Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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Spectacle of the Week and Top 10 Chart

Cal at Oregon and Iowa at Penn State headline this weekend's big games.

Spectacle of the Week and Top 10 Chart

There aren't too many blockbuster games this weekend, but the ones we do have should be worth watching.

Obviously, a lot of folks around here will be paying attention to Iowa at Penn State. But the games I think will be best are Cal at Oregon and Miami at Virginia Tech. All four teams would make big statements by winning, especially the two road teams.

As for the Top 10 chart, the Sagarin index goes against the human wisdom once again. I am fascinated by the fact that Miami has the top rank in Sagarin. Their 2-0 record includes wins over Florida State and Georgia Tech, both of which were ranked at the time. But the Hurricanes barely made the AP Top 10, and are No. 13 in the Coaches Poll.

Cincinnati's lofty perch is also interesting. The Bearcats probably have to run the table in the Big East to get anyone's respect, but even if they do we'll see if they remain at or near No. 3.

What's the Spectacle of the Week?
California at Oregon (3:30 p.m., ABC regional)
 
  2 (11.8%)
Miami at Va. Tech (3:30 p.m., ABC regional)
 
  6 (35.3%)
Arkansas at Alabama (3:30 p.m.,CBS)
 
  2 (11.8%)
Iowa at Penn State (8:00 p.m., ABC)
 
  9 (52.9%)
Notre Dame at Purdue (8:00, ESPN)
 
  2 (11.8%)
Total votes = 17

I'm heading out of town for the weekend. Let me know in the comments which games will have your attention.

Rank
AP
Coaches
Sagarin
1.
Florida
Florida
Miami
2.
Texas
Texas
Florida St.
3.
USC
Alabama
Cincinnati
4.
Alabama
Penn State
Boise St.
5.
Mississippi
Mississippi
LSU
6.
Penn State
California
USC
7.
California
LSU
Iowa
8.
LSU
Boise State
Georgia Tech
9.
Boise State
Oklahoma
Alabama
10.
Miami
USC
California

Jonathan Tannenwald Philly.com
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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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