January 10th, 2012

NEWScoop: College Football Wrap-Up

A No Doubt No. 1?
After turning the Mercedes Benz Superdome into the woodshed for the BCS Championship game, Alabama ran away with the number one votes in the AP poll collecting all but five. One of those went to the bruised, beaten LSU Tigers and four first place votes were cast for the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Controversy avoided? Just wait until next year when we deal with the same dilemma of what teams deserve a shot at the title.

Hips Aren’t Supposed to Bend that Way
Not only was the game gruesome last night, but the audience of millions had to witness a horrific injury to Bama linebacker C.J. Mosley. Obviously, there have been some scarier injuries involving the head and neck over the course of the year, but during Mosley’s interception return he suffered one of the most blatant and stomach turning dislocations I’ve seen. Seriously, don’t watch this video if seeing someone’s hip bend laterally isn’t your cup of tea. The only other injury I’ve seen live that was worse than that was Patrick Edwards of the Cougars losing a battle with a band cart against Marshall (once again, don’t watch).

Cougars Gain One Spot in Polls, One Giant Leap in Confidence
When it was all said and done on Tuesday morning, the University of Houston Cougars had only moved up two spots in the AP poll (#18) and three spots in the coaches poll (#14) after routing the Penn State Nittany Lions in the TicketCity Bowl. It would have been nice to get a little more love, but considering this starts out Tony Levine’s tenure as the head coach with a bowl win against a ranked opponent, we’re not going to complain at all.

The Rest of Texas
Only two other Texas colleges ended up in the final rankings this year. TCU after narrowly surviving against Louisiana Tech found themselves ranked #13 in the Coaches Poll and #14 in the AP Poll. Baylor, after putting on an offensive showcase, snuck in just ahead of their neighbors ranked #12 and #13.

If the Future Were Now…
The Big 12 would have two more top 25 teams in TCU and West Virginia. The Big East would have gained one with the additions of Boise State and Houston to their ranks (while losing WVU)… And the SEC would still be dominating the field and seems to have a lockdown on the BCS rankings forever more….

— Paul

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