Archive for October 27th, 2013

College Football 2013, Week Nine!

October 27, 2013

127After a wild week last week, fraught with numerous upsets among the top-25, this week seemed a bit more tame, at least in the upset department.  Despite the fewer upsets, there were many more mismatched blowouts (victories by more than 20 points) caused by stingy defenses coupled with wide open offenses (including Michigan State). The Michigan State Spartans traveled to Champaign-Urbana to take on the Fighting Illini of Illinois.  While the Spartan defense was as stellar as usual, but this week, it was finally complimented by a robust offense and Spartans won easily to improve to 7-1 overall.  And, the Spartans remain unbeaten (4-0) and in sole possession of first place in the Legends Division of the Big Ten conference (ahead of both Michigan and Nebraska).   The Big Ten currently has four teams ranked among the AP top-25 (this may change following a Nebraska loss yesterday): Ohio State (#4), Wisconsin (22), Michigan (#24), and Nebraska (#25).  The next test for the Spartans: hosting the ranked Michigan Wolverines.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Missouri (#5) losing to South Carolina (#21) by three points in double overtime.
Texas Tech (#10) losing to Oklahoma (#15).
Virginia Tech (#14) losing to unranked Duke by only three points.
Nebraska (#24) losing to unranked Minnesota.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Miami (#7) defeated unranked Wake Forest by only three points.
Fresno State (#17) defeated unranked San Diego State by only seven points in overtime.

Top-25 matchups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Oregon (#3) defeating UCLA (#12).
Stanford (#6) defeating Oregon State (#25).