College Football Week 8: Oklahoma Not a Real No. 1 Team and 25 Things We Learned
For the third straight week, a No. 1 team has fallen victim to the upset bug.
Three weeks ago, Alabama was the first to fall as they were knocked off by South Carolina. The next afternoon, it was Ohio State that would take over the top spot in the polls.
The Buckeyes proved they weren't worthy when they, too, were upset, this time on the road at Wisconsin. The next day, the first BCS poll was released, announcing the Oklahoma Sooners as the top team in the nation.
The water cooler talk was rabid among college football fans around the country, questioning the Sooners on whether they deserved the top spot.
They would have a chance to prove that on the field against the team that was nearly beaten by San Diego State just a few weeks earlier—the Missouri Tigers.
Unfortunately for Oklahoma, they became the third straight No. 1 team to lose.
With all the goings on in college football this past week, it's time to take a look back at the 25 things we learned this week.
No. 25: South Carolina Bounces Back
When you beat the No. 1 team in the nation, most people don't expect you to lose the following week, especially to Kentucky.
But, that's what the South Carolina Gamecocks went through in their last two weeks. Fortunately for them, they had a chance to bounce back in this week's matchup against Vanderbilt and they took full advantage of it in a 21-7 win.
No. 24: Arizona Wins, Even without Nick Foles
Starting quarterback Nick Foles was forced to miss two to three weeks with a sprained knee, so the Arizona Wildcats would have to fend without him against Washington.
Backup quarterback Matt Scott was more than good enough, throwing for 233 yards and two touchdowns and the Wildcat defense held Washington to just 290 total yards in a 44-14 rout by Arizona.
No. 23: Mississippi State Survives a Scare
After knocking off Florida in the Swamp last week, the Mississippi State Bulldogs almost pulled a South Carolina.
They survived a late push by Alabama-Birmingham, who had a one-point lead in the fourth quarter, and finally pulled out a 29-24 win.
No. 22: Moniz, Green a Two-Man Wrecking Crew
Hawaii is normally not known for their defense, but they showed up on Saturday, holding Utah State to 181 yards of total offense and forced three turnovers in a 45-7 blowout win over the Aggies.
Next to the Warrior defense, quarterback Bryant Moniz threw for 389 yards and a touchdown and running back Alex Green ran for 172 yards and four touchdowns.
No. 21: Cal's Defense Shuts Down Arizona State
Kevin Riley and Shane Vereen are normally the source of every opponent's problem. But it was the Bears' defense that caused Arizona State the biggest headache.
Cal picked up three interceptions and held the Sun Devils to 234 total yards.
No. 20: Colorado Squanders 10-Point Lead
After three quarters, the Colorado Buffaloes held a 10-point lead over the visiting Texas Tech Red Raiders.
Unfortunately for them, they didn't have the defense that could hold off the Raiders as they gave up 13 points in the fourth quarter, allowing Texas Tech to sneak away with a 27-24 win in Boulder.
No. 19: Baylor Proving Critics Wrong
The Baylor Bears continue to prove that they are better than people gave them credit for before the season ever started.
Even playing at home this past Saturday, no one thought they could knock off Kansas State. Well, they did just that thanks to 404 yards and four touchdowns by quarterback Robert Griffin, as the Bears took a 47-42 win over the Wildcats in a game that wasn't nearly as close as the score showed.
No. 18: Alexander Teich, Ricky Dobbs Too Much for Notre Dame
If this wasn't proof that Notre Dame isn't exactly having the kind of year they were hoping for, I don't know what is.
The Irish took on the Naval Academy but they never had a chance.
It was Navy's running game that sunk the Irish, as running back Alexander Teich ran for 210 yards and quarterback Ricky Dobbs added 90 yards and three touchdowns.
The Irish left town after getting handed a 35-17 throttling. Back to the drawing board.
No. 17: Virginia Tech's Win Streak Now at 6
After a 1-2 start to their season, including an upset loss to James Madison at home, the Virginia Tech Hokies have run off six straight wins.
Four of those six wins, however, have come at home but they did pick up a big road win at NC State in early October.
No. 16: 430 Yards of Offense Not Enough for Minnesota
A week after firing their head coach, it looked like Minnesota might actually use that as motivation to pick up a win on Saturday.
Their offense was up to the task, putting up over 400 yards of total offense. The only problem was they couldn't put the ball in the end zone enough times to get by Penn State.
When you finish 5-of-16 on third down, it's going to be a long day.
No. 15: West Virginia Gets Bounced by Syracuse
One team that I was convinced wouldn't last long in the BCS top 25 was the West Virginia Mountaineers. Sure enough, less than a week after the BCS poll was released, the Mountaineers would get bounced, at home, by the Syracuse Orangemen.
After a 14-point first quarter, West Virginia would be shut out over the next three quarters, dropping a 19-14 decision.
No. 14: It Could Have Been, but It Wasn't
Northwestern had the upset. They should have had the upset, but when it was all said and done, it slipped right through their fingers.
The Wildcats allowed Michigan State to roll off 21 points in the fourth quarter and steal a 35-27 win.
No. 13: Ohio State Throws Complete Game Shutout
Apparently Ohio State had a big enough chip on their shoulder after losing at Wisconsin last week.
So, they set their sights on Purdue and handed them a 49-0 beat down at the Horseshoe, a game the Buckeyes led 42-0 after the first half.
No. 12: TCU's Blowout Sends Them Past Boise State
TCU continues to prove that they are a team to be dealt with this season. Their next example came against Air Force, a team that nearly knocked off Oklahoma earlier in the year.
The Horned Frogs made this one look a little too easy, led by running back Ed Wesley who ran for 207 yards and two scores in a 38-7 win over the Falcons.
The win sent them right past Boise State in the newest rankings.
No. 11: Miami Proves Me Wrong
I should known better than to pick against Miami, especially at home.
They proved my point against North Carolina on Saturday. My apologies fellas, it won't happen again.
No. 10: Oregon Just Scored, Again
Despite the hideous uniforms that Oregon rolled out on Saturday, it didn't stop them from putting on an offensive show against UCLA who were so far overmatched.
Apparently, the Ducks just scored another touchdown. Will this onslaught ever end?
No. 9: Jeremiah Masoli Not Enough Against Arkansas
The Ole Miss Rebels needed a big day from their quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, and they got it to the tune of 327 yards and three touchdowns from the former Oregon Duck.
Unfortunately for Ole Miss, it wasn't enough against a superior Arkansas team who took a 37-24 win at home.
No. 8: Is Wisconsin for Real?
The Wisconsin Badgers have surprised everyone over the past two weeks.
After an upset of No. 1 Ohio State at Camp Randall Stadium last Saturday, the Badgers traveled to take on Iowa.
When that one was over, it left everyone wondering what the Badgers can do next after a 31-30 win over the Hawkeyes.
So, are the Badgers for real?
No. 7: Texas Was Who We Thought They Were
After Texas lost to UCLA, most thought it was just a fluke. It wasn't the true Texas team that played like that.
It seemed, after a win over Nebraska in Lincoln a week ago, that those people were right on. The Longhorns seemed to be back on track.
But, that couldn't have been further from the truth as the Longhorns returned home, only to get beat by Iowa State.
So, apparently their loss to UCLA wasn't a fluke after all.
No. 6: Auburn Ground Game Does in LSU
If Cam Newton hasn't proved that he should be at the top of the Heisman Trophy list, maybe his performance against LSU will more than prove it.
Newton ran for 217 yards and a touchdown while running back Michael Dyer added 100 yards of his own, as the Tigers, the Auburn Tigers, remain undefeated with a 24-17 win over LSU.
No. 5: Terrelle Pryor Can't Seem to Stay Quiet
Terrelle Pryor is a good athlete, maybe even great, but what comes out of his mouth in front of the media is why Ohio State doesn't make him available all that often.
Here's proof. On Saturday after the Buckeyes' win over Purdue, Pryor addressed their loss last week to Wisconsin. Pryor told Ken Gordon of The Columbus Dispatch, "Not to take anything away from Wisconsin at all—I really don't want it to come off like this—but they weren't better than us. Everybody knows that if we play nine out of 10 times, we'd beat Wisconsin."
No. 4: Taylor Martinez, Kendall Hunter Put on a Show
Taylor Martinez couldn't have had a worse week after being benched during their game against Texas a week ago. He wanted to prove that he could bounce back from a bad performance.
He did just that against Oklahoma State on the road on Saturday, throwing for 323 yards and five touchdowns as well as adding another 112 on the ground.
The Cornhuskers would bounce back this time around, pulling off a big 51-41 win over the Cowboys in Stillwater.
On the flip side, Cowboys' running back Kendall Hunter ran wild on Nebraska's defense, rushing for 201 yards and two touchdowns.
No. 3: Matt Antonelli Goes 2-3 This Week
It was another tough week for the guest picker, Matt Antonelli, as he finished the week with a 2-3 record.
He picked Oklahoma over Missouri, Auburn over LSU, Iowa over Wisconsin, Miami over North Carolina, and Oklahoma State over Nebraska.
The only two he got right were Auburn and Miami.
We've got a guest already lined up for next week, but you'll have to wait to find out who it is.
No. 2: Oklahoma Overrated?
It just wasn't Oklahoma's night and the overall No. 1 has become somewhat of a jinx in recent weeks.
The Sooners became the third straight No. 1 team to fall after Alabama and Ohio State fell in consecutive weeks.
But are the Sooners overrated or did they just meet a good team that was peaking at the right time?
No. 1: In My Own Words
Another week of college football has passed us by and it's sad to think that we're already past the halfway point of the season. Can it really be true?
I don't think I've ever seen three straight overall No. 1's fall in three consecutive weeks. Alabama, Ohio State and now Oklahoma.
Are we not seeing these teams for what they really are or did they just meet teams that were peaking at just the right time?
That's a question that can be debated, but for my money, Oklahoma wasn't the right choice to be the overall No. 1 team in the country. That spot belongs to Oregon, a spot that is rightfully theirs to hold on to and a spot they won't give up for the remainder of the season.
Say what you want about their schedule, but this is an offense that continues to put up ridiculous numbers week in and week out. You may not like the Pac-10, but give the Ducks credit for not letting up from week to week.