Monday, October 23, 2006

Boston Globe: Survivor: BCS hopefuls

Notre Dame, Tennessee, Texas, Cal remain worthy contestants

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By Mark Blaudschun

Two months from now it very well could be just a footnote in a season of triumph.  On the surface not a whole lot changed Saturday for the handful of teams that have visions of the Bowl Championship Series, including the title game in Glendale, Ariz., Jan. 8. It was another week, another victory, another step forward. But everywhere you looked among those winners, there were sighs of relief and nods of satisfaction that they'd pulled it off. The scariest goblin on Halloween next week won't bother Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis, Tennessee's Phillip Fulmer, Texas's Mack Brown, and California's Jeff Tedford. As in No. 11 Notre Dame, No. 8 Tennessee, No. 5 Texas, and No. 12 California.


California also is lurking in the BCS shadows. The Bears had picked up some support as the best team in the Pac-10 in the last few weeks because of their dominating play, while conference champion USC struggled each week. Saturday it was Cal's turn to survive a scare as it came up with a 31-24 overtime victory over WashingtonCal now can start thinking about its next major challenge, when it faces USC in Los Angeles Nov. 18.

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