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   by Larry Ness - 11/26/2004

Call me a cynic but while everyone
LAUDS the Clemson and South Carolina programs for pulling out of the school's respective bowl games, riddle
me this....Clemson was headed to Boise for the MPC Computers Bowl while South Carolina was off to the Independence Bowl. What if one of those schools was
slated for a BCS Bowl and a $14 million payout? Do you think the schools would have been so MAGNANIMOUS?...

Pittsburgh's win over West Va yesterday is NOT want the BCS wanted, as now there is a chance the
Panthers could claim the Big East's guaranteed slot by winning the Big East. Pitt would need Boston College to lose on Saturday for Pitt to be in the running. Just what the BCS needs as one of its EIGHT teams. A team that's lost to Nebraska, U Conn and Syracuse. Pitt also owns less than impressive wins over 1-AA Furman (41-38) and 2-9 Temple....

Cal fans begin holding their collective breaths on Friday, as A&M visits Austin to play Texas. Cal isn't sure what's best for its BCS chances, a Texas win or a loss? I think it's a Texas one-point win!...

The Big-12 North picture could get clearer (does anyone care?) on Friday if Nebraska beats Colorado. That would
give Iowa State the chance to meet Oklahoma on December 4 in Arrowhead, regardless of the outcome of its game
on Saturday with Missouri. If Colorado loses and Iowa St loses, a 6-5 Iowa State will test Oklahoma in the Big-12
title game!...

STREAKERS....Boise State plays at Nevada (Sat) looking to extend its nation-best 21-game winning streak. While most know Boise also owns the nation's longest current home winning streak also (25 straight), what's rarely mentioned is that the team's nine straight road wins is also a nation-best! Actually Boise is tied with Utah, which has also won nine straight road games....

USC has been ranked No. 1 in every poll this year and puts its 19-game winning streak (second to Boise) on the line vs Notre Dame on Saturday in the Coliseum. USC also owns a 20-game home winning streak (again second to Boise!). The last time the Trojans lost at home was on September 29,
2001. Stanford beat USC that day 21-16! Its coach was Ty Willingham!...

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