Oklahoma beats Texas; Oregon shakes Off Stanford
by Dave Congrove
October 3, 2010
The first college football weekend in October produced some riveting action as Michigan and LSU were among those who grabbed last-second victories, while Oregon and Virginia Tech overcame major deficits to knock off previously unbeaten teams. The weekend also produced an Alabama blowout of Florida and Washington's second upset of USC in as many years. And let's not leave out Air Force, which ended a 7-game losing streak to Navy.
Three new teams bounce into the Congrove Computer Rankings as a result of the weekend action, replacing Texas Tech, Penn State and USC.
Florida State moves into 25th after a 34-14 win at Virginia and the ACC divisions are, not so surprisingly, led by the Seminoles (ACC) and Virginia Tech (Coastal). The Hokies battled back from a 17-0 2nd quarter deficit to win 41-30 at previously undefeated N.C. State.
24th-ranked Michigan was matched touchdown-for-touchdown at Indiana, but Denard Robinson had the final say. Robinson scored the game-winning points on a 5-yard run with 17 ticks remaining and the Wolverines now lead a parade of Big Ten teams ranked from 21st to 24th.
Wisconsin drops from 13th to 23rd after bowing 34-24 at Michigan State, while the Spartans move up from 31st to 21st. Northwestern climbs to 22nd from 25th after eking-out a 29-28 win at Minnesota
Texas plummets to 20th from 11th after suffering consecutive losses for just the fifth time in the 13-year Mack Brown era. Oklahoma moves up to 6th with the 28-20 win in Dallas, the Sooners' first win in the series since 2007 and just its second in the series in the last six meetings.
19th-ranked Missouri leads a group of five teams in the top 25 that were idle over the weekend. The Tigers were joined on the couch by No. 16 Arkansas, No. 13 Arizona, No. 8 Utah and No. 7 Nebraska.
Stanford drops from 9th to 18th this week with a 52-31 loss at Oregon. The Cardinal jumped to an early 21-3 lead and still led 31-24 at halftime, but the Ducks defense shutout Stanford in the second half. Oregon rises to No. 4 in the rankings.
The weekend began with No. 15 Oklahoma State digging itself out of a 21-7 halftime deficit and rallying for a 38-35 home win over Texas A&M. The Cowboys scored 28 unanswered points after intermission to take a 35-21 lead, but wound up needing a 40-yard field goal as time expired to win the 38-35 shootout.
Iowa is now ranked 14th after its 24-3 home win over Penn State, the 8th Hawkeye win in the last 9 meetings. Iowa has held all four of its home opponents to a touchdown or less, but gave up 34 in the loss at Arizona.
LSU stays at No. 12 after luckily fending off Tennessee 16-14. The game-winning TD was scored by the Tigers when they were given a second chance from the 1-yard line after a frantic episode of substitutions by both schools trapped the Vols with 13 men on the field.
Auburn is No. 11 after dismantling Louisiana-Monroe 52-3. The Tigers have started 5-0 in each of Gene Chizik's two seasons as head coach. Last year, Auburn ended the regular season with just 2 wins in its last 7 games before rebounding for a victory in the Outback Bowl.
The Top Ten is led by Nevada. The Wolf Pack moved to 5-0 with a 44-26 win at rival UNLV, their fifth straight in the series after losing 5 in-a-row from 2000-2004.
Florida falls from 9th to 6th, despite its poor showing at Alabama. The Tide stays at No. 2 after crushing the Gators 31-6. The teams combined for just 554 total yards and Florida actually outgained Alabama 281-273, but Florida committed four turnovers to 'Bama's zero.
Ohio State slips to 5th as the the Big Ten puts six teams in the top 25. The Buckeyes were a 25-point computer favorite at Illinois, but managed only a 24-13 win.
TCU is No. 3 after its 27-0 shutout victory at Colorado State. The Horned Frogs have allowed just 12.4 points per game while starting 5-0 for the first time since 2003.
Boise State remains No. 1 after administering a 59-0 pasting of New Mexico State at Las Cruces.
Elsewhere, Steve Sarkisian is now 2-0 against his former employer as the Huskies won 32-31 at USC. This year's game was decided on a 32-yard walk-of field goal by Erik Folk who converted a 22-yard game-winning kick with 3 seconds left for last season's 16-13 win at Seattle.
Air Force's 7-year string of futility against Navy came to an end with a 14-6 home win over the Midshipmen. Navy had won 15 straight over the other two military academies. Navy QB Ricky Dobbs was kept off the scoreboard for the first time in his last 17 starts.
The computer was 37-12 in picking winners and has hit 82% of all games played this season. But it turned in its worst performance of the season against the spread with a 19-30 mark.
Seven teams lost for the first time over the weekend, leaving 18 schools with unblemished records. Five of those schools reside in the Big 12, four in the Big Ten, three in the SEC, and two each in the Mountain West, PAC-10 and WAC. There are no undefeated teams in the ACC, Big East, Conference USA, MAC or Sun Belt, and all three independent schools have at least two losses.
6 teams entered the week without a win and all 6 remain perfect - Akron, Eastern Michigan, FIU, New Mexico, New Mexico State and Western Kentucky.
FBS vs. FCS:
FBS teams went 2-1 vs. FCS schools as San Jose State lost 14-13 at home to Cal-Davis. FBS schools are now 74-7 (.914) in such games this season. Since 2003, FBS teams are 538-49 (.917) vs. FCS teams.
Here are the results of every FBS loss to the FCS this season:
9/4: Jacksonville State 49, Mississippi 48 (2 OT's)
9/4: North Dakota State 6, Kansas 3
9/11: Gardner-Webb 38, Akron 37
9/11: Liberty 27, Ball State 23
9/11: South Dakota 41, Minnesota 38
9/11: James Madison 21, Virginia Tech 16
10/2: Cal-Davis 14, San Jose State 13
This year, 85 FBS teams play a total of 90 games against FCS foes. Five schools play two such games - Arizona State, Ball State, San Jose State, Syracuse and Virginia.
Alabama has 19 straight wins overall and 29 straight regular season wins. The Crimson Tide beat Florida at home 31-6.
Boise State has streaks of 18 overall wins, 29 regular season wins, 27 home wins, 57 regular season home wins, and 42 straight conference home victories. BSU has never lost at home to a fellow WAC member (36-0). The Broncos' last home loss to a conference foe occurred in 1998 when they were a member of the Big West and fell to Idaho in the final regular season game. The Broncos are 6-1 in their last seven matches against BCS conference schools. Boise State won 59-0 at New Mexico State.
Ohio State has won 11 straight. The Buckeyes won 24-13 at Illinois.
Oklahoma has 33 straight home victories. The Sooners won 28-20 over Texas in Dallas.
Utah has 20 straight home wins. The Utes were idle.
Western Kentucky has lost 24 straight overall and 29 straight to FBS teams. The Hilltoppers were idle.
Eastern Michigan has lost 17 straight overall. The Eagles lost 30-17 at home to Ohio.
New Mexico State has lost 11 straight overall. The Aggies lost 59-0 at home to Boise State.
Washington State has lost 13 straight to FBS schools. The Cougars lost 42-28 at UCLA.
Each the 24 new head coaches this year have now lost at last one game. USC's Lane Kiffin was the last fall when the Trojans were upset 32-31 at home by Washington over the weekend.