College Football Preview and Picks – Week 10

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By Contributing Writer, Mike Ivcic

A two-pronged rant this week. First, and briefly, I am no longer a fan of any of the four “underdog” undefeated teams – Iowa, TCU, Boise State, and Cincinnati. Last week I picked all four of those teams to win but not cover, and all four managed to score just enough to beat the line (thus the 1-7 record last week against the spread). It puts me behind the eight-ball big time with regards to getting back to .500 against the line, so we’ll see what happens in the coming weeks. I did, however, go a perfect 8-0 straight up last week, which makes that portion of my picks look stellar at 35-13.

And now on to the bigger issue: the BCS. I wrote during baseball season about how adding just one new wrinkle to the playoff system would dramatically enhance the entire postseason. Here, once again, I’m making a case for one small format change. Actually, I would prefer an 8-team playoff and have developed an entire 16-team playoff bracket, but those are pipe dreams. In order to affect some sort of change, it needs to be small and incremental. So, to start, the first thing has absolutely, positively, HAS to change is allowing a team that does not win its conference to play for a national championship. I simply do not understand how a team that isn’t the best team in its own conference could possibly be the best team in the country. Just that one simple rule would eliminate some of the past controversies, such as the Michigan-Florida debate in 2006. Even as a Wolverine fan, I didn’t think Michigan should have been allowed to play Ohio State in a rematch, and thankfully they didn’t. By implementing a rule that a team must win its respective conference, it drops the pool of possible teams eligible for playing in the national championship game to 11, and it’s rare that anyone from the Sun Belt, MAC, or Conference-USA would be good enough to even warrant consideration, making it a little easier for voters and computers to spit out a good matchup.

The next step would be to expand to a four-team playoff feature the best four conference winners, which this season would certainly be an interesting decision. Sure, Texas and either Florida or Alabama, barring a defeat, would be the top two, but what to do about Boise State, TCU, Cincinnati, and Iowa? And what happens with Oregon and Georgia Tech then, both of whom have big wins and are in the top 10? This is why I think eight is a very good number for the playoffs, but four would be just fine right now. The BCS can still be used to determine which four conference winners are the best four teams for the playoffs, but by forcing the team to win its respective conference, it would certainly put more emphasis onto the conference season and, possibly, increase the number of high-profile non-conference games between two top-tier programs, such as the Ohio State-USC game earlier this year.

There are also two final stipulations I would like to include, especially if the playoff system expands to four. First, any team that finishes undefeated for the entire season automatically qualifies for the four-team playoff, provided there are four or less teams that finish undefeated. That would be the bone thrown to minor conference teams like TCU and Boise State this year, both of whom should get in over a 1-loss Oregon or Georgia Tech team if that system was in place this season. Secondly, all games between teams from different levels of college football should be prohibited, and not to burst any bubbles, but FBS and FCS are, in fact, different levels. There are 120 teams in Division I-A football – it shouldn’t be too hard to find four other teams to play from that pool each season outside of the eight conference games already set in stone. Games like Florida vs. Charleston Southern and Michigan vs. Delaware State shouldn’t happen, ever, regardless of how much money the big-time school plays the DI-AA school.

And that officially ends my rant for this week. On to the undefeated list and picks:

Alabama – SEC
Boise State – WAC
Cincinnati – Big East
Florida – SEC

Iowa – Big Ten
Texas – Big 12
TCU – Mountain West

1. Navy @ #22 Notre Dame
 Saturday, 2:30 p.m. (NBC)
Navy pulled off the upset here two years ago. Look for the Irish to exact some revenge against an always-game Navy team.
Line: Notre Dame by 12.5
Pick: Notre Dame 38, Navy 20

2. Wake Forest @ #10 Georgia Tech
Saturday, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
If Tech hadn’t gotten rolled by Miami, we’d be including them in the TCU-Boise-Cincy-Iowa discussion.
Line: Georgia Tech by 14
Pick: Georgia Tech 35, Wake Forest 17

3. #16 Ohio State @ #11 Penn State
Saturday, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)
OSU is 10-6 against PSU since the Lions joined the Big 10, but Penn State has owned the matchups in Happy Valley. They’ll be rooting hard for the Buckeyes next week against Iowa, though.
Line: Penn State by 5
Pick: Penn State 20, Ohio State 16

4. #9 LSU @ #3 Alabama
Saturday, 3:30 p.m. (CBS)
Upset special here – or maybe just wishful thinking. Either way, it’s not like it can make my record against the spread look any worse.
Line: Alabama by 7.5
Pick: LSU 24, Alabama 21

5. Connecticut @ #5 Cincinnati
Saturday, 8:00 p.m. (ABC)
The Bearcats get Tony Pike back, but they probably won’t need it. This could be the best of the four “underdog” BCS teams – hopefully they get a chance to prove it.
Line: Cincinnati by 17
Pick: Cincinnati 42, Connecticut 14

Straight Up: 8-0
Versus Line: 1-7

Straight Up: 35-13
Versus Line: 21-26-1


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