Sunday, September 26, 2010

College Football: Down Go The Longhorns!


The UCLA Bruins have performed a Texas two-step.

After an 0-2 start, the Bruins, last week, defeated the then-No. 23 Houston Cougars, 31-13, and yesterday they marched into Texas and did the unthinkable-- they crushed the No. 7 Longhorns, 34-12.

After giving up 31 and 35 points in their first 2 games, the Bruins defense has come alive the last two weeks allowing a total of 25 points, which culminated with the huge win over Texas.

This was, without a doubt, a shocker for Texas.

As a result, the Longhorns (3-1) are now out of the Top 10 for the first time in a LONG time and have now fallen to No. 21 in the AP Poll and No. 16 in the USA Today Poll.

Also--

The Arkansas Razorbacks fell out of the Top 10 after their tough loss at home against the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide, 24-20. However, for their valiant effort against mighty Alabama, they only fell 5 spots in both polls to a still-respectable No. 15 ranking.


The Stanford Cardinals (4-0) and the Auburn Tigers (4-0) surged into the Top 10 in the AP Poll to No. 9 and No. 10, respectively. Surprisingly they leapfrogged the Wisconsin Badgers, the Utah Utes and the LSU Tigers, who are also hovering around the Top 10.

The USA Today Poll, on the other hand, has Wisconsin (4-0) and LSU (4-0) at No. 9 and No. 10, respectively, which to me is more understandable. I think the AP gave Stanford too much props for their 37-14 win over Notre Dame, which quite frankly isn't a very good team. Right now coach Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish (1-3) are pretty much living off of their legendary name. So to me, the AP got it wrong and Wisconsin (after their 70-3 thrashing of Austin Peay) deserves Top 10 status.

And FINALLY--

Both polls have rewarded the Nevada Wolf Pack (4-0) for their great season so far. Nevada sits at No. 25 in both polls, which is a start. The last time Nevada was ranked in the Top 25 was in 1948, 62 long years ago. Looking into the future, Nevada has a huge game on November 26 against the No. 3 Boise State Broncos and by then the Wolfpack could quite conceivably be 11-0.

If they can go unbeaten and play an unbeaten Boise State team, it will no doubt be the biggest game in Nevada's history. A win over Boise State will definitely put them in the BCS conversation come bowl time. Yes Nevada fans, we can dream.

Anyway--

The upcoming poll busting games are:
  1. No. 7 Florida at No. 1 Alabama
  2. No. 9 Stanford at No. 4 Oregon
  3. No. 21 Texas at No. 8 Oklahoma
No doubt things are tightening up.

To be continued....

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