They’ve Earned It Rankings Week 11 ’09

Houston’s Cinderella slipper is captured by a Knight. Iowa’s bounce-back attempt didn’t make it out of the Horseshoe, yet the Buckeyes showed that they shouldn’t be forgotten. TCU unveils new uniforms and a stunning result while most of the top teams predictably held serve.

As I look ahead to next week, attention getters are few and far between. As far as I’m concerned, Alabama scheduling a non-D1 game at this point of the season is grounds for firing the AD. That’s pathetic!

Up- TCU, Cincinnati, Ohio State, Pitt
Down- Texas
Out- Houston, Iowa
In: Ohio State, Pitt

They’ve Earned It Top 10

  1. Alabama (10-0) Next: Tenn-Chattanooga
  2. Florida (10-0) Next: @ Florida International
  3. Georgia Tech (10-1) Next: Georgia
  4. TCU (10-0) Next: @Wyoming
  5. Cincinnati (10-0) Next: Bye
  6. Texas (10-0) Next: Kansas
  7. Ohio State (9-2) Next: @ Michigan
  8. Pitt (9-1) Next: Bye
  9. Boise (10-0) Next: @ Utah State
  10. Oregon (8-2) Next: @Arizona

Besides games involving the top 10 teams, here are the potential ranking-impact games.

  • Minnesota @ Iowa
  • LSU @ Mississippi
  • Cal @ Stanford

They’ve Earned It Rankings: Week 10 09

Given the anniversary of an important event as the wall of the Berlin Wall, the trivialness of college football had to wait a day.

Last week allowed fans to witness Oregon laying an egg at Stanford, which leads to one reason why I like observing PAC-10 football – the leader continues to be surprised! Then there’s Iowa who got their eyes scratched out by regular nemesis Northwestern. The sweater vest vies for some respect with an impressive road win, but is it enough to get into this elite ranking? Interestingly, most of the this week’s upward movement had more to do with team’s losing rather than top teams winning.

But wait – next week is big as most of the top teams take to the road, so this angle is interested in next weekend.

Up- Alabama, Florida, Georgia Tech, Texas, Cincinnati, TCU, Boise
Down- Oregon, Iowa
Out- LSU
Back – Houston

They’ve Earned It Top 10

  1. Alabama (9-0) Next: @ Mississippi State
  2. Florida (8-0) Next: @ South Carolina
  3. Georgia Tech (7-1) Next: @ Duke
  4. Cincinnati (8-0) Next: West Virginia
  5. Texas (8-0) Next: @ Baylor
  6. TCU (8-0) Next: Utah
  7. Houston (8-1) Next: @ UCF
  8. Iowa (9-0) Next: @ Ohio State
  9. Boise (8-0) Next: Idaho
  10. Oregon (7-1) Next: Arizona State

Besides games involving the top 10 teams, here are the potential ranking-impact games.

  • Stanford @ USC
  • Miami (FL) @ North Carolina
  • Arizona @ Cal
  • Notre Dame @ Pitt

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 42

On Fort Hood
First and foremost, thoughts and prayers to everyone associated with the Fort Hood tragedy.

On the Recent Election
What is the meaning of some Republican gains this past Tuesday? The answer is simple – nothing. One or two special Congressional races don’t change a thing. As we head into the first mid-term election, let us not forget that the opposing party made Congressional gains on the after the first two years of Presidents Reagan and Clinton.

On the Broadening GOP Tent
As GOP leader Michael Steele about broadening the party’s tent and acceptance of others, I want to know how he can accomplish that with statements like this.

Candidates who live in moderate to slightly liberal districts have got to walk a little bit carefully here, because you do not want to put yourself in a position where you’re crossing that line on conservative principles, fiscal principles, because we’ll come after you.

In the words of infamous orator Buggs Bunny, “What a maroon!”

On Interesting Local Hoops Connections
Cincinnati is fortunate to have two solid college basketball programs within its city limits – UC and Xavier. Interesting both head coaches are not only graduates of the school they coach, both worked their way up through the ranks at these schools, and both graduated from local high schools.

On Upcoming Handbells
Our handbell choir performs again this weekend. Unfortunately the tune doesn’t exist on YouTube, so here’s a lively audio recording of Fantasia on Forest Green. Don’t let the calm beginning fool you.

On the Upcoming Weekend
With the weekend upon us, in the words of Garrision Keilor “Be well, do good work and keep in touch.”

On the BCS
For those who haven’t seen the latest edition of the BCS Committee meeting from the Global Sports Fraternity.

They’ve Earned it Rankings Week 9 ’09

Week 9 allowed the Ducks to make a serious statement and the Longhorns to show that they are a serious contender.  Other than that, most teams held serve.

Up- Oregon, Florida, Cincinnati, Texas
Down- Iowa, Ga. Tech, LSU, TCU
New – Boise
Out- USC

They’ve Earned It Top 10

  1. Oregon (7-1) Next: @ Stanford
  2. Alabama (9-0) Next: LSU
  3. Iowa (9-0) Next: Northwestern
  4. Florida (8-0) Next: Vanderbilt
  5. Georgia Tech (7-1) Next: Wake Forest
  6. Texas (8-0) Next: Central Florida
  7. Cincinnati (8-0) Next: UConn
  8. LSU (7-1) Next: @ Alabama
  9. TCU (8-0) Next: @ San Diego State
  10. Boise (8-0) Next: @ Louisiana Tech

Besides games involving the top 10 teams, here are the potential ranking-impact games.

  • Ohio State @ Penn State
  • Houston @ Tulsa

As I’m also keeping a curious eye on Va. Tech @ ECU, a big BOOOOOO to Auburn, Georgia, Kentucky, and Mississippi for playing nonD1 teams at this point in the season. That’s pathetic and shame on the SEC for the way they schedule league games.

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 41

On Palin Endorsement
Recently in a New York race, Sarah Palin endorsed the third-party candidate instead of the party-backed Republican. I wonder about the following: Why hasn’t the Libertarian Party courted her? Why hasn’t she (or has she) approached the Libertarian Party? It seems their platform matches many of her ideals and the party could use a nationally-known figure to boost its image. Plus she would bring some voters with her. Now she still wouldn’t get my vote, but still, it seems the idea would be worth considering.

On a Gambling Issue
Ohio voters will face another gambling issue next week. Although the past 15 of so related issues have gone down in flames in the past, this one seems to have a chance of passing. I’m amused by the attack ads, here’s the one that I find the most interesting. The Cincinnati Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church is against the issue because of “economic, social, and moral” reasons. Interesting, especially because of the legal gambling they use as fund raising.

On Cutting into Learning Time
Unfortunately for me, since I’ve taken on a major project the past couple of weeks, my blog reading and writing time have suffered – translated into decreased learning! My apologies to the bloggers who may be wondering where I’ve been.

On the Afghanistan Fight
It seems our armed forces are in Afghanistan to take on Al-Qaeda – an enemy that has little presence in Afghanistan because they are in Pakistan. Therefore, the fight is with the Taliban, who isn’t the target, but the group who oppose the US presence. Can anyone else hear Abbott and Costello “Who’s on first?” What a mess!

On Rushing the NFL
Who doesn’t feel sorry for Rush Limbaugh as his attempt to become part of an ownership group fell short of the goal? Yes, he has the right to be an NFL owner. Yes, the NFL has the right to turn him down. Nonetheless, I enjoyed this Leonard Pitts column about the issue.

On the World Series
A friend of mine roots for multiple baseball teams. Obviously, whichever one is doing best is his favorite. Since none of his teams made the playoffs and the Indians being one of his teams, he turned into an instant Dodger fan because they have so many ex-Indians. Then they lose. So now he’s pulling for the Phillies because of ex=Indians Cliff Lee and manager Grady Little, well, unless CC is playing (then he’s torn). He’s such a Homer, a fact that he continually denies.  I’m a Reds fan and since they aren’t in the World Series, I don’t care who wins.

On the BCS
Although the Cincinnati Bearcats are trying to upset the BCS apple cart, I don’t have a good feeling about their trip to Syracuse this weekend. Nonetheless, I tip of the Angle cap to the Global Sports Fraternity for their taping of the BCS Committee Meetings. For anyone who missed the latest, watch below.