Week three of the college football season offered some of the most interesting and scintillating games of the year. It also served to pull the top tier of teams back toward the pack as most of the favorites either lost or had games much closer than anticipated.
The biggest winner of the weekend unquestionably were the Ole Miss Rebels, who for the first time in their history, beat Alabama in consecutive seasons. Yeah, I know it took Bama to turn the ball over five times, Ole Miss to score on two near miracle plays and Bama to be driving for a winning score when they suffered the final turnover, but don't let the details get in the way of a great story!
That puts last year's surprise team in our Book poll back where they spent a good portion of last year, #1 in the country.
BC's 14-0 loss to Florida State didn't do much to help or hurt the Eagles. They fell slightly in both polls and now with 63 polls making up the Massey Composite, BC at #62 sits very close to where our two polls find them (73 and 65). That loss actually dropped the Eagles about 10 spots in the Massey polls, so either they weren't swayed by the defensive performance, were appalled by the offensive one, or are worried about the dilemma at QB.
For those unfamiliar with the Massey composite, it is a list of recognized computer polls aggregated and averaged together. Some of these are ones you are familiar with, like Jeff Sagarin or the USA Today poll, others obviously not so much. To say that math geniuses can come up with results so drastically different from one another mean these polls are as much subjective as objective. Take BC for instance, where this week, the Eagles rank #10 in something called the Denzenzio TSRS and yet #117 in the Pointshare poll..so our two don't seem nearly as crazy as one might imagine.
The Eagles are a small underdog per the Book and a small favorite per Phil Steele vs NIU. Both polls were almost dead on picking the FSU game, easily winning against the spread.
If you've noticed, the Steele spreads have been much greater in general and still are this week and that didn't bode well. Last week's results have now flipped the leader board with The Book now holding a four game lead.
Enjoy your football weekend and Go Eagles!
|Boise St||6.6/10.2||at Virginia|
|Stanford||18.9/21.3||at Oregon St|
|USC||4.3/6.0||at Arizona St|
|TCU||2.1/10.0||at Texas Tech|
|at Michigan St||30.3/35.6||Central Michigan|
|Northern Illinois||0.6/-3.6||at Boston College|
|Georgia Tech||7.0/11.1||at Duke|
|NC State||21.3/25.0||at South Alabama|
|Virginia Tech||12.7/19.5||at East Carolina|
|at Wake Forest||6.2/-3.2||Indiana|
|Texas A&M||10.3/6.2||at Arkansas|
|at Ohio St||26.6/40.6||Western Michigan|
|at Notre Dame||33.9/38.7||UMass|
|at Northwestern||24.0/28.4||Ball St|
|at North Carolina||41.1/TBD||Delaware|