On the eve of the release of the first BCS Standings, what an exciting Saturday in college pigskin we've had. You'll find out who lands where on Sunday evening, but let's recap today . . .
Let's Get After It!
Say what you will about the ACC and the (8)Clemson Tigers, but have you seen their freshman receiver Sammy Watkins? On Saturday night in College Park with the Tigers down by 18 to the Maryland Terrapins, it was going to take a special player to keep them from the brink yet again. That player was Sammy Watkins. The first-year standout from Fort Meyers, FL hauled in eight passes from quarterback Tajh Boyd en route to a night in which he recorded over 345 total yards. With two touchdown catches and another returned kick for a touchdown, it was Watkins who would spark the Tigers night with an epic comeback victory. Clemson improves to 7-0 with three of their final five on the road. From what took place in Maryland on Saturday, these are not the same Tigers.
The pride played well, and continued their dominance. Between (1)LSU, (2)Alabama, and (3)Oklahoma, the Associated Press top three, there was no change in their play this Saturday. The 'Bayou Bengals churned out another 30+ point victory beating Tennessee 38-7 on the road. Alabama handled their business in Oxford, Mississippi blowing the doors off Ole' Miss to the tune of a 52-7 victory on the back of running back Trent Richardson who chalked up 183 yards to go along with his four touchdowns. As for the Sooners, after entering the half with just a ten point lead over Big XII rival Kansas, they came out scoring twenty unanswered in the second half to notch their third straight victory of thirty points or more. While we know the Tigers and Crimson Tide will meet on November 5th, the BCS Rankings should show that these three programs control their own destiny. Win out and two of them will meet for the BCS National Championship.
They've got to continue, and hope for some help. Between (6)Oklahoma State, (4)Wisconsin, and (7)Stanford, they might not be able to get to the College Football Big Dance on their own. For Oklahoma State, we could make the argument that they have the best offense in the country, at least this side of Eugene anyway. With Texas looking to shutdown their electric passing game led by receiver Justin Blackmon, the Cowboys went to the ground and rushed for 140 yards in a 38-26 victory over the Longhorns. For OSU, it comes down to their final game of the season against Oklahoma, and even an in-state victory may not be enough to help them trump the Big 10 conference champion. Which brings us to Wisconsin and Russell Wilson. After using Indiana as a tune-up, a 59-7 whipping, the Badgers will lead their rough and tumble offense into a three week stretch against Michigan State in East Lansing, Ohio State in Columbus, and then back at home at Camp Randall against Purdue. Come out untouched, and they'll still have to wait for a Sooner breakdown to advance. With an Oklahoma loss, Wisconsin could be looking at a National Championship bid. And how about our PAC-12 darlings, the Cardinal, led by Heisman front runner, Stanford's Andrew Luck? Stanford is not benefiting on a week-to-week basis with the PAC-12 going out of conference and getting served up. However, after their blowout win in Pullman, WA last night Stanford has improved to 6-0 on the season with big games against Southern Cal, Oregon, and Notre Dame remaining. Again, Stanford is going to need some losses from a couple in front of them, both Oklahoma State and Wisconsin would have a better resume if they were to win out in my opinion.
(5) Boise State never gets dull. In their first appearance in The Mountain West, the Broncos asserted themselves very clearly. Truth be told, I love Boise State but they aren't playing for the same thing as everyone else. When it comes to Boise, they'll win out, they've got their signature win against Georgia on a neutral field, they'll post numerous routs, even that won't be enough. I hate to agree with Lou Holtz, but it matters who you play and till Boise agrees to join the Big East, or any other conference with an auto-bid and more than one tough test during the season, they don't deserve a shot at what Oklahoma, LSU, and 'Bama do. Sorry Kellen Moore. Beating Colorado State 63-13 is very nice, but it doesn't matter, not even a little bit.
Team Game Balls
I'm going to attempt to do this every week from here on out. Most media outlets, and yes that is what we are calling ourselves here at LynchyRightNow, give out helmet stickers, but we're big time.
1st Game Ball - Michigan State's defense. The Spartans held the Wolverines quarterback Denard Robinson to just 9 of 24 passing. They came up big when they had to and played Michigan tougher than they had been played all season long. Sidenote: State's new-look uniforms are legit, love the gold helmets. Good look for a Michigan State program that is going to see themselves certified in this weeks BCS Rankings.
2nd Game Ball - Anyone else catch Oregon head coach Chip Kelly pop-off on Gameday yesterday? Insulted by the notion from The Worldwide Leader's Kirk Herbstreit, that he supplants running backs who can throw under center, Kelly proved himself last night against a very hungry and capable Arizona State program. Rolling into Autzen Stadium with more gusto than any team I've seen in recent years, the Sun Devils tried to take advantage of the Ducks when quarterback Darron Thomas went down. NOT SO FAST. Insert Bryan Bennett, the Ducks freshman quarterback from Encino, CA. Bennett stamped out sixty-five yards running the ball and put his signature on an Oregon 41-27 victory. They do it their way.
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