First Alabama falls at South Carolina. Then Wisconsin take care of Ohio State. And now, this evening in Columbia, the Missouri Tigers defeated current BCS #1 Oklahom. So who really wants to be #1 right now anyway? When the polls come out tomorrow, Auburn and Oregon will be the top two teams in the country followed closely by Boise State, TCU, Michigan State, and Mizzou. Look out for Alabama however because if the Crimson Tide beat Auburn on the last game of the regular season, and Oregon goes undefeated in the Pac 10, we very well could be looking at Bama/Oregon for the BCS Championship. And this matchup could occur at the expense of an undefeated Boise St, TCU, and Michigan State. Playoffs anyone?
Pitching wins championships and both World Series teams, the Giants and Rangers, are pitching extremely well right now. It will be interesting to see the starting pitching matchups for the series. Texas has a potent offensive and the chemistry edge must go to San Fran who really seems to be buying into this “cast of misfits” mantra. My series prediction, Giants in 7. Series MVP: Brian Wilson. Views?
Oregon fans are calling for a “yellow out” tonight when their Ducks take on the UCLA Bruins. I haven’t watched much Oregon football this year but they are led by an offense that puts up a ton of points. Fans in Eugene seem pretty fired up about this game as well as the prospects that their team will make it all the way to the BCS Championship game. Assuming Oregon gets past UCLA tonight, who thinks they can make it all the way to the final game? Does the country want a Boise St./Oregon championship game?
On a separate note, anytime I see a game from the University of Oregon I can’t help but think about when the campus served as the primary filming location for “Animal House” and where hopefully Niedermeyer’s horse is still galloping freely.
How do the Philadelphia Phillies conceivably come back from a 3-1 series deficit? They have Roy Halladay pitching tonight and then, if necessary, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels in games 6 & 7. Against most opponents, I would say this presents a favorable pairing for the Phillies. However, the Giants are not most opponents. Tonight, they will trot Tim Lincecum out to the mound in a pitching rematch of Game 1 where Lincecum beat Halladay in Philadelphia. With Jonathan Sanchez and Matt Cain waiting in the wings for games 6&7, do people really believe that Philadelphia is going to win 3 games in a row?
The advertising department over at Fox Sports must be going crazy right now thinking about the prospects of a Texas Rangers/San Francisco Giants World Series. Two major markets, in San Fran and Dallas, but not a lot of national appeal for either team. We shall see how it all pans out. As a fan, I’m hoping for a Philly win tonight and more baseball from Philadelphia this weekend.