Upset Saturday: Week 7 in College Football

For the second week in a row, the number 1 team in the country was upset as the Ohio St. Buckeyes were beaten by a tough Wisconsin Badger team.  While this is an upset, it shouldn’t be as much a surprise as Alabama’s loss to the Gamecocks last weekend.  Many experts had the Badgers as a top 10 team this year and they showed how good they are by thrashing Terrelle Pryor and the sweater vest (Jim Tressell) 31-18, ending the Buckeyes hopes of competing for the national championship.  John Clay ran for 104 yards and 2 scores for Wisconsin and Terrelle Pryor’s Heisman candidacy took a hit as he threw for just 156 yards and one interception.

With Ohio State going down, the Oregon Ducks are the new number one team in the land.  Oregon does have a semi difficult schedule the rest of the way facing UCLA (beat Texas), USC (took Stanford down to the wire), Washington (beat USC and Oregon State) , and  number 18 Arizona.  Oregon has been impressive all season long but I do feel that they may be susceptible to an upset as they haven’t faced any true competition yet this season.

Also benefitting from the Ohio State loss are the Oklahoma Sooners.  They are the number one team in the first release of the BCS standings and number 3 in the AP Top 25.  Oklahoma has 2 challenges the rest of the way at Missouri and at Oklahoma State.  If the can beat both these teams on the road and win out the rest of their easy schedule they will seal a bid to play for the national championship.  I like Oklahoma’s chances because they have a seasoned quarterback in Landry Jones (Sam Bradford’s season ending injury last year could be the best thing to happen to this year’s Sooners) and a healthy, dynamic running back in DeMarco Murray.

Before anyone starts to ask me about Texas’ upset over Nebraska on Saturday, understand that this wasn’t an upset.  I don’t care that Nebraska was ranked 5th in the country at the time.  I will be the first to tell you that they were insanely overrated.  I don’t care that Texas lost 2 games in a row going into Saturday, looking atrocious in both of them.  I don’t care that Texas won on the road in a hostile environment.  The fact of the matter is Texas has one of the best defenses in the country against a freshman quarterback that hadn’t faced any challenges at all until Saturday.  I still think Texas has a long way to go to be considered in the same sentence as the Alabama’s, Oregon’s, and Oklahoma’s of this season but they aren’t as fraudulent as Michigan either.  Nebraska is still a couple years away from being actual contenders.

After Auburn’s exciting 65-43 victory over Arkansas, I strongly feel that Auburn quarterback Cameron Newton is the leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy.  Newton threw for 140 yards and a touchdown while running for 188 yards and 3 touchdowns in Auburns win.  On the season Newton has thrown for 1.278 yards and 13 touchdowns for a rating of an eye-popping 180.53.  More importantly he has lead his team to a 7-0 overall record and 4-0 record in the minefield that is SEC football.  The schedule doesn’t let up for Newton either as his squad will host LSU on Saturday.  I like Auburn in this matchup because I don’t think that Newton will pull a Denard Robinson or Terrelle Pryor, buckling under the pressure of the moment.

Big Games to watch for in Week 8: (Rankings are BCS rankings)

UCLA @ #2 Oregon  Thursday, October 21 @ 9:00

#6 LSU @ #4 Auburn Saturday, October 23 @ 3:30

#1 Oklahoma @ #11 Missouri, Saturday October 23 @ 8:00

 

With the season half way done, I am going to start taking a look at NFL draft prospects as well.  I am thinking that the Buffalo Bills will be getting the first pick in the draft and they desperately need a quarterback.  This week I will start by looking at the top 5 quarterbacks that are the closest to NFL ready.

1) Ryan Mallett, Arkansas

2) Ricky Stansi, Iowa

3) Kellen Moore, Boise State

4) Cameron Newton, Auburn

5) Jake Locker, Washington

 

 

 

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One Response

  1. Agreed. After watching Alabama and Ohio State lose in consecutive weeks it would stir up college football once again. Too many unbeated teams at the end of the season causes too much controversy over bowl games. While it would be crazy to see the #1 team go down for the 3rd straight week, it’s not going to happen in Eugene. Oregon should win this one easily but don’t be surprised if it’s closer than the spread indicates.

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