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SI Cover Jinx Alive and Well

September 13, 2009 under College Football, Uncategorized

Well, that didn’t take long.  No sooner did Oklahoma State appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated than they got their jocks knocked off by Houston.  Fresh off a big, season opening win vs. Georgia, the Cowboys found themselvessi cover down 24-6, at home, to the Cougars.  They stormed back to take a 28-24 third quarter lead and then, amazingly, allowed Houston three more TD’s; dropping them all the way to # 20 in the CSV weekly poll… Just when it looked like Notre Dame might be turning the corner, up pops a fourth quarter like Saturday’s at Michigan.  Wonder if Wolverine coach Rich Rodriguez took the 800 lb gorilla off of his back and presented it to Charlie Weis when the two shook hands after the game… Texas Tech didn’t seem to miss Michael Crabtree and Graham Harrell too much as QB Taylor Potts threw seven TD passes vs. Rice… In what has become an annual, early season ritual, the Mid America Conference had another weekend that proved the big boys aren’t the only ones who can play football.  Missouri needed a fourth quarter rally to beat Bowling Green, (just as Gil Lock had predicted), Toledo beat Colorado like they stole something and Central Michigan walked into East Lansing and hung a loss on Michigan State… Even at this early stage of the season, it’s fun to speculate how the BCS bozos will handle the possible situation of FOUR non-BCS schools ranked in the Top Ten at the end of the season.  Though it’s unlikely they’ll finish that way, BYU and Boise State are currently in the CSV Top Ten while TCU and Utah are # 13 and #16… Not a great time for college grid fans in the Northwest.  Washington was winless last year, a feat that might be equaled by Washington State in ’09.  Saturday, Hawaii, a team that always struggles on the road,  blew the Cougars off of their own field in Pullman… One peripheral item you can take away from the closely contested USC-Ohio State matchup is that Navy, who pushed the Buckeyes to the brink in last week’s opener at The Horseshoe,  must be a pretty good team… Tough loss in Knoxville for new head coach Lane Kiffin. Despite all of the tough talk that followed his arrival at Tennessee, his Vols couldn’t hold off a UCLA team that will almost certainly finish no better than the middle of the PAC Ten.

CollegeSportsView Top 25

1       Florida     2-0
2       California    2-0
3       USC            2-0
4       Texas        2-0
5       Alabama     2-0
6       Ohio State    1-1
7       Brigham Young    2-0
8       LSU         2-0
9       Boise State    2-0
10    Oklahoma    1-1
11    Mississippi    2-0
12    Penn State    2-0
13    TCU        1-0
14    Virginia Tech   1-1
15    Georgia Tech    2-0
16    Utah        2-0
17    Kansas        2-0
18    Georgia        1-1
19    Houston        2-0
20    Oklahoma State  1-1
21    North Carolina    2-0
22    Miami (FL)    1-0
23    Nebraska    1-0
24    South Florida   2-0
25    Cincinnati    2-0

Five to Watch:
Missouri        2-0
Oregon State    2-0
Michigan    2-0
Texas Tech     2-0
Florida State    0-1

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