...Southern Cal lost at home to Stanford, a team that was a 40-point underdog. It's obvious, the Trojans are still a very good team, however, they may lose their position on top of the Pac 10 for the first time in 5 years. But, let's go ahead and assume the Trojans win out.Would they have a chance to play for the national championship?
The above table lists all the one-loss national champions of the past 20 years. Things don't look too good for the Trojans. Every other one-loss team, save LSU , at least had the courtesy to lose on the road. Also with the exception of Southern Cal in 2003, every team lost to a team that finished the season ranked. I'll go out on a limb and predict Stanford will not finish the season ranked. Stanford will probably also finish with a losing record. They are 2-3 thus far and have been outscored by 52 points. I'd say the chances of Southern Cal appearing in the BCS title game are pretty slim.
...Mark Mangino and Brian Kelly led their teams to program defining wins, on the road no less, over the weekend. Mangino, in his 6th season, has turned Kansas into a Big 12 player gradually, but his teams have been competitive since finishing 2-10 in his first season. Taking a que from another in-state rebuilding project from a decade and a half ago, Mangino has loaded the front end of the Jayhawks schedule with cupcakes to build confidence and help guarantee bowl bids. The Jayhawks have never won more than 3 Big 12 games since joining the conference in 1996. They will certainly get at least 4 this year. Meanwhile, in Cincinnati, the Brian Kelly already had a solid foundation laid for him (he should send a thank you to Rick Minter and Mark Dantonio ), but it appears he has taken the program to the next level. Every game from here on out is big, but mark your calendars for the first weekend in November when Cincy travels to South Florida.
...Congrats to Turner Gill and the Buffalo Bulls. Gill and his Bulls crushed last year's MAC East winner, Ohio, 31-10 to move their record to 2-3 (2-1 in MAC play). With three more home games, the Bulls have a chance to double last year's win total (2).