Seven AP Top 25 teams were upset over the weekend, none more stunningly than No. 2-ranked and previously unbeaten South Florida. The Bulls looked awesome this season until losing to Rutgers 30-27 on the road.
South Florida, who many thought was THAT good, is now at best 6-1 and at worst a paper tiger.
The Bulls still have to travel to Connecticut, Syracuse and Pittsburgh, and host Cincinnati and Louisville at home. Connecticut is 6-1, Cincinnati is 6-2 and Pittsburgh just upset No. 23-ranked Cincinnati, 24-17.
Of the 6 unbeaten teams going into the weekend-Ohio State, South Florida, Boston College, Arizona State, Kansas and Hawaii-I predicted that South Florida and Arizona State had the best chance of finishing undefeated. So much for the South Florida prediction.
Boston College, Arizona State and Hawaii-all 7-0-were out of harm’s way as they did not play. Make a mental note of the fact that Arizona State is ranked No. 4 in scoring defense, giving up only 15 points per game.
No. 1-ranked Ohio State and No. 15-ranked Kansas remained undefeated as the 8-0 Buckeyes eased by Michigan State 24-17 at home, and the 7-0 Jayhawks traveled to Colorado and won 19-14.
Ohio State has the No. 1 scoring defense in the nation, giving up only 7.9 points per game. Kansas has the No. 2 scoring defense, giving up 10.1 ppg. If you think defense wins championships, you are right.
Earning the short end of the stick were:
1) Steve Spurrier’s No. 6-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks hosted Vanderbilt and lost, 17-6, giving the Commodores their biggest win in 70 years. Vanderbilt’s last big win was a 7-6 victory over No. 6 LSU in 1937, evidence of how ineffective Vanderbilt has been during the last 70 years. Imagine being in charge of fundraising for the Vanderbilt football program for the last 69 years.
The defeat had to be awful for Spurrier whose South Carolina team had been looking better and better on its climb up the Top 25.
2) No. 8-ranked Kentucky hosted No. 14-ranked Florida and promptly was outscored 45-37.
3) The No. 10-ranked California Bears traveled to UCLA and lost 30-21 to the Bruins. UCLA is like a yo-yo this year. The formerly 10th-ranked Bruins took a butt whipping at Utah, 44-6, then hosted Notre Dame and lost 20-6, giving the 1-7 Irish their only win of the year. It made perfect sense that UCLA would then upset California.
There is, of course, no truth to the rumor that Bruin players underwent psychological testing.
4) No. 20-ranked Tennessee traveled to Alabama and got slammed 41-17. Keep your eye on Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide who are now 6-2 and host LSU this Saturday.
5) As mentioned earlier, No. 23-ranked Cincinnati lost to Pittsburgh 24-17.
6) No. 25-ranked Kansas State had trouble on the road, getting nipped by Oklahoma State 41-39.
The new AP Top 25 Poll shows Arizona State leaping from No. 12 to No. 7, Florida from No. 14 to No. 9, and Michigan from No. 24 to No. 19. บ้านผลบอล
Entering the Top 25 this week was Virginia at No. 21, Alabama at No. 22, Penn State at No. 24 and Rutgers at No. 25. All except Virginia were ranked in the Top 25 earlier in the season.
So the new Top 10 after week 8 are: 1 Ohio State, 2 Boston College, 3 LSU, 4 Oklahoma, 5 Oregon, 6 West Virginia, 7 Arizona State, 8 Virginia Tech and tied for 9 USC and Florida.
I have to give props to Ohio State (No. 1) and Kansas (No. 2) because of their defense, but the best balanced scoring offense and scoring defense is Kansas as the Jayhawks are also No. 3 in scoring offense while Ohio State is No. 33.
Dennis Erickson has his Arizona State Sun Devils at No. 4 in scoring defense and No. 12 in scoring offense. Oklahoma is No. 5 in offense and No. 12 in defense. West Virginia is No. 7 in offense and No. 10 in defense. These figures are among 119 Division 1-A schools.
Sagarin’s Ratings have the Top 10 in this order: 1 LSU, 2 Kansas, 3 Ohio State, 4 Arizona State, 5 South Florida, 6 Oregon, 7 West Virginia, 8 Florida, 9 Oklahoma, and 10 Boston College. For some fans, this is a more accurate guide to who the fanny-kickers really are.
For the record, the worst of the worst is 0-7 Florida International. The Golden Panthers are not so golden. They lost again Saturday to Louisiana-Monroe 28-14, extending their losing streak to 19 consecutive games, the longest in the nation.