College Football Predictions: The Top 10 for 10-10-10, Nebraska Rules the Roost
The college football action this past weekend was fast and furious as the top three teams held on to their positions with blowout victories over underdog opponents.
Impressive southern outfits such as LSU, South Carolina, Florida State, and Auburn leaped to the forefront of the SEC and ACC by posting important victories over teams who had been contenders for conference titles.
Nebraska maintained its stranglehold on the No.1 overall position in the nation with a devastating manhandling of previously undefeated Kansas State.
Arizona and Alabama lost for the first time.
It was predicted for months Alabama would likely lose their first game of the year when the Tide met South Carolina. Arizona's shocking two point loss to Mike Riley's Oregon State Beavers sets up a three-way round robin at the end of the season in the PAC10.
For two weeks in November the Wildcats, Beavers, and Oregon Ducks should make the end of the PAC10 season as exciting as any conference title game.
Michigan State, playing well for recovering coach Mark Dantonio who observed in person, put out the flame of undefeated Michigan's return to glory.
It was a great day all around for Mark Dantonio, a former star defensive back for the South Carolina Gamecocks in the 1970s.
Penn State continued its fall down the Big 10 ladder with a loss to coach Ron Zook's Fighting Illini.
Ohio State, Boise State, and TCU continued their mop up campaigns against outclassed opponents.
The Top 10 For 10-10-10
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No.1: Nebraska (1)
No.2: Ohio State (2)
No.3: Boise State (3)
No.4: TCU (6)
No.5: Oklahoma (5)
No.6: Oregon (8)
No.7: Iowa (9)
No.8: LSU (N/R)
No.9: Utah (10 tie)
No.10 Auburn (10 tie)
The Drop-Outs: Alabama (4) and Arizona (7).
The Drifters: Michigan State, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Florida State
Regional Rankings For 10-10-10
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While Nebraska continues to dominate the United States as the overall premier team in the nation, the various regions of the country have their "straw-boss" pecking order.
The following is a view into the world of the top three teams in each region.
No.3 Oregon State
The Ducks from Eugene pressed their case as the top team west of the Rockies by dismantling a feisty Washington State club, 43-23.
Arizona, playing with fire once too often with those last moment heroics (save that for Les Miles) fell to rugged Oregon State, 29-27. The bad news for the Beavers was the injury bug striking several key players.
Stanford defeated Southern California, 37-35, as Trojan coach Lane Kiffin lost again in the final seconds.
Washington rallied with too little and too late against Arizona State. The final score was 24-14 in favor of the Sun Devils.
Nevada took care of San Jose State, 35-13 while Hawaii went on the road to trim Fresno State, 49-27
No.3 South Carolina
It was only a matter of time before the Crimson Tide faced a brilliant coach who exposed the Alabama offense as a one dimensional attack and forced lightweight quarterback Greg McElroy to win the game with his passing arm.
Last Saturday was the day and Steve Spurrier was the coach.
Following Carolina's 35-21 conquest of the previously undefeated Tide, LSU jumped to the forefront in the SEC with a shocking 33-29 handling of the Florida Gators in Gainesville.
Tiger bossman Les Miles out-coached the vaunted "Pope" Urban Meyer and the Bayou Bengals laid the wood to a Florida squad that is only a shell of what they once were with quarterback Tim Tebow.
Auburn, the SEC answer to Oregon's point a minute offensive strategy, got the final lick in on the Kentucky Wildcats to win, 37-34.
Miami, possessing possibly the most overblown resume in the nation, crawled away following a home field beat down of epic proportions from the Seminoles of Florida State. The final score of 45-17 sends a signal the 'Noles are back in town and ready to rumble.
It may also bring up another question: Just how good is Ohio State if Miami in Columbus is the signature win of the Buckeyes? Makes you wonder.....
Navy went down to Winston-Salem and pulled out a hard fought 28-27 victory over Wake Forest. As a result, all three of the nation's independent schools were victorious this past weekend.
Ga Tech defeated Virginia, Troy dominated Middle Tennessee State, N.C. State blasted Boston College, and Syracuse put the clamp on coach Skip Holtz's South Florida squad, 13-9.
Georgia defeated Tennessee in a somewhat disappointing homecoming for Vol coach Derek Dooley.
No.2: Ohio State
In Ann Arbor, Michigan two undefeated Top 20 titans took the field to settle who is truly the kingpin of the peninsula state.
Turns out the home fans need not have bothered showing up, the Wolverine football team surely was missing in action.
Slapped about the gridiron for 60 minutes, there should be no more talk about the Big Blue challenging for the Big 10 Title. The loss must be considered a major blow to the Heisman Trophy hopes of Wolverine signal-caller Denard Robinson.
The final result does not do justice to the Spartan rampage, 34-17.
Purdue upset previously undefeated Northwestern, 20-17.
Ohio State and Wisconsin moved towards their showdown next week at Camp Randall with victories over Indiana and Minnesota while Notre Dame made it past visiting Pittsburgh, 23-17.
Another eastern invader, the Temple Owls of Philadelphia, had no answers for Northern Illinois and fell by the score of 31-17 in Mid-American Conference action.
Missouri locked down the offense of the Colorado Buffaloes and won going away, 26-0.
All the while mighty Nebraska enjoyed the day's festivities as the Cornhuskers performed their chores on Thursday night, grinding up previously undefeated Kansas State on the road, 48-13.
Let none question the awesome power of the 2010 Big Red Machine.
One possible challenger to Nebraska for the national title, the Utah Utes, came into Big 12 country and eviscerated Iowa State, 68-27. The Utes are quietly making a case for one of the two BCS Title Game openings.
If the men from the Beehive State remain undefeated they could have an argument for consideration.
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No.1: West Virginia
The fading hopes of yesteryear echoed softly through the halls of West Point last week following a bitter loss to Temple.
Instead of dwelling in a pool of disappointment, the men of the long gray line who also perform duties on the gridiron, gathered themselves to make a final push for a bowl game.
Operation Bowl Game began last Saturday with a 41-23 road victory over Tulane in New Orleans.
Rutgers, loser at home to Tulane last week, clipped the UConn Huskies by the score of 27-24.
While Syracuse won on the road, West Virginia used its home field advantage to the fullest extent by smashing Nevada-Las Vegas, 49-10.
Penn State welcomed visiting Illinois and performed so poorly coach Joe Paterno was nearly speechless. Coach Ron Zook's Illini rolled by the Nittany Lions, 33-13.
In Ivy League action, Yale and Harvard each moved to 3-1 with conference victories.
No.1: Texas Christian
No.3: Oklahoma State
No doubt exhausted from the stress of defeating Texas last week, the Sooners of OU celebrated a week off from the demands of playing college football.
TCU, if not quite receiving the benefit from a week off, did get to relax after the opening moments of a 45-0 home laugher over the Wyoming Cowboys.
SMU remained undefeated in the Conference USA with a 21-18 victory over struggling Tulsa while league rival UTEP moved to 5-1 on the season with an easy 44-24 victory over Rice.
The Houston Cougars stepped outside the CUSA and paid dearly for it by losing at home to Mississippi State of the SEC, 47-24.
Arkansas met up with Texas A&M at the site of the new Cotton Bowl game in Arlington, Texas. The fading Aggies should have stayed home, losing 24-17 to the pass a minute Razorbacks.
The Cowboys of Oklahoma State put on a Friday night show for fans with a 54-28 win over Louisiana- Lafayette.
No.1: Boise State
No.3: Air Force
The Broncos of Boise State continued their long winning streak by putting away the MAC-entry Toledo Rockets, 57-14.
While Utah rolled on the road in Big 12 country, Utah State's road trip was not as enjoyable. The Aggies lost 24-6 to Louisiana Tech.
In Mountain West Conference action, the Air Force Academy stopped Colorado State, 49-27 and BYU escaped San Diego State, 24-21.
An annual contest, which seems to defy the odds-makers each year, saw the New Mexico State Aggies survive the arch-foe New Mexico Lobos, 16-14 in a battle of winless desert teams.
The Idaho Vandals stood down for the week.