia, 12:30 p.m., WBPH

175. Penn (178)
Last week: Home win vs. No. 208/208 Dartmouth, 23-10
This week: 10/11 at No. 222 Georgetown, 2:00 p.m.

186. Lehigh (177)

Last week: Home loss vs. No. 154/140 Cornell, 25-24
This week: 10/11 vs. No. 184 Fordham, 12:30 p.m.

212. Delaware State (214)
Last week: Home loss vs. No. 174/168 Hampton, 17-14
This week: 10/11 at No. 185 Bethune-Cookman, 4:00 p.m.

As for the Division II and Division III schools...

West Chester
Last week: Road win vs. East Stroudsburg, 34-24
This week: 10/11 vs. C.W. Post, 6:00 p.m.

Delaware Valley
Last week: Road win vs. King's College, 34-19
This week:
10/11 vs. Lebanon Valley, 1:00 p.m.

Widener
Last week: Home loss vs. Lycoming, 21-17
This week: 10/11 at King's College, 1:00 p.m.

Ursinus
Last week: Road loss vs. Gettysburg, 38-7
This week: 10/11 at Franklin & Marshall, 1:30 p.m.

Rowan
Last week: Road loss vs. Brockport State, 37-20
This week: 10/11 vs. Western Connecticut State, 1:00 p.m.

Lincoln
Last week: Road loss vs. Bowie State, 28-2
This week: 10/11 at Virginia Union, 1:30 p.m.

Cheyney
Last week: Home loss vs. Kutztown, 31-13
This week: 10/11 at Millersville, 1:00 p.m.

We finish with the Top 10 chart, getting there by way of a quick detour to this week's Forde-Yard Dash. As Forde notes, the debate about whether the Big 12 or the SEC is the best conference in the land is going on at full tilt. Which do you think is number one?


Rank
AP
McLane
Coaches
Sagarin
Harris
1.
Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Oklahoma
USC
Oklahoma
2.
Alabama
Alabama
Missouri
Oklahoma
LSU
3.
Missouri
Missouri
LSU
Alabama
Alabama
4.
LSU
LSU
Alabama
Penn State
Missouri
5.
Texas
Texas
Texas
Texas
Texas
6.
Penn State
Texas Tech
Penn State
Missouri
Penn State
7.
Texas Tech
Penn State
Texas Tech
Florida
Texas Tech
8.
USC
BYU
BYU
Georgia
USC
9.
BYU
USC
USC
Boise State
BYU
10.
Georgia
Georgia
Georgia
Texas Tech
Georgia

Jonathan Tannenwald Philly.com
About this blog
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.

Reach Jonathan at jtannenwald@phillynews.com or 215-854-2330.

Jonathan Tannenwald Philly.com
Latest Videos:
Also on Philly.com:
Stay Connected