College Football: Will Oklahoma Be the Third Straight No. 1 Team To Fall?
In the past two weeks we, as college football fans, have witnessed the then-No.1 teams fall to an upset-minded underdog.
Two weeks ago, it was the South Carolina Gamecocks pulling off the win against No. 1-ranked Alabama. Alabama fell to number eight in the rankings, and the Ohio State Buckeyes took over the top spot.
Their run of consecutive weeks at No. 1 was ended after only one week as they fell to Big Ten foe Wisconsin.
So now it is clear that you just don't know what to expect in college football this season. This has been one of the more back and forth years in a long time. Keeping up is the challenge set to fans around the country.
Last weekend, we witnessed many upsets featuring the No. 1, 4, and 24 teams in the land, and after falling, lost most hope of a national championship.
Now, clearly Oregon State [No. 24] had no hope of a national title, and they were simply working for that Rose Bowl bid, but Ohio State and Nebraska were still well in the mix for a shot.
Now here we are, after seven weeks of chaos, in Week 8. The BCS standings have been released, and at the top spot rests the mighty OKLAHOMA?
What a way to top of a great week of surprises. I really don't think anyone, not even Oklahoma fans, suspected that. They were ranked sixth in the AP polls a week prior to the release of the BCS standings, and they jumped to the top spot.
They are however ranked third on the AP poll this week, but now that the BCS standings are out, nobody will be checking out that AP poll much anymore.
Now to the topic of Oklahoma's possibility of losing and being the third straight No. 1 team to fall this season. They have their toughest game yet against a highly potent offensive team in Missouri. It's another classic conference match up for the No. 1 team.
Don't forget Alabama and Ohio State fell to conference opponents who were ranked outside of the top ten. Having two straight No. 1 teams lose only leaves Oklahoma fans and players with the question, "Why us? Why Now?"
The curse of No. 1 is what it will be known as if Oklahoma is to lose, and with good reason.
This criteria of losing to a ranked, but outside of the top ten opponent will haunt any other teams who reach the top spot with this combination on their schedule the very next week.
It's not like Bob Stoops and Oklahoma are not used to the No. 1 ranking. They have reached it several times, but it hasn't been the same team every time obviously.
The keys for Oklahoma to win is to keep star quarterback Blaine Gabbert in check. If they can get their talented defense underneath his skin, the Oklahoma defense may have a big day.
Although Gabbert isn't used to making mistakes, having thrown only three interceptions all season, Oklahoma, like I said, has a highly talented defense.
Oklahoma also needs to get DeMarco Murray the ball often and allow him to gain yards on the ground. If they can do this, it will be a long game for Missouri's defense.
If Missouri shocks the college world with yet another upset, the No. 1 spot would be up for grabs. Or maybe its already been clinched by an outside force from a non-AQ (Automatic Qualifier) conference if Oklahoma loses.
You all know exactly who I'm talking about, and it's not TCU. Either way, it goes it will be a hard-hitting, high-scoring game. Let's all just sit back and enjoy.
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