WEEK 5 COLLEGE TOP 10
by WAYNE ALLYN ROOT
Florida St, most analyst’s choice as college football’s top team, is struggling on both sides of the ball. I think they will stub their toe down the road, as they are still celebrating last year’s Championship and QB Jameis Winston is acting like an immature teenager (of course, that’s exactly what he is). Oklahoma won and covered on the road at a very dangerous venue (playing at Morgantown, West Virginia). Washington State proved you can pass against Oregon. And Alabama was better than the score last week, as they handed Florida 21 points before ruining Coach Will Muschamp’s resume.
1) OKLAHOMA—Even with star running back Ford out, QB Trickett and company defeated and covered at West Virginia 45-33. It was Ford’s replacement, RB Perine that rushed for 242 yards. That was no surprise to the experts. QB Tricket looked good and settled down and threw for 376 yards. The Sooners get the week off before playing TCU in 2 weeks.
2) OREGON—The Ducks did get the road win at Washington State, but by just a small margin of 7 points as they left town with a 38-31 win. Oregon’s secondary allowed Halliday to pass for 436 yards. Not good for a Number 2 ranked team. Maybe that’s why they usually have difficulties with Stanford QB’s. Their next big game is Thursday, Oct 2, against an improving Arizona squad.
3) ALABAMA—The Crimson is playing well and are just a few days removed from last Saturday’s rout of Florida 42-21. This contest was no contest. Florida showed how bad they really are and may be looking for a new coach. This week is a bye week for the Tide and it follows in 2 weeks with a match-up at Mississippi.
4) FLORIDA ST—The Noles may have the best talent on both sides of the field in the entire NCAA. But it may be all for naught, if they don’t begin to focus about this team, this year and find their chemistry. They squeaked by Clemson 23-17. Maguire was able to pass for 304 yards against their ex-vaunted defense. Thru 3 games of preseason, FSU is ranked 65th in point average and 111th in rushing. Their “D” is only #30 so as stated, this is not the same team (at this point) that they were last season. They are visiting undefeated NC State this week and the Oddsmakers show them 21.5 favorite at Carter-Finley Stadium.
5) TEXAS A&M—The Aggies continue to pad their numbers and cover the spread as they destroyed SMU 58-6 as a 31 point favorite. I guess all the Aggie fans have to love a coach that runs up the score. They are ranked #2 with a 55 point average and #4 with 405 yards passing, so I guess Hill has earned his trademark “Kenny Thrill.” This week, A&M entertains a fairly good upcoming team as the Razorbacks will be playing as a 9 point dog. The schedule gets more difficult as the Aggies enter the world of SEC Conference play.
6) AUBURN—The Tigers played last Thursday in a Primetime game, winning but not covering- a strong Wayne Root No Limit Club play (mentioned because Wayne Root is the best in the history of Thursday Night games- beginning each week with a winner is paramount to betting; a perfect 3-0 with top rated Thursday plays this season). They crawled away with a 20-14 final but the +8.5 points were just too much. This week they play a practice game against Louisiana Tech as a 33 point favorite, one week before heading to a road game against LSU.
7) BAYLOR—It’s been 2 weeks since the Bears took the field and defeated Buffalo 63-21. This week will find them on the road against a not so powerful Iowa State team. The oddsmakers think this game will result in a blowout as they were installed as a 21.5 road favorite. The public must have reminded them that the Bears are #1 in scoring at 59 ppg and will continue to back high scoring machines. But their “D” is not too shabby either, as the allow just 9 ppg with a 9 point average. This is a very balanced team heading into Big 12 play.
8) NOTRE DAME—It’s always special when the Fighting Irish are in anybody’s Top 10, as we place them #8 and looking to improve before their “Big Game” against Florida St onOctober 18th. But they have to get thru Syracuse this week at a neutral playing field in East Rutherford (and then they host Stanford). So first things first, as they had a bye week last week after defeating two Big 10 opponents in Michigan and Purdue. Can they lay 11 or 12 points on the road after a bye week?
9) MISSISSIPPI—Ole Miss really has not been tested this season with wins over Boise, Vandy and LA-Lafayette. This week is more of the same as they host the Memphis Tigers and are an 18.5 favorite. This could be a “look ahead” game for the Rebels as the following week is “The Game” against #3 ranked Alabama.
10) MICHIGAN STATE—The Spartans round out the Top 10 despite losing at Oregon (Wayne Root’s Blowout Game of the Year with Oregon as the winner) and last week’s 73 points they put up against Eastern Michigan. MSU plays for the love of the game this week as they host Wyoming. Most are glad it’s an early Saturday game and don’t have to get involved with two mismatched teams where the spread is 31 points. The following week is a different story as they are at home against #21 Nebraska.