West Virginia looking good for shot at BCS title
BY JOE COWLEY firstname.lastname@example.org October 7, 2012 8:08PM
The Mountaineers, with quarterback Geno Smith, have a favorable remaining schedule. They’ll face two ranked teams, and both come to Morgantown. | Eric Gay~AP
Updated: November 9, 2012 6:21AM
Of the top 10 teams in the Associated Press Top 25, nine of them are unbeaten. Only No. 9 LSU has a loss on its resume.
Ohio State is not eligible for a bowl because of general naughtiness in the program, so that leaves eight teams in the top 10 without a blemish.
Here’s a look at who has the easiest road to a possible date in the national championship game and who is about to be exposed as a fraud.
No. 1 Alabama — Mississippi State at home and at LSU are the two biggest obstacles, but the SEC title game is always a challenge. Chances of playing in title game: 4 (on a scale of 1-5; 1 = not happening; 5 = buy tickets now).
No. 2 Oregon — The Ducks are at USC, host Stanford and are at Oregon State, but they have yet to play a close game. Chances of playing in the title game: 4.
No. 3 South Carolina — The win over Georgia was huge, but the Gamecocks still have to go to LSU and Florida in back-to-back weeks and Clemson in the finale. Chances of playing in the title game: 1.
No. 4 Florida — The Gators get to host South Carolina and Georgia, but they go to Florida State in the finale. Chances of playing in the title game: 2.
No. 5 West Virginia — The Mountaineers have two ranked teams left on the schedule in Kansas State and Oklahoma, but both games are in Morgantown. Chances of playing in the title game: 5.
No. 6 Kansas State — The Wildcats have to go to West Virginia and still have Texas in the finale. Chances of playing in the title game: 1.
No. 7 Notre Dame — The Irish host Stanford next week, travel to Oklahoma and close at USC. Chances of playing in the title game: 2.
No. 10 Oregon State — The Beavers travel to Washington and Stanford, but at least they get rival Oregon at home. Chances of playing in the title game: 2.
Players of the week
QB Braxton Miller, Ohio State: The Buckeyes’ version of Geno Smith threw for a touchdown and rushed for 186 yards and a score in the victory over Nebraska.
CB Nickell Robey, USC: Robey’s stock continued to rise in the victory over Utah. He had seven tackles, forced a fumble and returned an interception for a touchdown to seal the game.
24-0 The number of touchdowns Heisman Trophy favorite Geno Smith has thrown compared with the number of interceptions he has thrown. In his career, Smith has 80 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.
Key games Saturday
Texas at Oklahoma, 11 a.m., Ch. 7: Even with both teams stumbling, it’s still the “Red River Rivalry.’’ The Sooners are looking for a third consecutive victory.
Stanford at Notre Dame, 2:30 p.m., Ch. 5 — It’s not often that the Irish are playing relevant games by Week 7, but Stanford, Oklahoma and USC are the only speed bumps left for ND.
South Carolina at LSU, 7 p.m., ESPN — A huge victory over Georgia has made the Gamecocks the latest “it’’ team in the SEC. Win on the Bayou, and that talk becomes serious.