August 20, 2014

Wildcats Pounce and Gators Roll, Knocking WVU and SC Out of Top 16

While Alabama continues to win big over their opponents (last weekend a 44-13 victory over Tennessee), Kansas State and Florida continued their winning ways with decisive victories over West Virginia and South Carolina, respectively.  Oregon beat Arizona State on Thursday night by the score of 43-21.  Notre Dame also won, but barely, by defeating Brigham Young University, 17-14.  With these victories, the top five teams in the Leatherheads College Football Top 16 remained unchanged.

Alabama will face some tougher competition over the next few weeks, including an undefeated Mississippi State, rival LSU and a tough Texas A&M team.  Mississippi State has not played any top teams this season and expect that it will show against the Crimson Tide this Saturday.

The Oregon Ducks play a 1-6 Colorado Buffaloes team this weekend.  It  is hard to believe that Colorado once won a national championship.  Perhaps Eric Bieniemy can put down the clipboard and get into the game this weekend?  If the Crimson Tide get upset by the Bulldogs, the Ducks could be sitting atop the Top 16 next week.

The Kansas State Wildcats continue to impress.  Their 55-14 pouncing of West Virginia and former leading Heisman Trophy candidate Geno Smith silenced any remaining critics that do not think KSU is for real.  I mentioned Geno Smith as the former leading candidate for the Heisman and that is because KSU QB Collin Klein appears to be the new front-runner.  If the Wildcats can defeat the Texas Tech Red Raiders this weekend, an undefeated regular season is a real possibility.  Texas Tech should be a tougher opponent than West Virgina, who the Red Raiders beat two weeks ago.  With their second consecutive loss, the Mountaineers fell out of the Top 16.

These are happy times in Gator country.  Florida rolled over South Carolina 44-11 to go to 7-0 on the season.  The Gators even received a first-place vote in this week’s AP poll.  Sadly for the Gamecocks, two tough opponents back-to-back that led to losses in consecutive weeks, earning South Carolina a place outside of the Top 16.  For the Gators,  they face the Georgia Bulldogs this Saturday.  Georgia lost to South Carolina on October 6 for their only loss of the season.  The Bulldogs will most likely get loss #2 this weekend.  But in college football, you never know!

Notre Dame squeaked by another team this last weekend, but a victory is a victory.  The Fighting Irish better have some more fight in them against a hot Oklahoma Sooners team who has won three straight over Texas Tech, Texas and Kansas.  Pick up your remote Saturday night and turn on ABC.  This should be an excellent matchup.

So the top five won and are all 7-0.  Undefeateds Oregon State and Ohio State continue to win and could crack the top five with victories and any slip-ups among the top teams.  The Beavers play Washington and the Buckeyes play Penn State.  LSU has a loss but continues to creep back up towards the top and is ranked #6 this week.  They get a week off before the big showdown with Alabama.

A few other interesting matchups this weekend are Cincinnati at Louisville and Kent State at Rutgers.  Louisville and Rutgers remain undefeated and are battling for the Big East Conference crown.  Cincinnati was 5-0 until they lost to Toledo last week.  Can the Bearcats upset the Cardinals?  Will Rutgers be able to beat the 6-1 Golden Flashes?

Rank Team Record Points Last Week
   1 Alabama (12)    7-0   192        1
   2 Oregon    7-0   176        2
   3 Kansas State    7-0   164        3
   4 Florida    7-0   160        4
   5 Notre Dame    7-0   142        5
   6 LSU    7-1   123        8
   7 Oregon State    6-0   113        7
   8 Ohio State    8-0   102        6
   9 Oklahoma    5-1     88      11
 10 USC    6-1     83      10
 11 Florida State    7-1     67      12
 12 Mississippi State    7-0     64      13
 13 Georgia    6-1     40      16
 14 Rutgers    7-0     31      NR
 15 Louisville    7-0     29      14
 16 Clemson    6-1     26      NR


Others receiving votes
: Texas Tech – 17, South Carolina – 7, West Virginia – 5, Boise State – 3.

Participating voters: David Boyce, Ronnie Foreman, Terry Keshner, Bob Lazzari, Dan McCloskey, Andrew McKillop, Tex Noel, Pete Sonski, Bob Swick, Brandon Williams, Joe Williams, Tony Williams.

 

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