Seminoles Rising: Florida States Surges in BCS Poll

Seminoles Rising: Florida States Surges in BCS Poll

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The Alabama Crimson Tide may be the No. 1 team in the nation, but the Florida State Seminoles may just be the hottest. After sitting out a week following a 63 to 0 demolishing of then No. 25 Maryland, the Seminoles returned to action on Sat. and pummeled No. 3 Clemson 51 to 14 on the road. That victory was enough to move Florida State to the No. 2 position in the BCS poll, just ahead of Oregon.

Jameis Winston Stands Tall

Florida State’s beat down of the Tigers helped this Atlantic Coast Conference team maintain its 50+ scoring average through six games. Two Heisman hopeful quarterbacks were on the field, but Jameis Winston’s 444 passing yard, 3 touchdown performance easily outshined Tajh Boyd’s efforts. Winston also ran for a score.

The upset trend that hit last week continued as LSU was handed its first loss of the season at Mississippi, 27 to 24. Texas A&M fell to Auburn 45 to 41, and Tennessee knocked off South Carolina 23 to 21. Also, Vanderbilt beat Georgia 31 to 27 and Louisville lost to Central Florida 38 to 35 on Friday night.

Remaining Undefeated Teams

With a string upsets, there are now 10 teams remaining that have yet to lose this season. And although there are no match ups this weekend between unbeaten teams, there are a few games where upsets may help reduce those ranks accordingly.

The South Carolina Gamecocks, with two losses under its belt, can certainly use a big win by defeating the Missouri Tigers on the road this Sat. The Tigers are ranked No. 5 and are 7-0. South Carolina is now ranked No. 21, following a Michael Palardy field goal as time expired that sent the Gamecocks down to defeat. A win would keep SC in the running for a higher profile bowl, what the Tigers are also gunning for.

Red Raiders Vulnerable

Texas Tech is 7-0 and ranked No. 10. The Red Raiders have gotten where they are based on the dual freshman quarterback passing efforts of Baker Mayfield and Davis Webb. The two have combined for nearly 3,000 yards passing already this season. The challenge this Sat. is to beat the No. 15 Oklahoma Sooners on their own turf, something that will not come easy. Last week, the Sooners rebounded from its lone loss of the season versus Texas, to contain Kansas 34 to 19. If Tech loses, it won’t be considered a major upset. What it will do is create another once-beaten team.

UCLA is fresh off of its first loss of the season, falling 24 to 10 at Stanford. They’ll be on the road again this Sat. when they take on No. 3. If the No. 12 Bruins are to win, they’ll have to find a way to shut down the Ducks’ vaunted offense which is averaging 57 points per game. That means containing Duck quarterback and Heisman frontrunner Marcus Mariota whose 19 passing and nine rushing touchdowns puts him in a class of his own. The likely scenario is that UCLA will be the eighth team schooled by Oregon this weekend.

Upset In Ohio?

The Penn State Nittany Lions had an extra week to recover from an exhausting four-overtime win against Michigan and now head to Columbus to take on Ohio State. The Buckeyes need to get some statement wins if they’re to have a chance to move up in the BCS ratings. That won’t happen unless they vanquish their next four opponents before setting up a Nov. 30 showdown at Michigan. If Penn State gets a stunner they’ll like become a ranked team. However, Paterno-era penalties will keep the Nittany Lions from playing in a bowl game this year.

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