CALGARY - Get your gear on for moving day in the NCAA.
Itís arguably the biggest Saturday of the season in the U.S. college football ranks.
The first BCS Poll ó with the rankings that matter ó is slated to rear its ugly head next week, meaning this weekendís tilts give contenders one final chance to prove their standing in the Top 25.
Since timing means everything where the BCS Poll is concerned, no team wants to fall from their perch where they currently sit.
Nor do schools want to suffer a letdown that may lead to a narrow victory and a raised eyebrow or two from voters holding poll power.
Of course, nobodyís on the hot seat more in Week 7 than No. 5 Boise State.
First off, no matter what they accomplish, pollsters loathe to put them in the same stratosphere as the SEC and Big 12 mega-monsters. The reasoning is because the Broncos donít play anyone of significance.
And even when they do, itís called a one-off win of luck.
Secondly, despite dominating teams, which included a first-week 35-21 defeat of highly-ranked Georgia in Atlanta, the 5-0 Broncos have already been dropped from No. 4 in the AP Poll in favour of surging Wisconsin, who climbed three spots two weeks ago with a destruction of highly-ranked Nebraska.
And since Oklahoma State is hot on their heels at No. 6 and playing a ranked team in Texas this week, the Broncos will need more than just a 20- or 30-point win over host Colorado State to hold their high-five spot should OK State pull off the expected victory.
Exactly how many points does Boise State need to put up?
Iím not even sure 60 will do. (See Oklahomaís 63-6 win over Ball State in Week 5, after which they fell from No. 2 to No. 3 because of No. 3 Alabamaís 38-10 victory over No. 12 Florida.)
Speaking of blowouts, No. 3 Oklahomaís impressive 55-17 steamroll of No. 11 Texas last week did nothing to thrust them up the AP Poll. The Sooners, once ranked No. 1 and still undefeated, canít win after winning their last two games by 38 and 60 points ó that after getting punched down to No. 3 after then-No. 3
Alabama beat a ranked, and over-hyped, Florida squad. I guess the AP pollsters didnít get my OK vote this week Ö Point-shaving was rumoured to be the reason South Carolina cut ties Tuesday with troubled but talented QB Stephen Garcia, but itís all about his inability to stay away from alcohol and drugs, say reports Ö The Big 12 is calling on TCU to take the spot vacated by Texas A&M, and it sounds as if the Horned Frogs will jump on it instead of living up to a previous agreement to head for the Big East. Really, itís a no-brainer for the Texas-based school Ö Auburn, which was alleged to be paying Heisman winner Cam Newton, has been cleared by the NCAA of any wrongdoings.
FOURTH & GOAL
Even though the Ducks need it, donít expect a blowout by Oregon and the Quack Attack over No. 25
Arizona State, since star running back LaMichael James is on the shelf with a dislocated elbow Ö Other games in which dominance will be tough in a bid to impress BCS voters include: No. 7 Stanford vs. Washington State; No. 8 Clemson vs. Maryland; No. 11 Michigan vs. No. 23 Michigan State;
No. 12 Georgia Tech vs. Virginia; No. 15 South Carolina vs. Mississippi State; No. 17 Kansas State vs. Texas Tech; and No. 19 Virginia Tech vs. Wake Forest. Funny enough, all those higher-ranked clubs are visitors Ö Howís this for dominance? Yours truly went 3-for-3 on Best Bets in Week 6 but dropped the Game to Watch to finish 3-1 for 16-8 on the season.