My Opinion On Sports is hosting the roundtable this week:
The Battle for #1 - USC and LSU are separated by one vote in the AP poll. We made the switch in last week's blogpoll by putting the Tigers in our top spot. State your case for who should be the top team in the country.
I'm sticking with USC--for now. Its really 1 and 1a at this point, but, given that I don't know who I would pick in a game between the two, I'm rewarding SC for going out on the road. SC constantly schedules tough road games, where as LSU plays "road games" against Tulane in the SuperDome. Both have good wins, though SC has looked more vulnerable at times. If LSU beats Florida next week, I'll make the switch.
Oklahoma, Florida, West Virginia, Texas and Rutgers were all upset this weekend. Of those teams, who has the best shot of getting back into the national title hunt?
What, no love for my Ducks? The Big XII is a joke, so Texas and Oklahoma are out. And West Virginia and Rutgers don't really play anyone out of conference. Meanwhile, Florida potentially could have two wins over LSU if they run the table. That's more impressive than anyone else has the opportunity for, so I gotta go Florida.
Looking at the current AP Top 10, who is grossly overrated and who should be in there that isn't?
Overrated has to be Wisconsin. I know they are undefeated, but so are Purdue and Kansas. Wisconsin is a beneficiary of the "we had them highly ranked at the beginning of the season, so they stay" mentality. They have sleepwalked through the season, barely beating such stalwarts as UNLV and The Citadel. Meanwhile, they have played nobody of note.
And replacing Wisconsin in the top ten should be Oregon. I know I'm a homer, but I also know that if not for a fumble at the one foot line, Oregon is taking a completely gassed Cal defense to OT. Meanwhile, if Oregon played Wisconsin, it'd be Michigan all over again. Yes, the Big 10 is pathetic.
What is the worst coaching mistake you've seen this season?
That Mike Bellotti continues to employ Nick AllowAlotti as his DC has to be one of them. But I'll say Les Miles' decision to completely trash the Pac-10. That's looking awfully foolish right now, don't you think?