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Extra Points

Posted by Mark Blaudschun, Globe Staff  October 22, 2010 09:19 AM

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Five points of interest going into this weekend's games.

1. Oklahoma had better pound Missouri tomorrow if the Sooners want to maintain their spot at the top of the BCS rankings on Sunday night. After watching Oregon's demolition of UCLA (which beat Texas, which beat Nebraska) on Thursday night, the Ducks have me convinced that they are one of the best teams in college football right now.

2. The Pac-10 continues to have a good year. Not only the success of Stanford and Oregon, but USC is really only two plays away from being unbeaten. Can't wait for next week's Oregon at USC clash.
And the Pac 10 has even even have gotten its expansion plans right.
Not only did they boost themselves by adding Colorado and Utah, they did the smart thing by dividing the Pac-10 into North and South divisions and then deciding that the league championship game would be played at the site of the division winner with the best record. That almost guarantees a sellout and makes the regular season even more important.
If the ACC had followed that plan, it might have had sellouts in its last few title games instead of thousands of empty seats.

3. We think Iowa is going to re-emerge as the power in the Big Ten, starting with tomorrow's game against Wisconsin. The key game of the season could come on Nov. 20 against Ohio State and that game is in Iowa City.

4. We will stick to our prediction that LSU will knock off Auburn tomorrow and then lose to Alabama next week.

5. Navy will get swamped by Notre Dame tomorrow. The Middies have had their way with the Irish the last few years. Those days are over. ND, under Brian Kelly, is back to being Notre Dame.

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