WOLFPACK LEAP INTO RANKINGS WHILE OU, MICHIGAN FALL IN UPSETS
College Football always brings us a weekend or two during the that we think the action will be sub-par across the board. Usually, due to there being few marquee matchups on the schedule. Such was the case this past weekend. There were only a few decent games on the slate. However, just as as every season brings us that predicted sub-par weekend of games, the College Football gods take over and make it a thrilling weekend for us to enjoy anyway. Every year it happens. Count on it. And, when the word ‘thrilling’ and College Football are mixed, you know what that means. That’s right……. Upsets.
Case in point, Oklahoma and Michigan.
Each team went down to inferior opponents, at home and now are left scrambling to salvage what looked like promising seasons. The College Football Playoff is still in reach for both, but it will be difficult. The Wolverines have to get Wilton Speight healthy and navigate three extremely tough games (at Penn State, at Wisconsin and Ohio State).
Oklahoma has their QB, Baker Mayfield. But, the Big 12 itself may be in trouble, considering the format for their brand spanking new championship game where it will be a rematch no matter what. OU losing to Iowa State tarnishes their win over Ohio State somewhat. Therefore, even if the Sooners run the table and meet…. let’s say; a one-loss TCU in the Big 12 Title Game, a win by the Horned Frogs over OU won’t look as good when the selection committee convenes in December.
MIAMI, N.C. STATE AFTER HUGE WINS SET THEIR SIGHTS ON CLEMSON, ACC TITLE
Two teams that don’t have to worry about anything being tarnished right now are the Miami Hurricanes and N.C. State Wolfpack. ‘The U’ finally beat Florida State, and the Wolfpack dominated Louisville on Thursday night. Both teams are moving up everyone’s rankings, but tapping the brakes would be a good idea for both.
While, Miami is much improved under head coach Mark Richt, they showed Saturday night that they still are a long way from being a national title contender. Florida State is a wounded team right now, and Miami was fortunate to win. Of course, they won the game on a ‘ballsy’ call by Richt to play for a TD and win the game, as opposed to tying the game with a field goal. It turned out to be the right call and a huge win. But, now there’s the news that Mark Walton is done for the season with an ankle injury. The injury requires surgery, so the Canes’ will have to find someone to fill Walton’s shoes.
In Raleigh, things couldn’t be better for the Wolfpack. Well, they probably would love to play that South Carolina game over again. Other than that, they’re good. They were dominant in their win over Louisville on Thursday night. Jaylen Samuels and N.C. State are proving that they are for real and may be here to stay. While, they’re not necessarily great at one particular area, they’re an experienced team that doesn’t have many holes on either side of the ball. That could be a problem for a team like Clemson, who despite being very dominant, is still a work in progress in some areas. Needless to say, we can’t wait until November 4th when the defending champs head to Raleigh.
- Bama was finally tested in the 2nd half of a game, by Texas A&M
- Georgia and Auburn continue to roll in the SEC
- The rest of the SEC continues to roll backwards
- Washington and Washington State keep winning. Apple Cup should be fantastic.
- Texas continues their improvement and have found a QB
Week 6 was crazy! Now, onto THE Sports & Swag Report’s College Football Week 7 Power Rankings……
COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 7 POWER 16
1. CLEMSON (6-0) The Tigers wins over Auburn, Louisville, and Virginia Tech are why they’re still here.
2. ALABAMA (6-0) Strength of schedule only difference between Tide and Tigers right now.
3. PENN STATE (6-0) Nittany Lions’ offense continues to roll big numbers. Can they do it at Ohio St. though?
4. GEORGIA (6-0) Notre Dame win keeps looking better and better. Biggest reason they’re in top 4.
5. TCU (5-0) Biggest loser in OU loss besides OU. Especially, if they don’t run the table.
6. WASHINGTON (6-0) Nothing against the Huskies. They just haven’t played anyone yet.
7. WISCONSIN (5-0) Still has Big Ten’s easiest road to College Football Playoff
8. WASHINGTON ST. (6-0) A Mike Leach team that plays defense? One word; Dangerous.
9. MIAMI (5-0) May be a little high without Walton. But, we’ll keep them for now.
10. AUBURN (5-1) Another team that’s rolling offensively. Tigers look like legit threat to Bama in SEC.
11. OHIO ST. (5-1) Offense has seemingly hit it’s stride. Then again, it was Rutgers and a decent Maryland team.
12. USC (5-1) Trojans still not clicking on all cylinders offensively.
13. OKLAHOMA ST. (4-1) Losing to TCU is a lot better than losing to Iowa State.
14. OKLAHOMA (4-1) SEE ABOVE
15. NOTRE DAME (5-1) The Irish are taking no prisoners. Tough schedule ahead for them, though.
16. N.C. STATE (5-1) Wolfpack can’t look past a tricky Pittsburgh team this week at Pittsburgh.