Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News
This week brings us plenty of college football debate fodder.
If Auburn's Cam Newton did take a payoff to sign out of junior college last year, what will the BCS quake register on the Richter scale?
The NCAA notified Auburn on Friday that the Tigers' football team might have an eligibility issue with Newton. Does Auburn play Newton today against Georgia, or hold him out?
How complicit is Missippippi State coach and former Utah and Florida assistant Dan Mullen in airing Newton's issues, which MSU reported to the NCAA back in January? And was he noble or sneaky in doing so?
Is the Southeastern Conference, the most sanctioned and investigated conference in the NCAA, back to business as usual?
Really, will pollsters and the computers really give TCU a chance to climb to No. 2 if the Frogs remain undefeated?
If BCS automatic qualifier conference the Big East sends an unranked, four-loss team to the Fiesta Bowl and Boise State is left out of BCS bowl consideration, how big a problem does the BCS have with the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission?
If Boise State ends the season undefeated with a 25-game winning streak, and doesn't get a chance to play for the national championship, is it a small, trivial issue outside the non-AQ world or a serious credibility problem for the BCS with college football nation?
Did Jordan Wynn take a step backwards against TCU, or was it just a great Frog Day in the blowout loss in which he struggled and got booed?
This week's predictions:
UTAH 34, NOTRE DAME 17: The Utes might be in the storied shrine of football at South Bend, but they'll be playing a struggling Irish team breaking in a new quarterback. Look for Utah to rebound in a big way today.
TCU 38, SAN DIEGO STATE 10: The Horned Frogs are sniffing BCS and the Aztecs are due to become the latest victim in a march to a possible showdown for the pollsters in determining a national champion.
AIR FORCE 42, NEW MEXICO 7: The Lobos might have climbed into the winner's circle last week with Wyoming, but the Falcons will ground them good today.
WYOMING 21, UNLV 14: Which team has the bigger issues? I'll go with UNLV. The Rebels appear to play like a team beaten down to the ground with little to fight for and too much youth to figure it out. The Cowboys will miss their leading tackler, however.
UTAH STATE 21, SAN JOSE STATE 10: A recent surge in offensive activity should catapult the Aggies to a victory over the Spartans.
BYU 21, COLORADO STATE 17: This will be a tough road game, and a key will be how the Cougars play at the start. With the Rams out of postseason play and the Cougars fighting for a bowl bid, look for Bronco Mendenhall's defense to set the tone.
Last week's record: 4-2; overall season record: 54-10 (.843).
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