College Football Week 9

By Jeremy Sickel

Sweet


1. Houston – I am fully on board the Cougar train and should have my ticket stamped for the rest of the season. After a record-setting performance from Heisman hopeful Case Keenum, Houston has a very easy ride the rest of the way in Conference USA. With teams ahead of them falling weekly the Cougars should continue their climb into the top 10.

2. Boise State – Sure they were off this week and that definitely hurt their momentum, but another loss by one of the teams that posed a threat to their BCS Championship run went down – Clemson – and that is great news for the Smurfs. It takes a bit more pressure off of them, although it is a well-known fact they need to continue winning to keep their dream alive.

3. Nebraska – The Cornhuskers are back in the top 10 with a very impressive win against Michigan State. They get a very favorable matchup this week with Northwestern before back to back road games with Penn State and Michigan. With their remaining strength of schedule, they could easily find themselves as the Big 10 BCS representative.

4. Michigan – The Wolverines must have used their by week to regroup after their only loss of the season against Michigan State. They took care of business against Purdue and have a couple of very winnable road games coming up against Iowa and a very disappointing Illinois squad.

5. Oklahoma – It is unexplainable how they could go out and lose at home to an unranked Texas Tech team, especially looking at how they regrouped from that letdown to steamroll an upstart Kansas State group on the road. It was a very impressive and much-needed win for the Sooners, and maybe enough to get Stoops and company back on track and into the National Title picture. It is very likely that they continue to pick up steam leading up to their showdown with Oklahoma State on December 3rd.

Sour

1. Florida – Mission accomplished for the Gators. I predicted their demise weeks ago and they proved me right. They can stop the bleeding against Vanderbilt next week, but then could quickly get back on the losing track with a road game against The Old Ball Coach and South Carolina.

2. Texas Tech – Seriously? You have got to be kidding me that the Red Raiders can go on the road last week and quite possibly give the college football world the upset of the year – handing Stoops and the Sooners an extremely rare home loss – then get a hero’s welcome back in Lubbock and lay a complete egg against the Cyclones of Iowa State.

3. Wisconsin – Last week their National Championship hopes were crushed, and this week saw their BCS chances disappear as well. The Badgers were one of the more impressive teams thru their first 6 wins, and one of the more unimpressive with their last two losses. They probably need to spend more time in practice working on their Hail Mary defense.

4. Illinois – With Georgia Tech winning, the Fighting Illini get cast as the sequel role of being “Florida Part Deux” on the Sour list. Although, their defense is playing quite well, they are in the middle of a murderer’s row schedule and should one up the Gators current four-loss streak with five straight losses as their next two games are against Michigan and Wisconsin. Although at home, Illinois doesn’t seem to have the offensive fire power to score with the big boys in their conference.

5. Kansas State – This may be a bit of a stretch given the low expectations for this team pre-season, but Oklahoma completely outclassed K-State on their home turf. I knew the Sooners’ loss wouldn’t bode well for the Wildcats because as rare as their home loss was, it is just as rare for them to lose consecutive games. Kansas State better watch out now because their schedule just tightened up with road games against Oklahoma State and Texas and a home tilt with Texas A&M.

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