College Football Week 8 Picks and Predictions
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Games of the Week: Oklahoma at Missouri and LSU at Auburn
At times, college football's No. 1 ranking carries with it a reputation and shelf life that exists about as long as a prom king's reign.
In order to qualify for the throne you must be, in most instances, a popular and respectable football program with a history of success. Teams must be proactive in cleaning up blemishes on offense, defense and special teams to get the votes. Clean cut and Tebow-esque is greater than rich and spoiled.
However, Zach's control of Bayside's scepter is short-lived after word gets out that he's been cavorting with a girl from rival Valley.
That or you get exploited by South Carolina or Wisconsin.
Boom! Welcome back to the land of the peasants.
If the metaphor fits, wear it. It's now Oregon and Oklahoma's turn to don the crown. By default, as they were enjoying a bye week, the Ducks move to the top spot in the AP ranking. With wins over Florida State, at Cincinnati and most importantly Texas, Boomer Sooner has earned elite status in the first edition of the BCS standings.
Oklahoma's reward for a 6-0 start is another road war in the Big 12. Bob Stoops will have his hands full preparing for the Missouri Tigers as they have quietly crept up into the Top 20.
Gary Pinkel's defense is the best you've never heard of, and to be fair their strength of schedule is the reason why, but when you shut down the Texas A&M offense to the tune of nine points, you are doing something right. The Tigers are holding opponents to 10.8 points per game, second-best in the nation behind TCU.
Quarterback Blaine Gabbert is the main reason why the Tigers' passing offense is ranked in the top 20. Seven weeks into the season, he's amassed over 1,500 yards through the air and 10 touchdowns. As a whole, the Tigers' offense is ranked 24th in points per game (34.5). Although, their schedule includes such non-conference gems McNeese State, Miami (OH) and soon-to-be Pac-10 refugee Colorado.
Considering Sam Bradford missed most of the 2009 season with a shoulder injury, the team has transitioned really nicely under Landry Jones in 2010. The sophomore quarterback has offensive stats comparable to Michigan State's Kirk Cousins and Arizona's Nick Foles. The Sooners are currently ranked in Top 20 in total offense. Their passing game is averaging 303 yards each contest while senior running back DeMarco Murray is carrying the ground game with eleven touchdowns and over 155 yds/gm.
The only glaring weakness in the OK resume is their road test came at Cincinnati, where the Sooners allowed Zach Collaros to pass for over 300 yards and nearly handed the game to the Bearcats in the fourth quarter. It may have been a bump in the road, however, as Oklahoma is ranked 28th in the country in points allowed per game at 19.
Auburn vs. LSU Coming Soon
|College Football Week 8|
|Eastern Michigan Eagles||5.9||8||Boxscore|
|@ Virginia Cavaliers||94.1||33|
|Duke Blue Devils||7.9||17||Boxscore|
|@ Virginia Tech Hokies||92.1||40|
|North Carolina Tar Heels||24.8||19||Boxscore|
|@ Miami (FL) Hurricanes||75.2||29|
|@ Boston College Eagles||62.4||28|
|Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets||64.4||29||Boxscore|
|@ Clemson Tigers||35.6||27|
|Rutgers Scarlet Knights||11.9||11||Boxscore|
|@ Pittsburgh Panthers||88.1||31|
|@ West Virginia Mountaineers||82.2||30|
|South Florida Bulls||20.8||17||Boxscore|
|@ Cincinnati Bearcats||79.2||31|
|@ Louisville Cardinals||35.6||23|
|@ Ohio State Buckeyes||95.0||39|
|@ Iowa Hawkeyes||69.3||30|
|@ Illinois Fighting Illini||51.5||31|
|Michigan State Spartans||65.3||32||Boxscore|
|@ Northwestern Wildcats||34.7||29|
|Penn State Nittany Lions||95.0||36||Boxscore|
|@ Minnesota Golden Gophers||5.0||13|
|Ball State Cardinals||15.8||16||Boxscore|
|@ Toledo Rockets||84.2||33|
|Central Michigan Chippewas||26.7||19||Boxscore|
|@ Northern Illinois Huskies||73.3||30|
|Western Michigan Broncos||39.6||20||Boxscore|
|@ Akron Zips||60.4||24|
|Kent State Golden Flashes||55.4||20||Boxscore|
|@ Bowling Green Falcons||44.6||19|
|@ Buffalo Bulls||14.9||18|
|@ Miami (OH) RedHawks||5.0||12|
|Washington State Cougars||5.0||15||Boxscore|
|@ Stanford Cardinal||95.0||48|
|@ Oregon Ducks||95.0||38|
|@ Arizona Wildcats||91.1||37|
|Arizona State Sun Devils||52.5||29||Boxscore|
|@ California Golden Bears||47.5||29|
|@ Mississippi State Bulldogs||90.1||41|
|@ Arkansas Razorbacks||87.1||44|
|@ Auburn Tigers||67.3||30|
|@ Kentucky Wildcats||24.8||23|
|Alabama Crimson Tide||95.0||34||Boxscore|
|@ Tennessee Volunteers||5.0||13|
|South Carolina Gamecocks||95.0||40||Boxscore|
|@ Vanderbilt Commodores||5.0||11|
|New Mexico State Aggies||5.0||10||Boxscore|
|@ Idaho Vandals||95.0||46|
|@ Utah State Aggies||35.6||31|
|Fresno State Bulldogs||92.1||35||Boxscore|
|@ San Jose State Spartans||7.9||16|
|Notre Dame Fighting Irish||83.2||30||Boxscore|
|@ Navy Midshipmen||16.8||20|
|Iowa State Cyclones||5.0||10||Boxscore|
|@ Texas Longhorns||95.0||38|
|Kansas State Wildcats||20.8||19||Boxscore|
|@ Baylor Bears||79.2||32|
|@ Oklahoma State Cowboys||61.4||31|
|@ Missouri Tigers||47.5||31|
|Texas Tech Red Raiders||82.2||32||Boxscore|
|@ Colorado Buffaloes||17.8||20|
|Texas A&M Aggies||95.0||39||Boxscore|
|@ Kansas Jayhawks||5.0||18|
|@ UCF Knights||95.0||40|
|Tulane Green Wave||23.8||22||Boxscore|
|@ UTEP Miners||76.2||35|
|Marshall Thundering Herd||25.7||19||Boxscore|
|@ East Carolina Pirates||74.3||30|
|@ Southern Methodist Mustangs||61.4||35|
|Colorado State Rams||5.0||11||Boxscore|
|@ Utah Utes||95.0||42|
|Air Force Falcons||5.0||13||Boxscore|
|@ TCU Horned Frogs||95.0||44|
|@ Brigham Young Cougars||68.3||24|
|San Diego State Aztecs||95.0||36||Boxscore|
|@ New Mexico Lobos||5.0||12|
|Western Kentucky Hilltoppers||16.8||13||Boxscore|
|@ Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns||83.2||30|
|@ Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders||58.4||29|
|Florida Atlantic Owls||42.6||27||Boxscore|
|@ Arkansas State Red Wolves||57.4||30|
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