college football week 10 preview: the cardinal’s last hope & the battle of the sunshine state.

Heading into the last four weeks of the football season and the separation between the real contenders and the pretenders is getting clearer. Mizzou blew a golden opportunity to maintain relevance in the BCS picture by losing in OT to the Fightin’ Spurriers. Miami did its best to choke away the season to Wake Forest, but ultimately survived. Most shockingly, both happened on the undefeated teams’ home turfs.

Realistically, right now, there are four elite teams—Alabama, Florida State, Oregon and Ohio State—with a legitimate shot at winning the BCS title…and all the rest. And those four elite teams are about to get tested in a big way over the coming weeks that might sort things out…until conference championship games (oy!).

My Top 25
1. Alabama (8-0)
2. Florida State (7-0)
3. Oregon (8-0)
4. Ohio State (8-0)
5. Miami (7-0)
6. Stanford (7-1)
7. Baylor (7-0)
8. Clemson (7-1)
9. Auburn (7-1)
10. Oklahoma (7-1)
11. LSU (7-2)
12. Texas Tech (7-1)
13. Missouri (7-1)
14. South Carolina
15. Fresno State (7-0)
16. Texas A&M (6-2)
17. Northern Illinois (8-0)
18. Oklahoma State (6-1)
19. Louisville (7-1)
20. UCLA (5-2)
21. Virginia Tech (6-2)
22. Michigan (6-1)
23. UCF (6-1)
24. Notre Dame (6-2)
25. Minnesota (6-2)

Knocking On The Door
Duke (6-2)
Michigan State (7-1)
Oregon State (6-2)

The Biggest Games Of The Week!
LSU (7-2) at Alabama (8-0) Without a doubt, this will be a great, heavyweight match, but the Tide have more at stake than the two-loss LSU Tigers. An upset victory would give LSU a shot a the SEC championship game, but not much else. Honestly, I don’t think they’ll have to worry about it.

Miami (7-0) at Florida State (7-0) This has always been a great rivalry game. The winner of this game shakes up the BCS implications for at least four teams. Miami’s been the Little Engine That Could all season, but they’ve also had a much easier schedule that the ‘Noles. Should be a fun game, but Miami’s about to run into a buzz saw.

Oregon (8-0) at Stanford (7-1) We know Oregon can light up a scoreboard. They had no trouble disposing of UCLA, so you know they won’t be intimidated by the Cardinal. Looking past one-loss Stanford is perilous. They’re 4-0 ranked opponents this season. I’m looking for Stanford to ground that high-powered Oregon offense.

Michigan (6-1) at Michigan State (7-1) Not much more than pride at stake for these two programs (and an outside shot at the B1G conference championship game). Michigan needs the win to assert national relevance while State needs a win over a ranked opponent to prove themselves to voters. My heart bleeds maize-and-blue, but my head tells me Sparty prevails.

Heisman Watch
I don’t really care. I lost interest. Kidding (sort of). After Florida State beat Clemson, Jameis Winston became my top choice. But I really don’t know what I’m talking about.


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