Holding Strong: Ohio State Sets Sights On New Orleans

Ryan BlanchfieldAnalyst INovember 4, 2007

Icon Sports MediaThe Ohio State Buckeyes have been the BCS no. 1 ever since week 7, when the rankings first came out.  They seem to be the only steady team in this year of upset bids.

#1 Ohio State (10-0): OSU looked like they might be the next upset victim in the 3rd quarter of this past saturday's game against Wisconsin.  At one point, the Badgers had a 17-10 lead on the Buckeyes, but OSU finished with 28 unanswered points to win big, 38-17. 

This week, my MVP for OSU is Sophomore RB Chris Wells.  Wells took 21 carries for 169 yards and 3 scores.  

The Buckeyes still have 2 quality games left on the schedule, one of those being at home against Illinois.  The Illini seem to be drifting off the radar, but I think they could pose a challenge for OSU.

The other one of those games is the grandaddy of all rivalries.  They travel to the Big House to face the one and only Michigan Wolverines, who are very hot right now.

#2 LSU Tigers (8-1):  LSU just came off of one of the most emotional wins in school history. Beating Nick Saban creates an undescribable sense of relief for fans in Baton Rouge.  

My weekly MVP for LSU may not be a name you've heard often, but this guy has big play potential written all over him.  Demetrius Byrd had 6 catches for 144 yards and a long TD pass that haulted 24 unanswered points from Alabama and shifted the momentum to the LSU sideline.http://blog.nola.com/sportswrapup/2007/10/large_07brandon__JPG__3586262.jpg

LSU pretty much has a cakewalk to a spot in the SEC championship in Atlanta.  They have Ole Miss and Arkansas left, and only have to win one of them.  However, losing one of them would kill their title hopes.

#3 Oregon Ducks (8-1): This past week, Oregon beat previously undefeated Arizona State 35-23.  A 4 TD performance really lifted the Ducks to this win.

My MVP for Oregon this week is Dennis Dixon.  He was 13 of 22 for 189 yards and 4 TDs, and ran for 57 yards.

The Ducks still have Arizona and UCLA on the schedule, but a lack of a conference championship game may hurt Oregon's title chances.

#4 Kansas Jayhawks (9-0): This week, Kansas dropped 76 points on Nebraska.  Enough said.  The reason that Kansas isn't ranked higher is because of a weak SOS.  Kansas hasn't played a team with more than 6 wins, and won't until Nov. 24th against Missouri.

My Jayhawk MVP is Todd Reesing.  Reesing was 30 of 41 for 354 yards and 6 TOUCHDOWNS.  You should be honored ANY day you score 6 TDs.

Kansas still has Iowa St., Okie State and Missouri left on the schedule.  I see them beating ISU and OSU, but I think that Missouri's offense would exploit Kansas' defense.

#5 Oklahoma Sooners (8-1):  One brisk afternoon in Boulder, Colorado may have ruined Oklahoma's season.  Because of that 27-24 loss, Oklahoma's title hopes are nearly vanished.  Aside from that, OU handily defeated Texas A&M last week, 42-14.  

The MVP here is obvious.  QB Sam Bradford was 21 of 30 for 284 yards and 5 scores.  Like I said, that many TDs will get you recognized.

They still have to play Baylor, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech, all of which I see OU winning.  That scenario could present OU with a chance to avenge a loss to Missouri in the Big 12 title game.

This year, it will be a BCS race for the record books.  For those who love talking controversy, you guys are going to love this bowl season! 


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