Season Three Home Stretch

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  1. Brogowicz

    Brogowicz Walk On

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    We're heading into the end of season three (and at a record pace), so it's time to take a look at where we are and what each team has on the line for these last few games.

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    Bama has struggled this season at 8-3 with losses to Oregon, Arkansas and A&M. Those losses may have put them out of contention for the SEC (Miss St has a one-game lead with two games left), but not out of the top ten. At #9, Bama has rival Auburn, a possible trip to the SEC title game and a likely BCS game ahead.

    H2H: 1-1 (Auburn week 14)
    Progression: Bama would need to lose two of their last two or three to put their elite status in jeopardy.

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    Auburn has continued their up and down ways with big wins over A&M, LSU and Arkansas, big losses to Ohio State and Miss State and a failure to appear loss versus South Carolina. Auburn continued to show that they should not be overlooked when they beat then-ranked #3 Georgia. Auburn still has a very small chance to get to the SEC final, but will likely be playing in the Outback or Capital One bowl this year.

    H2H: 1-0 (@Alabama week 14)
    Progression: The win over UGA has put Auburn back within striking distance of the top 15, which would earn them back their 5th star, but they'll need to win out to get there.

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    Florida has surged back in season three with coach Bits back in full-time action. They seemed to be heading back into the title discussion before the a devastating 1st half against UGA derailed their cause. Florida is out of the SEC race, but travels to South Bend in week 13 could earn an at-large BCS bid with a win over the #4 Irish and a win over rival FSU in week 14.

    H2H: 1-1 (Notre Dame week 13)
    Progression: At #6, Florida is in a great spot to get back to 5 stars. They would need to lose 2 of their final three to put that in jeopardy.

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    After an early loss to Louisville (really?), UGA surged back into the race, climbing as high as #3 before shitting the bed against Auburn. At #10 and heading to the SEC title game, UGA is well-positioned to control their own destiny in their efforts to climb to a top-5 finish.

    H2H: 2-1
    Progression: Winning out should be enough to get UGA their 6th star and a seat at the big-boy table.

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    Miami has had another rough year. After getting beat up by 'Bama in week 1, Miami dropped heart-breakers to USC and Florida to start the year at a frustrating 0-3. They bounced back winning their next 6 before dropping a rough one to UVA. Remarkably (at 6-4) they are still in a position to win the ACC and earn a shot to play in a BCS game.

    H2H: 0-3
    Progression: Miami is out of reach for a top 5 finish, but a BCS win or a top-25 finish should protect their 5th star.

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    After losing to UGA in week 3, Michigan shocked the nation with a 52-16 blowout win over #4 Notre Dame. Consecutive losses to Nebraska and Michigan State derailed the maize and blue. Michigan got back on track with an impressive road win over Wisconsin, but slipped again in week 13 to Iowa. At 7-4 heading into a big week 14 matchup in Columbus, the Wolverines could go either way.

    H2H: 1-2
    Progression: UM will likely slip to 25, but still has a shot to get into the top 15 with a win over the Bucks and another win in their bowl game.

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    The Spartans surprised themselves and the nation with a controversial win over LSU, a thrilling win over immortal Oregon and a shocking win over rival Notre Dame. MSU had little resistance in the middle of the schedule before nearly falling to #25 Nebraska in double-OT in week 13. MSU is poised for another trip to Indy where they should face Wisconsin for a shot to win the B10 and a trip to the national championship game.

    H2H: 3-0
    Progression: MSU would need to lose out to jeopardize their elite positioning.

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    Notre Dame is 8-2 and gearing up for a big battle with #6 Florida and rival USC in week 14. The Irish struggled with their rivals from Michigan this year, but find themselves right in the thick of things heading towards the finish line thanks to quality wins over Louisville, A&M and Stanford.

    H2H: 1-2 (Florida week 13, USC week 14)
    Progression: Notre Dame would have to lose their final three to jeopardize their elite status.

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    Oregon continues to find ways - mainly beating top-rated teams - to stay in the title discussion despite dropping a couple games. Early losses to FSU and MSU left the Ducks 1-2, but blowout wins over Alabama, Utah, Stanford, Washington ... well ... just about everyone else has the Ducks back up to #2 and poised for another title run where they will likely get a rematch against Michigan State.

    H2H: 3-1
    Progression: Russ doesn't lose two in a row, so let's just say Oregon's going to stay an elite school. Period.

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    Stanford climbed as high as #2 before dropping three in a row in the middle of their schedule. Early wins over Washington and USC were overshadowed by losses to Oregon and Notre Dame, leaving Stanford at#19 and fighting to retain their elite status.

    H2H: 2-2
    Progression: Stanford has a great shot to win out and finish in the top 15, but any losses could drop them back to a 5.

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    Southern Cal continues to struggle with the CPU and consecutive losses to Arizona and UCLA has USC sitting at 6-5 with just Notre Dame left to play. Despite the early wins over Arkansas and Miami, USC has struggled in conference with a 4-5 record.

    H2H: 1-1
    Progression: USC is probably losing another star thanks to the late skid.

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    Washington has been surviving without their coach, but struggling with continued technical difficulties. Despite the issues, the Huskies are in decent position at 7-3 and ranked #16. If they can win out, they could improve their program standing.

    H2H: 0-0
    Progression: A strong finish should earn Washington their 5th star.
     
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  2. GSUtiger

    GSUtiger GEAUX TIGERS!!

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    Great stuff Mark..I gotta do better in conference folded 2years in a row
     
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  3. Brogowicz

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    Those were tough losses Mike. Need to get you a running game and a little more consistency on D.
     

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