Wow! Who was thinking Alabama was going down against LSU last Saturday? I did. The Crimson Tide could not do anything offensively in the second half. Then all of a sudden, A.J. McCarron leads his team downfield to a score and a victory, while preserving the #1 ranking in the Leatherheads College Football Top 16! As a New York Giants fan, I have seen many of these types of comebacks in recent years. Thus, it seemed as if Eli Manning was behind the center. Unfortunately, McCarron stole all of Eli’s mojo and the Giants lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
So Alabama wins and holds on to our #1 ranking. Our #2 team, the Oregon Ducks took care of USC but had to score 62 points. Their defense gave up 51 to the Matt Barkley-led Trojans. Kenjon Barner had 321 yards and 5 touchdowns rushing for the Ducks. Looks like we have another name to throw into the Heisman race. On the season so far, Barner has rushed for 1,295 yards and 19 TDs with 15 receptions and 184 yards.
Kansas State defeated Oklahoma State 44-30 and is now just one point below the Ducks for our #2 ranking. The third-ranked Wildcats beat a Cowboys’ team that was on a three-game winning streak. The Wildcats, however, lost their QB to an injury in the third quarter. Losing Collin Klein for the season would be horrible. With just three games to go, the Wildcats have a realistic chance of going undefeated. They play TCU this weekend, followed by games with Baylor and Texas. As of right now, it appears Klein will play against TCU, but how healthy is he?
Notre Dame remained our #4 team with a 29-26 victory over Pittsburgh. It took 3 overtimes for the Fighting Irish to stay undefeated, but the bottom line is that they won again and are now 9-0.
Ohio State became 10-0 with their 52-22 shellacking of a now 2-7 Illinois team. Only Wisconsin and Michigan stand in the way of a 12-0 season. Did I type “Only”?
So our top five teams are undefeated. The sixth undefeated team is not getting the same support as the others. Louisville is 9-0 and is ranked in the 11th spot. LSU is ahead of them with two losses. Why no love for the Cardinals? Is it the Big East?
Last week we had two teams tied in the 16th spot–Stanford and Texas A&M. Guess what? They are still in the Top 16 while Boise State disappears from the rankings. The Broncos lost to San Diego State 21-19. Meanwhile, both the Cardinal and the Aggies were victorious. Stanford took care of Colorado 48-0 and Texas A&M beat a now 7-2 Mississippi State team by the score of 38-13.
The three games to watch that could shake-up the Top 16 this upcoming weekend are Alabama at home against Texas A&M, Mississippi State at LSU and Oregon State at Stanford.
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Others receiving votes: Rutgers – 6, West Virginia – 6, Nebraska – 4, USC – 4, Louisiana Tech – 2, Mississippi State – 1.