College Football Review – Week 7 | October 16, 2012
This was not an upset special Saturday in the world of College football. Two teams that had been making big noises, had two tough road trips and they came up short.
South Carolina Gamecocks on the back of the dominant display at home to Georgia, went to face LSU in a far more superior test of their SEC title credentials. LSU were a wounded animal following their loss to Florida last week, so beware a fallen idol as they can come back stronger.
LSU rode freshman RB Jeremy Hill for 124 yards and 2 TDs as LSU ran out 23-21 winners to nip the Gamecocks title bid, this was in spite of again unconvincing play by Mettenberger at QB for the Tigers over whom questions must still remain.
The other question mark game was how well could Geno Smith and the prolific West Virginia offense cope on the road at Texas Tech. The answer was badly, as Smith although throwing no interceptions continuing his streak of perfection but threw for only 275 yards and 1 TD, whilst his opposite number the unheralded Seth Doege threw for 32-42, 499yds and 6TDs. The result has a crippling effect on WVU’s chances of national title contention, although Smith remains favourite for the Heisman. They lost 49-14, and it was 35-7 at the half.
The Big 12 will again have no contender in the National Championship game, as Texas who rallied to defeat Oklahoma State, succumbed to an Oklahoma Sooner juggernaut on Saturday in the Red River Rivalry match in Dallas. Landry Jones in his senior year threw for 321 yards off 21 completions, whilst David Ash threw for just 113 not helped by a wrist injury sustained in play. The biggest play of the game though belonged to OU RB Damien Williams, with a 95 yard burst to accompany his 167 total rushing yards on 22 carries.
Alabama the #1 seed made short work of Missouri, 42-10 and never looked troubled on the road. Florida overcame a tough Vanderbilt side 30-17 on the road to remain undefeated and show that the LSU win was not a fluke.
An interesting team remains Kansas State who avoided a bullet themselves on the road at Iowa State Cyclones 27-21, thats despite having more than double first downs (25-12) over Iowa State and beating them in total yards 364-231. The key to the Wildcats offense is as ever Collin Klein who threw for 187 off 16 completed passes and ran for 105 yards off 25 carries. Much like Tim Tebow during his Gator days – this young man is exhibiting an amazing level of performance with the whole offense and team riding on his shoulders. Kansas State remain 6-0, yet they go on the road to face Geno Smith and WVU in a high octane game of points and spread offense. A big test of Klein’s character awaits him.
The Oregon Ducks picked the worst week to have a rest – they were ranked #2 in the National poll yet due to their lack of play they fell below Florida to #3 in the first BCS poll that had Alabama #1. Kansas State were #4 and Notre Dame #5.
The Fighting Irish earned that position thanks to an incredible win at home to Stanford which they won 20-13 in OT, thanks to a goal-line stand on 4th &1 at the one yard line. A wall of ND defenders stopped Stepfan Taylor (28car, 102yds) from tying the game and extending it. I noted a few weeks ago, if the Irish keep somehow winning games they will be spoken of in national terms -Brian Kelly deserves immense credit for his job, and in his 3rd year it appears to be coming together in South Bend.
Week 8 highlights: Kansas State visit West Virginia; Oregon return on Thursday night at Arizona State; LSU at Texas A&M; South Carolina at Florida; Alabama at Tennessee; Brigham Young (BYU) at Notre Dame. Predictions – WVU,ORE,LSU,FLA,ALA,ND
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