December 15, 2017

Alabama Still Ranked #1 Ahead of Big Game Against LSU

Before Sandy trashed the East Coast, there was college football played.  Alabama beat the previously undefeated Mississippi State Bulldogs by the score of 38-7.  Alabama is 8-0 and has received every first-place vote by our pollsters in every Leatherheads College Football Top 16 this season.  This Saturday, the Crimson Tide take on rival LSU at Tiger Stadium.  Last season, Alabama beat LSU in the BCS National Championship game 21-0 after previously losing to the Tigers 9-6 in OT in Tuscaloosa.  The game should be a good one!  BTW, Leatherhead Terry Keshner told me that Alabama’s defense makes every opponent look like the Detroit Tigers offense.  Sorry Tigers fans.

Georgia took care of Florida 17-9 in Jacksonville as the Bulldogs jumped from #13 to #7 in the Top 16.  The Gators dropped from #4 to #9.  Georgia’s defense, which has been solid all season except for their game with Tennessee when they gave up 44 points, shutdown Florida’s offense and forced six turnovers (2 interceptions and 4 fumbles).  Georgia plays at home against a 5-3 Ole Miss team this weekend.

Ohio State received more love from our pollsters this week, jumping from #8 to #5 in the Top 16.  The Buckeyes are 9-0 after beating Penn State 35-23.  Can the Buckeyes go undefeated in Urban Meyer’s first season as their coach?  Of all the undefeated teams left, Ohio State in my estimation is properly ranked behind the others and only losses by the top four teams will allow them to move up.

Boise State makes its season debut in the Top 16.  The Broncos are now 7-1.  After losing some key starters after last season, including QB Kellen Moore, some experts saw a decline at Boise State.  Here we are after eight games and the Broncos are still the team to beat in the Mountain West Conference.  San Diego will make their case as the MWC’s top team when they travel to The Blue on Saturday.  The Aztecs are 6-3 with a 4-1 record in conference play, the same as Fresno State.  The Broncos are 4-0 in the conference.

Louisville outlasted all the other Big East teams to stay undefeated as Rutgers lost to the Kent State Golden Flashes–I love that name!  Rutgers still sits atop the Big East Conference standings at 4-0 while Louisville is only 3-0 in conference games.  I have a feeling that their matchup on November 29 will decide who is the conference champion.

You will notice below that 17 teams made the Top 16.  Stanford and Texas A&M are sharing the 16th position this week.  Both teams are 6-2.  Stanford defeated Washington State by a touchdown, winning 24-17.  The Aggies beat up on a now 1-7 Auburn team.  Cam Newton help!!!  On yeah, he is having his own troubles in Carolina.  The Cardinal have three games left after their matchup with Colorado this weekend.  They play Oregon State, Oregon and UCLA.  How many will they win?  The Aggies play Mississippi State this weekend and then play the Crimson Tide.  They finish up the season against Sam Houston State and Missouri.

Well, before you check out the poll standings, here are some other interesting matchups for this weekend that could shake-up next week’s Top 16:  Oklahoma State at Kansas State, Oregon at USC, and Arizona State at Oregon State.  Also checkout Texas at Texas Tech, Nebraska at Michigan State and (of course) UConn at South Florida.  Go Huskies!!!!

Rank Team Record Points Last Week
   1 Alabama (13)     8-0    208        1
   2 Oregon     8-0    189        2
   3 Kansas State     8-0    185        3
   4 Notre Dame     8-0    170        5
   5 Ohio State     9-0    137        8
   6 LSU     7-1    133        6
   7 Georgia     7-1    127      13
   8 Florida State     8-1    114      11
   9 Florida     7-1    112        4
 10 Clemson     7-1      91      16
 11 Louisville     8-0      79      15
 12 South Carolina     7-2      39      NR
 13 Oklahoma     5-2      38        9
 14 Boise State     7-1      33      NR
 15 Oregon State     6-1      29        7
 16 (Tie) Stanford     6-2      25      NR
 16 (Tie) Texas A&M     6-2      25      NR

Others receiving votes
: Mississippi State – 18, USC – 6, Louisiana Tech – 5, Nebraska – 3, Tulsa – 2.

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


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