Thursday, November 3, 2011

College Football Week 9 Review

(Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Andrew Luck and Stanford escaped Southern California with a win in 3OT
This past week, six teams in the BCS Top 25 lost, including five upsets. (5) Clemson lost to Georgia Tech, (8) Kansas State lost to (9) Oklahoma, (11) Michigan State lost to (14) Nebraska, (15) Texas A&M lost to Missouri, (15) Wisconsin lost to Ohio State, and (20) Texas Tech lost to Iowa State

New BCS Top 10:
1. LSU Tigers
2. Alabama Crimson Tide
3. Oklahoma State Cowboys
4. Stanford Cardinal
5. Boise State Broncos
6. Oklahoma Sooners
7. Arkansas Razorbacks
8. Oregon Ducks
9. South Carolina Gamecocks
10. Nebraska Cornhuskers

Top Three Performances by Team or Player:
1. Houston QB Case Keenum-Keenum threw nine (not a typo) touchdowns against Rice last week, while also throwing for 534 yards. Keenum is the all time leading passer in NCAA history, and is leading Houston into the Top 25.
2. Oklahoma QB Landry Jones- Jones helped the Sooners upset Kansas State, thanks to his five touchdown passes. Jones also threw for 500 yards again, helping the Sooners move back in the BCS hunt.
3.  Oklahoma State RB Joseph Randle- The sophomore running back rushed for 152 yards and four touchdowns, in a big victory vs. Baylor. Randle helped prove that the Cowboys can both pass and run the ball with success.

Top Three Disappointments by Player or Team:
1. Wisconsin Badgers- Two weeks ago, the Badgers were a top five team in the country and had an offense that scared defensive coordinators everywhere. Two heartbreaking, last second losses later, the Badgers are ranked 20th in the BCS.
2. Ole Miss- Houston Nutt was supposed to continue the Ole Miss football legacy. Now in his fourth year as head coach, Nutt and the Rebels are 2-6.
3. Florida Gators- The Gators lost again last week, matching just as many losses as wins this season. At 4-4, the Gators and first year coach Will Muschamp can kiss their BCS hopes or any big bowls goodbye

Game of the Week: Stanford vs. USC

This week's Game of the Week was a thriller in Southern California. Andrew Luck and undefeated Stanford traveled south to face Matt Barkley and the USC Trojans. The first half was very physical, with both teams' defenses playing great. Stanford led 10-6 at half. The third quarter was very close too, with Stanford building early leads, just to have them negated by two Curtis McNeal touchdown runs. At the end of the third quarter Stanford led 24-20. With the game tied at 27 with three minutes left, Andrew Luck threw an interception to Nickell Robey that was returned for a touchdown, to give USC a 33-27 lead. Luck and Stanford would march back down the field to tie the game with 38 seconds left.  USC was able to move the ball up and with one play left in regulation, Robert Woods caught a pass in the middle of the field and appeared to get out of bounds with a tenth of a second left. Woods and USC were in field goal range, and could have kicked a potential game winning field goal, but the play was reviewed and Woods was actually inbounds therefore allowing the clock to run out. After two overtime periods of matching touchdowns, Stanford scored a touchdown in the third OT. USC was unable to match, and Stanford pulled away with the victory. Andrew Luck threw for 330 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran in a touchdown.

Next Week's Five Intriguing Matchups:
1. (1) LSU vs. (2) Alabama- They are calling this game, the game of the decade. Any further explanation?
2. (3) Oklahoma State vs. (14) Kansas State- Fresh off a loss to Oklahoma, can Kansas State rebound with a win, crushing OSU's BCS title hopes?
3. (7) Arkansas vs. (9) South Carolina- This will be the Gamecocks first challenge without both running back Marcus Lattimore and quarterback Stephen Garcia. Look for an Arkansas big win
4. (15) Michigan vs. Iowa- Can Iowa upset the Wolverines at home?
5. (6) Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M- Can Texas A&M upset Oklahoma after dropping out of the Top 25?

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