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Old School – Top 10 Contenders to the BCS Title Week 4

Last week we talked about the BCS process and I said we would talk about the corruption of the entire process. Well, you’re gonna have to wait one more week.

Last night I had a chance to attend my first rodeo. PBR had a faith night here in Charlotte, and fellow Sports Spectrum staff writer Stephen Copeland and I had a chance to attend the bull riding competitions, get some pictures, and take a little video.They had a worship band play for faith night and a really cool gospel presentation that involved the training of a wild horse. It was a lot of fun an we should have a write up sometime next week, but until then, here’s a picture of a guy getting thrown off of a bull…

So, due to not having much time to write this column this week (and to tackle the corruption of the BCS I need a little bit more time), let’s just skip to the important stuff shall we?

There are quite a few top 25 matchups this week. No. 3 (AP Poll) Alabama heads to the Swamp to take on the 12th ranked Gators, No. 8 Nebraska pays its first Big Ten game ever against the seventh ranked Wisconsin Badgers, 13th ranked Clemson heads to Blacksburg to take on 11th ranked Virginia Tech, and No. 14 Texas A&M gives us a 2012 SEC season preview against the 18th ranked Arkansas Razorbacks. It should be a great Saturday of football!

Arkansas – There is not a lot to say about the Razorbacks. The went down to Tuscaloosa and got destroyed 38-14. A lot of teams will have to lose before Arkansas can get back into the BCS title picture.

West Virginia – There was a point in the third quarter where it looked like the Mountaineers would go down to the wire with LSU. And then LSU’s Morris Claiborne returned a kickoff 99 yards and the Tigers never looked back.

Texas A&M – Oh, if only the Aggies could have ended the game in the first half last week when the score was 20-3 Aggies. However, the Oklahoma State Cowboys returned the favor in the second half scoring 27 points and holding on to win 30-29.

Florida – The Gators took care of Kentucky last week and have a chance to insert themselves into the BCS title picture by taking down the big bad angry Crimson Tide Saturday.

Baylor – Robert Griffin III has only thrown 12 incompletions and thrown 13 touchdowns! The Baylor offense is averaging 51.3 points per game, good for third in the nation. It will be interesting to see what Baylor can do once they reach Big 12 conference play.

10. Clemson – In back to back weeks, Clemson has beaten last year’s BCS champs and the supposed favorite in the ACC in Florida State. This week, Clemson plays what will probably be their toughest game remaining on the ACC schedule (at least until the ACC Championship) in the Virginia Tech Hokies.

9. South Carolina - Gamecocks RB Marcus Lattimore has already rushed for 611 yards and 8 TDs in four games. I wonder if Lattimore is practicing his Heisman pose?

8. Nebraska - The Cornhusker offense is averaging 272.5 rushing yards a game. QB Taylor Martinez and RB Rex Burkhead have almost identical stats. Both are averaging 6.7 yards a carry. Burkhead has 420 yards rushing and 7 TDs and Martinez has 421 yards rushing and also 7 TDs. Kinda crazy, huh?

7. Oklahoma State - The Cowboys offense struggled out of the gate against Texas A&M but got it going in the second half, scoring 27 of their 30 points. Oklahoma State could have had even more points if it wasn’t for this play…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMZ5bz2oQ2k

6. Wisconsin - The Badgers get a chance to welcome Nebraska to Big Ten play Saturday, and you know that traditional Big Ten fans would like to see them make it a little tough on them. You don’t want someone coming in from another conference and running roughshod over it like there is no competition. There will be a great quarterback battle between Badgers QB Russell Wilson and Cornhuskers QB Taylor Martinez.

5. Oklahoma - Oklahoma had the top AP ranking all season long until this week. I have to say they have not looked nearly as dominant as LSU, Alabama or even Boise State. The game against Florida State was pretty ugly, with the offense struggling most of the game, and last week the Sooners gave up 14 quick points before getting back into the game against Mizzou.

4. Boise State - The Broncos will have a chance at revenge Saturday when they take on old WAC foe Nevada. Who could forget the heartbreak of the Bronco faithful when Boise State senior kicker Kyle Brotzman missed a game winning kick with a second left in the fourth quarter? Brotzman also missed a game-tying field goal in overtime, and it cost the Broncos a BCS bowl bid.

3. Stanford - The Cardinal had a bye this week, and they’ve been bumped down. It doesn’t seem fair does it? However, that’s just what happens when a couple of other teams play legit competition and dominate. Stanford plays UCLA Saturday.

2. Alabama - Alabama dismantled the Arkansas Razorbacks 38-14. It was thought that Arkansas would give the Crimson Tide a tough test, but it wasn’t even close. Maybe the Tide will find a test in the Swamp Saturday against the Florida Gators. I’m sure we will hear this chant from the Gator band, but I’m not sure how often…

1. LSU -  LSU has passed three tough tests in the first month on the road, and they have passed them with flying colors. LSU beat Oregon in Dallas, Mississippi State in Starkville and West Virginia in Morgantown. It seems fitting that the Alabama game will also be on the road on November 5. When looking at the schedule before the season started coupled with the suspension to Jordan Jefferson, I was sure the Tigers would fall to one of these teams. I was wrong. Now I think there is only one team remaining on the schedule that has the potential to beat the Tigers and that is the Alabama Crimson Tide.

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