College football’s 8th week saw the lesser lights among the AP Top 25 take turns getting beat up while the nation’s top 6 teams remain exactly the same with unbeaten Texas, Alabama and Penn State 1-2-3 followed by once-beaten Oklahoma, Florida and Southern Cal.
Taking care of business as usual was No. 1 Texas at home over No. 11 Missouri 56-31, No. 2 Alabama at home over unranked Mississippi 24-20, No. 3 Penn State at home over unranked Michigan 46-17, No. 4 Oklahoma at home over No. 16 Kansas 45-31, No. 5 Florida was idle, and No. 6 Southern Cal on the road over unranked Washington State 69-0.
Texas got off to a 35-0 lead by scoring touchdowns on its first 5 possessions of the first half as quarterback Colt McCoy had a career night, passing for 337 yards and 2 touchdowns, running for 2 more TDs, and setting a school record with 17 consecutive completions. Texas sure looks like a team that could play in the BCS national championship game as the Longhorns dominated on both sides of the ball.
Alabama led Mississippi 20-3 at the half and it was a good thing because the Old Miss Rebels won the second half 17-0. The Crimson Tide needed a late defensive stand and got it to hold off a Mississippi upset.
Michigan was feeling a lot buff after jumping out to a 10-0 lead and a 17-7 lead, but Penn State came back with 39 unanswered points to rout the Wolverines and break a 9-game losing streak against Michigan. Joe Paterno and his Nittany Lions figure it is their year, so you better get out of the way.
Kansas scored in every quarter but Oklahoma just kept coming and prevailed as quarterback Sam Bradford passed for a Sooner school-record 468 yards while adding 3 TD passes.
Southern Cal took no mercy in visiting Washington State by obliterating the Cougars 69-zip, rolling up 625 yards of total offense, including 28 first downs and 402 yards in the first half. The Washington State shutout loss was its first since 1984, 24 years and 280 games ago.
On paper, the Cougars are not the worst team in the country simply because they played and won a game against 1-AA Portland State. Their rivals, the Washington Huskies, continue to be winless in 6 outings so they have earned the distinction. Even winless North Texas at 0-7 doesn’t get beat as bad as the Cougars and Huskies.
Other Top 25 winners this week included No. 7 Texas Tech on the road over unranked Texas A&M 43-25, No. 8 Oklahoma State at home over unranked Baylor 34-6, No. 10 Georgia at home over No. 22 Vanderbilt 24-14, No. 12 Ohio State on the road over No. 20 Michigan State 45-7, No. 13 LSU on the road over unranked South Carolina 24-17, No. 14 Utah at home over unranked Colorado State 49-16, No. 15 Boisแทงบอลออนไลน์e State at home over unranked Hawaii 27-7, No. 19 South Florida at home over Syracuse 45-13, and No. 23 Pittsburgh on the road over Navy 42-21.
So 14 of the 23 AP Top 25 teams won (61%) while 9 of the 23 lost (39%) as 4 of the 9 losers ran head on into ranked teams. No. 24 Ball State, along with Florida, was idle.
No. 9 Brigham Young bit the dust as an unbeaten team by traveling to unranked Texas Christian and getting a mud hole stomped in them 32-7, so much for unbeaten teams playing cupcake schedules. Entering the game, BYU’s Sagarin schedule strength ranked 121st among 119 Division 1-A teams.
No. 17 Virginia Tech traveled to unranked Boston College and managed to lose 28-23. No. 18 North Carolina traveled to unranked Virginia and lost to the Cavaliers in overtime 16-13. No. 21 Wake Forest traveled to unranked Maryland and got skunked 26-0. No. 25 California traveled to unranked Arizona and was upset 42-27. There seems to be a pattern here-Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Wake Forest and California all had away games against unranked teams and lost, proving it is dangerous to travel.