OCTOBER 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL RECAP park
The Week in Review
Here's a brief look at the highlights of the eighth week of the college football season, a week which featured the number one team falling for the third straight week as well as a big-time SEC showdown. The rankings used in this recap are the BCS Standings from prior to the games.
#4 Auburn 24, #6 LSU 17: Auburn puts on a shocking rushing performance (441 yards) against LSU's stout run defense as Cam Newton firmly puts himself in the driver's seat for the Heisman and a host of other national honors with a career-best 216 rushing yards and two TDs.
#16 Nebraska 51, #14 Oklahoma State 41: Nebraska gets back on track after its loss to Texas by riding freshman quarterback Taylor Martinez to its first road win over a Top-20 opponent since 1997. Martinez throws for a career-best 323 yards against the No. 113th-ranked pass defense in the country.
UPSETS KEEP COMING
Syracuse 19, #20 West Virginia 14: Head coach Doug Marrone continues to direct the Orange return to the national picture as they take advantage of three interceptions to snap an eight-game losing streak to the Mountaineers – who were the only Big East team in the BCS Standings.
#10 Ohio State 49, Purdue 0: After falling from the No. 1 ranking last week, the Buckeyes' defense dominates, holding the Boilermakers to a total of 115 yards, while the offense also clicks behind Terrelle Pryor's three TD passes.
#18 Arizona 44, Washington 14: Arizona lost standout quarterback Nick Foles to injury, but they don't miss a beat as backup Matt Scott throws for 233 yards and a pair of TDs.
#21 South Carolina 21, Vanderbilt 7: The Gamecocks avoid a second-straight loss by turning to their third-string running back to hold off Vanderbilt – Brian Maddox rushes for a career-high 146 yards in place of injured freshman star Marcus Lattimore.
#23 Arkansas 37, Ole Miss 24: The Razorbacks were chewed up by Auburn last week, but they get back on track against Ole Miss as Knile Davis rushes for 177 yards and three touchdowns.
#25 Virginia Tech 44, Duke 7: After two losses to open, the Hokies seem to be in perpetual recovery mode; they win their sixth straight against struggling Duke, which has lost six straight.
DON'T MESS WITH SUCCESS – UNDEFEATED TEAMS ROLL
#5 TCU 38, Air Force 7: TCU won its first three MWC games by a combined 100 points, so this game was actually close for the Frogs, who gave up a touchdown for the first time in October. Running back Ed Wesley rushed for a career-best 209 yards.
#9 Utah 59, Colorado State 6: The Utes crush Colorado State behind a strong effort from sophomore Jordan Wynn (23-of-29, 321 yards) as they run their record to 7-0 for the third time in the last seven years.
#12 Stanford 38, Washington State 28: The Cardinal didn't put on the best performance, but they did hold off the Cougars to become bowl eligible for the second straight year, the first time that has happened since 1995-96 – the 6-1 start is Stanford's best since Jim Plunkett led the school to the Rose Bowl in 1970.
#24 Mississippi State 29, UAB 24: After their big win over Florida last week, the Bulldogs need to come from behind in the fourth quarter to upend UAB, but they do win, earning bowl eligibility for the first time since 2007.
Temple 42, Buffalo 0: The Owls improve to 6-2 becoming bowl eligible for the second straight year – their last bowl before 2009 came in 1979 and they have never made back-to-back bowl games.
INTO THE RANKINGS (with updated rankings)
#24 Nevada: The Wolf Pack jumps back into the rankings despite having a bye week.
#25 Baylor 47, Kansas State 42: See above.
|This Week's Key Games
#5 Michigan State at #18 Iowa: Michigan State is making a bid for the best season in school history, but Iowa will still be very difficult in Iowa City; the Hawkeyes' two losses have been by a total of eight points to Top-15 teams.
#6 Missouri at #14 Nebraska: Missouri is 7-0 for the first time since 1960 behind a much-improved defense as well as a solid offense, but Nebraska will be looking to avoid a second home loss.
#1 Auburn at Ole Miss: The Rebels have struggled as expected this year, but No. 1 teams have lost in each of the last three weeks so Auburn and Cam Newton hope to break the latest college football curse.
Georgia vs. Florida (Jacksonville): It's hard to believe that these two teams have a combined seven losses at this point in the season, but with the hard-to-figure SEC East, both can still win the division.
#8 Utah at Air Force: Every game becomes crucial for the Utes, who look to remain undefeated; Air Force's option attack is daunting, but TCU, the other MWC undefeated team, held them to just seven points last weekend.
Michigan at Penn State: Michigan was one of the most-talked about teams earlier this year, but back-to-back losses to ranked teams have quieted the pundits; next up is Penn State, which is battling injuries as it has lost two of its last three.
#2 Oregon at USC: The Ducks have been crushing all foes and are ranked No. 1 in the AP and Coaches' Polls, but this is the game of the year for USC, which is ineligible for postseason play.
Kentucky at #21 Mississippi State: The Bulldogs and second-year coach Dan Mullen have won five straight to become bowl eligible; will they let up against the Wildcats?
#25 Baylor at Texas: Just as everyone expected, the ranked Baylor Bears take on the unranked Texas Longhorns…or maybe not as expected. Baylor is ranked for the first time since 1993; the last time the Bears and Longhorns played with Baylor ranked and Texas not was in 1986.
|Manning Stars of the Week
From the players currently on the Watch List for the Manning Award, here are some of the standout stars from week eight:
Zach Collaros, Cincinnati
Ricky Dobbs, Navy
Blaine Gabbert, Missouri
Robert Griffin, III, Baylor
Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech
|Manning Players to Watch
While 33 quarterbacks are on the Manning Award Watch List, additional players will be added on Monday. Here's a look at the best performances from players making a bid to be added.
Alex Carder, Western Michigan
Kawaun Jakes, Western Kentucky
Taylor Martinez, Nebraska
Cameron Newton, Auburn
Darron Thomas, Oregon
Sugar Bowl Bowl Projections
ESPN (Schlabach): Alabama vs. Wisconsin (Wisconsin replaces Iowa)