Welcome back to the Top 25! I appreciate all of the love for these posts lately, so thanks again to all of my readers out there. Before we get into the rankings, just wanted to give you a friendly reminder to check out Mulligans, my new comedy microblog. There is a lot of great games this week, so lets get into it.
- LSU. Even with 2 defensive stars out due to suspension, the Tigers held Auburn to 3 points. Next up: bye-week.
- Alabama. The ‘Tide struggled against Tennessee in the first half, but pulled away in classic Alabama fashion in the 2nd half. Now they get a bye-week to prepare for LSU.
- Oklahoma St. After a closer-than-expected contest Mizzou in Columbia, the ‘Pokes get Baylor at home. Look for points to be scored.
- Stanford. Well, I guess we found out that Stanford isnt a fluke team this year. Washington still hasnt figured out what hit them in the mouth.
- Boise St. What ‘Moore’ can you say about Kellen?
- Clemson. Points galore. This team can score. They will have a big time challenge at Georgia Tech this week. Look for Tech to try and limit Clemson’s possessions with long drives on offense.
- Oregon. The Ducks defense shut down hapless Colorado. They still control their own destiny in the Pac-12.
- Arkansas. The ‘Hogs barely scraped by Ole Miss last weekend. Not a good sign going forward.
- Michigan St. Hail Mary! Sparty’s win over Wisconsin last weekend was epic. Next up: @ Nebraska.
- Wisconsin. Heartbreak! Plain and simple, Wisconsin wasnt good enough against Michigan St. They can still make the Rose Bowl though.
- Oklahoma. The Sooners lost to a 27 point underdog at home last week. Ouch.
- Kansas St. Beating Kansas is no great feat. Beating Oklahoma on the other hand….
- Nebraska. The Huskers dominated Minnesota last week, which is no surprise. This weeks challenge will be much tougher. They still control their own destiny in the B1G race, though.
- South Carolina. After a bye-week, the Gamecocks play at Tennessee. This could be a crucial game in the SEC East race.
- Virginia Tech. Quietly, the Hokies are back to their winning ways. If Clemson slips up in the last half of the season, look for Beamer Ball to prevail.
- Texas A&M. The Aggies have done a nice job of recovering from 2 early losses. QB Ryan Tannehill is slingin’ it right now.
- Houston. Shhhh! The Cougars are very sneaky.
- Michigan. After a bye-week, Michigan has to play a very schizophrenic Purdue team that just upset Illinois.
- Penn St. Their win over Northwestern was the best offensive display I have seen from a Penn St. offense in years.
- Texas Tech. Well, that win over Oklahoma was unexpected to say the least. Quietly, Tommy Tubberville has his team 5-2.
- Georgia. The Dawgs play rival Florida this week. Look for them to improve their SEC East standing.
- Arizona St. After their bye-week, the Sun Devils get Colorado at home to ease their pain from losing at Oregon.
- Cincinnati. This is another team like Houston and Texas Tech that has been under-the-radar all year. QB Zach Collaros has been outstanding this season.
- USC. The Trojans went into South Bend and took it to Notre Dame, just as it appeared that the Irish had hit their stride. Good win. This week, they play Stanford. Good luck Coach Kiffin.
- Texas. Kansas comes to Austin this week. ‘Nuff said.
We have a new #1.Here are the Heisman contenders:
- Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford. Now the clear front-runner for the Heisman trophy. He has Stanford playing at their best. One of the best college QB’s I have ever seen.
- Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama. He has stepped his game up in recent weeks. If he can help his squad beat LSU next week, he could jump ahead of Luck.
- Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson. Mr. Clemson makes his way into the Top 3 this week because of his performances this year. And, because Landry Jones and Russell Wilson effectively ended their Heisman chances.
Can Rex run wild against Sparty?Lets look at the games of the week (rankings based on BCS):
- #11 Michigan St. at #13 Nebraska. Plain and simple, this game decides the Legends Division of the B1G. After Michigan St.’s Hail Mary to beat Wisconsin last week, the Spartans are in the drivers seat for the division crown. QB Kirk Cousins is an underrated pocket passer who reads coverages well and delivers the ball to his receivers with accuracy. Sparty’s defense is one of the best in the country as well, and will challenge Nebraska’s offense with a strong defensive line and physical play. Nebraska still controls their own destiny in the division as well, and a win over Michigan St. could be one of many steps the Huskers take to get to Indianapolis in December. To win this game though, Nebraska’s offense will have to be able to sustain long drives and score touchdowns. Prediction: Michigan St. 34-31. Confidence: 4.
- #9 Oklahoma at #8 Kansas St. Who would have thought that Oklahoma, not K-State, would have a loss when these teams meet on Saturday? Nobody? Bueller? Oklahoma better show up ready to play this week, because the Wildcats are waiting for them. It seems like Bob Stoop’s squads have that 1 game a year that they arent prepared for, and last weeks loss to Texas Tech was it. The defense was horrendous. Landry Jones was terrible. Their intensity was sluggish. They will need to pick it up to beat Kansas St. in Manhattan. Bill Synder has this team playing great fundamental football right now. He knows that his team wont be able to keep up with OU in score-fest, so look for K-State to limit possessions and turnovers to try and win. Prediction: Oklahoma 41-28. Confidence: 7.
- Baylor at #3 Oklahoma St. This could be a barn-burner folks, so keep your seat belts on. These are 2 of the best offenses in the country and neither likes to go a possession without scoring. Plus both defenses like to occasionally break down in coverage, so like I said, points will be flowing like beer at a tailgate. For Baylor, this game will come down to restoring their confidence. After an awesome start to the year, the Bears have lost 2 in a row. Robert Griffin III will need to be on his A-game to pull an upset. Look for Oklahoma St to try and pressure him into running while taking away some of his favorite short passes to break up his consistency. Prediction: Oklahoma St. 48-38. Confidence: 8.
- #6 Stanford at USC. Dont be fooled, USC has gotten a lot more consistent in recent weeks. The Trojans usually play well at home and QB Matt Barkley has some NFL teams re-thinking their “Suck for Luck” campaigns. For the Trojans, this game comes down to defense. They wont win a shootout with Andrew Luck and the Stanford offense. USC needs to play this game close with field position and good defense. If they can do that, this could be closer than some think. Prediction: Stanford 35-21. Confidence: 9.
- To Oklahoma: RED CARD. Way to not show up and underestimate Texas Tech. Enjoy not playing for the National Title game.
- To Illinois: RED CARD. What happened to the Illini? They started off so well, but have completed faltered in the second half of the season.
- To Notre Dame: RED CARD. Welcome back to the list. You guys had a chance to re-establish yourselves in the national discussion by beating up on USC and couldnt do it.
- To Colorado: RED CARD. 2 points? Really?
- To Georgia Tech: RED CARD. Another team that mysteriously has disappeared in the second half of the year.
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