October 23, 2012

College Football Week 8 Recap

    We push on into the college football season, and week eight brought us big games with surprising results.

    #14 West Virginia was coming off its first loss of the season, a 49-14 throttling at the hands of #19 Texas Tech. This week, West Virginia took on #7 Kansas State, who has shocked some with it's 6-0 record coming in. 

Kansas State QB Colin Klein

    Geno Smith, West Virginia's QB, has had a great season so far, and came in without a single interception. But it was another rough game for all of West Virginia's team, as their defense was exposed again, and Kansas State won 55-14. Geno Smith threw his first two interceptions of the year. 

     But the real star, who has taken all of Smith's stardom this week, was Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein. Klein went 19/21, with 323 yards, and three touchdown passes. On top of that, Klein also ran for an astonishing four touchdowns on only 12 carries. Klein now looks like the Heisman favorite this week, and Geno Smith has fallen out of the conversation. 

    West Virginia as a team also looks bad, especially its defense. The Mountaineers are in a midst of playing the Big 12's best six teams, six straight weeks. They are 1-2 so far. They have a win over Texas (who is having big problems of their own), but have terrible losses at the hands of #19 Texas Tech, and now #7 Kansas State. Next week it is TCU, followed by Oklahoma State, and #10 Oklahoma. If they do not turn their defense around, which will be hard to do, a 5-5 record after the gauntlet of talented teams is very likely.

    #8 LSU also had their problems vs #25 Texas AM, and they still look like the fourth or even fifth best team in the SEC. As for the best, #1 Alabama still holds that spot after a big win over Tennessee. Number two though, now is #4 Florida who had a huge 44-11 win over a banged-up #9 South Carolina squad. 

    Florida has a huge test next week vs #11 Georgia, but a win gives them the SEC East. Alabama has game vs an undefeated #16 Mississippi State. Both have some very tough contests to finish the year, but it's looking like Florida and Alabama will face off in the SEC title game for a spot in the national title.

Top 25

1. Alabama 7-0
2. Oregon 7-0
3. Florida 7-0
4. Notre Dame 7-0
5. Kansas State 7-0
6. USC 6-1
7. Ohio State 8-0
8. LSU 7-1
9. Oklahoma 5-1
10. Georgia 6-1
11. Florida State 7-1
12. Clemson 6-1
13. Mississippi State 7-0
14. Oregon State 6-0
15. Texas Tech 6-1
16. Louisville 7-0
17. Rutgers 7-0
18. South Carolina 6-2
19. Stanford 5-2
20. Michigan 5-2
21. N.C State 5-2
22. Texas 5-2
23. Ohio 7-0
24. Boise State 6-1
25. West Virginia 5-2

Next 5 in:

Arizona State 5-2
Texas AM 5-2
Louisiana Tech 6-1Nebraska 5-2
Penn State 5-2

Dropped Out:

Cincinnati (#20)
Arizona State (#24)
Texas AM (#25)

What To Watch

Cincinnati (5-1) @ #16 Louisville (7-0)
Friday, 8:00 pm ET, ESPN

Cincinnati was undefeated before an under-the-radar upset to Toldeo last week dropped them out of the polls. This is the same team that beat Virginia Tech and will give Louisville a fight as two of the three best teams in the Big East square off. Louisville can gain momentum with a big win on their way to a possible Big East championship.

Prediction: Louisville 30 Cincinnati 27

#3 Florida (7-0) @ #10 Georgia (6-1)
3:30 pm ET, CBS

Florida is fresh off a giant win over #18 South Carolina and a win over Georgia, and with a win here will have beaten the two teams who pose a threat to take the SEC East title. Florida should roll with another big performance.

Prediction: Florida 28 Georgia 14

#15 Texas Tech (6-1) @ #5 Kansas State (7-0)
3:30 pm ET, FOX

Expect another huge scoring affair but with a little more defense then we have seen recently. Texas Tech is a suprise team this year, and Colin Klein looks to build off the huge game he had last week vs West Virginia.

Prediction: Kansas St. 48 Texas Tech 41

#7 Ohio State (8-0) @ Penn State (5-2)
5:30 pm ET, ESPN

Both schools are under penalty from the NCAA. Ohio State is having a great season with eight wins despite some concerning play thus far. Penn State is on a five game winning streak and looks to take down another Big 10 foe. Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller should be back after the head injury sufferd vs Purdue last week, and that will be the key factor in the Buckeye's improving to 9-0.

Prediction: Ohio State 38 Penn State 14

#22 Michigan (5-2) @ Nebraska (5-2)
8:00 pm ET, ESPN2

The winner of this game will most likely represent the Legends division in the Big 10 title game, unless Northwestern has something to say about it. But Michigan and Nebraska's fate lie in this game. Nebraska has underachieved this year and should slow down Michigan, but I see the Wolverines squeaking one out.

Prediction: Michigan 17 Nebraska 13

#4 Notre Dame (7-0) @ #9 Oklahoma (5-1)
8:00 pm ET, ABC

It isn't usual to see such a big non-conference game in midseason, but we have one this weekend between Notre Dame and Oklahoma. If you are not sold on Notre Dame yet, this game will do it. The Irish will assert their dominance and continue as a title favorite this year with a huge win over Oklahoma.

Prediction: Notre Dame 37 Oklahoma 14

#13 Mississippi St. (7-0) @ #1 Alabama (7-0)
8:00 pm ET, ESPN

Mississippi State has a chance to pull the biggest upset in school history, and with this talented team they have a chance. But Alabama is just too good, and intimidation could be a huge factor here. The Tide will roll in a defensive battle.

Prediction: Alabama 24 Mississippi St. 10

Other Predictions:

#12 Clemson 45 Wake Forest 17
Nevada 35 Air Force 33
Northwestern 27 Iowa 21
Missouri 28 Kentucky 27
Pittsburgh 26 Temple 21
#22 Texas 46 Kansas 21
#18 South Carolina 25 Tennessee 14
Northern Illinois 35 Western Michigan 24
#21 NC State 27 North Carolina 23
Southern Miss 34 Rice 25
Arizona State 37 UCLA 35
BYU 14 Georgia Tech 6
#2 Oregon 63 Colorado 8
#6 USC 47 Arizona 35
#11 Florida State 27 Duke 22
Wisconsin 21 Michigan State 17
#23 Ohio 27 Miami (Oh) 15
Oklahoma State 37 TCU 35
#19 Stanford 42 Washington State 17
Texas AM 38 Auburn 34
Vanderbilt 45 UMass 7
UCF 37 Marshall 35
California 35 Utah 32
#14 Oregon State 38 Washington 24

BCS Bowls

Championship: #1 Alabama vs #2 Oregon

Rose: #6 USC vs #9 Oklahoma

Sugar: #3 Florida vs #4 Notre Dame

Fiesta: #5 Kansas State vs #20 Michigan

Orange: #16 Louisville vs #11 Florida State

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