Sunday, November 2, 2008

College Top 25 Review Week 10

#1 Texas @ #7 Texas Tech
Very few games live up to the hype the way this one did. We had shades of games past (Red Raider collapse like during the Longhorn's last trip to Lubbock), fantastic comebacks (Colt McCoy's second half surge) and a last minute miracle brought about by the power of positive thinking (Crabtree's dream and subsequent game winning TD). Longhorn QB Colt McCoy started out slow, but got his game going, though in the end he was out-dueled by Red Raider QB Graham Harrell, who made Texas the latest #1 team to get clapped out of the top spot, 39-33. Best game of the day, bar none. Texas falls to #4 and the Red Raiders hop to #2.

#2 Alabama vs Arkansas State
The Crimson Tide crawl into the #1 spot with a solid shutout of Arkansas State, 35-0. It wasn't as impressive as it looks like upon first glance. The offense only compiled 357 total yards and and if it wasn't for the exceptional play of Tide RB Mark Ingram, who ran for 113 yards and a pair of touchdowns and a pick six by Rashad Johnson, it would have been much closer. If someone shuts the run game down like Arkansas State frustrated the pass game, they'll be the next to drop.

#4 Oklahoma vs Nebraska
With a potent offense like Oklahoma's, you can't make a single mistake. Nebraska went ahead and made four of them and literally handed Oklahoma a 62-28 victory. Sooner quarterback Sam Bradford continued his fine play, going 19-27 for 311 yards and five touchdowns. Quentin Chaney was his main target (5/128/1) while the Sooner ground game also contributed heavily (193 total yards and three touchdowns). Of the four Cornhusker turnovers, a pair were interceptions and one was returned for a touchdown. Unfortunately for the Sooners, they dropped in the rankings, instead of rising.

#5 USC vs Washington
USC romped all over the Huskies as expected. They did everything pretty much right - ran the ball for 297 yards. Moved the ball through the air well early before shutting it down so things didn't get even uglier. There were some penalties they made that were poor moments, but from whistle to whistle, the Trojans did everything within their power to move up in the BCS rankings. But with the Pac-10 continuing to feast upon itself, their strength of schedule keeps dropping, and so did they, four spots to 7 in the BCS rankings. USC is unlikely to jump up again, as their competition does not get more impressive going forward. All they can do is work towards another BCS Bowl bid. Meanwhile the woeful Washington Huskies continue to find new ways to struggle and are now the only FBS team without a win.

#6 Georgia vs #8 Florida
Gator QB Tim Tebow didn't have a stellar day throwing the ball, but he had a better one than Bulldog signal-caller Matt Stafford who had more yards, but more picks (3) as well. Tebow ran for three touchdowns and threw for a pair more as Florida slapped Georgia 49-10 and hopped over Oklahoma and USC to rank #5 on Sunday.

Best of the rest -
Cowboy wide receiver Dez Bryant caught four TDs in #9 Oklahoma State's 59-17 drubbing of Iowa State..... It took a last minute stop to preserve #10 Utah's 13-10 win over New Mexico..... #11 Boise State extended it's winning streak to eight games as they devastate New Mexico State, 49-0. QB Kellen Moore threw for 246 yards and a trio of TDs in the win..... The Horned Frogs stifled the Running Rebels pass offense and had QB Andy Dalton throw for three touchdowns as #13 TCU beat UNLV, 44-14....

A pick made things more interesting than desired for Missouri and QB Chase Daniels but #14 Missouri held on and beat Baylor, 31-28.... #15 Florida State had more total yards, but unranked Georgia Tech decimated the Seminoles on the ground and sent them home a 31-28 loser..... While the Wildcat formation runs through the NFL, the option was the key to the Northwestern Wildcats' 24-17 upset of #17 Minnesota. Northwestern QB Mike Kafka ran for 217 yards and threw for another 143 in the win and the 'Cats are now ranked #24... #18 Tulsa was leading the nation in scoring and was undefeated but had to come from behind, only to lose anyway to Arkansas, 30-23...

#19 LSU starts to climb out of their 2 loss hole and towards a possible BCS Bowl with a 35-10 win over the Tulane Green Wave, led by junior Charles Scott's 114 yards and touchdown on the ground... Cougar QB Max Hall threw for 389 yards and five touchdowns in a shootout as #20 BYU nudged past Colorado State, 45-42...

#21 Michigan State struggled early but finished with a big field goal, edging Wisconsin 25-24... The BCS giveth and it taketh away as California steals #24Oregon's BCS spot as the second Pac-10 team and beats them soundly, 26-16. Oregon leaves the rankings once again as the Golden Bears jump past them and into the #21 slot... Finally, West Virginia literally stole #25 UCONN's poll spot with a 35-13 win led by quarterback Pat White's three touchdowns (a pair on the ground, one in the air)....

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