NCAA College Football Week 8 RecapMonday, October 22, 2012 10:36
A look back at Week 8 of the 2012 NCAA College Football Season.
Forget the Wacky WAC, How About that Wacky Big 12?
Conference season is in full swing and Week 2 of the reviled BCS standings are out. Teams’ true colors are starting to sort–some according to expectations, others as far from predictions as possibly could be imagined:
- It’s almost hard to believe that a mere two weeks ago that the West Virginia Mountaineers were looking like the class of the Big 12, but hand that honor of the moment to the Kansas State Wildcats. The Wildcats annihilated the Mountaineers 55-14 (West Virginia’s second straight loss), solidifying their position atop the Big 12 and leapfrogging Kansas State over the Oregon Ducks to #3 in the BCS rankings.
- Speaking of the state of Oregon, don’t look now, but the Ducks aren’t the only team from that state in the upper echelon of the rankings. The Oregon State Beavers have risen to #7 in the BCS–not bad for a team that went 3-9 in 2011. That means some serious national championship implications for the annual Civil War game against their cross-state rivals on November 24. Oh, and four of the Beavers’ last six games are at home.
- Set up your tailgate, break out your grill and play this game again: Texas Tech Red Raiders 56, TCU Horned Frogs 53 in triple overtime. Exciting, exciting Big 12 game. TCU came back from 10 points down in the final 2:25 to tie the game at 36, inclusive of a 60-yard touchdown strike from Trevone Boykin to LaDarius Brown (50 yards of which came in the air), followed by the fifth of six field goals by freshman kicker Jaden Oberkrom to even things up. Not a bad showing for redshirt freshman Boykin, starting only his third game after taking over the starting quarterback duties on short notice from Casey Pachall after Pachall entered substance abuse counseling. And these were two Top 15 defense (Texas Tech as high as #4) coming into the game.
- The only Top 25 upset of the weekend came by way of the Toledo Rockets dispatching the then #21 Cincinnati Bearcats 29-23, knocking Cincinnati from the ranks of the unbeatens.
- Congratulations to the Ohio Bobcats of the MAC. Each year the MAC seems to garner a little more attention and acclaim, and the Bobcats have quietly climbed up into the #23 slot in both of the polls.
- When are the pollsters going to recognize the lackluster play of both the LSU Tigers and the Ohio State Buckeyes in victories? After each team had apparently righted its respective ship, both were unimpressive once again in Week 8. LSU looked terrible the first half and just good enough the second, while Ohio State narrowly escaped an upset by Purdue with a late score to push the game into overtime. Wins are wins, and college football has become a game of survive and move on, but one bad game is one thing–repeated uninspired play a trend.
- Am I the only one still not impressed by Notre Dame?
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