A Confession

As I’ve said before, it’s a bit of a chore to put out the SuperPower Rankings each week. Therefore, I have made an important decision:

I will not put them out this week.

There’s even less impetus this week than there normally is, I’ve delayed it to Friday already, and there’s a bunch of stuff I’ve been meaning to do over the vacation that I haven’t done, which the SuperPower Rankings would only delay.

But if you want to put together some ratings yourself, look at the following URLs:

I still like the idea behind the SuperPower Rankings, but I’m not enjoying it as much as I thought I might. Let’s move onward into the NFL Playoffs and whatever else we look at on Da Blog from here on out.

The 2008 Golden Bowl – Setup

Once again, I had one easy selection and one in which I had to make the tiebreaker:

#5 LSU v. #11 USC
Once again, what home field gave to Georgia in the Capital One Bowl, it took away in the Rose Bowl. A ten-point win for USC gives the Men of Troy a game… has it really been five years in the making? Yes, it’s exactly the same national championship game we thought we’d get at the start of the season, but how we got here is another matter entirely.

Simply put, this is a battle between the solid LSU offense, keyed by a strong running attack… and one of the toughest defenses in the country.

But LSU is no slouch of a defense. In total yards allowed, it’s third and USC is second. If the old adage – “defense wins championships” – is true, this game will certainly prove it. And perhaps the only reason LSU trails USC is because LSU had to come out of the SEC… not to mention its high-powered offense… and the game, like the real national championship game, is in New Orleans…

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