BCS Top 10 (11/24/13)
- Florida State
- Ohio State
- Oklahoma State
- South Carolina
We have made it to the last week of November. Most folks refer to it as Thanksgiving week, but us college football fans would prefer to refer to it as, rivalry week. Rivalry week, which doubles as the last week of the college football regular season is often the most exciting week of the season as not only bragging right are on the line, but in many cases, conference titles and national title implications hinge on this weekend’s slate of games. Let’s dissect some of the weekends marquee match-ups.
- The Iron Bowl. Alabama vs Auburn. Number 4 hosting number 1, with the SEC West crown on the line. It’s been a few years since we’ve had an intriguing Iron Bowl match-up with both Bama’s supremacy and Auburn’s rapid dissent from the top of the mountain. The Tigers enter this game riding high, with an undefeated record, and the luxury of hosting this always important rivalry game. While QB Nick Marshall still has some question marks a passer, his running ability and the ability of his backfield mate Tre Mason have helped Auburn become one of the nation’s best rushing teams. We all know what to expect from #1 Bama by now, laser focus, pinpoint execution, and grown man football. I expect the Tigers to come out firing, but I don’t expect it to last long. The Tide will weather the early storm, and pull away late, strengthening their hold on the #1 spot in the BCS, heading into the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta.
- The #2 team in the country, the Florida State Seminoles, coming off of an 80 (YES, 80) to 14 victory over lowly Idaho will travel to “the swamp” to face off against the dumpster fire that is the Florida Gators. The Gators coming off what just may be the worst loss in the history of the program, a 26-20 defeat to Georgia…Southern, stand absolutely NO chance against the high-power Seminoles. The Florida players seem to already given up on their coach, who may be roaming the home sideline at Florida for the last time. The Noles will look to keep it rolling against their in state rival, while attempting to avoid any injuries with the ACC title game looming December 7th. FSU quarterback Jameis Winston, who with 2 passing TD’s will break FSU’s single season TD record, currently held by former Heisman winner, Chris Weinke, hopes to pad his Heisman resume, while continuing to block out the off field issues he is currently dealing with. I said months ago that this Florida team would endure a 4-5 loss season, after Saturday’s game they’ll end the season at 4-8…
- In the other BCS top ten match-up, the #6 ranked Clemson Tigers will make the short trip to Columbia to face their arch rival, and #10 ranked Gamecocks of South Carolina. There are HUGE postseason implications for both squads in this season finale. The Gamecocks must win, and hope for a Missouri loss in order to qualify for the SEC title game, while the Tigers are looking to lock up a BCS at large bid, likely sending them to Miami for the Orange Bowl, if they can beat South Carolina. The Gamecocks have had Clemson’s number for what seems like forever, but I have a feeling this is the Tigers year. Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins have never beat their in state rivals, and I think that changes before they head off to the NFL next year.
Quick Hitter Predictions-
– Ohio State at Michigan- It really pains me to see a Michigan team THIS bad. They can’t pass, they damn sure can’t run. Honestly, I don’t know what they can do. Ohio State is rolling, and hoping that style points can somehow get them ahead of FSU (no chance) in the BCS. Urban and his crew will be out for blood, I got the Buckeyes…BIG.
– Texas A&M at Missouri- The jig just may be up for Johnny Football. He looked horrendous against LSU on Saturday and floundered any chance he had left of winning back to back Heisman’s. The Tigers have their leader back at the helm in senior QB James Franklin. Mizzou knows what’s at stake, comes out firing, and books their trip to Atlanta.
– Minnesota at Mich St- Sparty may be the best team in the country that no one is talking about. They are undefeated in conference play and last week locked up an appearance in the Big 10 title game. The Gophers come in at 8-3 after a crushing defeat at the hands of Wisconsin last Saturday. I got the Spartans winning this one, but closer than the experts think.
– UCLA at USC- Bruins QB Brett Hundley has been extremely underwhelming down the stretch, while the defense has been a little suspect themselves. Myles Jack has been the savior on BOTH sides of the ball. The Trojans come in rolling, winning 5 in a row, and 6 of their last 7. This SC team seems to want Ed Orgeron as their official new head man, and while I don’t believe he’ll get the gig, I think the players send him out with a victory in his last game in the Coliseum, as the Trojans head coach.