A recap of college football games of the past week inlcluding Alabama's shocking loss and a look ahead to the final stretch that will determine the national champion.
In the College Football BCS race, one of the unbeatens stumbled this past weekend as the top ranked Alabama Crimson Tide were shocked at home by number 15 Texas A&M, 29-24. The aggies jumped out to a 20-0 lead in the first quarter, but Alabama chipped away and cut it to 20-17 entering the fourth. Alabama had the ball late and was driving but a killer interception off QB A.J. McCarron in the endzone ended Bamas dreams of an undefeated season. The Tide has 2 probable wins left to close the season with home games against Western Carolina followed by Auburn. If Kansas State, Oregon, and Notre Dame can remain unbeaten though, Alabma will find themselves on the outside looking in when the National Title is decided.
Speaking of the other undefeateds, Oregon took over the No. 1 ranking by demolishing Cal in another offensive display, 59 - 17. The Ducks held a slim 24-17 lead midway through the third but exploded for 5 touchdowns to put Cal away. Freshman quarterback Marcus Mariota threw for 6 touchdowns and 377 yards. This Saturday the Ducks face a tough Stanford Caridnal squad in Palo Alto to try to remain unbeaten, and finish their season at Oregon State the following week.
K State moved up to No. 2 in the rankings as they rolled to a comfortable 23-10 win over TCU. The Wildcats led the whole way and were never threatened. This Saturday the wildcats are at Baylor, but the final game of their season will be a test when the host number 17 Texas the following weekend.
Finally, Notre Dame improved to 10-0 with another strong defensive performance, holding BC to 2 field goals to pick up the 21-6 victory in Boston, and drop their average points against to collegiate-leading 11.1. Wake Forest will come to South Bend this Saturday in what should be an easy one, however the final game should be a doozy as The fighting Irish will travel to Los Angeles to play a ranked USC team.
Well, last week I predicted a ‘Bama, K State Championship game. I was pretty confident the Crimson Tide would roll to the last three wins and a chance to claim the title, so I was therefore shocked, as were they, and everyone else when the Aggies came in to Tuscaloosa and won. The polls this week have dropped Alabama to fourth, with Oregon at the top, and K State and Notre Dame coming in at 2 and 3 respectively.
Oregon now looks like the favorite but we can’t forget that Alabama is now done playing ranked opponents and each of the other top 4 games have at least one tough opponent remaining. Oregon’s challenge will be this Saturday at 8 in a nationally televised, Pac 12 showdown against the 14thranked Stanford Cardinal. My money’s still on Oregon though. Stanford is tough, but they will have their hands full stopping Oregon’s offense.
Kansas State should have an easy win this week over struggling Baylor, but in the final week they face an 8-2 Texas Longhorns team that would love to ruin their season. Notre Dame still has to play USC in Los Angeles, never an easy game for the Irish. Things aren’t over for Alabama just yet, but they lost control of their own destiny with the loss to A&M. They are going to need help from at least one of Stanford, Texas and USC to knock off one of the top 3 teams. It should be an exciting few weeks of football. We will see how many teams remain undefeated when we return after Thanksgiving break.
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