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How each BCS league did on opening weekend so far

It's the opening weekend.  Lots of cupcakes and lots of new faces.  That's the grain of salt for what you are about to see.  That being said, it was real college football.  So how did each league do?

 

1. Big Ten: 10-2

Games they could have won but didn't: Minnesota 17 USC 19, Indiana 20 Ball State 27

Games they won but could have lost: Purdue 27 MTSU 24

Most impressive win: take your pick between OSU 48 Akron 0, Wisconsin 51 UNLV 17, and Penn State 41 Indiana State 7.  OSU and Wisconsin both played their starters much longer than PSU did, all had their fair share of miscues, all had "this game was not in doubt late in the first quarter" wins over cupcakes.  Difficult to be impressed by any of it, but there's something to be said for taking care of business easily against a vastly inferior opponent.  DO YOU HEAR ME MICHIGAN STATE?

Overall impression: There's a handful of top 10 contenders in this league.  Purdue and Indiana are bad, but even Minnesota looked like a very solid team on the road against a talented top 25 team.  This league is probably too brutal for anyone to go undefeated, maybe even finish with only 1 loss, but there are about 8 legit top 25 contenders in this league and about 4 or 5 top 10 contenders.

 

2. SEC: 10-2

Games they could have won but didn't: BYU 14, Ole Miss 13

Games they won but could have lost: Auburn 42 Utah State 38, Kentucky 14 Western Kentucky 3

Most impressive win: LSU 40 Oregon 27, more dominating than the final score indicates

Overall impression: Auburn is 16-0 in their last 16 games but could easily be 6-10, and that's infuriating.  LSU and Alabama are legit MNC contenders.  Other than that, there's a handful of legit top 25 teams and a handful of bad teams. Same old SEC.

 

3. Big East: 6-0 (2 games yet to come)

Games they could have won but didn't: none

Games they won but could have lost: USF 23 Notre Dame 20, Syracuse 36 Wake Forest 29 (OT)

Most impressive win: Syracuse over Wake Forest.  A team most pick to finish in the middle of the Big East overcoming a ton of early miscues to get a win over a BCS school.  Not bad at all.

Overall impression: solid.  No real MNC contenders here, but a very solid overall performance.  Even the games they could have lost were fairly impressive, with a great comeback and a road win over a top 25 team.

 

4. Big 12 9-0 (1 game yet to come)

Games they could have won but didn't: none

Games they won but could have lost: Baylor 50 TCU 48, ISU 20 UNI 19, KSU 10 Eastern KY 7

Most impressive win: Baylor over TCU.  Gritty win over a good team

Overall impression: Meh.  Could easily be 9-3, and a couple of the wins by alleged good teams (Mizz 17 Miami U 6, Ok St 61 ULL 34) were just not impressive.  No defense, very little good offense, but inexplicably undefeated.

 

5. ACC 8-2 (1 conference game yet to come)

Games they could have won but didn't: Syracuse over WF in OT, Richmond 23 Duke 21

Games they won but could have lost: none

Most impressive win: VT 66 App St 13.  Start to finish domination over a very good 1AA team. 

Overall impression: Duke is Duke, so losing to a good 1AA team is kind of whatever.  Nothing impressive to see here, but could still be 10-0 at this point with a little more luck.

 

6. Pac-12 8-4

Games they could have won but didn't: Houston 38 UCLA 34, Sacramento State over OrSU in OT

Games they won but could have lost: USC 19 Minnesota 17, Washington 30 Eastern Washington 27

Most impressive win: Stanford 57 San Jose St. 3.  The only game where a Pac-12 team took care of business on both sides of the ball from start to finish.

Overall impression: Terrible.  I think Iowa's about the 6th best team in the Big Ten, and they would be no worse than the 3rd best team in this league and could win it.  Just terrible.  Colorado lost by 17 to Hawaii.  I'm not sure Colorado is better than Indiana State right now.

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