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NCAA Football Top 10 -- Week 7
by Wayne Root - 10/13/2012
1) Alabama---Bama remains in the top spot coming off their bye-week. They take on Missouri this week. Strong severe storms are in the forecast in Missouri and as a big favorite with a wet ball, anything good or bad can happen. But we expect that Coach Sabin will not be to ready to panic with rain in the forecast. His forecast is the National Championship.
2) Oregon---The Ducks took care of business last week against Washington 52-21. This is the same Washington team that beat Stanford the prior week. That is a strong indication of how strong the Pac 12 is this year. It seems that Oregon's redshirt freshman is learning the ropes. He threw for 198 yards and 4 TD's against the #23 team in the Country. The Ducks travel to play Arizona St the following week after this week's bye.
3) South Carolina---What a statement South Carolina made last week as they crushed Georgia 35-7. The Gamecocks (6-0, 4-0 SEC) head to angry LSU, the defending league champions who lost for the first time earlier Saturday, next week night, then go to Florida - the undefeated Gators beat LSU - for a game that should decide the Eastern Division. It would be great to see Steve Spurrier's team play potentially Bama for the SEC Crown. South Carolina sure looks ready for the challenge. Gamecocks tailback Marcus Lattimore ran for 109 yards to help seal the deal. The gamecocks defense was intensive and it seems that this team is focused. They will need that as they travel to LSU for a critical SEC war.
4) Florida---The Gators needed just one part of their team play to dominate and they did it with their defense last week taking down LSU in the Swamp. The once mighty Tigers offense managed just 2 field goals. It
was old-school football at its best, the kind of performance only Southeastern Conference loyalists could love. It was the program's first victory against a ranked team since beating rival Georgia in 2010.
The Gators harassed quarterback Zach Mettenberger, pretty much shut down running backs Spencer Ware, Kenny Hilliard and Michael Ford, and completely wore down LSU's vaunted defense. Florida, which trailed 6-0 at halftime, also came from behind to beat Texas A&M and Tennessee on the road last month. No time for a celebration, the Gators travel to Vanderbilt.
5) West Virginia---What a time to be a Mountaineers fan. You're undefeated, coming off an incredible 48-45 victory on the road against Texas and have the top Heisman Candidate roaming the Halls on your campus. That's what college football is all about. Something to get you mind off the book on a fall autumn day!! And now, two games into playing in a new conference, the Mountaineers look every bit like one of the teams to beat in the Big 12. Smith passed for four touchdowns, Andrew Buie ran for 207 yards and two touchdowns and West Virginia came away with another wild victory. Geno Smith, who has 24 touchdown passes this season without an interception, hit Stedman Bailey with a 6-yard score with 10:50 left to play. Buie's second touchdown gave the Mountaineers a 10-point lead late. West Virginia travel to play Texas Tech this week.
6) Kansas State--- With Collin Klein and John Hubert leading the way, they carried unbeaten Kansas State to a 56-16 victory and its fourth straight win against its biggest rival, K-St. The game played close for the first half but an angry group of boys in purple came out and kicked butt in the 3rd quarter with 28 points. This week it's off to play Iowa St. This will be a great test as Iowa St plays hard each week.
7) Notre Dame---Love them or hate them, it's ALWAYS great to have the Fighting Irish in the Top Ten. Cierre Wood and George Atkinson III gave Notre Dame its first 100-yard rushing duo in a decade, and Everett Golson came off the bench to lead the No. 9 Irish to a 41-3 victory over Miami on Saturday night in what was a very tame sequel to the heated "Catholics vs. Convicts" rivalry. The Irish improved to 5-0 for the first time since 2002. Their 587 yards of offense was a season high, and their 376 yards rushing was their most since Nov. 11, 2000. Now it seems they have an offense to add to their fantastic defense. Notre Dame had been leaning on its defense to remain undefeated. They host Sanford this Saturday.
8) Ohio State---Many thought this would be "the game of the week". Braxton Miller broke his own school record for a quarterback by rushing for 186 yards, zig-zagging 72 yards for one score and passing for another, to lead the 12th-ranked Buckeyes past No. 21 Nebraska 63-38 on Saturday night before the largest crowd ever at Ohio Stadium. Larger than a Michigan game!!! Urban Meyer couldn't be happier. Meyer said the offense has developed far faster than what he ever expected. This performance keeps Miller in the Heisman hunt.
9) LSU---I guess losing on the road to Florida is not the end of the world. But barely scoring 20 total points in 2 SEC games is a recipe for disaster. They were completely shut down at Florida scoring twice in the first half with 2 field goals. Maybe QB Zach Mettenberger has not developed and is not the answer. But will they have an answer this week as they host a hot South Carolina team? The Tigers were 1 of 13 on third down and finished with just eight first downs - three on penalties. A very interesting match-up looms on the horizon this Saturday.
10) Oregon State---The Beavers have been the surprise of the Pac 12. Now the rest of the Country will get to know them as they move into the Top Ten. They defeated Washington State 19-6. Another performance like last Saturday's will be detrimental to their staying in the Top Ten. The only thing they did correctly was win. This week they meet a good defensive team out for some of their own recognition when they travel to play BYU.