And speaking of FSU, there's still a chance they coudl win the ACC. With Virginia's loss to Miami a few weeks ago, they eliminated themselves from teh hunt. So Now that leaves FSU, Miami, and VT who could still take teh crown. This is intolerable. As much as I hate FSU, at least they're an "original" ACC team (more so than Miami and VT anyway), and I woudl prefer an ACC team to win it over an incoming former Big East team. But I hate FSU so so so much. Miami can clinch the title by beating VT. VT has to win out, beating UVA and then Miami to take the title. FSU is done with league play at 6-2. Miami is currently 5-2. VT is 5-1. Worst case scenario: UVA beats VT giving the Hokies their 2 losses. Then VT rebounds teh next week to beat the 'Canes finishing the season 6-2 in conference, tied with FSU for first place. Miami is 5-3 and tied with UNC, who will be placed above them in the standings because the Heels found a way to beat the Hurricanes. But since there is no conference championship game yet, the team ranked higher in the BCS standings gets the conference title. In this scenario, FSU is likely to be ranked above VT at the end of the season, so they'd get the nod. This sucks. More likely, Miami will beat VT to take the title. I'm also not happy about this scenario. VT would finish either 6-2 with a win over UVA or 5-3 with a loss. They be ranked above 5-3 UNC in that case, but because they lost to Miami, Miami clinches the championship because they beat 6-2 FSU and 6-2 VT. I guess my preferred scenario at this point tracks the underdog VT who has to win 2 games over 2 very tough teams to take the title away from perennial winners Miami and FSU. So go Hokies!!
In other conference title news, if BC beats Syracuse next week, they outright win the Big East even if WV manages a win over Pitt because BC beat the Mountaineers not too long ago. Then BC will leave for the ACC next year, which would be disastrous for the conference and might result in revokation of it's BCS status. On the other hand, when Louisville joins the Big East, they should be able to win the title easily and have easy access to a BCS game. Utah looks like they will eb the first non-BCS conference team to play in a BCS game, which is awesome for Urban Meyer and his team. Poor Boise State is going to get screwed in all this, not getting a BCS game this year and not moving to a BCS conference.
Here's what needs to happen: Notre Dame gets the boot by NBC, tells the flagging Big East to go to hell, and joins the Big Te(leve)n, forming the Big XII-2 and institute a championship game like SEC, Big XII, and ACC. The Pac-10, in order to stay up to par withthe other BCS conferences will invite Utah and Boise State to join, and start a championship game as well. USC/Utah/Cal will dominate the south region. Boise State will win their northern division as easily as they crushed the other WAC opponents. The Big East will dissolve, or lose their BCS status, creating an additional at-large spot in the 4 BCS bowl games, thereby solving the problem of having to add an 5th BCS game. Even better, the Big East's former spot will be a guranteed mid-major spot to whichever team from a mid-major conference is ranked highest in the BCS standings. Now everyone's happy, right?
Back to the WAC, with Boise State kicking so much ass this season, they will liekly once again be picked up by a better bowl than their home-field MPC Computers (formerly Humanitarian) Bowl. This means an ACC team (probably GT again) would be liekly to play an astoundingly improved UTEP team who were ESPN Bottom 10 favorites a year ago and are now ranked 24 in the AP, are 8-2, and placed second in the WAC, losing only to champions Boise State. I'd love a crack at wonder-boy Mike Price's team back of the Smurf Turf.
And in Atlanta, I think some coaching changes are needed. I'll give Gailey one more year. As I've said before, our team has talen, but isn't being coached well enough. Our awesome defense is the only reason we're 4-4 in conference. Jon Tenuta is the best thing to happen to GT football since Fridge and Joe Hamilton were orchestrating come-from-behind 2-touchdowdowns-in-45-seconds victories 6 years ago. Reggie Ball has so much potential, but Patrick Nix, the quarterbacks coach and offenseive coordinator, isn't doing his job. I'm sorry Patrick, you're fired. Curtis Modkins, the RB coach does a good job coaching one player every year, but if he gets hurt, we're screwed. Joe Burns, Tony Hollings, PJ Daniels. Our QB should NOT be our second leading rusher. Mobile quarterback's are good, but he shouldn't be running that much because that means the O-line isn't very good. Though it is improving, so Joe D'Alessandris can stay for now. Gailey needs to work on recruiting some more talent at RB and in the secondary. Our D-line is awesome and moving Chris Reis from safety to linebacker was the best idea every Mr. Tenuta. But it weekend our secondary, and it needs help downfield. Our O-line is at least improving. We have some talented WRs and RBs, but they need better coaches to improve, as do our QBs, especially Reggie. After we lose to UGA this weekend, Gailey will be 20-17. He's lead us to (barely) winning seasons and 3 conecutive bowl games, but I've seen NO improvement in the program since Gailey took over. Florida has at least improved since Zook started (don't even get me started again about how wrong Florida was to fire Ron, but great win over FSU on Saturday!). How about we give Gailey one more year and then pick up the Zookster instead?
Finally, congrats to Iowa for getting a share of the Big Te(leve)n title with Michigan. They play so hard with less talent. They are the ultimate underdog. Congrats also to JoePa on his Nittany Lions' thrashing of stupid Sparty. Congrats to Ohio State for playing a good game of football for the first time since they beat Miami to win the national title 3 years ago. Why isn't Oklahoma #1? They're hands down better than USC, who I suspect would struggle against Auburn right now. Given a second chance, California would probably knock off USC as well. National title game should be Oklahoma vs Auburn, especially if AU knocks off Tennessee in the SEC championship and OU trounces Iowa State, Nebraska, or Colorado in the Big XII championship. USC is only #1 right now because they started there. And huge pat on the back to Urban Meyer and Utah for crashing the BCS party and to Boise State for going undefeated. College football is awesome.