A few observations on college football as it heads into the second half of the season ...

BYU is obviously the team to beat in the Mountain West Conference as the only unbeaten team after Wyoming and San Diego State lost Saturday. The way the race is stacking up, the Cougars could probably even afford to drop a game to TCU or Utah and still secure the Las Vegas Bowl berth for the second straight year.

However, that late November game in Laramie is one to be wary of ...

Thursday night's game between Utah and TCU in Fort Worth is a big game for both teams that could have far-reaching implications.

Both are 4-3 overall and 1-2 in conference play. The winner stays alive, albeit barely in the MWC race, and gets the inside track for one of the MWC's bowl berths, while the loser will have little to play for ...

No wonder Boise State wants to get out of the WAC. Have you seen their schedule this year? The Broncos have played the past two Sundays when everyone is watching the NFL and also have two Thursday games and two Friday games. That's half their schedule on days other than the traditional Saturday ...

Can you say South Florida and Hawaii for the national title?

The way things are going, they could be the only two unbeaten teams by the end of the season, although starting off at No. 18 in the BCS standings, makes Hawaii's hopes impossible ...

Five more unbeaten teams lost Saturday, leaving just six unbeatens in Ohio State, Arizona State, Boston College and Kansas, in addition to the aforementioned South Florida and Hawaii. There's no way Arizona State and Kansas, which have enjoyed fairly weak schedules thus far, will go unbeaten the rest of way and Ohio State and Boston College both face challenging Big Ten and ACC schedules ...

That brings us back to South Florida and Hawaii, which also aren't likely to stay unblemished. But if one of them ends up in a BCS title game, perhaps the system for deciding a national champion might be changed. Then again, probably not ...

Virginia could be one of the only unbeaten teams except for an opening week 23-3 loss to Wyoming. That's one of the Mountain West's big wins for the year, but Cavaliers may not be that great, however, with a light schedule so far. Let's see how they do in upcoming games against Maryland, Wake Forest, Miami and Virginia Tech ...

Notre Dame is not going to a bowl game this year. But wait. The 1-6 Irish play their next four games at home against beatable teams and finish at Stanford. As poor as USC is playing right now, the Irish may actually have a chance to knock them off, then play Navy, Air Force and Duke all teams that are beatable. But the Irish are so bad this year, look for them to finish at 3-9 or 4-8. And if it was allowed, some bowl would still take them ...

It's been a tough year for Utah State, Weber State and Southern Utah, which stand a combined 2-16 right now. But there's light on the horizon. Each school has winnable games coming up, so I'm calling my shot right now. The Weebs will win three more to finish at 5-6, Utah State will win at least two and beat last year's mark with a 2-10 record and the T-Birds will also eke out a couple of wins and finish 2-9 ...

And finally, how about the comeback Michigan has made after its embarrassing start with the loss to Appalachian State and the huge home defeat to Oregon? The Wolverines destroyed a ranked Purdue team last week and actually cracked the initial BCS Standings at No. 25.

If the Wolverines win out, they could very well find themselves in a BCS bowl game, after all.


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