BCS Eliminator, Week 4: Boise State, overrated at last

Brian Losness-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Does your college football team still have a prayer of winning the national championship? Probably not. This week, the SEC, Big Ten and ACC dump a few more of their bodies in the creek.

In this periodical, we're keeping track of which college football teams actually still have a chance at playing for the national title. The number is falling quickly, and this sport is, like, the meanest thing in the world.

First up, a handful of important items:

Performance Of The Week

Shutdown Fullback reviews Week 4 in totally serious fashion!

Did Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel finally become what we always thought he could be, diversifying FSU's portfolio by adding a top-tier passing attack? Or did he just take advantage of a defense that was bad last year and still undergoing its overhaul?

We'll take 482 total yards, two touchdowns and no major errors in prime time against a top-10 team, but let's not assume the Noles are going to roll up points like that against just anybody.

/checks FSU's schedule again

Okay, yeah. They will.

Fan Of The Week

First, the runner-up: where's Arizona's red zone offense?

Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

And the winner: the thousands of Notre Dame fans who wore leis in support of Manti Te'o, their star linebacker from Hawai'i who's led the Irish to two big wins since losing his grandmother and girlfriend 24 hours apart.Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

GIF Of The Week

I don't really know anything about anime, but every time I watch Ace Sanders here (and I've watched this, like, 40 times, easy), I think about one of those anime scenes where the guy with the dinosaur hair has his arm explode and turn into an even bigger arm that's actually a nuclear bomb and there's all this FLASHING and SQUEALING going on and a factory turns into a robot that knows how to turn its arms into nuclear bombs and the backgrounds are all just PINK SPEED LINES and nothing makes any sense and everyone's SCREAMING. It's like that, but INTENSE.

Photo Of The Week

An immortal leaves yet another hypothetical national championship of somebody else's in his wake.

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Stat Of The Week

A tie:


As always, bold teams are new additions, with the week of each team's title race exit in parentheses.

Air Force (2) FIU (1) New Mexico St. (2) Tulane (1)

Akron (2) Fresno State (2) North Carolina Tulsa (1)

Arkansas (3) Georgia Tech (4) North Texas (1) UAB (1)

Arkansas State (3) Hawai'i (1) Northern Illinois (1) UConn (2)

Army (2) Houston (1) Ohio State UL Lafayette (3)

Auburn (4) Idaho (1) Penn State UL Monroe (3)

Ball State (2) Illinois (4) Pittsburgh (1) UMass (1)

Boise State (4) Indiana (3) Rice (1) UNLV (1)

Boston College (3) Iowa (4) San Diego State (1) Utah (4)

Bowling Green (3) Kansas (3) San Jose State (1) Utah State (2)

Buffalo (1) Kent State (2) SMU (3) UTEP (1)

BYU (3) Kentucky (3) South Alabama (1) UTSA (1)

California (4) Marshall (3) South Florida (3) Vanderbilt (4)

Central Florida (2) Maryland (4) South Florida (4) Virginia (4)

CMU Michigan (2) Memphis (1) Southern Miss (1) Washington St. (4)

Colorado (2) Miami (Ohio) (1) Syracuse (2) WKU (2)

Colorado State (2) MTSU (1) Temple (2) WMU (1)

East Carolina (2) Navy (3) Texas State (2) Wyoming (1)

EMU (2) Nevada (2) Toledo (1)

Florida Atlantic (3) New Mexico (2) Troy (2)

An impressive dozen teams join the commoners this week, headlined by Boise State, two from the SEC, two from the Big Ten and three from the ACC. At this point in the year, the ACC has become one big weight around the necks of its few good teams. If Clemson didn't have South Carolina on the schedule and a potential ACC title game against a decent team, I'd probably drop them to Barely Alive at best even though they were very competitive on the road against an excellent team.

The most exciting entry: Boise State, which is not a great football team, having lost to what's turned out to be a likewise overrated Michigan State and won in hideous fashion against a BYU team that might as well have just punted all night long. The last time we were able to say that was, what, 2005? 2001? And we knew they wouldn't be, yet they were ranked in the top 25 on name brand alone.

Boise State was pretty wildly overrated. Consider it an achievement and the next in a long line of milestones for the Broncos, who'll probably still win their conference and drop 50 points on somebody by the end of the year.

Barely Alive

Arizona Miami N.C. State Wake Forest

Duke Michigan Ohio Wisconsin

Louisiana Tech Missouri Virginia Tech

I don't really know what the point of this part is. Not really very many teams to put here, and I'm being way too nice to Michigan. College football and America's shrinking middle class.

Still Alive

Alabama Kansas State Oklahoma TCU

Arizona State Louisville Oklahoma State Tennessee

Baylor LSU Ole Miss Texas

Cincinnati Michigan State Oregon Texas A&M

Clemson Minnesota Oregon State Texas Tech

Florida Mississippi State Purdue UCLA

Florida State Nebraska Rutgers USC

Georgia Northwestern South Carolina Washington

Iowa State Notre Dame Stanford West Virginia

Four teams left the running this week, with three landing in wink-wink-oh-yeah-they're-still-in-it country after dropping games to very good teams, either taking on second losses as if they were mortgages (Michigan, Missouri) or getting beaten by 49 (Arizona).

Eliminator Games Of Week 5

Week 5 sucks, but the herd will indeed further be thinned. Here are the games guaranteed to knock somebody out of the title race for good:

  • Wisconsin at Nebraska
  • N.C. State at Miami
  • Duke at Wake Forest

And the top five games putting actual contenders in actual jeopardy:

  1. Texas at Oklahoma State
  2. Stanford at Washington
  3. Baylor at West Virginia
  4. Tennessee at Georgia
  5. Oregon vs. Washington State

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