The college football season is a stride away from conference championships and with the first snow of the year, bowl season is not far either. There are four 9-0 teams in the AP top five and one scary looking one loss team.
Alabama looks to make it three titles in a row, Florida State is on the Famous Jameis tour, while Ohio State, Stanford and Baylor are outside looking in at the BCS title game. It looks to be a wild ride to the finish.
The Crimson Tide showed that they can still win in the prime time taking down LSU last weekend. AJ McCarron had a strong performance throwing three TDs and overall being a good decision maker. TJ Yeldon also blew the doors off of the LSU run defense rushing for 133 yards and two scores. The Tide faces an explosive Mississippi State team that scored 41 points on Texas A&M last weekend. Granted A&M doesn’t play all that great defense, Mississippi St. has a sophomore quarterback that slings it and runs it at will. Dak Prescott has 17 TDs on the season (7 throwing, 10 rushing) and keeps the Bulldog offense moving. Bama shouldn’t have too much trouble against Mississippi State or Chattanooga but this year’s ‘Iron Bowl’ has classic written all over it. Nov 30 is when the Tide Rolls into Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Famous Jameis has been beyond fun to watch. His squinting, pre-game speeches and his play have been very impressive for the freshman from Bessemer, AL. His 26 TDs to only 7 INTs along with three scores on the ground has kept the Seminoles undefeated. He has been very successful at filling the shoes of first round pick E.J. Manuel. Florida State certainly controls their own density only having to face Syracuse and Idaho at home and an ailing Florida on the road. FSU looks to face either Georgia Tech or Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship game. They certainly have the easiest road to Pasadena at this point.
This is what happens when the Big Ten struggles at football: Ohio State goes undefeated two seasons in a row and does not make the big dance. Ohio State has played only two ranked teams this year and only Wisconsin is still ranked (22nd). This has been one of the better OSU teams overall in a while. Braxton Miller has been great as well as back-up Kenny Guiton. Carlos Hyde and Jordan Hall also have found success out of the backfield both averaging over six yards per carry. It is unfortunate for Ohio State because they need a loss to go anywhere. Even if they win out they wouldn’t move up to one of the two top spots. After showing FSU’s schedule, OSU needs Bama to lose to Auburn the last week of the season or Missouri in the SEC Championship game. If I’m Urban Meyer, I don’t like my chances; But apparently Even Spencer thinks differently.
Sat, Oct 12 is defiantly the worst memory for Stanford in many years. The loss to Utah on the road that night killed their national title hopes. The Cardinal has beaten some really good teams this year but need a miracle now to make it to the national championship. They have beaten Arizona State, Washington, UCLA, Oregon State and Oregon (all ranked teams when played) and will have to settle for a lesser bowl. They should have fun beating up on USC, Cal and Notre Dame though to end the season.
The question was, is Baylor for real? The answer looks like yes. After the Bears bullied (appropriate football word at the moment) Oklahoma last Saturday, the nation is now believers. Baylor have averaged 390 passing yards per game (3rd in country), 295 rushing yards (9th in country), 61 points per game (1st in country) and given up less than 16 points per game (6th in country). On top of that all, Bryce Petty wants you to know his name. He has amassed 21 TDs through the air and eight more on the ground; and by the way he has only one interception. The dude wants the big stage so he can strut his stuff. Baylor faces Oklahoma State on the road this weekend which should be a good matchup. They finish the season at TCU and home verse the resurgent Longhorns. If the Bears win out, I would expect them to jump to #3 in the AP polls.
These five teams all have a shot at a spot in the national championship game. Some need more help than others, but the end to this college football season sure will send the BCS out with a bang.