Monday, December 1, 2008

College Football Top 25 review - Week 14

#1 (now #2) Alabama over Auburn 36- 0 - Alabama did everything they needed to do - to hold onto the top spot in the BCS rankings. The Crimson Tide broke a six game losing streak to Auburn and did it in dominating fashion behind Glenn Coffee's 144 yards and TD.

#2 Texas (now #3) over Texas A&M 49-9 - The Longhorns did everything they needed to do but still couldn't hang onto the #2 spot. Oklahoma hopped over them, despite losing to the Longhorns 45-35 earlier this season. There's one ridiculous event every season - you could easily argue that this was this years edition. Once again it was the oft derided computer rankings which invalidated another great performances by Colt McCoy (311/2) and Cody Johnson (102/2). Texas still has a shot to make it into the National Title game but it could be a hard without another game prior to selections.

#3 Oklahoma (now #2) over #12 Oklahoma State 61-41 - Led by Oklahoma QB and Heisman Candidate Sam Bradford's 370 yards and four touchdowns, Oklahoma pounded the Cowboys into dust and did enough to grab the #2 standing from Texas. I don't want to take ANYTHING away from a great season and performance by the Sooners but I cannot figure how it happened anyway. I mean, they LOST to Texas. Great game though and aside from BCS headscratching, will be a solid addition to the SEC championship game.

#4 Florida over #20 Florida State 45-15 - For the 8th straight time, the Gators beat the Seminoles and you have to think Florida State is hoping Tim Tebow (185/3) is going to leave for the NFL next year. Of course it couldn't help that they managed to turn the ball over to the Gators 4 times in this game and compiled just 242 total yards to Florida's 502.

#5 USC over Notre Dame 38-3 - Try as they might, USC just could never recover from their one loss to Oregon State. The declining quality of some yearly opponants isn't a help and Notre Dame sure fits that bill. Marc Sanchez threw for 267 yards and two TDs (though 2 INTs as well) and the USC defense dominated the Irish, holding them to a staggering 91 total yards. USC's lack of focus - at least once a year - has hurt them again and they had best lock it up against UCLA this weekend if they hope to salvage the year with a Rose Bowl visit.

The rest -
#7 Texas Tech beat Baylor 35-28 behind Graham Harrell's 309 yds and 2 TDs..... #9 Boise State scored 48 second half points against Fresno State and won running away 61-10 behind Ian Johnson's 2 TDs and128 yards.... #11 Georgia dropped a heartbreaker to #22 Georgia Tech 45-42 after letting the Yellow Jackets come back fro ma 16 point halftime deficiet and dominate the second half....

#13 Missouri lost to Kansas, 40-37, as Kansas Jayhawk QbTodd Reesing lit the Tigers up for 375 yards and four TDs.... #16 Cincinnati beats Syracuse 30-10, spoiling the aftermath of the Orangemen's defeat of Notre Dame and winning its first outright conference championship since 1964..... #23 Oregon upsets #17 Oregon State 65-38 in this year's edition of the Civil War as Beaver RB Jacquizz Rodgers watched from the sideline and Duck QB Jeremiah Masoli threw for 374 yards and a trio of TDs and Beavers Qb Lyle Moevao threw for 374 yards, 5 TDs but also a pair of INTs.....

#21 Boston College staved off a surging Maryland in the fourth quarter of this 28-21 victory with a late pick six by Robert Francois. The Eagles held Maryland's run game to -6 yards..... #25 was a shared ranking last week and #25a Mississippi blanked Mississippi State 45-0 led by QB Jevan Snead's 4 TDs and 213 yards while #25b Pittsburgh beat West Virginia 19-15 behind a 1yard TD run from LeSean McCoy (183/2) to pick up the win.....

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