In the SEC Alabama rains supreme above all else. This weekend the Crimson Tide was supposed to have a little bit of a challenge going up against the Vols in Rocky Top Country. From the very beginning Alabama had control and took the crowd out of this game. For some reason the Heisman voters are not paying attention to Quarterback AJ McCarron. They may want to take another look now as he put up 306 yards and 4 touchdowns against a top SEC defense. Nick Saban again and again is faced with challenges and is supposed to feel a little heat, but once those Crimson colors take the field, all bets are off.
The highlight game of the weekend took place in the number seven Gamecocks taking on the number two Florida Gators. Jeff Driskel absolutely went off against a struggling South Carolina defense. Driskel threw for only 94 yards, but he also threw for four touchdowns. You would have thought South Carolina would have come into this game with a chip on their shoulder after being dismantled by LSU last week. But Florida did exactly what LSU did in shutting down the Gamecocks two top stars in Clowney and Lattimore. The Gators have tied their total number of wins with last year and they still have a month of the season left. Florida does not have a high powered offense or defense, but it seems like everyone continues to underestimate them and clearly when teams do that they walk out of the swap hanging their heads.
With Heisman Trophy implications the Kansas State Wildcats and Collin Klein traveled to Morgantown to take on West Virgina and Geno Smith. Two of the best offenses in the country and an affair that was expected to reach of 100 combined points became a one sided upset. The Wildcat defense shutdown Geno Smith and held him to only 143 and two touchdowns. His counter part Collin Klein blew up the already struggling Mountaineer defense with 323 yards and seven touchdowns. After the first quarter West Virgina had no answer to Klein and the Wildcat offense. Tavon Austin and others tried to bring life back into the Mountaineer offense, but then his kick off return for a touchdown was brought back , because of a block in the back. The separation between Smith and Klein in the Heisman race grew quite alot of a dominating win by the Wildcats.
Other notable games were Kenjon Barner and the Oregon Ducks Blowing out the Arizona State Sun Devils as Will Sutton goes out with an injured knee in the first quarter. Texas bounced back against Baylor in a ol’ fashion Big 12 Shootout. LSU and the Tiger defense held on as the took down SEC newcomer Texas A&M in College Station. Notre Dame wins another nail biter as they stay undefeated against BYU. USC Quarterback Matt Barkley broke Matt Leinart’s touchdown record and now is the Trojans leading touchdown leader of all time as he threw six total against Colorado.
Week 8 Results:
Oregon 43-21 Arizona State
Baylor 50-56 Texas
Alabama 44-13 Tennessee
South Carolina 11-44 Florida
Kansas State 55-14 West Virgina
BYU 14-17 Notre Dame
LSU 24-19 Texas A&M
Texas Tech 56-53 TCU
3. Kansas State
5. Notre Dame
1. Collin Klein – Quarterback Kansas State
2. Manti Te’o – Linebacker Notre Dame
3. Kenjon Barner – Runningback Oregon