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Alabama's dominating 21-0 win over LSU in the BCS National Championship in New Orleans on Monday night gave the Crimson Tide the national title.
And, not surprisingly, Alabama is No. 1 in both of the major polls.
What is surprising is that Alabama was not a unanimous selection in the AP poll. The Crimson Tide received 55 of 60 first-place votes. LSU got one vote and Oklahoma State got...Read more »
BCS National Championship
No. 2 Alabama vs. No. 1 LSU (+1.5), 8:30 p.m.: After more than a month of hype and constant analysis, the game is finally here. Of course, the first match up between Alabama and LSU in November became known as the “Game of the Century.” LSU won that game 9-6 in overtime in Tuscaloosa. Now comes the rematch (“Game of the Century II?”) with a national...Read more »
BBVA Compass Bowl
SMU vs. Pittsburgh (-3.5), 1 p.m.: Pittsburgh will be without head coach Todd Graham, who left for the Arizona State job. The Panthers won three of five to end the season and the two losses were by a combined four points. Leading rusher Ray Graham suffered a season-ending knee injury in late October. Quarterback Tino Sunseri was sacked an incredible 57 times...Read more »
No. 8 Kansas State vs. No. 6 Arkansas (-7.5), 8 p.m.: This is a BCS-worthy match up. Kansas State’s two losses have come against Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. Arkansas has lost to LSU and Alabama. Kansas State, behind head coach Bill Snyder, has been a surprise team this season, winning seven straight to start the season, then losing two straight and winning the final three games to get to 10 wins....Read more »
No. 23 West Virginia vs. No. 15 Clemson (-3), 8:30 p.m.: If you’re a fan of offense, this is the game for you. Don’t expect a Baylor-Washington outcome, but plenty of points will be scored in what should be an entertaining game. Big East champion West Virginia ranked 17th nationally in total offense during the regular season (460 yards per game) and ACC champion Clemson...Read more »
No. 13 Michigan vs. No. 11 Virginia Tech (+3), 8:30 p.m.: Of all the bowl selections this season, the Sugar Bowl has probably been the most debated. Michigan and Virginia Tech were selected ahead of other at-large teams such as Boise State, Baylor and Kansas State. Still, this match up should be a good one. Virginia Tech’s defense was 15th nationally in the regular...Read more »