For the first time in two weeks, the college football landscape has settled down a bit. Last weekend had several big-time matchups, but no real upsets took place aside from South Carolina coming back and beating previously unbeaten Missouri.
Sure, Virginia Tech lost to Duke and Nebraska crapped the bed versus Minnesota, but those games are largely irrelevant, unless of course you are a Florida State fan and you need Virginia Tech to be ranked as high as possible in the hopes of beating them in the ACC title game and somehow passing Oregon for the No. 2 spot in the BCS rankings.
>> This weekend's slate is pretty gross, as there are only three games involving two ranked teams. Even then there's only one game that will draw your eye: Miami at Florida State.
Believe it or not, the Hurricanes are ranked seventh. Crazy, I know.
They are the lowest-ranked undefeated BCS school, and rightfully so. They've got only one good win, 21-16 victory at home versus Florida in which the Gators turned the ball over five times and still had a chance to win. The last two weeks the Hurricanes have struggled but pulled out wins, and in the end that's all that matters.
It's good to see Miami back on the national radar and to have this rivalry back. When Florida State and Miami are good, college football is good. It takes you back to the times of Amp Lee, Tamarick Vanover, and Wide Right I and II for Florida State. Miami had the gunslinging, Heisman-winning quarterback Gino Torretta to go with the hard hitting Michael Barrow and Jessie Armstead. That was big boy football.
This week the Hurricanes try and stop the superhuman machine that is Jameis Winston. Winston has proved he has what it takes to step up in big games, and no game is bigger than this.
In college football, and in life, you need to look forward. Florida State's drubbing of Clemson is in the past and Miami is the task at hand. Emotions will be running high, smack will be talked, and Winston will need to continue to be the consummate leader he has shown to be to this point.
The Seminoles opened as 21-point favorites in Las Vegas, which is crazy considering this is a matchup of two top-10 teams, but that just shows the perceived talent gap. With rivalry games, you never know what could happen. Winston could turn the ball over early and Miami could jump out to an early lead. How would this young phenom, who hasn't had to handle much adversity, handle a situation like that?
>> Because the other games this weekend are as exciting as the color brown, I'll jump around a bit with some random thoughts.
It was a tough loss for Missouri last week, and now the Tigers take on a Tennessee team that sometimes shows up. The Vols got destroyed by Oregon and Alabama but have hung around versus everyone else. Tread lightly, Tigers fans.
>> Ohio State could run the table for the second consecutive year and not make the BCS title game. Thank God the playoff system is around the corner. By the way, Urban Meyer, he's good.
>> Baylor is averaging almost 64 points per game, first in the nation. Let that sink in for a second: 64 freaking points per game. That's like three Big 10 games. Their next three games for Baylor are all versus ranked teams, so we'll see how good they really are.
>> Auburn is quietly ranked 11th in the nation. If the Tigers run the table, their game at home versus Alabama will be a beauty.
>> In the "others receiving votes" slate of games, Oklahoma State takes on Texas Tech, and Michigan takes on Michigan State. I figured it was worth a mention, but that's about it.
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