Wednesday, October 17, 2012

College Football Week 7 Review

(Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)
Blake Bell and the Oklahoma Sooners dominated Texas last weekend.

Not too many losses in the AP Top 25 this week, but there was a big splash in college football news. After six weeks of relying on the AP and USA Today polls to tell us which teams are really the best in the country, the BCS system announced its first ranking of the season. This past week, (3) South Carolina was upset by (9) LSU; (5) West Virginia fell to unranked Texas Tech; (15) Texas was routed by (13) Oklahoma; (17) Stanford lost (7) Notre Dame and (23) Louisiana Tech lost to (22) Texas A&M.

BCS Top 10:
1. Alabama Crimson Tide
2. Florida Gators
3. Oregon Ducks
4. Kansas State Wildcats
5. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
6. LSU Tigers
7. South Carolina Gamecocks
8. Oregon State Beavers
9. Oklahoma Sooners
10. USC Trojans

Top Three Performances by Team or Player:
1. Oklahoma Sooners- The Sooners put a beat down on the Longhorns in this year's Red River Rivalry game. Power quarterback Blake Bell rushed for four tremendous touchdowns in the 63-21 win.
2. Texas Tech QB Seth Doege- Finally Geno Smith was outplayed by his opposing quarterback! Doege led the Red Raiders to an upset win by throwing for 499 yards and six touchdowns. The win also helped Texas Tech get ranked in the Top 20 in the BCS.
3. Ohio State QB Braxton Miller- This kid does it all. In another explosive win, Miller threw for 211 yards and two touchdowns, but ran for an additional 159 yards and another score. It's a shame Miller, Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes won't be competing in any bowls this season, because they are a serious threat.

Top Three Disappointments by Player or Team:
1. Texas Longhorns- It only makes sense that the top disappointment is even with the top team performance. The Longhorns were embarrassed last week and deserved to be dropped from the BCS rankings. Their defense was atrocious and proved why they are not serious contenders in the Big 12.
2. West Virginia Mountaineers- Where was the offense last week? The Mountaineers have one of the most dangerous offenses in the country but were limited to just 14 points in their blowout loss to Texas Tech.
3. Pittsburgh Panthers- Pitt has struggled a lot this season and are a disappointing 2-4 so far. After bringing in head coach Paul Chryst from Wisconsin, many thought the program was moving in the right direction. Well, they will be moving to the ACC soon, but in the meantime should focus on winning some games in the Big East.

Game of the Week: (3) South Carolina vs. (9) LSU

Another classic SEC football matchup was last week's "Game of the Week." Would South Carolina prove that they deserve to play Alabama in the National Championship Game, or would LSU come back from a loss and say "not so fast my friends?" At first, South Carolina seemed to be playing with a chip on their shoulder. They jumped out to a 7-3 lead thanks to a touchdown catch by Ace Sanders from Connor Shaw. LSU went on to take back the lead with a seven yard touchdown run by running back Jeremy Hill, but South Carolina soon answered with a touchdown of their own. Entering the fourth quarter trailing 14-13, the Tigers knew they needed an impressive final quarter to shut down Marcus Lattimore and the Gameocks. LSU went on to outscore South Carolina 13-0 in a ten minute stretch, gaining a 23-14 lead. With under two minutes to go South Carolina cut the lead down to two after Shaw threw another pass, but it was too late for them. LSU held the ball for the final two minutes and went on to win the game. Jeremy Hill led the Tigers with 124 rush yards and two touchdowns.

Next Week's Five Intriguing Matchups:
1. (7) South Carolina vs. (2) Florida- These SEC battles never seem to end. Can South Carolina avenge their loss from a week ago, or will Florida show that they deserved their No. 2 ranking?
2. (4) Kansas State vs. (13) West Virginia- Geno Smith vs. Collin Klein. What more can we ask for?
3. (6) LSU vs. (18) Texas A&M- Has LSU found their mojo or will they prove to be inconsistent when they play Texas A&M?
4. (17) Texas Tech vs. (23) TCU- Can Texas Tech continue their midseason push with another impressive Top 25 win?
5. (14) Florida State vs. Miami- This in-state rivalry game is always a classic. Never count out the Canes!

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