A BCS bowl is still in the cards for UH
Friday - November 02, 2007
Trying to figure out the BCS is almost enough to put you in therapy. Does Hawaii move up with each win, and by how much? How much danger is lurking with teams leapfrogging from behind?
Let’s look at the Warriors’ progress. They started at No. 18. After two wins and a bye, they are up to No. 14.
But three teams that were behind UH last week are now ahead of them. Georgia, Michigan and Connecticut are now No. 10, 12 and 13, respectively. Georgia could possibly win out, having only one road game left at Georgia Tech. Michigan has to play on the road at Michigan State and Wisconsin and closes with Ohio State. They could lose two of those games. Connecticut has Rutgers at home, and visits Cincinnati and West
Virginia. They may lose all of those games.And No. 8 Kansas still has to play No. 9 Missouri; the loser moves back.
Of course, none of this matters if the Warriors lose. But the remaining schedule shakes out about as well as the Warriors could hope for. The weakest of the four remaining opponents is Nevada; that’s the only road game.
If Boise State continues to win and Hawaii takes care of business, the Warriors should get to play a Top 20 team the day after Thanksgiving. OK, it’s a lot of “ifs,” but you have to admit it’s been a heckuva ride!
* As long as we’re dreaming big, how about a New Year’s Day match-up in the Sugar Bowl with defending national champions Florida? The Gators have holes in the secondary, and with an indoor game with perfect conditions and something to prove - hey, it doesn’t hurt to engage in some fantasy. Or some positive imaging.
* UH QB Colt Brennan is closing in on a couple of records. The most noteworthy is career TD passes. Brennan needs three to break Ty Detmer’s mark of 121. Also Detmer’s record of TDs “responsible for” is going down and it looks like Colt is on track to finish second in career passing yardage to Hawaii’s Timmy Chang.
According to ESPN.com’s Ivan Maisel, Brennan can still be in the Heisman mix with strong play in his remaining games, all of which look like they’ll be on national television.
* I had no particular rooting interest for either the Red Sox or Rockies, but was that the worst World Series you’ve ever seen? No buzz, no competitiveness, no drama. In game four I was rooting for Boston just so we could get the thing over and done. They’ve got to take a look at the extra off-days added this year - the long layoff seemed to kill Colorado.
* Want to talk about pressure in sports? Hawaii’s Parker McLachlan will need to earn about $180,000 in the final PGA event of his rookie year to make the top 125 - he’s No. 136 at this writing, up from 143 a week ago. Hard to believe you can win nearly $600,000 and have to sweat being able to keep your right to play on the tour next year. But McLachlan is playing well. Don’t count him out yet.
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