October 25, 2010
Making the morning rounds.
• Auf wiedersehen, fellas. The Big East was shut out of this week's polls in the wake of West Virginia's loss to Syracuse, the second time this year it's failed to place a single team in the top 25 of the Associated Press poll, the Coaches' poll or the BCS standings. The first time, following the Mountaineers' loss at LSU on Sept. 25, was the first time in the BCS era a "Big Six" conference had been bounced from any of those polls after the start of the regular season, much less been snubbed by all three.
The current frontrunner for the Big East's automatic BCS bid, 2-0 Pittsburgh, received zero votes from any human pollster. West Virginia and Syracuse continue to linger in the "Also Receiving Votes" ghetto of the AP and Coaches' polls, just behind the No. 2 and No. 3 teams in the WAC (Nevada and Hawaii) and just ahead of the No. 3 team in the Mountain West (San Diego State). But the BCS will still cut the Big East a bigger check than it will to any of those conferences, right? Right. Whew. [ESPN, Top 25 Polls]
In other poll news, perennial bottom dweller Baylor is ranked for the first time since 1993 on the heels of its explosive, 47-42 win over Kansas State, which pushed the Bears to 6-2 and all but assured the end of their 15-year bowl drought. Baylor is 25th in the AP poll, 24th according to the coaches and 25th in the BCS – but still at least a touchdown underdog Saturday at unranked Texas. [Associated Press]
• Give me a home, where the guillotine roams. Colorado's record dipped below .500 for the first time this year with Saturday's 27-24 loss to Texas Tech, which was all the locals needed to begin gearing up for the Great Dan Hawkins Hunt of 2010. It doesn't help Hawkins' job security that his starting quarterback, Tyler Hansen, is out for the season with a ruptured spleen, leaving not-so-favored son Cody Hawkins to guide the offense over a five-game stretch that will decide his dad's fate, beginning Saturday at Oklahoma. [Boulder Daily Camera]
• He shall truck again. South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore didn't play at all Saturday in the Gamecocks' 21-7 win over Vanderbilt, but "may be 100 percent" this week against Tennessee, according to coach Steve Spurrier. Lattimore's exit at Kentucky seemed like the beginning of South Carolina's downfall at Kentucky two weeks ago, but quarterback Stephen Garcia delivered a 355-yard passing effort against the Commodores, aided by a career-high 146 on the ground from backup running back Brian Maddox. [Charlotte Observer]
• Woo, we're super hot despite our awful sunglasses! Woo! With respect to a Herculean effort by what appeared to be the entire population of Missouri, the sign of the day clearly belonged to these mischievous youngsters from LSU:
Nothing personal, dude, you just remind them of their dads. [Getty Images]
Quickly... Boston College defensive end Alex Albright is out for the season with a fractured fibula. ... Matt Simms isn't a fan of Tennessee's two-quarterback rotation. (To be fair, neither is anybody else, except maybe Derek Dooley and Tyler Bray.) ... USC is unsure whether it will be technically eligible for the Pac-12 championship in 2012. ... Violence in Lexington following Kentucky's loss to Georgia. ... And Northwestern band girl gets ... funky?. We'll say funky.
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