First Alabama, now Ohio State. The top teams in college football have gone down in flames the last two weeks, and SI.com’s Stewart Mandel thinks that it’s time to come to terms with Boise State possibly being the best team in the BCS. Right now Oklahoma is atop the standings, followed by Oregon, so you’d expect either of those teams to be prime candidates for a national title.
However, Mandel says that with the Broncos being No. 1 in total defense, No. 1 in rushing defense and No. 1 in pass-efficiency defense they may not be as undeserving of a top BCS rank as some expect. Their ability to completely annihilate the competition (i.e. their 51-6 victory over Wyoming, their 59-0 win over New Mexico State) is exactly the sort of prowess a championship team should show.
While many will think that Oregon, Oklahoma and Auburn are the teams to beat, voters may have ultimately have to shift gears and recognize the strength of the Broncos and the fact that come season’s end it could be Boise State battling it out for the title.
There is plenty of action tonight as baseball playoff season continues to chug along and we round out Week 6 in the NFL.
Texas Rangers vs. New York Yankees (8:07 p.m. ET)- The Yanks and Rangers are gearing up for Game 3 in the ALCS tonight. Cliff Lee will face off against Andy Pettitte as both teams try to get the edge over the other as the series is tied 1-1.
Tennessee Titans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (8:30 p.m. ET)- Both the Titans and Jaguars are coming into tonight’s game 3-2 this season. The match up will see a battle between Chris Johnson and Maurice Jones-Drew, who racked up impressive numbers in last season’s battle.
By The Numbers
26 - Number of points rookie Gordon Hayward scored in the Jazz’s 99-94 rout of the Lakers Sunday night. It is the first time in the Jazz’s 35-year history that they have run up a 6-0 preseason record.
$600,000 – Amount of the buyout given to Minnesota coach Tim Brewster when he was given the axe this weekend. The move came one day after the Gophers’ 28-17 loss to Purdue, bringing Brewster’s record to 15-30 and 1-6 this season.
22.214.171.124 – Number of the NCAA bylaw that prevented Duke player Seth Curry from receiving a championship ring. The rule says that transfer students are ineligible to receive rings because championship awards are limited to those "eligible to participate in the championship event."