Tuesday, October 29, 2013

College Football: Week 10 Polls & Schedule

Week 10 and there’s still shuffling going on. From week-to-week only #1 has been a fixture. And this week, they and #2 are resting so there’s no chance of any shakeup there. And there are a number of other teams that have this weekend off in preparation for big games next week so movement up or down could be minimal when the smoke clears late Saturday.

We have one game that matches undefeated teams this week: #3 Florida State hosts #7 Miami (Fla.). Both teams are 7-0 but that has to end. None of the other undefeated teams that are playing seem to be at risk.

The numbers on the right are for the Associated Press, the Coaches’ Poll, the BCS standings and the CBSSports.com 126. NR means that the team was Not Ranked by that particular poll. I’m not sure for the reason that the CBSSports Poll is so different from the others except that it is the result one man’s opinion and not much else. There is a way you can vote as to whether a team is ranked too low or too high.

1/1/1/1 Alabama (8-0) The Crimson Tide will take this weekend off. Next on their schedule is #11 LSU on November 9th.

2/2/2/2 Oregon (8-0) The Ducks also have this weekend off so don’t expect any movement at the top of the list next week. They next face #6 Stanford on the road 9 PM EST Thursday, November 7th.

3/3/3/3 Florida State (7-0) The Seminoles will host the #7 Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes (7-0). After two consecutive weeks of come from behind, last second heroics, I don’t think the Canes have enough to stay even close to FSU a team that plays with the pedal to the metal behind Jameis Winston.

4/4/4/4 Ohio State (8-0) The Buckeyes travel to the home of the Purdue Boilermakers (1-6) this weekend. Look for a huge game by Braxton Miller and company as OSU remains undefeated.

5/5/6/7 Baylor (7-0) The Bears have the weekend off as they prep for a home game on Thursday night November 7th (7:30 EST) with #13 Oklahoma.

6/7/5/8 Stanford (7-1) The Cardinal have the weekend off. They next play #2 Oregon at home on Thursday November 7th.

7/6/7/6 Miami (Fla.) (7-0) The Hurricanes visit #3 Florida State Seminoles (7-0) and bring a nice gift in the form of an FSU victory. No fourth quarter drama this week for the Canes.

8/11/11/12 Auburn (7-1) The Tigers will play on the road against the Arkansas Razorbacks (3-5). Tigers will east on Arkansas.

9/8/8/9 Clemson (7-1) The Tigers are on the road to play the Virginia Cavaliers (2-6). Tigers win big.

10/10/9/5 Missouri (7-1) These Tigers will host the appropriately named Tennessee Volunteers (4-4). Mizzou takes out its frustrations at having lost in OT to South Carolina on a team that got schooled by Alabama last week. You don’t want to face an angry Tiger.

11/13/12/13 LSU (7-2) The Tigers have this weekend off before facing #1 Alabama on the 9th. (What are the odds that there would be FOUR teams nicknamed “The Tigers” in a row on this list?)

12/14/13/18 Texas A&M (6-2) The Aggies take on the Miners of UTEP (1-6). Look for a big game from Johnny Manziel and crew.

13/9/19/14 Oklahoma (7-1) The Sooners have the weekend off. They’ll next play on the road against the #5 Baylor Bears Thursday night November 7th (7:30 EST).

14/16/14/24 South Carolina (6-2) The Gamecocks will host the Mississippi State Bulldogs (4-3). Should be less drama than last week’s OT victory. Especially since Connor Shaw should be starting instead of relieving. Gamecocks win.

15/15/15/10 Texas Tech (7-1) The Red Raiders suffered their first loss 38-30 to Oklahoma at Norman, OK last week. This week they host #18 Oklahoma State. This could be the most entertaining game of the week. It will be close but I think the Cowboys will tame the Red Raiders making it an Oklahoma sweep.

16/18/16/16 Fresno State (7-0) These Bulldogs have been cardiac kids with two OT victories (over Rutgers and San Diego State), one point come-from-behind win (over Boise State), and a hang-on-to-your-hats near collapse (at Hawaii). This week they host the Nevada Wolf Pack (3-5). Should be Bulldogs all the way. Should be.

17/19/19/11 UCLA (5-2) The Bruins look to put consecutive losses to Stanford and Oregon behind them as the host the Colorado Buffaloes (3-4). The home crowd should be pleased at the end of the day.

18/12/18/17 Oklahoma State (6-1) The Cowboys head to Texas to face the #15 Red Raiders of Texas Tech (7-1). Pick the Cowboys in a close contest.

19/22/22/25 UCF (6-1) The Knights have the weekend off. Next up will be a home game against Houston on November 9th.

20/17/20/20 Louisville (7-1) The Cardinals have this weekend off, too. Their next game will be on the road against the as of now winless UConn Huskies on Friday, November 8th.

21/20/17/19 Northern Illinois (8-0) The Huskies will be on the road to face the Minutemen of UMass (1-7). The Huskies should enjoy their stop in Amherst, Mass.

22/23/25/21 Wisconsin (5-2) The Badgers will hit the road to play the Iowa Hawkeyes (5-3). Iowa could make it interesting, but the Badgers will prevail.

23/21/21/23 Michigan (6-1) The Wolverines are on the (short) road to face the #24 Michigan State Spartans (7-1). This rivalry is always hard fought and usually close. Under those conditions I’ll go with the home team. The Spartans slay the Wolverines but it’s close.

24/24/24/NR Michigan State (7-1) The Spartans host the #23 Wolverines of Michigan (6-1). The Spartans win by a slim margin.

25/NR/NR/NR Arizona State (5-2) The Sun Devils go trick-or-treating late (10:30 EDT) Thursday night visiting the home of the Washington State Cougars (4-4). They come away with a treat as their defense picks apart the Cougar offense.

NR/25/NR/NR Notre Dame (6-2) The Irish host the Midshipmen of Navy (4-3). If Notre Dame can hold onto the ball (no turnovers!) they should win by double digits. If they throw interceptions/fumble the ball away, this could be a close game. I’d go with the Irish.

NR/NR/23/15 Virginia Tech (6-2) The Hokies head north to face the Boston College Eagles (3-4). It should be a VaTech win, but that’s what I said last week when they faced Duke.

NR/NR/NR/22 Oregon State (6-2) The Beavers host the Southern Cal Trojans (5-3) on Friday night (9:00 EDT). I’d go with the Beavers in this one. USC is stumbling its way through the season and will trip in Corvalis.

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