1. Pop quiz! How closely have you been paying attention to college football? Let’s see. Answers at the bottom.
1. Oregon’s 56.8 points per game average is second in the country. Which team is first?
A) Baylor, B) Ohio State, C) Texas A&M, D) Oregon State
2. This week, the SEC set a record for most teams in the AP poll. How many were ranked?
A) 6, B) 7, C) 8, D) 9
3. Only one conference has three unbeaten teams. Which league is it?
A) ACC, B) Pac-12, C) Big Ten, D) American Athletic
4. South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney entered the season as a Heisman hopeful and possible future No. 1 draft pick. How many sacks does the junior have this year?
A) 2, B) 4, C) 8, D) 12
5. Which team has the longest winning streak in the nation at 18 games?
A) Alabama, B) Oregon, C) Ohio State, D) Louisville
6. One thing in common with Maryland, Virginia and Virginia Tech: They can each rush the passer. Which one leads the country with 27 sacks?
A) Maryland, B) Virginia, C) Virginia Tech
7. Which Top 25 played four of its first six games against a ranked opponent?
A) Texas A&M, B) Georgia, C) Oklahoma, D) Wisconsin
8. Which top-five team isn’t scheduled to face a current top-15 team all season?
A) Alabama, B) Oregon, C) Clemson, D Ohio State
• The committee: The world in 1959 was introduced to the famed Mercury 7 astronauts, who led America’s epic race to the moon.
They had “The Right Stuff.”
The world on Wednesday was introduced to an inaugural 13 members of the College Football Playoff selection committee, charged to lead America’s epic race out of BCS orbit.
If they don’t get it “right,” they may get “stuffed.”
This group should in no way be confused with our space heroes of yesteryear even though the committee does include Mike Gould, a lieutenant general from the Air Force.
We’ll soon see, though, if getting to the moon was easier.
The panel, starting next year, has the arduous task of picking the top four teams in college football.
“There will be people upset,” playoff chairman Jeff Long guaranteed on an introductory conference call.
Honestly, how bad could they be? In 2003, the system was so wacky that, in 2003, it left No. 1 USC out of the title game.
1. A; 2. C; 3. A; 4. A; 5. C; 6. C; 7. B; 8. D
If you answered each correctly, submit your resume to USC.
Tracking the Top 25
Saturday’s games ... comments where deserving
No. 1 Alabama (6-0) vs. Arkansas (3-4), 7 p.m.
Tide staying on top with a schedule that still includes Arkansas and a train stop (Chattanooga).
No. 2 Oregon (6-0) vs. Washington State (4-3), 10 p.m.
The Ducks continue to look really, really good, but pink helmets? They’re playing really, really well, also.
No. 3 Clemson (6-0) vs. No. 5 Florida State (5-0), 8 p.m.
L.A. Times joked this is “biggest game in ACC history until Duke plays at Wake Forest on Nov. 23.”
No. 4 Ohio State (6-0) vs. Iowa (4-2), 3:30 p.m.
Playoff committee member Condoleezza Rice made a point of saying she values strength of schedule. Was Urban listening?
No. 6 LSU (6-1) at Mississippi (3-3), 7 p.m.
LSU still has to face Alabama and Johnny Football.
No. 7 Texas A&M (5-1) vs. No. 24 Auburn (5-1), 3:30 p.m.
Cam Newton likes Johnny Manziel, but not that much. Asked who would win, he told reporters: “War Eagle.”
No. 9 UCLA (5-0) at No. 13 Stanford (5-1), 3:30 p.m.
Bruins opened the season ranked No. 21. Among current Top 10 teams, only Miami, unranked in preseason poll, has climbed farther.
No. 11 South Carolina (5-1) at Tennessee (3-3), Noon
You can’t spell Music City Bowl without UT. (Or USC.)
No. 12 Baylor (5-0) vs. Iowa State (1-4), 7 p.m.
Baylor, like Ohio State, might not face Top 15 team until bowl.
No. 14 Missouri (6-0) vs. No. 22 Florida (4-2), 12:21 p.m.
Credit Tigers’ schedule maker. Banged up Georgia last week, banged up Florida this week.
No. 15 Georgia (4-2) at Vanderbilt (3-3), Noon
N.C. prep studs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall (Millbrook) ran for more than 2,000 yards last season. Marshall is out for the year, and the Dawgs aren’t sure when Gurley will return.
No. 16 Texas Tech (6-0) at West Virginia (3-3), Noon
How happy are Big 12 teams that Texas is down and they don’t have to deal with A&M or Missouri?
No. 17 Fresno State (5-0) vs. UNLV (4-2), 10 p.m.
No. 18 Oklahoma (5-1) at Kansas (2-3), 3:30 p.m.
Mack Brown ended Sooners’ championship hopes. OUch.
No. 20 Washington (4-2) at Arizona State (4-2), 6 p.m.
No. 21 Oklahoma State (4-1) vs. TCU (3-3), Noon
No. 23 Northern Illinois (6-0) at Central Michigan (3-4), 3 p.m.
Dave Doeren’s ex has looked more impressive against MAC teams than some Big Ten teams have.
No. 25 Wisconsin (4-2) at Illinois (3-2), 8 p.m.
Badgers sneak into Top 25 because having 9 SEC teams would just be overkill.
Numbers to know
32, 4 Combined touchdown passes, interceptions thrown by FSU’s Jameis Winston (17, 2) and Clemson’s Tajh Boyd (15, 2).
“He doesn’t look like any redshirt freshman I’ve ever seen.”
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney on FSU QB Jameis Winston
Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and Associated Press contributed to this report
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