This week in college football set up a number of circumstances for whats to come. A number of games this upcoming week have huge post season implications.
However, lets start with South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore. Let’s hope he is able to come back to football after that terrifying, gruesome knee injury he suffered.
As a hot prospect for the NFL draft, that will most certainly hurt his draft stock significantly. He is also deciding on coming back to school for another season since he has not used a red shirt.
Another, Florida absolutely did not deserve to be ranked 2nd in the BCS. That was a joke to begin with. It should most certainly have been Kansas State or Oregon in that slot. Collin Klein is the real deal and pretty much the Heisman lock, especially after the 7 touchdown performance against West Virginia last week backed up by 4 touchdowns this week.
The only contender to Klein is Manti Te’o of Notre Dame. He is a fierce linebacker who is the backbone of the great Notre Dame defense. However, if Kansas State closes this great season out then Klein is going to win the Heisman.
Notre Dame leapfrogged Oregon in the BCS standings after that win at Oklahoma. I am not sold on whether this is right as Oregon put up 70 points and has certainly done nothing to lose their spot. However, Notre Dame clearly has shown they are a legitimate threat this year and definitely deserves to be in every BCS conversation.
Unfortunately, in my opinion, I do not think Notre Dame can do enough to get into the National Championship game. If Alabama, Kansas State, Oregon, and Notre Dame all remain undefeated, I ultimately think its going to come down to style points. It will end up being Alabama and Oregon if everything goes “as planned.”
3 of those teams have a tough matchup in week 10:
#1 Alabama travels Baton Rouge to take on the #5 LSU Tigers who most certainly are licking their chops for their revenge. I think Alabama will come out on top in what is all but guaranteed to be a low scoring, defensive game.
#2 Kansas State plays #24 Oklahoma State at home, but this game should not be taken lightly. The Cowboys can put up some points and this game is most likely going to be a shoot out. Kansas State should come out on top, and I think that will happen. Don’t be surprised if the Cowboys pull off the upset.
#3 Notre Dame gets unranked Pittsburgh at home in what should be a breeze coming off this past weekend. Pittsburgh will play Notre Dame tough and it will be a test to Notre Dame if they have a “big win hangover.” Ultimately, Notre Dames defense is too tough and will win it for the Irish.
#4 Oregon travels to take on Matt Barkley and the #17 USC Trojans in what was a very highly anticipated game earlier in the year, but it has definitely lost some lust due to USC’s disappointing losses. Oregon is going to win this game easily. USC just doesn’t have it, and Oregon should be very angry that they got leapfrogged in the BCS standings by Notre Dame. They are going to play with a chip on their shoulder.
Should be a great weekend of college football with some exciting games which will have a major impact on the post season.