Did ESPN insert "Touchdown LSU!" into this promo for Saturday's Ohio State-Michigan State game? Listen closely at the nine-second mark. Perhaps it's MSU, but seldom if ever is Michigan State called that.
Time, it appears, is on the Southeastern Conference's side. In fact, it's not even close.
Scott Bryant of Awful Announcing took a detailed look at the airtime devoted to conferences during the past two broadcasts of ESPN's "GameDay." The results from the three-hour telecasts are stunning.
The above chart shows that during the Oct. 25 telecast from Baton Rouge — site of the Mississippi-Louisiana State game — ESPN devoted over 62 minutes of airtime to the SEC. That's more than the rest of the conferences combined. The SEC received nearly four times more airtime than the runnerup Big Ten.
Oregon was a bit of an afterthought in the first playoff rankings, pushed aside by SEC bias, but gamblers know best, don't they? The Ducks are now favored to win the playoff, according to odds posted by Bovada.
On top of that, Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota remains the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy.
Matt Youmans, Las Vegas Review-Journal: It's way to early for the selection committee to release rankings, according to one sportsbook director. Another handicapper says the committee was influenced by "SEC West overhype." Oh, you want picks? Try Navy and the points against Notre Dame and Arkansas and the points against Mississippi State.
Reno Gazette-Journal: It was a rough week for the handicappers, but tough times don't last forever and tough people do. The selections for Saturday: North Carolina, Oregon and Arizona.
Double D, Boston Herald: Baylor is on the outside look in on the playoff. The Bears have to put their foot on the pedal if they have any hope of reaching the promised land. There's no better chance to roll a big number than Saturday. Kansas is the opponent and Baylor is a 35.5-point favorite. Lay the points.
Howie Kussoy, New York Post: It has been nice, Mississippi, and now your memorable season is about to melt away. Royalty is taking over. Auburn is coming to town and the Tigers are going to end any hopes the Rebels had of competing for the national championship.
Mike Hlas, Cedar Rapids Gazette: How confident is Hlastradamus entering this week? The seer is giving you eight games instead of the normal five. This is Oregon's time, and with Stanford on the decline and coming to Eugene, it's time to load up on the Ducks.
Bruce Feldman and Stewart Mandel, Fox Sports: This week's upset specials are Maryland over Penn State and Tennessee over South Carolina.
Jon Wilner, College Hotline: Saturday will help bring clarity to the Pacific 12, with Stanford at Oregon and Utah at Arizona State. The Cardinal and Utes get the call.
Tom Fornelli, CBS Sports: The Confidence Pool. Locks of the week are Duke, Georgia Southern and Purdue.