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Bargoer's Guide to College Football: Vol. 8

By Rob Cressy

For RedEye

6:27 PM CDT, October 24, 2013

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Well that escalated quickly.

For the second consecutive weekend, college football was glorious. Plenty of teams disappointed, a few rose to the occasion, and with the BCS standings now out (for the last season) we've got plenty to talk about.

Before the season started I wrote in my 25 reasons to be excited for college football article that you should watch out for Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston and that he could be the next Johnny Football. Each week since I have mentioned him in every column. I sure hope you jumped on that train, because I'm not sure what else I could have done.

The Seminoles took Clemson to the woodshed led by Winston, and the Florida State defense made life as uncomfortable as registering a Ventra card for Tajh Boyd. The Seminoles must not pull a Clemson and lay down versus N.C. State this weekend.

>> Louisville, what a joke. The Cardinals' soft schedule set them up to have an easy trek to a BCS game, and they choked away a game they led 28-7 in the second half. Way to go, Central Florida! It's good to know we don't have to care about Louisville the rest of the season.

>> Now carrying the torch as the non-major conference team hoping to run the table and get a BCS gig is local favorite Northern Illinois. The MAC is whack this year and the Huskies really have only two games remaining where they need to show up: versus Ball State and maybe Toledo. QB Jordan Lynch won't get the Heisman love because of the aforementioned Winston and Oregon QB Marcus Mariota, but he is having another stellar season.

>> Poor Johnny Manziel. Texas A&M's defense is worse than a peanut butter and mayonnaise sandwich. They are 104th in the nation in points against per game at 33.9, and that ain't gonna cut it. The Aggies still have two ranked teams remaining on their schedule, but no one cares about that. The real question is whether Manziel can repeat as Heisman winner. Unfortunately, that's gonna be an uphill battle unless some of the top-ranked teams lose.

>> How's that #clowney4heisman campaign looking? Last week was so like South Carolina as the Gamecocks lost to what was seen as an inferior Tennessee team. This week they take on the Cinderella of the SEC, Missouri. Sure it's two ranked teams playing each other, but the storyline is all about whether the undefeated Tigers can keep winning.

>> Hey LSU, way to crap the bed. You had one game you needed to win before you got an opportunity at redemption versus Alabama, and you lost to an Ole Miss squad that had dropped three in a row. You can kiss those already-slim national title hopes goodbye.

>> Speaking of the SEC, LSU was one of five ranked SEC teams to lose last week. Whatever. Roll Tide.

>> The SEC gets the pub as the best conference, but not far behind is the Pac-12. UCLA had an opportunity to take that next step but failed miserably as it could muster only 10 points against Stanford. On deck this week is Oregon. That one-week talk of UCLA having a chance at being elite sure was fun, huh?

>> Hey Stanford, good job. After getting upset at Utah, the Cardinal bounced back and took care of business (like good teams do). They've still got their showdown with Oregon looming but that could all be for naught if they can't win at Oregon State this weekend.

Oregon State was ranked to start the season but went all Waterworld and lost to an FCS school in Week 1. Since then the Beavers offense has been crushing it thanks to quarterback Sean Mannion and the nation's top ranked passing offense. Oregon State has won six straight, is at home and can most certainly win this game.

>> In one last game of note (barely), Ohio State plays Penn State in what is really the Buckeyes' only relevant game remaining not against Michigan. If and when the Buckeyes run the table, expect to hear cries from SEC and Pac-12 fans about their soft schedule.

Check out more of Rob's writing at baconsports.com or @baconsports.

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