Saturday, October 13, 2007

College Football's Top Teams and Heisman Hopefuls: Week #7

Kentucky upsets the #1 team in the land. The Wildcats outlast the LSU Tigers in triple overtime at Lexington. A couple hours later and 3000 miles away, the clock ticks to zero as Cal's field goal unit futilely attempts to line up for the game-timing kick. Instead Oregon State escapes Strawberry Canyon with a huge 31-28 upset. When was the last time the top two teams in the AP Poll lost the same night? 1996.

In other developments, Oklahoma asserts itself as the best team in the Big 12 by pulling away late against Missouri. Also the Buckeyes steamroll Kent State in a mismatch of Ohio football programs. Finally, South Florida pummels Central Florida 62-14. The Bulls are here to stay.

Week 8 offers a good slew of SEC games. Florida at Kentucky is the marquee contest. Tennessee at Alabama and Auburn at LSU should provide plenty of excitement. Elsewhere, USC heads to South Bend for its annual showdown against Notre Dame. Michigan must go into Illinois and win if the Wolverines want to remain perfect in Big Ten play.

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

Dropped out: #10 Missouri

Statistically Andre' Woodson did not have the best of nights. However he threw for 250 yards and three TD, including what would be the game-winning score in the third overtime. Andre' also ran for a touchdown. His composure, skill and leadership were on display on a nationally-televised game. Woodson was instrumental in Kentucky's toppling of top-ranked LSU and as a result he is the leader of Heisman Hopefuls. Illinois RB Rashard Mendenhall has a poor performance (15 carries, 67 yards) in a losing effort at Iowa. He's out of the top five, as is Arkansas RB Darren McFadden. The Razorbacks suffered a third loss thanks to their putrid offense floundering against Auburn's tenacious defense. Mendenhall and McFadden are replaced by RB Michael Hart of the surging Michigan Wolverines and QB Matt Ryan of the undefeated Boston College Eagles.

Heisman Hopefuls

Name Position Year College
Andre' Woodson
Graham Harrell
QBJr.Texas Tech
Tim Tebow
Michael Hart
Matt Ryan
Sr. Boston College

Dropped out: Darren McFadden, Rashard Mendenhall

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