Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 10/6/12
This past weekend was another relatively quiet and uneventful schedule of games, except for West Virginia and Baylor’s basketball like game, with the Mountaineers staying undefeated winning 70-63.  WV QB Geno Smith’s had another amazing performance in his Heisman campaign season by throwing 45-51 and 656 yards and 8 touchdowns.  Smith used his trio of Mountaineer WRs Stedman Bailey (13 catches for 303 yards and 5 touchdowns) Tavon Austin (14 catches for 215 yards and 2 touchdowns) and J.D. Woods (13 catches for 114 yards and a touchdown) to score from every means.  Two players who were overlooked in the loss for the Bears were the just as incredible.  Baylor QB Nick Florence (29 for 47 and 581 yards for 5 touchdowns and one interception) and WR Terrance Williams (17 catches for 314 yards and 2 touchdowns) stayed play for play with West Virginia, but Smith got the ball last and got the necessary first downs to secure the victory.

Now, this week, it is time to get into the conference schedule and see how long some of the 18 undefeated teams, who feasted on the cupcake games vs. the FCS level and non BCS conferences competition remain undefeated.  There are several very good games, including three matchups of Top 25 undefeated teams so the total will be down to 15 by Sunday.

Here is this week’s look at the Top 10:

1. Alabama (5-0) – The Tide easily beat an overmatched Ole Miss team 33-14 and get a week off before playing Missouri on Oct 13.

2. Florida State (5-0) –The Seminoles beat a game South Florida team that hung with them for a half, before Florida State opened it up.  This week they play a good Wolfpack team in Raleigh.  Noles win by 28.

3. Oregon (5-0) – The Ducks ran over Washington State for 300 yards for their big win last week.  Now the Huskies of Washington come to Oregon after their upset win over Stanford.  They don’t get two in a row as Ducks win again by 30.

4. LSU (5-0) – The Tigers only beat Towson by 16, when they should have done more.  This week they get their first big test in Gainesville vs. the undefeated Florida Gators. I am not a big fan of this gator team, so I see the Tigers winning a close one by less than 7.

5. West Virginia (4-0) – The Mountaineers won their shoot out over Baylor, but that was game 1 of 3 ranked opponents.  This week they travel to Austin, TX to play the Longhorns.  This will be another high scoring affairs (WV – 3rd in scoring, Texas – 9th), but I see Geno Smith light up Austin for a 60 something to 40 something win.

6. South Carolina (4-0) –They play #7 Georgia in the game of the week after their win vs. Kentucky last week

7. Georgia (4-0) – They play the Gamecocks in the game of the week after outscoring Tennessee 51-44. 

8. Kansas State (4-0) – The Wildcats had last week and play Kansas before next week vs. West Virginia.  They will start out slow, but win this by 21 in the end and get ready for the nightmare in Geno Smith and that offense.

9. Notre Dame (4-0) – The Irish had a week off and now host the Hurricanes of Miami.  This could be good test and win for the Irish, but I would watch for the letdown. Upset alert, Miami wins with a late FG.

10. Ohio State (5-0) – The Buckeyes grinded out a tough win vs. Michigan State in East Lansing 17-16.  This week they get a hungry Cornhusker team fresh off their win over Wisconsin.  The Huskers shut down the running game of the Badgers and look to do the same thing this week vs. Buckeye QB Braxton Miller.  Upset alert with Nebraska winning another low scoring matchup by 4 points.

Heisman Update

1. West Virginia QB Geno Smith – See stats above.  He has a tough road to the trophy, but it is his to lose.

2. Florida State QB EJ Manuel – an efficient 19/26 for 242 yards, a touchdown. Long way behind Smith

3. Ohio State QB Braxton Miller – Accounted for over 315 of the 383 yards of total offense and a touchdown (16/23 for 179 yards 1 passing touchdown, 1 interception to go with 23 carries for 136 yards)

4. Kansas State QB Colin Klein – Was off last week

Game of the Week

Georgia vs. South Carolina – Saturday 7:00pm, October 6, 2012 at Williams – Brice Stadium, SC

There are three big games of undefeated but this will be the closest and toughest of them all as the Bulldogs travel to South Carolina to see who will take the lead in the SEC Eastern division. 

Bulldogs QB Aaron Murray needs to have another big game, but will be without top WR Michael Bennett is lost with an ACL injury.  The main positive for Georgia is their balanced offense who pass for just a little more than they rush for (285 passing to 250 rushing), which should keep the Gamecocks off balanced.

South Carolina and Steve Suppier will rely more on his defense and the running of Marcus Lattimore to grind the game and keep the Bulldogs off the field.  If they can keep the score in the 20’s they have a very good shot.

Prediction: Gamecocks in a thriller 28-27.

Record: 4-1
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