Oct 26

The Top Fan's Top 25 - Week Nine

Posted By:Brett Haynes - Greenville, SC  Tags: BCS, college football, top 25

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South Carolina had the most exciting win in the top 25 yesterday, knocking off unbeaten Missouri, 27-24, in double OT. The Gamecocks were led from behind by injured quarterback Connor Shaw, who came off the bench in the fourth quarter to lead USC from a 17-0 deficit....Oregon was another big winner yesterday as they knocked off UCLA, 42-14, behind 28-unanswered second half points. Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State and Baylor all steamrolled their competition to stay undefeated....


Here are my top 25 teams following the games of week nine...


1. Alabama (8-0) - In a game that I predicted to be a good contest, the Crimson Tide thought otherwise. Tennessee was down 7-0 just 1:22 into the game and it was on from there. A 35-0 halftime score ended up at 45-10 as AJ McCarron (275 yards, two TDs passing, one TD rushing, no INTs) and crew showed the Vols that some work is left to do to make this a rivalry again. Alabama gets a week off before facing LSU at home.


2. Oregon (8-0) - On national TV, Oregon looked strong against UCLA, coming out of halftime and manhandling the Bruins in quarters three and four. A 14-14 score at intermission had to have Duck fans biting their fingernails. But the Oregon staff made killer adjustments in the locker room and the Ducks won the second half 28-0 to stay unbeaten. If all the remaining games are wins, it will be tough for Oregon to be kept out of Pasadena.


3. Florida State (7-0) - FSU was having none of North Carolina State's upset nonsense this time around. In front of a packed house in Doak-Campbell Stadium, the Seminoles scored early and often in a route of the Wolfpack. "Famous" Jameis Winston kept his Heisman Trophy bid alive as he went for three TDs and 292 yards. FSU hosts Miami in six days in what will surely be a game of the century - once again - for the Seminoles. 


4. Ohio State (7-0) - The Buckeyes absolutely destroyed Penn State in Columbus to stay unbeaten and make their own claim for a spot in the BCS Championship Game in Pasadena. It is hard to ignore a team that is on a 20-game winning streak and just beat a conference opponent by 49 points. Once again Braxton Miller played great at QB, throwing for 252 yards and three TDs as OSU put the most points of any team ever on Penn State in 114 years of football. 


5. Baylor (7-0) - The Bears didn't get to 70 points this weekend, but they sure as hell tried! On the road in Lawrence, Kansas, Baylor put a beat down on the home Jayhawks, 59-14 to stay unbeaten. Why is Baylor not getting the same kind of talk that Florida State and Oregon - and even Ohio State - get? That is a good question and just one more reason that I am glad a 4-team playoff is around for 2014. The Bears are a team to be dealt with and I would hate to see them go unbeaten and left out. 


6. Miami (7-0) - Well, I nailed the 'Canes game against Wake Forest pretty much right on the head! I said that Miami would overlook the Demon Deacons, but still have just enough muscle to win anyway. That is pretty much exactly what happened as Wake led throughout the game until the critical final five minutes when Miami did what it took to escape with a win. Up next is the mighty matchup with FSU in Tallahassee. 


7. Auburn (7-1) - The Tigers had a ho-hum win over Florida Atlantic yesterday, 45-10, in Jordan-Hare Stadium to record their seventh win of the 2013 season. The Tigers have looked strong in Gus Malzahn's first season on the sideline, but a final stretch of four games is quite difficult and we will know much more in a month. The Tigers travel to Arkansas and Tennessee, then return home to play Georgia and Alabama. 


8. Clemson (7-1) - After 60 years of Clemson and Maryland playing each other in ACC play, the Tigers get to have the last laugh. Yes, in front of 49,000 fans in Bryd Stadium, Clemson didn't play superb, but they held on for a 40-27 win against their longtime rival from the D.C. area. It is odd to think that the Tigers and Terrapins will not be playing anymore unless it is in a bowl game....Adios Twerps!


9. Oklahoma (7-1) - Texas Tech came in with guns up, firing away at every thing before them in a 7-0 start. But as I predicted, Oklahoma served up a bit of reality to the Red Raiders. I watched a good bit of this game, and I can tell that TTU is on the right track to big things. But Kliff Kingsbury needs a few more horses to be able to go on the road and win in Norman. OU is off this coming Saturday, setting up for a huge game at Baylor on Thursday, November 7th.


10. Stanford (7-1) - The Cardinals cost me a win in the Pick'em Contest as I had them taking a loss on the road at Oregon State. But I should have known better, anyway. The Cardinal have proven to be the toughest team in the Pac-12 and they grinded out a win over Sean Mannion and company via solid defense. They are still in the hunt for the conference championship (and with crazy happenings, the national championship) as the Ducks visit on Thursday, November 7th (yes, the same Thursday night as OU vs Baylor). 


11. LSU (7-2) 

12. Oklahoma State (6-1) 

13. Texas Tech (7-1) 

14. South Carolina (6-2) 

15. Fresno State (7-0) 

16. Missouri (7-1) 

17. Texas A&M (6-2) 

18. Michigan (6-1) 

19. Michigan State (7-1)

20. Northern Illinois (8-0)

21. UCLA (5-2) 

22. Louisville (6-1)

23. Arizona State (5-2) 

24. Wisconsin (5-2) 

25. Central Florida (6-1) 


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