This week for the top 10 teams in the rankings for college football was relatively easy. Only one team went down, and it was a match-up with another top 10 team. The rest of the top 10 handled their opponents and proved to the country that they belong in the top ten. This season is already shaping up to be highly competitive and will come down to the final two weeks and conference championships to decide the National Championship match-ups.
10. Oregon Ducks (3-1): After falling out of the top five early in the season with an opening week loss to LSU, the Ducks have been back to their winning ways winning convincingly over Arizona 56-31. RB LaMichael James ran for 288 yards and 2 TDs while Arizona had 398 yards of passing offense. Oregon has been known to put up points with their video game like offense (and uniforms) but their defense is a cause for concern for me. Arizona is a solid team, but in college football nowadays you need a big, fast, and strong defense to compete with other powerhouses.
9. Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-0): Nebraska moved into the B1G conference this year and has yet to face an in conference opponent, but their offense has been fine all year, and they are expected to compete in the conference with a very stout defense. Nebraska beat Wyoming last night in Laramie, WY 38-14 with a sound rushing game. RB Danny Burkhead ran for 170 yards and 2 TD as Nebraska's defense held Wyoming in check throughout the entire game.
8. Texas A&M Aggies (2-1): The Aggies lost Saturday by one point 30-29 after throwing an INT in the final minutes on a drive to try and take the lead. See Below.
7. Oklahoma State Cowboys (4-0): The Cowboys pulled out an exciting win yesterday on the road against the 12th Man and the Texas A&M Aggies. OK State came back from being down 20-3 in the first quarter and took the lead in the 4th quarter and didn't look back. QB Brandon Weeden was 47-60 for 438 yards and 2 TDs. The Cowboys had a similar comeback last year to beat the Aggies as well, which may have helped their confidence in this game. OK State, after falling behind by 17 points was able to come up with 3 turnovers and score 27 unanswered points.
6. Wisconsin Badgers (4-0): The badgers rolled over South Dakota 56-10 putting up over 600 yards of offense while only giving up 173 total yards to the South Dakota offense. WR Nick Toon had 7 rec for 155 yards and 2 TD. Wisconsin scored 21 points in the final 6 minutes of the 1st half which put a uneven game far out of reach. Wisconsin has the pleasure of being Nebraska's first B1G conference game next weekend which should be one of the most exciting of the week.
5. Stanford Cardinal (3-0): Stanford did not play this weekend, so Andrew Luck did not have a chance to increase his Heisman hopes. The Cardinal are back in action next week vs. UCLA.
4. Boise State Broncos (3-0): Kellen Moore and Boise State put on another offense show this past weekend. Moore passed for 279 yards and 4 TDs in the Broncos 41-21 win over Tulsa. While Boise state put on a good show, they were far from their usual sharp performance. Moore wore a brace on his right knee and had a slight limp all night before leaving the game early. Boise State wore their all blue jerseys at home for the last time this season as the Mountain West Conference stated it was an unfair advantage for them to wear the all blues on their home blue turf.
3. Alabama Crimson Tide (4-0): Alabama pulled away from Arkansas in the 3rd quarter with a 21 point outburst after leading 17-7 at halftime. RB Trent Richarson rushed for 176 yards and keeps proving himself as one of the nation's best running backs. Alabama's defense, considered to be one of the top units in the country forced two INTs including this gem for a TD..
2. Louisiana State Tigers (4-0): LSU dominated West Virginia in the game of the week in primetime winning 41-27. LSU's defense, which is viewed as the best in the nation, forced 4 turnovers (2 fumbles, 2 INTs). West Virginia started to pull the game within reach in the third quarter bringing the score to 27-21 in LSUs favor. Then on the insuing kickoff, LSU's Morris Claiborne returned the kickoff 99 yards. LSU continues to make its case to be the #1 team in the country and currently sits atop the AP poll.
1. Oklahoma Sooners (3-0): The current USA Today #1 and AP #2 beat Missouri in a shootout last night 38-28. Oklahoma fell behind in the 1st quarter 14-10, which was the first time they trailed a game at home since 2007, but did not allow another score by Missouri until the fourth quarter. The Sooners looked a bit shaky and may be the reason they were jumped in the AP poll by LSU. Oklahoma faces Ball State next week before going to Texas to take on the Longhorns in a big rivalry game.
Quote of the Day:
"You don't get to the moon by climbing a tree."