1) A team from a non-BCS automatic qualifier conference cannot lose a game. A BCS conference team, or Notre Dame, can only lose one game and only to a BCS conference opponent or Notre Dame and still stay on the Shortlist.
2) Teams with losses will be ranked relative to the circumstances surrounding their losses. A loss on the road by one point is more forgivable than a loss at home by 10 for example.
Iowa State, Washington State, Boise State, Nevada, San Diego State, Wyoming, Colorado State, Hawaii, UNLV, Southern Miss, Marshall, UAB, SMU, UTEP, Rice, Tulane, Navy, Western Michigan, Northern Illinois, Toledo, Eastern Michigan, Ohio, Miami (Oh), Bowling Green, Buffalo, Akron,
Massachusetts, Louisiana Tech, San Jose State, Texas State, UTSA, FIU, Arkansas State, and North Texas.
Included amongst the expected eliminations in week one? Only the most successful program of recent college football history in Boise State. The most difficult Shortlist elimination game for me to choose between the competitors in week one? Saying goodbye to Larry Coker's UTSA Roadrunners as they visit some team named the South Alabama Jaguars in Mobile in the return bout of their double overtime thriller from last season, where Larry added to his still stellar career winning percentage with a 25 yard run for a touchdown by his team to answer the Jaguars' field goal. If those two facts don't help convince you that there's still plenty of intrigue left in the current model of championship crowning in this game, there's not much else I can say to change your mind on that account.
Enjoy the games this week and join me back here next week as the Shortlist sorts out the preseason hype from the regular season reality here on the Shortlist to South Beach.
Copyright 2012 by Christopher Whelpton for Canespace.com