This week’s games mark the half-way point of the regular season. It has been exciting up to this point. Many close games, games that have come down to the fourth quarter, teams making a play here or there to win, or the defense having to come up with a big stop to win.
Conference games, games like we have seen over the past two weeks, are the reason that the regular season is a de facto playoff. With that being said, the first BCS rankings for the season come out on Sunday evening. Please read my “Conference power Rankings” article next week when I unveil my initial top-25 for the 2012 season. Strength of schedule and conference rankings play a large part in my determination as who may be the best teams to play in Miami of January 7th.
Because the landscape of college football is so fluid, the two best teams could change on a week-to-week basis. Certainly Alabama has to be a strong lock to play in the national title game if things hold as they are now, but even still, they have some tough games left to play, and even they are not impervious to getting beat.
So, while there is still a month and half of the regular season left to play, and lots of things can still and probably will happen, let’s let the season play itself out before we start to worry about how the BCS rankings will get it wrong yet again.
For full disclosure, here were my “prime-3″ picks from last week and my record on the year. Last week I was 2-1 ATS and 3-0 SU. Overall my “prime-3″ picks are playing at a record of 7-11 ATS but 9-9 SU. My “Extra Points” selections were much better this past week. They went off to a tune of 14-7. On the year, my “Extra Points” have been hitting at a record of 45-33-1. As always, I will strive to do better this week.
In this week’s edition of the “prime-3″ the focus will be on another SEC showdown pitting the #3 South Carolina Gamecocks traveling to Baton Rouge to face the #9 LSU Tigers. The “prime-3’s” other games of interest include #15 Texas playing #13 Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry at the Cotton Bowl and #17 Stanford traveling to South Bend to take on #7 Notre Dame.
Without further ado, lets take a look at South Carolina at LSU…