What do we know? It's always the toughest question after Week 1. How much stock do we put in what we saw? And how much stock do we keep in what we knew coming into the season. Cases in point: Florida, Texas, and Oklahoma. All three of the blue bloods looked competent and best, troubling at worst, in their opening week wins. Should they be written off? Or do we remember how Iowa looked last year as they survived and advanced their way to a BCS Bowl?
And what do we make of Boise State? If Virginia Tech is the best that the ACC has to offer this season (BIG if), Boise showed that they can go toe with a BCS league champion. But, does that mean that they can hold their own against Alabama? Ohio State? Nebraska? I didn't see that in their performance last night. But, what do you accept from what you see? After Week 1, your eyes are deceiving you
Now remember, these are projections, not "if the season ended today" picks. I'm accounting for what I think will happen in the remaining weeks. Here are the RULES FOR 2010.
- The best teams don't always go to the best games. In the end, butts in the seat and eyes to the television are the biggest factors. (This isn't new)
- The order of BCS selection is 1) Replacement for #1 Team; 2) Replacement for #2 Team; 3) Sugar Bowl; 4) Orange Bowl; 5) Fiesta Bowl. (This is new)
- If a Big Ten or Pac-10 team qualifies for the BCS Championship Game, the Rose Bowl will be required to take a non-automatic qualifier. This will only be required of the Rose Bowl the first time it occurs over the next four years. (This is new and huge)
- The Gator Bowl picks its Big Ten team ahead of the Insight Bowl this year. It will rotate the other way next year. (This is new)
- For the full rules on BCS selections, look here.