With one month left in the 2012 regular season, there are four unbeaten teams on everyone’s BCS radar. Alabama, Kansas State, Oregon and Notre Dame will all play later today, with the Irish taking on Pitt right now.
Staying in the Big East, however, there’s another undefeated team getting less national recognition — No. 12 Louisville.
The Cardinals are a long shot — that’s putting it politely — for a BCS championship appearance if they remain undefeated. Basically, imagine a scenario where every team in the BCS top nine loses at least once. That’s how Louisville makes it to Miami as one of the two “best” teams in the country.
But even if all of that is to happen, the Cardinals need to do what they’ve been doing week in and week out since the start of the season: win. That’s exactly what UL did today in a convincing 45-17 rout of new conference member Temple. While we agree it would have been hilarious and very Big East of the Owls, who were booted from the league and then invited back eight years later, to topple the conference’s only unbeaten, the perception of the Big East rides on UL’s success right now.
Things are setting up well for an end-of-season showdown between Louisville and Rutgers for the Big East title — provided the Cards can handle Syracuse and UConn. The Scarlet Knights, meanwhile, still have road games against Cincinnati and Pitt.
Behind quarterback Teddy Bridgewater — the sophomore is playing great football right now and had five touchdown passes today — the Cardinals are in good position to at least be on the peripheral of the BCS conversation. All they need to do is keep winning.
Auburn got back in the win column after two straight losses. While winning a game must have felt nice, head coach Gus Malzahn is not prepared to say whether or not Sean White will be the team’s starting quarterback moving forward.
“I thought he competed; he did some good things,” Malzahn said after the game Saturday, per Al.com. “We’ll take this thing week-to-week like we’ve been doing it. We’re starting to kind of get good answers to the questions that we needed.”
White replaced Jeremy Johnson at quarterback last week against Mississippi State. Johnson, a preseason Heisman favorite for some, struggled out of the gate of the season with six interceptions thrown and a lost fumble. That forced Malzahn to make a change at quarterback after a woeful performance against FCS Jacksonville State and a loss to LSU. White lost his first game as a starter against Mississippi State but the offense has been marginally better. White has yet to throw a touchdown pass in his first two starts.
Against San Jose State, White completed six of 10 pass attempts for 1087 yards. Auburn’s running game is what helped push the Tigers by the Spartans, with Peyton Barber scoring all five touchdowns in the 35-21 victory. Auburn’s next game is in two weeks against Kentucky, on Thursday, October 15 in Lexington.
The Ohio State Buckeyes remain atop the AP Top 25 this week, but the Big 12’s top contenders have bumped Michigan State down two spots. No. 2 TCU picked up five first-place votes and managed to stay ahead of No. 3 Baylor despite the Bears getting 10 first-place votes.
No. 5 Utah picked up seven first-place votes and No. 9 Texas A&M received the last first-place vote available. The big mover in this week’s AP poll was No. 11 Florida, with the Gators jumping 14 spots in the poll after dismantling Ole Miss Saturday night. The Rebels dropped from No. 3 down to No. 14. No. 15 Notre Dame fell nine spots after losing at No. 6 Clemson. No. 19 Georgia also tumbled this week, down 11 spots after being blown out at home by Alabama. It was also a rough week for No. 20 UCLA, falling 13 spots after losing to Arizona State at home.
New teams in the AP poll this week include No. 22 Iowa, No. 24 Toledo and No. 25 Boise State. Iowa and Boise State also made appearances in the coaches poll earlier today, but Toledo did not. Memphis appears in the coach spill but is the third team in its own conference in the others receiving votes category, behind Houston and Temple. Memphis tied with division foe Navy in that category as well.
- Ohio State (38 first-place votes)
- TCU (5)
- Baylor (10)
- Michigan State
- Utah (7)
- Texas A&M (1)
- Florida State
- Ole Miss
- Notre Dame
- Oklahoma State
- Boise State