Sunday, October 07, 2012

College Football, Week 7

As expected, there was a considerable amount of shuffling about in the Top 25 Rankings of the AP and Coaches’ Polls after last weekend’s games. You’ll see those changes reflected in the new rankings.

Let’s look at the games pitting ranked teams against each other this week:
3/3/3/3 South Carolina (6-0) @ #9/8/8/8 LSU Tigers (5-1)
6/5/5/7 Kansas State (5-0) @ #NR/25/25/24 Iowa State Cyclones (4-1)
7/7/7/4 Notre Dame (5-0) host the #17/17/16/14 Stanford Cardinal (4-1)
13/10/13/15 Oklahoma (3-1) host the #15/15/15/12 Texas Longhorns (4-1)
22/21/23/NR Texas A&M (4-1) @ #23/24/24/25 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (5-0)

Once again, considering these five games and three or four others that will likely go either way, there will be plenty of moving around when this week is over.

This week, I’m adding the Harris Poll and Projected BCS rankings. (The latter may be an attempt to predict the future, like Jerry Palm’s CBSSports rankings, but it seems to be more in line with reality, shall we say.)

(This week’s rankings from the AP, Coaches’, Harris Interactive, BCS (Projected). Rankings given last week are of the AP and Coaches’ an appear in parentheses.  NR = Not Rated. Numbers in parentheses after the team’s name are the records.)

1/1/1/1 (1/1) Alabama (5-0) The Crimson Tide is back in action this week and heading on the road to play the Missouri Tigers (3-3). Roll Tide!

2/2/2/2 (2/2) Oregon (6-0) The Ducks are off this weekend.

3/3/3/3 (6/6) South Carolina (6-0) The Gamecocks are on the road to play the #9 LSU Tigers (5-1) on Saturday night. Tough place to play as a visitor, but South Carolina should be able to pull it off.

4/6/6/5 (3/4) Florida (5-0) The Gators are on the road to play the Vanderbilt Commodores (2-3). Gators will prevail.

5/4/4/6 (8/7) West Virginia (6-0) The Mountaineers take their #2 passing offense (#3 overall) on the road again. This time they face the nation’s #1 pass defense (#2 overall) in the Texas Tech Red Raiders (4-1). Could be another shootout and so far, the Mountaineers have proven to have the big guns. No reason to believe they won’t do it again.  

6/5/5/7 (7/8) Kansas State (5-0) The Wildcats are on the road to face the Iowa State Cyclones (4-1). They could get their tail caught in the twister in what looks to be a very competitive game. Collin Klein better be on ball.

7/7/7/4 (9/10) Notre Dame (5-0) The Fighting Irish will host the #17 Stanford Cardinal (4-1). Should be a good game but the Irish in South Bend? The way they are playing? Come on!

8/NR/NR/NR (12/NR) Ohio State (6-0) The Buckeyes are going to Indiana to play the Hoosiers (2-3). Should be no problem for Braxton Miller and crew.

9/8/8/8 (4/3) LSU (5-1) The Tigers host the #3 South Carolina Gamecocks (6-0). The Gamecocks have too many weapons and should win.

10/14/12/10 (14/17­) Oregon State (4-0) The Beavers are on the road to play the BYU Cougars (4-2). The Cougars don’t have the tools to stop the Beavers. Or the offense to keep up.

11/9/10/13 (13/12) Southern California (4-1) The Trojans head north to play the Washington Huskies (3-2). USC will head home with a win.

12/11/9/11 (3/4) Florida State (5-1) The Seminoles will host the Boston College Eagles (1-4) and should have a fun afternoon.

13/10/13/15 (17/14) Oklahoma (3-1) The Sooners will host the #15 Texas Longhorns (4-1). I’m looking for the Longhorns to rebound this week. Sooners lose.

14/12/11/9 (5/5) Georgia (5-1) The Bulldogs have the weekend off.

15/15/15/12 (11/9) Texas (4-1) The Longhorns may be on the road against the #13 Oklahoma Sooners, but they will win this one.

16/13/14/16 (15/15) Clemson (5-1) The Tigers have the weekend off.

17/17/16/14 (18/18) Stanford (4-1) The Cardinal are on the road against the #7 Fighting Irish of Notre Dame (5-0). The Cardinal have struggled through some of their wins (and, obviously their loss), the Irish…not so much. Cardinal will lose this very tough road game.

18/16/18/18 (19/16) Louisville (5-0) The Cardinals are on the road against the Pitt Panthers (2-3). Regardless of which Pitt team shows up, the Cardinals will continue their perfect season.

19/18/17/17 (20/19) Mississippi State (5-0) The Bulldogs will host the Tennessee Volunteers (3-2) Saturday night. The Bulldogs should enjoy themselves.  

20/19/19/19 (22/21) Rutgers (5-0) The Scarlet Knights (MY Scarlet Knights) will be hosting the Orange of Syracuse (2-3). These two have played some close games in the recent past. It shouldn’t be close this time as Rutgers, birthplace of college football, continues to move up in the polls.

21/20/20/21 (NR/23) Cincinnati (4-0) The Bearcats will be hosting the Fordham Rams (3-2) in what should be an easy game for Munchie Legaux and crew. It’s one of those games where, if you’re third string, you better be ready to play…a lot.
22/21/23/NR (NR/NR Texas A&M (4-1) The Aggies head on the road to face the #23 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (5-0). This should be a good game with lots of scoring. The Aggies are 12th in the nation in offense. The Bulldogs are 11th. This one could go either way.

23/24/24/25 (NR/NR) Louisiana Tech (5-0) The Bulldogs will host the #22 Texas A&M Aggies (4-1). Pick ‘em.

24/22/22/23 (NR/25) Boise State (4-1) The Broncos host the Fresno State Bulldogs (4-2). The Broncos have the advantage of the Blue Carpet and some rabid fans and that should be more than enough.

25/NR/NR/NR (NR/NR) Michigan (3-2) The Wolverines host the Fighting Illini (2-4) whom they should have no difficulty defeating.

NR/23/21/20 (15T/13) TCU (4-1) The Horned Frogs will be hosting the Baylor Bears (3-1). Can they keep up? I don’t think so.

NR/25/25/24 (NR/NR) Iowa State (4-1) The Cyclones will host the #6 Kansas State Wildcats (5-0). It will be A Game. And, possibly, an upset.

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