College Gridiron 365 Sweet 16

College Gridiron 365 Power Rankings

And another one bites the dust…say goodbye to longshot Virginia Tech and Ohio State and their BCS national championship game hopes. Texas barely survives the toothless Sooners and Cincy impresses with big road win over South Florida. For now, though, it’s looking like the SEC champ will play either Texas or USC in Pasadena on January 7.

1. FLORIDA GATORS/SEC (6-0). If you haven’t heard about it by now, you can’t say you’re much of a college football fan. The Gators were helped by several bad calls by SEC refs on their way to a 23-20 win over Arkansas. The officiating crew has since been suspended. Next up: at Mississippi State.
2. ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE/SEC (7-0). The Tide prevailed over a feisty South Carolina squad, 20-6, and play host to an improving Tennessee this weekend. The Vols manhandled Georgia 45-19 last Saturday.
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Six more weekends to go and it’s time to shed some dead Top 25 weight and shift focus to the Sweet 16 from now on. You can take it to the bank that the SEC champ will be playing in Pasadena on January 7 for the national title. If Texas remains unbeaten, they’ll be the other contender. If the Longhorns falter along the way, then it’ll be Iowa if they keep their record unblemished. A slip-up by the Hawkeyes and you’re looking at USC, if they can run the table the rest of the season. So there you have it: Florida or Alabama vs Texas/Iowa/USC in the BCS National Championship.

1. FLORIDA GATORS/SEC (7-0). The Gators continue to disappoint, perhaps only because our expectations are so huge. They handled Mississippi State on the road, 29-19, but not without protestation about the SEC officials—again—from the opposing head coach. Guess who got fined by Mike Slive? Next up: The Georgia Bulldogs in Jacksonville this weekend.
2. ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE/SEC (8-0). Alabama struggled to squeak out a 12-10 victory over a Tennessee team that is playing with a lot of heart these days. Despite their 3-4 record, the Vols looked impressive, holding the Tide to just 256 total yards. ‘Bama has a week off to get their offense back on track for LSU on Nov 7.
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Last week’s biggest shocker signaled the end of the reign of Troy in the Pac-10 Conference. But, look out Oregon. Arizona is anxious to do some shock and awe of their own in November. The biggest game of the week is LSU at Alabama. Both teams control their own destiny and the pathway is clear to the national title game for whichever squad can win their division and the SEC championship game. Another game you won’t want to miss is Ohio State at Penn State. Jim Tressel has never lost to a Big Ten opponent two years in a row, but pulling out a win in Happy Valley ain’t gonna be easy.

1. FLORIDA GATORS/SEC (8-0). Florida manhandled the Georgia Bulldogs, 41-17. Urban Meyer complained about the officiating and got slapped with a $30k fine. Just another routine day in the SEC. Gators entertain Vandy this weekend.
2. ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE/SEC (8-0). Coming off a bye week, ‘Bama has had plenty of time to rest and rejigger their offensive attack for the visiting Bayou Bengals this weekend.
3. TEXAS LONGHORNS/Big 12 (8-0). Well, the Longhorns finally came up with their most impressive win of the season—on the road over Oklahoma State, 41-14. They’ll shift gears for a non-conference tilt against Central Florida this weekend.
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More shockers marred the leader board last weekend as Oregon choked at Stanford, Iowa sputtered and lost at home to Northwestern, and Penn State collapsed and handed over the keys to the Rose Bowl Game to Ohio State. Navy knocked off Notre Dame for the second time in three years and Oklahoma fell to Nebraska and tumbled out of the rankings for the first time in eleven years.

1. FLORIDA GATORS/SEC (9-0). The Gators continued their march toward a showdown against undefeated Alabama in the SEC title game with a 27-3 win over Vanderbilt. Florida heads to South Carolina this weekend to take on former coach Steve Spurrier.
2. ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE/SEC (9-0). Another controversial SEC officiating call marred the Tide’s 24-15 decision over LSU, clinching the conference’s Western Division for Alabama. Up next: At Mississippi State.
3. TEXAS LONGHORNS/Big 12 (9-0). Texas handled Central Florida easily, 35-3, and head to Waco this weekend to take on Baylor in Big 12 action. Colt McCoy can tie Georgia’s David Greene for most victories by a college quarterback with the win.
4. CINCINNATI BEARCATS/Big East (9-0). The Bearcats struggled to put away Connecticut and pulled off a 47-45 squeaker to stay perfect and in control of the Big East. West Virginia will prove to be one of Cincy’s toughest tests of the season, especially if RB Noel Devine is healthy.
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The countdown to the bowl season is winding down rapidly with just three weekends of regular season surprises remaining. Pitt officially knocked Notre Dame out of the BCS bowl game picture, and Ohio State locked up the Big Ten’s automatic Rose Bowl Game berth with an overtime win over pesky Iowa. TCU assumed King of the Mountain status in the MWC with a 55-28 thrashing of last season’s non-BCS darling Utah, and the most shocking fall from the elite BCS ranks this season took place in the Los Angeles Coliseum as Stanford pummeled USC, 55-21.

1. FLORIDA GATORS/SEC (10-0). The Gators took on former coach Steve Spurrier in Columbia, South Carolina, emerging unscathed with a 24-14 victory. Tim Tebow was responsible for 225 of Florida’s 339 total yards and two TDs. Up next: Florida International.
2. ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE/SEC (10-0). Mark Ingram rushed for 149 yards and two touchdowns and the Tide defense stifled Mississippi State, allowing just 213 total yards and a field goal in a 31-3 beatdown. This week will be a breather with Chattanooga visiting Tuscaloosa.
3. TEXAS LONGHORNS/Big 12 (10-0). Texas reached the ten-win plateau for the ninth straight season with a thorough 47-14 thrashing of the Baylor Bears. They’ll host a Kansas team that is seriously tanking with five straight losses on the books.
4. TEXAS CHRISTIAN HORNED FROGS/MWC (10-0). TCU jumped out to a quick 35-7 lead over defending conference champion Utah, ending up with an emphatic 55-28 smack-down. The Frogs travel north to Laramie this weekend to take on Wyoming in 39-degree weather.
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The top eight ranked teams remain unchanged but Rivalry weekend came early in Palo Alto and Stanford choked at home to bitter rival Cal despite another 100-plus rushing game and 4 TDs by Heisman candidate Toby Gerhart. Also dropping out of the rankings, Wisconsin got nipped on the road in Evanston by a very good Northwestern Wildcat team. LSU tumbled seven spots after losing to Ole Miss. Utah and BYU moved into the rankings, just in time for their “Holy War” this weekend–one of the best rivalry games in college football.

1. FLORIDA GATORS/SEC (11-0). The Gators overwhelmed Florida International, 62-3, but now they have to get down to business with Florida State coming to the Swamp this weekend and the SEC title game next week vs Alabama.
2. ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE/SEC (11-0). ‘Bama had a breather against Tennessee Chattanooga to the tune of 45-0. It won’t be the same this weekend on the road against instate SEC rival Auburn.
3. TEXAS LONGHORNS/Big 12 (12-0). The Longhorns crushed a fading Kansas Jayhawk squad at home, 51-20, and then struggled but prevailed against Texas A&M on the road, 49-39.
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