Ohio’s loss to Miami (OH) last week was Boise State’s gain when it came to qualifying for a BCS bowl this season. Because the BCS works with a short-term memory, the Broncos’ loss at the beginning of the season to an average Michigan State team would be forgiven provided Boise State won out and either 1) finished in the BCS top-12 or 2) finished in the BCS top-16 and ahead of the champion from an automatic qualifier conference.
Guess we won’t have to worry about that anymore.
The No. 19 Broncos made good on their pattern of dropping one conference game a year by losing 21-19 at home to San Diego State. The loss all but officially picks up Boise State and places them on the outside of the BCS looking in.
The non-AQ’s best hope for a representative in a BCS bowl now? Louisiana Tech is ranked in all three polls. Still, the Bulldogs would need help. The lowest-ranked AQ team that currently leads its conference is No. 20 Nebraska, which squeaked out a win over Michigan State on Saturday.
If you’re Louisiana Tech, you have to hope that someone beats the Huskers between now and early December in addition to rising nine more spots in the BCS. Right now, it’s not looking good for the so-called “little guys” of college football. Conversely, it is good news for AQ conferences looking to get another team into one of the five big games.
Navy has seen one of its most productive players on the defensive side of the ball play for perhaps the final time this season.
Kwazel Bertrand sustained a broken ankle in the win over Air Force last Saturday, head coach Ken Niumatalolo confirmed earlier this week. As a result, the defensive back will very likely miss the remainder of the 2015 season.
And, because he is a senior and has no other eligibility avenues to pursue, it would effectively end his collegiate career as well.
“I feel terrible for Kwazel. It’s really unfortunate any time a senior goes down with a season-ending injury,” Niumatalolo said. “Kwazel has been a really good player for us and we’re going to miss his presence out on the field.”
Bertrand started 27 games over the past three-plus seasons, including all four in 2015.
You know how I know we’re gradually creeping up on the end of another regular season? Watch lists are being whittled.
The first major honor to do so is the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which is given out annually to the best quarterback who is a college senior or fourth-year junior. The preseason watch list was 30 quarterbacks strong; the newest list has been cut in half to 15.
The most recent list includes one of the top Heisman contenders (TCU’s Trevone Boykin) and the top two nationally in passing yards (Bowling Green’s Matt Johnson, Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty), as well as a quarterback who’s closing in on the all-time FBS record for rushing touchdowns (Navy’s Keenan Reynolds).
The Pac-12 leads all conferences with three watch listers, followed by two each from the AAC, ACC and Big Ten. The SEC has as many players (one, Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott) as the FCS (North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz).
Last year’s winner was Marcus Mariota of Oregon.
Trevone Boykin, TCU
Jacoby Brissett, NC State
Connor Cook, Michigan State
Brandon Doughty, WKU
Everett Golson, Florida State
Kevin Hogan, Stanford
Matt Johnson, Bowling Green
Cody Kessler, USC
Paxton Lynch, Memphis
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
Keenan Reynolds, Navy
Nate Sudfeld, Indiana
Carson Wentz, N. Dakota State
Marquise Williams, North Carolina
Travis Wilson, Utah