College Football – There Are Only 3 Unbeaten Teams Left – 10-0 Ohio State, 9-0 Kansas & 8-0 Hawaii
Slowly, methodically, inexorably-like a superior military force launching an all out attack on a weaker opponent-the unbeaten teams continue to be picked off by better competition later in the season.
The latest victims are previously unbeaten and high flying Boston College and Arizona State.
Florida State (6-3) took a 10-7 3rd quarter lead into the 4th quarter and outscored No. 2-ranked Boston College 17-10 to upend the Eagles 27-17. No. 4-ranked Oregon led 35-16 going into the 4th quarter against No. 6-ranked Arizona State and easily won 35-23. For a moment, the world stopped for a bunch of Boston College and Arizona State seniors.
Boston College dropped to No. 8 in the AP Top 25 Poll out Sunday night, and Arizona State fell to No. 9. Oregon (8-1) moved up to the No. 2 spot.
The real fanny kickers moved on resolutely to greater glory, crushing their opponents with only one exception.
Top-ranked and unbeaten Ohio State won its 10th straight by giving Wisconsin its 3rd defeat 38-17. I have been saying all season Wisconsin was overrated and now it is really beginning to show.
No. 8-ranked and unbeaten Kansas won its 9th straight by ripping Nebraska 76-39, scoring the most points ever given up by the Cornhuskers. The loss was Nebraska’s 5th straight after winning 36 straight times against Kansas from 1969 to 2004. My, how times have changed.
Oklahoma (8-1) slammed Texas A&M 42-14, and No. 9-ranked Missouri (also 8-1) slapped around Colorado 55-10.
The only top team to struggle was No. 3-ranked LSU (8-1), which hung on for dear life to narrowly get by No. 17-ranked Alabama 41-34. We expect big stuff from LSU but do not look past the Crimson Tide. They led 27-24 going into the 4th quarter but gave up 2 touchdowns in the final 3 minutes. พนันแทงบอลที่ดีที่สุด
Nick Saban’s first year at Alabama has been impressive. The team might be 6-3 but the Tide had LSU on the ropes, lost by a field goal to Georgia in overtime, and lost by a touchdown at Florida State.
The only other unbeaten team-Hawaii (8-0)-was idle over the weekend. The Warriors will be tested for the first time this year when they host No. 21-ranked Boise State three weeks from now on November 23.
Boise State is just getting warmed up. The Broncos (8-1) torn into San Jose State 42-7 and jumped up to No. 19 in this week’s poll.
The only other team in the AP Top 25 with only 1 loss is Connecticut (8-1), which defeated Rutgers 38-19. Next stop for Connecticut is at Cincinnati, which gave No. 20-ranked South Florida (6-3) its 3rd loss, 38-33. Good for the Bearcats, it makes the Connecticut face-off more interesting.
I am not commenting on the other Top 25 teams, the rest have 2 or more losses and are fast becoming irrelevant in the BCS race to the national championship.
Here are some side notes on lesser lights, most of whom failed to get it done when it counted:
1) Michigan State hosted Michigan and made the Wolverines look even better by letting Michigan win its 8th straight game, 28-24. This one surprised me because it was in the Spartan house and first year coach Mark Dantonio had circled this game on his calendar from the day he was hired to turn around MSU’s distressed program. Maybe it is just freshmanitis.
2) Mike Price’s UTEP team led Rice 42-28 going into the last quarter and gave up 4 touchdowns to lose 56-48. I would call that a complete and total collapse. Either the Miners got really lazy or sloppy, or both. It takes no talent to give up 4 TDs in the last quarter and lose. The loss put UTEP at 4-5 on the season.
3) Navy (5-4) beat Notre Dame (1-8) at Norte Dame 46-44 in triple overtime to snap a 43-year losing streak to the Irish. From 1964 to 2006 the Irish beat Navy every year to set the NCAA record for the most consecutive wins over a major opponent in an uninterrupted major college football series.
To fully appreciate just how long ago it was that Navy last won against the Irish, Roger Staubach was quarterback for the Midshipmen in their 35-14 victory in 1963. A player for Navy Saturday could have easily been the son of a Navy player who won in 1963.
It has been what you would call a long season for Notre Dame Coach Charlie Weis. He will try to forget this year when it is over but it will be difficult.
4) Washington Husky football players shed their training wheels this week by beating Stanford 27-9 on the road after losing 6 straight games. In fairness, the Washington’s (3-6) losses were to Ohio State (10-0), UCLA (5-4), USC (7-2), Arizona State (8-1), Oregon (8-1) and Arizona (4-6).
The combined record of the 6 teams is 42-14. The Huskies are back at No. 1 in playing the toughest schedule among 242 Division I-A and 1-AA teams.
Hawaii, on the other hand, has a perfect 8-0 record and No. 14 ranking by beating up on AA Northern Colorado (1-9), AA Charleston Southern (4-5), Idaho (1-9), Utah State (0-9), New Mexico State (4-6), San Jose State (3-6), UNLV (2-7) and Louisiana Tech (4-5), its highest rated opponent at No. 106 among 242 Division 1 teams.