The following is a review of the top 10 NCAA Football teams for week 10 from Wayne Allyn Root expert college football handicapper at the WinningEdge.
1) LSU—Duh…fizzle…sums up the Greatest Game of the Century between #1 and #2 Alabama. It seems like just 2 months ago, Oregon…from the Pac 12 to the East Coast guys…hung 27 points on LSU. Anyway, THE GAME did manage to take everyone’s mind off the NBA lockout, LOL. The defense was fun to watch. The missed field goals were a nightmare and for all holding LSU tickets, it was an outright win in Bama’s backyard! The Tigers should rest their starters and just play the 3rd string this week as they host mighty Western Kentucky. Their next meaningful game is Nov 25th vs Arkansas so more time to practice their 2 headed Quarterback rotations. Tiger fans…Who do you want to meet in the Title Game?
2) OKLAHOMA ST—Wouldn’t it be eerie if Texas Tech beat OSU this week as they did to OSU’s big brother Oklahoma 3 weeks ago? How cool would that be? It’s a home game for Texas Tech. Last week OSU hung 52 as expected on Kansas St and Kansas St answered with 45 of their own…as expected against OSU’s defense. How can a man like T. Boone Pickens show his face in Stillwater? Okie State had the ball for only 19 minutes of game time and the Wildcats piled on over 500 yards of balanced offense and 45 points. Onward to Texas Tech. TT Coach Tuberville is known for screwing up top teams’ hopes and dreams even if his teams drop other games. No game should be taken for granted in the Big 12 unless one is playing Kansas, so the Cowboys need to be careful they don’t fall asleep in the battle of Airraid offenses. This game should put up 100+ points!
3) STANFORD—It was close at halftime last week for the Cardinal in their win at Oregon St. But Stanford got the win and cover. Had someone started with a $100 on Stanford’s 14 straight pointspread covers and doubled it each game, you’d be betting around $850,000 on this week’s game vs Oregon. This week is the PAC 12 Game of the Century…for you East Coast guys. And I bet the final score for the winner is more than 9 points. Stanford has won 17 straight, dating to last year’s loss at Oregon. The Ducks have won 18 straight conference games, dating to their 2009 loss at Stanford. Here’s consistency for you: Stanford: 52 trips into the red zone, 52 scores. That stat will keep you in the Top 5 for a season!!
4) BOISE—It was 21-14 at halftime against UNLV and the +42 points were looking great. Boise won 48-21 and the Rebels got the cover…unfortunately, the sportsbooks recorded record amounts of local money bet against the Rebels. This week the Broncos have a respectable opponent in TCU. The oddsmakers have made this a 2 TD game in favor of the owners of the Blue Carpet; Boise St. Some have TCU ranked in the Top 25 so there may be a chance for a truly competitive game…or not. On a side note is this is “boycott potatoes” week in Texas. This weekend’s game between TCU and Boise State was supposed to be in Fort Worth…until the Boise State administration went and cried to the Mountain West this summer, claiming that the game should be in Boise since TCU is leaving the conference. May be there is some added incentive with chives and butter for the Horned Frogs.
5) ALABAMA—I doubt that the coaching staff told their players that if they could manage to put up 6 points in their defensive battle with top ranked LSU, that 6 points would be plenty for a win. So why did Saben set up that game, at home, with the lousy play calling and lack of imagination for “that one-time shot at the title”? Cade Foster missed three of four long field-goal attempts. On Monday, he shut down his Facebook account. I wonder what it was like in class or practice this week for him? The loneliness of a field goal kicker. It went from the Game of the Century to…”Bama’s loss to LSU was just a game”. Now Sabin must get his players up for Mississippi St where the Tide rolls in as a 17 point favorite.
6) OREGON—There was no look ahead last week for the Ducks as they beat and controlled the entire game with Washington and won 34-17 in a classic double-up. Now it’s off to Palo Alto to meet the Cardinal. It will feature College Game Day on prime time TV with Heisman finalist Andrew Luck against Heisman finalist LaMicahel James. Oregon vs Stanford is the real Game of the Century. Oregon’s depth is better than anyone in the conference. The defensive line has continued to get better every week. Oregon’s offense will be the best offense Stanford has seen all season. Oregon’s depth, speed and defense are better than anything that Stanford has seen this season. But remember that Andrew Luck has done it all individually and their team is 52 for 52 in the Red Zone!!
7) OKLAHOMA—Many think this is the Number 1 team in America. Well maybe not Texas Tech. The Sooners beat Texas A&M 41-25 last week in a game where Oklahoma was out-gained on offense with 404 yards to Texas A&M’s 527 yards. But many remember the term “after-burners” associated with previous OU teams known for their speed and lightening quick scoring. Well they turned those on when they had to last week. Oklahoma lead 13-10 with 11:27 left in the 3rd….with 4:38 still left in the 3rd, Oklahoma lead 41-10. That’s all that was necessary to get the blow-out and that is why this team is very high on many oddsmakers polls. This week it’s a bye-week and then at Baylor for some Bearmeat.
8) ARKANSAS—The Razorbacks surprised many of the sharp bettors with the ease of their offense against a very good South Carolina defense as they cruised to a 44-28 win. The Gamecocks were exposed as pretenders by the Hogs. Arkansas led 24-14 at halftime, holding South Carolina to 49 yards of total offense in the first half. Tyler Wilson threw for 299 yards and two touchdowns to Jarius Wright, and Dennis Johnson added a 98-yard kickoff return as Arkansas pulled away late with the pointspread cover. This week Arkansas plays host to Tennessee as a 14 point choice. The Hogs are known for a slow 1st half start and the Vols are known to match point for point in the first half. So this will be a second half contest and an interesting game as the Razorbacks are exciting with Tyler Wilson handling to QB duties. And equally interesting is the other side. On 537 of the 565 plays the Tennessee defense has been on the field, its opponents have averaged just 3.78 yards. On the other 28 plays, however, opponents have averaged 37.7 yards per play.
9) VIRGINIA TECH—Talking about a Frank Beamer team that’s been under the rader! Of course with decisive wins like last week it’s better off that way. The Hokies beat up on Duke and snuck away with a 14-10 victory. They meet the triple-option this week of Georgia Tech so they’ll have their hands full guessing and tackling the Yellow Jackets.
Virginia Tech hasn’t lost a road football game in more than two years, a remarkable stretch of 11 consecutive victories that stands as an ACC record. Virginia Tech defeated Georgia Tech 28-21 last season in Blacksburg. We know that Virginia Tech defensive coordinator is adding speed to his starting lineup with linebacker Jack Tyler and end Tyrel Wilson so they are expected to be fully prepared for Paul Johnson’s spread offense. This is a Thursday Night game and may have been played prior to this column being released.
10) CLEMSON—What happened 2 weeks ago is a mystery except to WAR as Georgia Tech was a top play and predicted a Clemson loss. The Clemson offense may be the best in the conference, but it’s the defense that got somewhat exposed in a 31-17 loss to the Jackets. But who doesn’t against a triple option? Now it’s after a bye-week that we see the Tigers hosting Wake Forest. The Tigers have opportunity to clinch an ACC title-game appearance with a win against Wake on Saturday. The only weapon used to tarnish Clemson’s undefeated season is their own…fumbling the ball. They committed the past two weeks regaining that focus and hope it carries them to their ACC title Game. Clemson is a 16.5 favorite this Saturday.
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