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Lane Kiffin of USC finds more controversy, by the numbers

The back end of USC's schedule will answer all the questions; Oregon, Notre Dame, maybe Oregon again, or Oregon State. Read it and … weep?

Q: After all you have written about the travesty of coaches picking Osborne, you had to break out the shared national title reference?

Brad Miller

A: Sometimes Rankman gets cranky and wakes up on the wrong side of the century. I apologize to Michigan for my snarky comment about the Wolverines having 900 wins but only a share of the national title since 1948. Ohio State made me do it. You are right to recall (darn you!) it was I who railed against Nebraska getting a share of the 1997 title. Michigan was No.1 in both polls and won the Rose Bowl, yet the sentimental-sappy coaches gave their title share to retiring Nebraska Coach Tom Osborne.

I also left Michigan out of this week's BCS standings when it was actually No. 22. If it helps, I was in favor of the government's bailout of the auto industry.

Q: So how about Ducks-Wildcats for the BCS title?

David Cohen

West Linn, Ore.

A: I like Oregon's chances this year but, sorry, I just don't see any hope for Arizona, Northwestern, Kentucky, New Hampshire, Villanova or Weber State.

Q: Oregon playing Tennessee Tech could be explained by Kansas State changing its schedule, but what justifies Arkansas State appearing on the Ducks' schedule?

Gerry Swider

A: I don't know, let's ask Mississippi State, which booked Jackson State, Troy, South Alabama and Middle Tennessee to help the Bulldogs get to 7-0. Oh, and Mississippi State's three SEC wins were against bottom feeders Auburn, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Or, let's ask Florida, which plays Georgia this weekend but then gets Louisiana Lafayette and Jackson State. Florida opened the season against Bowling Green.

Arkansas State is actually a decent mid-major currently in second place in the Sun Belt Conference.

Q: You are by far the best sports writer BARR-NONE. After reading your articles today, I was wondering if you think Oregon will play their remaining games with a "Chip on their shoulder?"

Bob Martin

A: Very funny. I would only add that Oregon is playing Colorado this week, so "Chip" is actually playing with a "Boulder" on his shoulder.

Q: When I share your rankings with someone I use at a certain Vegas sports book as I lay down bets each week, we both end up laughing and wondering why and who you are. Don't worry, I do not get attached to your standings but chuckle at your attempt with humor in your rankings.

Lou Soto

A: Wondering why and who I am may help you at blackjack and poker, but my weekly rankings are for recreational use only and should never be used to lay down bets … or carpet.

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