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BETWEEN THE LINES 11/3

By Joe Nelson
Posted 11/03/2008 at 06:28 PM

It is not surprising that Texas Tech leapfrogged Penn State in the BCS standings and do remember that the Red Raiders have three more really tough games standing in the way of a spot in the BCS championship.

If you feel like the top of the polls has been filled with crazy shake-ups in recent weeks, get prepared for the possibilities this week. The three undefeated teams on top of the standings all play as very slight favorites this week with Alabama playing at LSU, Texas Tech hosting Oklahoma State, and Penn State playing at Iowa. A loss by any of those teams would not be a major upset to the informed eye and it would be possible, though unlikely for all three to lose this week.

The one-loss teams sitting next in line will have a lot to play for in the coming weeks and expect those teams to aim to impress. Texas, USC, Florida, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State are the one-loss teams that can make a claim but know that Oklahoma State and Oklahoma still play, Texas Tech and Oklahoma still play and the Big 12 South winner will still probably have to play Missouri, and Alabama and Florida would have to play should both teams hold the division leads.

The Big 12 South runners-up will be interesting cases and it will be very interesting which teams get left out when the dust settles as only two teams can claim BCS bids. If Missouri would pull the mild upset in the championship game, there could be even more controversy as only one South representative would earn a BCS spot.

Penn State fans may be worried this week falling to the #3 spot but the odds are pretty good that either Alabama or Texas Tech slips at some point. Both are just 3 to 3˝ point favorites this week and even if undefeated Tech will be a dog at Oklahoma and Alabama would be a dog to Florida in the SEC title game.

In the NFL the AFC East features three teams tied at 5-3. The winner of the division could realistically be the 4-4 Miami Dolphins however, the same team that won just once last year. The three 5-3 division rivals are the only winning teams left on the schedule as the other five opponents are a combined 9-31.

The Giants may look like the team to beat at this point in the season but New York will be on the road three of the next four weeks, all against winning teams. No team remaining on New York’s schedule currently has a losing record and the Giants have just three home games left on the schedule.

A couple of young QBs that got a lot of positive attention early in the year have struggled, as Derek Anderson, Jay Cutler, and Trent Edwards should take a lot of responsibility for losses last week.

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