At 4-5, VT has Duke, Wake Forest, and UVA lined up, needing to win two of those three so as to become bowl-eligible and (potentially) not break the bowl streak, in the era in which it is easiest to qualify for some embarrassingly shitty dot-com bowl game. I don't like our odds. I think we take the winter off, at last.
This may be the off-season the alumni chip in for that top-of-the-line pro-quality deluxe bass boat for ol' Frank, and see whether he takes the hint.
If the team can just stay awake, they should have no problem with Wake Forest (no pun intended). UVA is up and down, but they're not a really good team (he says just before FSU loses to them on Saturday). Duke will probably beat VT, but hell, they went to OT with Pitt until they "Blewitt" (pun intended that time).
Lots of folks are comparing what VT is going through to the last days of Bowden at FSU. Hopefully you guys don't have to force Beamer out. I'm sure he wants to turn it around before he bows out, but sometimes it's more harm than good. Just say thanks and head off to the speaker's circuit or broadcast booth.
Fraud? Name ten teams by the end of the season that won't have at least one bad loss. I'll wait.
I'm not saying that they're one of the ten best teams in the country, but they are a good team, and it was no mystery why they were ranked there. Could they have been 16th or 18th or something instead? Sure. But what's the difference? It's all going to come out in the wash anyway.
They still have a shot at a two loss season, and I will never think that's a bad year for Notre Dame. They had a bad seven minute stretch in this game where their shot at winning was lost. It's embarrassing, but it doesn't mean they're frauds. If it was easy to rank the real top ten teams in the country before they played the games, then there would be no point to playing the games.
It's not just a bad loss. Name a great/good win? College kids tend to have bad losses. Stanford is the only close one and they have 4 losses and at home.
The teams that get to the top will have a really good road win.
As I said, it all comes out in the wash by the end of the season. If Notre Dame had gone 11-1 beating Stanford, ASU, USC, Louisville, etc... and only a close loss on the road to FSU they would have been in the discussion for the playoff. What's so unreasonable about that? Not a slam dunk... just in the discussion. The playoff or a good bowl is not their birthright. They have been terrible many times over the last 20+ years. Being consistently decent again is only a recent occurence.
How many great teams are out there, Anya? If you have to be great or otherwise you're a "fraud", then there are a hell of a lot of frauds out there. You have this incessantly negative mentality about sports that I can only assume comes from years of being a bitter, bitter Cubs fan.
Disagree, every good team needs help 1-2 times a season. Florida State needed Clemson to... well, Clemson the end of their game. TCU needed Horgelsen to try to kill the game from a quarter out instead of going for the throat. Oregon may have had a very different game if the Utah player hadn't gone full-Leon Lett.
I will agree with the rest though, most Bama fans have embraced being the Empire.
They have been top 10 last few years and are always top 20. They were 3rd behind Alabama/Ohio State a couple years ago. Take out the SEC teams and their biggest rival for recruits is Ohio State.
You can't say ND doesn't get their fair share of top recruits.
There is no "solid" team this year. Everyone has their weaknesses and bad games. There is not one consistently dominant team. Which is kind of fun and will add to the excitement of the 4-team playoff I think. FSU's last major test (to me, at least) is at Miami this Saturday night. Last two games (BC and UF) are both at home (and I will be at both) and are against teams that haven't been able to put it together this year (sorry, Chad).
Oh, and apparently Mack Brown and/or ESPN is ready for FSU to lose, as the graphic of his "Top 4" teams had FSU at 8-1. Whoops.
Florida still needs to beat either South Carolina or Florida State to be bowl eligible. Eastern Kentucky doesn't count. I don't think they're going to get it. In which case it's bye bye Muschamp.
And The Onion chimes in:
Yeah, in retrospect, I chose the worst possible gif.
It was a fake punt, wherein he took two weird fucking high-steps, then threw the ball like an eight year old girl, which hit the field about a yard in front of the receiver's feet.
I will enjoy when it's over. This season has stressed me out like no other between on and off the field "accomplishments".
Like Auburn last year. But that won't happen. Everyone hates FSU too much and is dying for them to lose.
* The eventual SEC champ could very well be a team that lost to Indiana at home and was shut out 34-0 by the team it would win the SEC East over.
* Top 25 Utah beat Stanford today but is still 5th in the Pac 12 South standings. Stanford is still #2 in the North behind Oregon.
* Jimbo Fisher is 5-0 vs. Miami but only 1 FSU WR has caught a TD pass in a Miami game. The other receptions have been from RBs.
* With losses by Notre Dame and Clemson today, all of FSU's wins over current Top 25 teams will be gone.
* If LSU (7-4) falls out of the Top 25 after losing to Arkansas, only 2 SEC teams will have more than one victory over a current Top 25 team--Auburn and LSU, both with 2.
I would predict Oregon will be #1 in the CFB rankings this week--they've beaten 3 Top 25 teams. And teams that don't play on a weekend where lots of top ranked teams lose seem to look better. Alabama will probably vault to 2. FSU will most likely drop to 4. TCU should drop out in lieu of Baylor after almost losing to the 2nd worst team in the Big 12.
If both teams win out they'll have the same record and played basically the same schedule and Baylor will have the head to head victory. That should trump everything else in my opinion.
As for Ohio State, I wouldn't object to them being in the discussion if they win out, but right now I like a one loss Big 12 winner over a one loss Big 10 winner.