Behind Curtain #2: A aging USC coed stoked about voting the Trojans hella #1, brah.
Behind Curtain #3: Mack Brown, in drag, voting UT #1 despite the rules (and almost losing to Todd Boeckman).
Now that all of the bowls that matter are over (read: ones that will affect our final ranking), it's time to have some fun and project where the Frogs will end up. Truthfully, every single game that could go our way in regards to our final ranking has done exactly that, so things are pretty optimistic in Frog land. In all fairness, we SHOULD end up anywhere from 6-8, but, you know how these popularity contests work, as the nice guys (TCU, Utah) who go about their schoolwork in an orderly manner and outshine the popular kids (Bama, PSU, USC, UT) typically finish last. However, with Utah's anal graping of Bama opening a few eyes around the country, I really feel like this could be the year that the little guy gets some respect. I can't tell you how many times since the Sugar Bowl I've had someone say, "Wow, I've got a lot more respect for TCU now after they hung with those guys" or "Man, TCU almost beat Utah!!" Yeah, jackass, I'm well aware that a freshman kicker cost us a victory against an undefeated top 10 team in their home stadium with one of the largest, loudest crowds they've ever had witness a football game. Thanks. Now where's a kitten I can strangle?
Anyway, seeing as how, in the coaches poll at least, the voters have to name the winner of the BCS NC game #1, how about a full top 10 speculation on the AP poll next week? UT and USC will be clamoring for a split national title and while I despise both schools, I'm not going to let that cloud my judgment in saying that... well, neither probably deserves it. Yes, the system is severely flawed when you look at OU losing to UT, who lost to Tech, who lost to Ole Miss who BEAT Florida!! OMG!! THE POSSIBILITIES!!!!! But, as it's been said many times before, it's all we have, so we may not like it, but we have to accept it. So, by that formula, I'm going to name who I think will be the NC winner as the top team, then let it be a free for all from that point. Note: This is not how I think it SHOULD be, this is how I think it WILL be (sort of like how Peter King thinks he thinks things so that he doesn't have to think them).
- Florida (I GUESS they're my pick, but I really have no clue)
- Texas (Should be Utah, although Mack is voting Texas #1 and he's the god of the universe, so perhaps there's a chance)
- Utah (72% sure they get fucked out of this spot by the Trojan horse, but I'm keeping my respect faith)
- USC (Oregon State, bro, Oregon State. Side story: I was at the airport in Colorado yesterday when a plane from LA landed. So this really slick, LA looking douchebag gets off the plane on his cell phone (because big shots can't make it from the plane to their car without getting on their phone, you know), and he was like "oh yeah man, spent new years watching football and gettin' fucked up, NOTHIN WRONG WITH THAT!!" Surprisingly it wasn't Spencer Pratt or Brody Jenner. People from Southern California are worse than democrats... (paradox alert) and at the same time they ARE democrats!!
- Oklahoma (by default... and probably rightly so, assuming they lose. If not, flip them with Florida)
- Alabama (Gets very iffy here, and you can and should make an argument for the Frogs, but it's doubtful that we get slotted over Bama AND Penn State, and maybe neither).
- Frogs (The sore loser in me says we should be in the Utah spot, and definitely ahead of Bama because we beat Utah more than they did. However, for the sake of being a realist, I'll go with 7th because of lyle's find on the conference rankings. Regardless, if we finish 7th it'll be the highest we've finished since 1958 when we again finished 7th. Thanks to lyle again for the research).
- Penn State (what a joke conference that Big Televen is. Also, when the Frogs get donkey punched into this spot below PSU, don't say I didn't warn you).
- Oregon (Cause of them there sweet unis... and because no one that could keep them out of this spot won).
- Easily the biggest up for grabs spot on the board since the 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, and 22 ranked teams lost... so there's a lot of room for movement at the bottom of the top ten. Could Tech stay in after losing to the Nutt Jobs? Should Boise fall any farther than 11, where we were? Georgia looked uninspired in that win over MSU, but could SEC love move them up? OSU had Texas all but beaten until a great stretch by UT on 4th down and Quan Cosby going Ghost Dad on their secondary.. should they stay? My hunch? I think Boise stays at 10. I think they're more than deserving of this spot, despite their deplorable fan base (when do we get to defile their blog by winning the bet? anyone?), and I don't see how you can keep Tech with two losses or OSU and Georgia with three ahead of them. Also, according to science, Tech has never finished in the top 10 EVER and this historical proof should not be overturned now. Like I said, this is going to be the year of the little guy, so I'm riding this thing into the ground.
So, that's what I think is going to happen, post your thoughts and lists in the comments. Come on! Everybody's doing it!