BCS top ten (11/3)
- Florida State
- Ohio State
Last week saw five of the BCS top ten enjoying a bye. Alabama, Oregon, Stanford, Baylor, and Oklahoma all used the week to rest up and prepare for HUGE conference games this week, with even bigger national title implications. Alabama will host SEC west foe LSU Saturday night, while Thursday will be filled with fireworks, as Stanford hosts Oregon, and Oklahoma travels to Waco to face Baylor. Before we look ahead to next week, let’s first discuss Saturday’s college football happenings.
Saturday’s marquee match-up pitted two of college football’s biggest rivals against one another, as the #7 ranked Hurricanes of Miami traveled to Tallahassee to face the #3 ranked Florida State Seminoles. The spread was -27 in favor of the Noles, by far the biggest of any top ten match-up, and while it looked in jeopardy for a half, the Noles went on to cover with ease winning 41-14. Jameis Winston looked like a freshman, for once, in Saturday’s first half, tossing two interceptions, resulting in two Miami touchdowns, having them only down 7 at halftime. The second half for “Jaboo” went a lot differently, as he executed with precision, and let his workhorses in the backfield carry the Noles to victory. Junior running back, and Miami native, Devonta Freeman was unconscious Saturday night, with nearly two hundred yards of total offense and three TD’s. The FSU defense also stifled the Miami duo of QB Stephan Morris and RB Duke Johnson (get well soon!) in the 2nd half, not allowing a single point. Florida State proved that even when their freshman sensation QB is off his game, they are still an elite team, and that’s downright scary. While Miami proved what I’ve been telling you all year, they are not in any way, shape, or form, a national contender. The win vaulted the Noles to the #2 in this weeks BCS rankings, but that can and will change with an Oregon win over Stanford Thursday. FSU must just continue to win, and hope for an Alabama or Oregon loss down the stretch if they want to reach Pasadena.
- The Ohio State Buckeyes dominated yet again, against the cellar dwellers of the Big Ten, Purdue, by a score of 56-0. OSU has looked very sharp these last few weeks, and is acquiring a ton of style points, style points that will do them no help, since their only chance to get to Pasadena is for two of the three teams ahead of them to lose. Well, stranger things HAVE happen.
- Clemson has seemed to finally recover from their drubbing at the hands of Florida State three weeks ago, as they dominated Virginia on the road, 59-10. The last team between the Tigers and a BCS at large birth are their in state rivals South Carolina, who seem to always have their number.
- Texas Tech has now gone from a BCS hopeful, to all but out of the Big 12 championship race after a devastating home loss to Oklahoma State. The game wasn’t even as close as it’s 52-34 score, at least Kliff Kingsbury still has his looks.
- Don’t looks now, but the Auburn Tigers might just be on to something. Running back Tre Mason found the endzone FOUR times, leading the Tigers to a 35-17 win on the road at Arkansas. The season finale between Auburn and arch rival Alabama continues to get more, and more interesting, and could decide who will go to Atlanta to represent the west in the SEC championship game.
- Missouri and South Carolina both took care of business Saturday, cruising to easy victories over conference opponents. While they lost to the Gamecocks last week, the Tigers of Mizzou still control their own destiny in the SEC east. The Gamecocks may hold the tiebreaker, but that only comes into play in Missouri drops another game. Still A LOT of football left to play.
- A round of applause for Johnny Football. My god, this kid is fun to watch!
Can it happen two years in a row??? Oregon travels to Palo Alto Thursday, for what will be their biggest test of the season, against the Stanford Cardinal. While I don’t think this Stanford team is a championship caliber team, I think they can be the squad to knock off the mighty Ducks. They are a big, physical, and extremely well coached team, a few of the necessary ingredients if they want to pull off this major upset. I’m certainly not calling the upset, as my better judgment tells me the Ducks will find a way to pull this one out, on the shoulders of their Heisman candidate quarterback Marcus Mariota, but my Garnet and Gold heart is forcing me to put the Ducks on upset alert Thursday night.
Also on Thursday, we get a Big 12 style shootout in Waco. As the Sooners come to town, looking to slow down the Baylor aerial attack. Both teams come off of a bye, and should be healthy and focused for the match-up that will go a long way towards deciding the Big 12. The Baylor Bears come in as the favorites, while not having a signature win on the season. The Sooners are a big, tough team, who are really starting to come into their own. Expect Oklahoma to assert themselves on the ground, taking the air out of the ball for themselves, and Baylor. If the Bears though can get out to a fast start, the scoreboard may get lit up, all night long.
LSU vs Alabama. In recent years it has not gotten any better than this SEC west rivalry. For as long as we can remember, the winner of this game often goes on to win the entire SEC and well, the national championship. This LSU team comes in with a very balanced attack, highlighted by two of the nation’s best wide receivers. The defense though, has been a bit suspect this year, especially in the secondary. With all that said, it just doesn’t matter, the Tigers are running into a buzzsaw this weekend in Tuscaloosa. This Crimson Tide squad is clicking on all cylinders right now, and there may not be a team in the country that can beat them right now….well, maybe there’s one.