College Football Top Ten
WAYNE ALLYN ROOT'S COLLEGE FOOTBALL TOP 10..Week 10
1) OREGON----It seems like we can't get it high enough for Oregon," said Jeff Stoneback, manager of the Mirage sportsbook in Las Vegas referring to the pointspread. Not only are the Ducks bending the old standards in Nevada, they're assaulting the Pac-10 record book. The league mark for points in a season is 638, set by the Matt Leinart-Reggie Bush-LenDale White USC team of 2005. Oregon is already at 492, so the Ducks need only average 36.5 over their last three games against California, Arizona and Oregon State, plus a bowl game, to tie. Given their gasoline-tanker-fire standard, that seems eminently within reach.The Ducks are breaking the record books with their scoring, but they wouldn't be scoring as much if they didn't have a strong defense to give them the ball back to score again. Most impressive of all? Oregon has allowed 149 points in first halves of this season. They have shrunk that number to 48 in the second half. That's under six points a second half! It's off to play Cal...on the road....as a 20 point favorite!!
2) AUBURN---Does someone have a vendetta against Cam Newton or what? What a distraction for this superstar QB. What's at stake down the stretch? If Auburn beats Georgia and Alabama and wins the SEC title game, the Tigers will play for the national title. Auburn handled last week's Cam Newton-related off-field drama quite well, so the question is, will this week be different? Auburn coaches probably are far more worried about on-field issues. Auburn has strong veteran leaders, though, and it's difficult to imagine them letting the Tigers come out flat against the Bulldogs. Did Urban or other SEC Coaches have anything to do with this mess??? No one wants to play against Cam!
3) TCU---These Frogs are for REAL- as I predicted from day one. My preseason rankings had TCU as #2 and playing in the national championship game. TCU's annihilation of the Utes (47-7) helped the Horned Frogs, who surged past Boise State in all three human polls, and helped Auburn solidify its hold on the No. 2 spot in the BCS rankings. TCU is the Top Frog in the Country. It can jump farther and leap higher and will have a lot of motivation this weekend (as if they need any more). The third-ranked Horned Frogs can clinch at least a share of the Mountain West Conference championship when they host San Diego State Saturday. It will be the final home game for 26 TCU seniors as well as the last contest in the existing Amon G. Carter Stadium before its $105 million renovation. BUT...is the jinx out of the box??? TCU and quarterback Andy Dalton are featured on the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated.
4) BOISE ST---Boise St went "stylin" this past weekend. They beat the team...that beat Nevada. They put a 42-7 thrashin on the Rainbows of Hawaii. But to any avail? NO!!! The Broncos become perhaps the first team ever to fall after trashing a top-10 offense riding a six-game winning streak in a 42-7 massacre. In two weeks, in fact, Boise has fallen from No. 2 in both polls to No. 4 while burying two conference opponents by a combined score of 91-27 and increasing the nation's widest margin of victory to nearly five touchdowns per game. Now they get in-state rival...Idaho. The Broncos are a 35 point ROAD favorite. Let's see- a 50 point win here and if history repeats, they should drop 2 spots.
5) LSU---Never thought I'd see the day that Les Miles OUTCOACHED Nick Sabin. But he did to the tune of a 24-21 win against the Crimson last week. The Tigers held Alabama to 102 yards rushing two weeks after allowing 440 yards in a 24-17 loss at Auburn. It turned out to be perhaps the biggest victory in Coach Les Miles' tenure, at least in the neighborhood of the BCS title victory against Ohio State because of the implications, the rankings and the Les Miles-Nick Saban factor. It was clear that Miles outcoached Saban on the day with gutsy fourth-down calls and halftime adjustments to the passing game. LSU gets lofty Louisiana-Monroe this week with the freedom to relish last week's win over a team/coach they've grown to hate. Unfortunately for the Tigers, there will be no mulligan for the Auburn loss. They'll have to root for Georgia to pull the stunner on Saturday and then hope Alabama can win the Iron Bowl. (LSU pulling for Bama---unthinkable!!).
6) STANFORD---The Cardinal hammered Arizona, and now they must travel to Tempe to face the only team that came within 20 points of Oregon this season. This could be a dangerous one for Stanford. Hopefully they will be "smart" enough (we are talking about Stanford here) to know how high the stakes are and they are successfully flying "under-the-radar". The Cardinal are 3-1 on the road this season, posting two shutouts against UCLA (35-0) and Washington (41-0)...have allowed just one offensive TD (at Notre Dame) in three of its four road games, excluding the Oregon contest. They are averaging 42.33 points a game to rank second in the Pac-10 Conference and fifth in the nation in scoring offense...have scored 30 or more points in a school-record nine straight games...381 total points already rank fourth on the school's single-season list.
BUT....Stanford is just 3-10 all-time against Arizona State in Tempe and have dropped its last four games in Sun Devil Stadium...last road victory in the series came in 1999.
7) WISCONSIN---The Badgers came out of their bye week to beat Purdue 34-13. Purdue led 10-6 at halftime, but Wisconsin's defense dominated the second half. Coach Bret Bielema said running back John Clay is questionable for Saturday's game against Indiana with a sprained right knee even though tests came back negative (we think he'll play). The sixth-ranked Badgers (8-1, 4-1 Big Ten) were already missing freshman running back James White and relied on third stringer Montee Ball to help awaken them from a first-half stumble against the Boilermakers. At No. 7, the Badgers are the Big Ten's highest-ranked BCS team. And if Wisconsin, Michigan State and Ohio State end up in a tiebreaker, the top dog from BCS standings will go to Pasadena. Why is that? Because Ohio State didn't play Michigan State and Wisconsin beat one (Ohio State) but not the other (Michigan State). Wisconsin controls it's own destiny.
8) OHIO ST---The Buckeyes have left Ohio Stadium just three times this season and played impressively only once. And that came against barely breathing Minnesota last week as they defeated Minnesota 52-10...but who doesn't? They play Penn St this week as Joe-Pa goes for win # 401. A traditional boring game plan is expected as Penn State has won three straight games after a 3-3 start, and will likely try to run the football on the Buckeyes, and depend on its defense to keep Ohio State from finding the end zone with any regularity. But the ONLY thought on this Ohio State squad is they play Iowa in 2 weeks SO is this going to be a "look-ahead" game?
9) OKLAHOMA ST---The Cowboys certainly seem like the best team in the Big 12 South, but they have a significant mental hurdle to overcome this week. Oklahoma State is clearly better than Texas, and Texas has been awful at home this season, but the Cowboys have beaten Texas only once since the formation of the Big 12 (1997), and they haven't won in Austin since 1944. That should keep Oklahoma State from getting too overconfident. And this is after putting a huge beating on Baylor 55-28. Let's HOPE they take advantage of a very bad Texas team this weekend and does the same to them.
10) NEBRASKA---FINAL SCORE...NEBRASKA 31---IOWA ST 30. WHAT??? The Cornhuskers are lucky to still have one loss after last week's scare at Iowa State. Some have suggested Nebraska remains a darkhorse in the national title discussion, but that seems unlikely. The loss to Texas looks worse with every new egg the Longhorns lay, and the best hope for the Big 12 title game is a second win against Oklahoma State or a win against an Oklahoma team that just got thumped by Texas A&M. This is no way to depart the Big 12 and head to the Big 10. Luckily, they get Kansas this week. The Jayhawks opened with a loss to North Dakota State, and it has been all downhill from there. When Kansas and Nebraska meet Saturday, for the teams' final Big 12 conference matchup, fans will have to pay the $39.95 fee to watch the game on Pay-Per-View. (hehehe---anyone interested?)
Associated Press Top 25
4 Boise State
8 Ohio State
10 Michigan State
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