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College Football Top 10 - Week 8
by Wayne Root - 10/24/2012
1) Alabama---It's Roll Tide Roll after beating Missouri 42-10 on the road and continues to dominate at the top of our poll. The Crimson Tide loves their defense. Alabama's defense crippled the Missouri offense, allowing only 129 yards of total offense in this blowout. The offense ran at will with Crimson Tide running backs Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon combining for 321 yards rushing and five touchdowns. We'll have to see this Saturday if Tennessee has anything in their tank to take on and surprise the Number 1 team.
2) Oregon---The Ducks are coming off their bye-week having prepared for a critical Pac 12 match-up with Arizona St. This Nationally televised Thursday Night ESPN game may be the best Thursday night game this season. Oregon is so great and talented and Arizona St will show up and play. We'll have to all wait and see how the home team Sun Devils can do against a top rated team that hasn't really been tested.
3) Florida---The Gators were not impressive with their win against Vanderbilt last Saturday winning 31-17. Gator quarterback Jeff Driskel ran for 177 yards and three touchdowns and also completed 11-of-20 passes for just 77 yards. This is the week earmarked on their calendar. They host South Carolina with the Gamecocks off a loss to LSU in a critical SEC-East game. One would think that eventually the Gators will need to put up some points to win these difficult games.
4) Kansas St---Collin Klein wants the ball so he can do it all. Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein ran 25 times for 105 yards and three touchdowns as the Wildcats defeated Iowa State, 27-21. Klein also completed 16-of-24 passes for 187 yards. This ball hogging may be his undoing down the road as teams are earmarking him alone and he's not letting others improve in their position. Kansas State held Iowa State to just 231 yards of total offense and will need that same defense this week as they travel to a very hostile West Virginia home game with the Mountaineers off a loss.
5) Notre Dame---The Fighting Irish may have had a break at the goal line last week as they upended Stanford 20-13 in OT. Notre Dame's defense continued to shine as the Irish held the Cardinal to just 272 yards of total offense. Irish quarterback Everett Golson completed 12-of-24 passes for 141 yards and a touchdown, while backup quarterback Tommy Rees completed all four passes for 43 yards and a touchdown. It's always good for College Football when the Irish are relevant and they have proven to be a quality team. This week is religious week as they host BYU Cougars in what could be a good defensive contest.
6) LSU---The Tigers beat a great South Carolina team last week in a thrilling 23-21 game. These two team would probably split all home contest as they appear very equal in terms of a stout defense and mediocre offenses. LSU racked up 258 yards rushing against South Carolina and LSU's defense held South Carolina to just 211 yards of total offense. Next up for the Tigers is Texas A&M; early Saturday game and on the road.
7) Ohio St---In a wild one last week, Ohio St snuck out with a 52-49 win over Indiana. Braxton Miller helped himself in the Heisman race by throwing for 211 yards and 2 TD's and running for 149 yards and a TD. But over-all, Urban Meyer cannot be happy about the final results (other than a W). Luckily, they play at home against Purdue this week.
8) USC---The Trojans defeated upset minded Washington 24-14 last week on the road. Former Heisman hopeful Matt Barkley completed 10-of-20 passes for 167 yards and a touchdown for the Trojans. (How much will his coming back to play this year hurt him in the NFL draft this April?). USC's defense held Washington to 299 yards and created four Huskies turnovers. In what may be one of the season most interesting games this season (when a team is favored by 40+), USC entertains the Colorado Buffalos. It's always fun to see who covers but rarely ever fun to wager.
9) South Carolina---It just wasn't enough. Gamecock quarterback Connor Shaw threw for 177 yards. Running back Marcus Lattimore ran for just 35 yards. And South Carolina scored just 21 points. Too few in every category but still a well played ball game on the road as they were defeated by LSU Tigers 23-21. Now it's off to a more important SEC game as they are on the road again playing the Florida Gators. This is unlucky scheduling for Coach Spurrier's team. But if any Coach can get them to "man up" for a game, he can.
10) Oklahoma---There are wins and then there are blowouts! Props to the Sooners as they handed Texas AND Mack Brown a 63-21 blowout. Oklahoma torched Texas for 343 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. Sooner quarterback Landry Jones threw for 321 yards and two touchdowns. And the Defense came up big. Even the Vegas Oddsmakers were shocked as this was a 3 point line. Another blowout is set for this Saturday as they are at home against Kansas.