Editor’s note: Joe Giglio is one of 60 AP voters.
I watched Louisville on Thursday night and actually felt sorry for the unbeaten Cardinals after a 24-10 home win against Rutgers.
The way the Bowl Championship Series is set up, Louisville is playing an imaginary opponent every week. It’s unrealistic to think the Cardinals are going to destroy every team on their schedule, but that’s exactly what is expected of them. As it is, they beat a solid Rutgers team by two scores but no one seemed to be particularly impressed.
Is the BCS fair to Louisville? Of course not. Is Louisville or Ohio State winning every game against weaker opponents fair to the rest of the teams in the BCS title race? Same answer.
The problem is beauty pageant rules still apply in college football, and Louisville and Ohio State are headed for a collision course on the swimsuit runway.
A pair of top-10 teams (Stanford and Georgia) lost last week, one more is guaranteed to fall this week between Clemson and Florida State. Oregon beat Washington 45-24 on the road but still has to face UCLA, Stanford and a suddenly dangerous Utah team, which upset Stanford 27-21 on Saturday.
It’s still too early to worry about how many teams will finish the regular season unbeaten, but you get the feeling, based on an impossible standard, it won’t end well for Louisville.
As for this week’s top 25, Missouri (6-0) enters the fray at No.14 after beating Georgia 41-26 on the road. It’s tough to get an accurate reading on either team because of all of Georgia’s injuries. Now, Mizzou must face Florida, then maybe South Carolina, without quarterback James Franklin, who separated his shoulder Saturday.
There are four ranked teams in the SEC East; Georgia’s the only one which has had a healthy quarterback for the whole season, and the Dogs are missing their top two running backs.
So while Louisville and Ohio State fret about the court of public opinion, Alabama’s path to the BCS title game keeps getting easier and easier.
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