Saturday, September 29, 2007

College Football's Top Teams and Heisman Hopefuls: Week #5

The only Top Ten team that won easily on a historic weekend was Ohio State. LSU eventually pulled away from in-state rival Tulane, USC needed to recover on onside kick to survive at Washington, Wisconsin withstood a late charge from Michigan State and California required an Oregon fumble inside the endzone to escape with a victory from Autzen Stadium.

And they were the lucky ones.

In other developments, Oklahoma lost on a last-second FG at Colorado. Florida also was defeated on last-second FG. The defending champs were thwarted by Auburn for the second consecutive year, this time in Gainesville. West Virginia came up just short in its comeback bid at South Florida on Friday night. Texas, playing with fire for the past month, finally got torched as Kansas State trounced the Longhorns in Austin.

All these crazy games result in some wacky reasoning in the Top Ten. Oregon loses this week and enters the ranking while Boston College remains undefeated and drops out. I think it's reasonable to say there is no dominant team in college football this year. It's all about which team(s) will play smart and execute down the stretch.

Week 6 brings a boatload of huge matchups. Thursday night has undefeated Kentucky visiting South Carolina. Saturday afternoon brings Big 12 rivals Texas and Oklahoma together for the Red River Shootout. One team will start conference play 0-2. The game with the biggest BCS implications will be Florida at LSU. Other great contests should be Virginia Tech at Clemson, Cincinnati at Rutgers and Nebraska at Missouri. Upset alert: Wisconsin at Illnois.

Top Ten Teams
College Last Week
1) Louisiana State
2) Southern California 2
3) California
4) Ohio State
5) Wisconsin
6) Oregon
7) Oklahoma
8) Florida
9) South Florida
10) West Virginia

Dropped out: #6 Texas, #10 Boston College

Andre' Woodson's record-setting streak of most consecutive pass attempts without an interception finally ended this week. Still, the gunslinger from Kentucky rises to the top of the Heisman Hopefuls. Darren McFadden quickly returns to the discussion after a good performance. P.J. Hill, the sturdy Wisconsin RB, debuts in the top five. Run-DMC's and Hill's ascension come at the expense of a couple Mountaineers. Not only did West Virginia lose but star QB Pat White and RB Steve Slaton had subpar performances on the national stage. White, it should be noted, was hampered by a leg injury during the second half. Colt Brennan threw three TD but also a career-high five picks.

Heisman Hopefuls

Name Position Year College
Andre' Woodson
Darren McFadden
RB Jr. Arkansas
Colt Brennan
QB Sr. Hawaii
Tim Tebow
QB So. Florida
P.J. Hill
So. Wisconsin

Dropped out: Pat White, Steve Slaton

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