Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 11/6/12
Those at the top remain at the top — at least for one more week. Schedule strengths will shift as teams build their resume’s and thus the BCS standings shuffle around the top unbeaten squads. And now the waiting game begins. Only two teams are allowed to battle it out for the national championship but the top five aren’t cooperating. Something has to give and someone has to lose — at least the BCS hopes so. Now that we’re in the home stretch, winning and losing is much more than simply earning the victory — style points are a must. Here are five winners and losers from week ten of the college football season. FIVE TEAMS ON THE RISE #1 Alabama (8-0) Week 10: #5 LSU, won 21-17 Every team that wins a championship has one of these games. A lucky break or a last minute drama-filled moment to come from behind. This could be the signature moment for the Crimson Tide who likely won’t face a more formidable opponent until the BCS title game. #2 Kansas State (9-0) Week 10: #24 Oklahoma State, won 44-30 Concussion problems could be disastrous for the Wildcats if Collin Klein has lingering effects of his third-quarter injury. As much as Klein means to this team, however, you don’t get to this point without having a solid all-around squad. The ‘Cats have a good defense and a potent running attack that can survive these final few weeks when upsets are bound to happen in the Big-12. #4 Oregon (9-0) Week 10: #17 USC, won 62-51 There are a few ways to look at this win for the Ducks. It’s unlikely that a team as good as Alabama, Notre Dame, or Kansas State would give up this many points to Oregon. Also, it’s scary to see any national title contender give up fifty points or more at any point in the season. The name of the game is “win”, however, and Oregon did it against a tough — and ranked — USC squad. #3 Notre Dame (9-0) Week 10: Pittsburgh, won 29-26. The Irish aren’t winning the style side of things, but the other three unbeaten squads vying for a BCS title appearance didn’t stand out much more this week either. Throw in the fact that America (and the BCS) would love to see Notre Dame play for the championship, and it may be a matter of “as long as you win, we don’t care how” for Notre Dame. #10 Louisville (9-0) Week 10: Temple, won 45-17 Mark your calendars for Thursday, November 29th when the likely-unbeaten Cardinals will travel to Rutgers for a top-25 showdown for the Big East crown. I’m assuming, of course, that the status quo will remain. If it does, however, that also means a major upset is brewing in the Big East with a Thursday matchup on the horizon. Until then, Louisville is the best BCS side-show in college football this year. FIVE TEAMS ON THE DECLINE #5 LSU (7-2) Week 10: #1 Alabama, lost 21-17 The Tigers had it and then lost it. A win meant everything in their title hopes and path to redemption. In the grand scheme of things the rest of this season is now meaningless for LSU. #15 Mississippi State (7-2) Week 10: #13 Texas A&M, lost 38-13. We all saw this one coming from a mile away. Not the manner in which the Aggles took down the Bulldogs, but the fast start thanks to a weak schedule finally exposed the ‘Dogs as they continue their fall out of relevancy. The top ten is riddled with SEC teams, but it’s likely that Mississippi State has been riding their coattails to this point. #19 Boise State (7-2) Week 10: San Diego State, lost 21-19 Offensively the Broncos have lost a lot. When you lose the NCAA all-time winningest quarterback in Kellen Moore, His top targets and his all world tailback, the production will drop drastically. Ultimately Chris Peterson may finally be in rebuilding mode. The Broncos will be fine in the end due to their good coaching staff and impeccable recruiting but if things get rough in the next few years i wouldn’t surprised if Peterson decides to go elsewhere. Michigan State (5-5) Week 10: #20 Nebraska, lost 28-24 This wasn’t the way things were supposed to go in Lansing. Not after taking down Boise State to start the year. We all know now that neither team was all the hype made them out to be when the year started. The Big Ten can be summed up as a disappointment this year with the only relevant teams being deemed irrelevant by sanctions and postseason bans. The others — well five-and-five pretty well sums it up. #21 West Virginia (5-3) Week 10: TCU, lost 39-38 From national title contender to a team without a ranking — week eleven will be a lonely and humbling one for the Mountaineers. Teams like Notre Dame can’t lose if they try, yet an explosive offense and one of the nation’s best players in Geno Smith can’t do it all as West Virginia keeps finding ways to lose. Sound Off: Who are your winners and losers from week ten of the college football season? var switchTo5x=true; stLight.options({publisher:''});
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