Thursday, October 28, 2010

College Football 2010: Week 8

If one thing is certain after eight weeks of college football, there is no one dominate team. Yes, there are seven unbeaten teams. Yes, Oregon has put up an absurd amount of points in almost all of their games. Yes, Auburn has Cam Newton. But no one has any idea who is going to be playing for the National Championship in January.

Per usual, this weekend had blow-outs, shut-outs, and call-outs as well as a handful of upsets.

  • Blow-outs
(2) Oregon defeated UCLA 60-13. The same UCLA that beat a ranked Texas. The Longhorns probably couldn't hate UCLA more than they do right now. (9) Utah also remains undefeated after beating Colorado State 59-6. And (8) Alabama took down Tennessee (who surprisingly had no counting errors on the field this week) 41-10. Alabama's win had to suffice for me this weekend as my boys in blue had a bye.

  • Shut-outs
(10) Ohio State was the only big shut-out this week, crushing Purdue 59-0. The Big Ten always manages to find a way to make themselves look really good...

  • Call-outs
My dad called Northwestern over (7) Michigan State as his upset pick of the week. And until somewhere in the fourth quarter, it looked like that was going to happen. MSU managed to pick it back up and defeat NW 35-27, but it showed a little bit of State's true colors. This was the first time Michigan State had left the state of Michigan all season, and it was clear that they faltered.

As for (13) Wisconsin's win against (15) Iowa, the call-out goes to Iowa's head coach Kirk Ferentz. The game was exciting the entire way through, as the lead switched at least five times and stayed close throughout. Wisconsin ended up scoring a touchdown with about 1:15 left on the clock, and Iowa managed to get a drive going that made it plausible for them to get within field goal range and win. However, in a Les Miles-esque mismanagement of the game clock, Ferentz called their team's final timeout as opposed to spiking the ball to stop the clock with :12 left. So when the next play was made and a first down was not, the runner wasn't able to get out of bounds and the game was over. Had they spiked the ball and used a down, they would have stopped the clock and still had their timeout when they couldn't get out of bounds. Epic fail by Ferentz. Final score was 31-30 in favor of Wisco.

(4) Auburn broke Les Miles's and (6) LSU's deal with the devil on Saturday afternoon. I said that if it got close, it was LSU's game to win. It got close, and Cam Newton showed everyone why he is a Heisman front-runner. Even though I am obviously an Alabama fan, I agree that Auburn should be ranked at BCS No.1. Yes, their games have been close, but they exposed the Mad Hatter and that makes me happy.

  • Upsets
The No. 1 / away game / College Game Day curse struck again when (1) Oklahoma lost to (11) Missouri at Missouri, while being ranked number one, and when College Game Day was on site. Just like it was with Ohio State last week and just like it was with Alabama the week before. The final score was 36-27, as Mizzou literally dragged the Sooners across their field. No.1 Oregon needs to watch out against USC this weekend; the curse has yet to be broken. See you at Game Day...

Texas is also suffering from a curse: the losing curse. The Longhorns were defeated by Iowa State at home 28-21. There isn't much to say about this one... it's the first time Iowa State has beaten Texas. Ever.

In what was a pretty good and pretty high-scoring game, (16) Nebraska added a loss to (14) Oklahoma State's undefeated record by winning 51-41. Down goes another undefeated.

In more fun upsets, Syracuse (yes, Syracuse) upset (20) West Virginia 19-14. I can't even remember a time where I heard that Syracuse upset anyone. Embarrassing news for West Virginia, but at least this is a Syracuse with a winning record?

For the first time since 1995, Baylor is ranked and is bowl eligible after defeating (22) Kansas State 47-42. Cool, so TCU and Baylor are the two ranked teams from Texas this year. What's wrong with this picture? 

BCS Rankings: Week 2

The top ten fell pretty unsurprisingly...

1. Auburn
2. Oregon
3. Boise State
4. TCU
5. Michigan State
6. Missouri
7. Alabama
8. Utah
9. Oklahoma
10. Wisconsin

I have no inherent problems with this, although  I obviously don't like seeing Michigan State at No.5. As for the bottom fifteen...

11. Ohio State
12. LSU
13. Stanford
14. Nebraska
15. Arizona
16. Florida State
17. Oklahoma State
18. Iowa
19. Arkansas
20. South Carolina
21. Mississippi State
22. Miami
23. Virginia Tech
24. Nevada
25. Baylor

If I had to pick an issue, I suppose it would be that LSU falls behind Ohio State. One loss to the now-number one team in the country by seven points doesn't really merit a six-spot drop in my opinion. I think the reason for the lack of movement for the most part in the rankings (ie. Oklahoma State's one-spot drop) is because there aren't a lot of teams that deserve to be ranked in the top 25 at the moment. No one is standing out in such a big way. Virginia Tech and Nevada's rankings are also a big plus for the Boise Bus.

Game to Watch this Weekend:

(2) Oregon vs. USC: No. 1 team (in the AP poll). Away game. College Game Day location. Will the curse be broken? [8pm/7 central, ABC]

(5) Michigan State vs. (18) Iowa: Hopefully this is the unveiling of Michigan State as a powerhouse and 8-0 team. The game is at Iowa and I hope that the Spartan's go into it over-confident because they beat Wisconsin by 10 points. GO HAWKEYES. [3:30pm/2:30 central, ABC/ESPN]

(6) Missouri vs. (14) Nebraska: Two ranked team, both potentially over-hyped (and in my opinion, one definitely over-hyped). I'd like to see Nebraska expose Missouri, but then again I would like for Oklahoma's loss to them to be seen as legitimate so they still have a shot at the title. [3:30pm/2:30 central, ABC/ESPN]
 
Michigan vs. Penn State: My boys are back and are playing Penn State in Happy Valley. It'd be really nice if we won, considering Penn State isn't having much of a season this year anyway. A win this week makes us bowl eligible! [8pm/7 central, ESPN] 

Alabama has a bye week, so as always Go Blue.

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