BCS top ten (11/11/2013)
- Florida State
- Ohio State
- South Carolina
Last week I posed the question, can they do it again? “They” being the Stanford Cardinal, with “it” being a second straight victory over the Oregon Ducks. The answer was an emphatic, yes. The Cardinal flat out dominated the high flying Ducks for three plus quarters, and if it wasn’t for a comedy of errors late, they would’ve blown the Ducks out. While I did not pick Stanford to win this one, I did say they matched up perfectly against the Ducks, and had more than a legitimate shot to pull off the upset. Stanford asserted their will in the trenches on both sides of the ball, and kept (former) Heisman frontrunner Marcus Mariota in check all night. The Ducks are now all but eliminated from title contention, and now must hope for a Stanford loss in order to play for the Pac 12 title. Winning out will assure them an at large bid. The Cardinal find themselves ahead of the Ducks in the BCS standings, and in the Pac 12 north. Continue to win and they’ll find themselves in Pasadena…for the Rose Bowl.
Thursday night’s “other” top ten match up, just was not that entertaining, unless you’re a Baylor fan. #10 Oklahoma traveled to Waco to face the #6 ranked Baylor Bears in a contest that was over, well, before the main event out west even kicked off. Baylor was up 24-5 at halftime, and cruised to an easy 41-12 victory. Baylor now jumps into the BCS top 5, at #5. They still has match ups with Texas and Okie St left on their schedule and can bolster their resume en route to wining the Big 12 title. Many people feel that Baylor should at least be at #4 ahead of Stanford, or even ahead of the Buckeyes at #3. I can surely understand where those folks are coming from being that OSU hasn’t beat a damn soul, and Stanford lost to Utah. Baylor just needs to keep winning and their resume just may vault them to #3.
Saturday’s main event saw the #13 LSU Tigers travel to Tuscaloosa to face #1 ranked Alabama. This game rarely disappoints and Saturday was no different. Both teams came out throwing hay-maker, after hay-maker, in what can always be counted on as one of the season’s most physical contests. After securing only a three point halftime lead, Aj McCarron executed flawlessly in the 2nd half leading his team to a 38-17 victory. While the Tide won by 21, the game seemed to be a lot closer than that. Ironically enough, Bama showed some vulnerability on their way to obtaining a resume bolstering victory. The Tide defense was ran through and over early in the game, while the LSU wideouts had their way with the Alabama secondary all night. Bama remains at #1, and rightfully so, but Saturday’s contest may have gave teams some insight on how to attack the Tide.
- The Florida State Seminoles were the big winners this weekend as they not only dismantled Wake Forest 59-3, but vaulted up to #2 in the BCS rankings with Oregon’s defeat. For once Jameis Winston was overshadowed on Saturday, but not by the opposition. The FSU defense stole the show in Winston Salem forcing SEVEN turnovers, including SIX interceptions, two of which were returned for TD’s. With the Noles defense now playing on par with the offense, it’s easy to argue that FSU is the most complete team in the country.
- The Auburn Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide are now officially on a crash course. The newly minted #7 Tigers are playing some of the best football in the country right now. They will welcome in Alabama in three weeks for the “iron bowl”, with the winner heading to the SEC Championship Game. Alabama seems to have only one thing in front of them and Pasadena, and that’s their in state, arch rival.
- The team most likely to meet Alabama or Auburn in Atlanta, is the Missouri Tigers. Maty Mauk continues to impress, with major help from his stellar wide receiver corp, notably sophomore Dorial Green-Beckham, who hauled in 4 TD’s in four jaw dropping ways Saturday. Only the season finale against Johnny Hancock and A&M stands between Mizzou and the SEC title game.
- Speaking of Johnny Heisman, don’t expect that moniker to be renewed for another year. While I do understand that statistically Manziel is having a better season this year, the Heisman voters will do everything they can to NOT award him with the trophy for a second consecutive year. Not to mention, it’s Jameis Winston’s Heisman to lose at this point. The odds makers have Winston as a virtual lock. With upcoming games against Syracuse, and Idaho, and a rivalry game against Florida, Winston will have ample opportunities to pad those stats, and make another statement to the Heisman voters.
Gameday will be in LA this Saturday, for Stanford and SC. While the Trojans have looked mighty impressive since sending Lane Kiffin out to pasture, I can’t see them beating a bigger, and better Cardinal team. Georgia travels to Auburn in a very intriguing match-up. This Georgia team has three losses, but they also have Aaron Murray and Todd Gurley, watch out Auburn. Oklahoma State travels to Austin in a fun Big 12 match-up. The Longhorns are undefeated in conference play, but a letdown game has been destined for weeks now. In a game with HUGE ACC coastal implications, the Duke Blue Devils host the Miami Hurricanes. Miami is reeling after two straight conference defeats (blowouts), while the Blue Devils control their own destiny in the division after beating the Hokies. Duke knows it’s, win and their in, meaning they’ll be ready to go Saturday afternoon.