In NCAA football Week 8, the results of the Top Five ranked teams was quite interesting, with at least one upset. The No. 1 Mississippi State Bulldogs (6-0) were idle after their last week win over Auburn. Let’s take a look at what happened with the other teams.
The remaining top ten week 8 ranked teams played, with the No. 2 FSU Seminoles now 7-0 escaping a loss to No. 5 Notre Dame Irish 31-27 as they made a late comeback after trailing in the game 5 different times, and were able to hold back Notre Dame on their final drive, with the help of Irish penalty.
The FSU coach Jimbo Fisher explained his QB Winston’s play as, “He has a drive to win, and a drive for greatness.” FSU is seeking to reclaim the No.1 ranking, and came back from a 17-10 deficit at half to win their 23rd straight game, in the win over the Irish on Saturday night in Tallahassee, Florida.
The Notre Dame Irish almost created an upset as they were on the FSU two yard line with seconds left in the game, when their QB Golson hit a TD pass to receiver Robinson, but the Irish were called for interference, thus the TD was nullified. Naturally, the Notre Dame team and staff were not pleased with the call.
Next week, the Irish 6-1 have a bye week, and play at the Navy Midshipmen on the 1st of Nov.2014. The Seminoles have their next game at Louisville on Thursday Oct. 30th 2014.
The No. 3 Ole Miss Rebels now 7-0 routed the unranked Tennessee Volunteers now 3-4 with the game in Oxford, Mississippi. One of the key factors in this game was 4 turnovers committed by Tennessee. The win, has to be credited to the Ole Miss defense, as they have only allowed their opponents 6 touchdowns in their 7 season games, while scoring 4 touchdowns as a defensive unit in those games. In this game the Rebels defense held Tennessee to an incredible 0 yards rushing, and sacked the Volunteers QB Worley some 7 times. Ole Miss was trailing 0-3 in the 2nd quarter, and then rapidly scored their next 34 points, enough to seal the win and give the Rebels their best start in a season since back in 1962.
The Volunteers had too much negative yardage to win this game, were only 3 of 16 in 3rd down conversions, their QB Worley was sacked seven times, intercepted 2 times and lost a fumble. They did have some good moments on offense, but just couldn’t protect their QB Worley as he attempted to pass. Amazingly, the Volunteers had previously won 12 straight games against the Rebels, but this season the Ole Miss Rebels have changed drastically the previous trends.
The Volunteers 3-4 next week Oct.25th at home play the No.7 Alabama Crimson Tide 6-1at 7:30 PM ET. The No. 3 Ole Miss Rebels 7-0 play at the LSU Tigers 6-2 at Tiger Stadium, Louisiana.
The No. 4 Baylor Bears now 6-1 was upset by unranked West Virginia Mountaineers now 5-2 at the Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, West Virginia 41-27. The Bear’s stay close in the first half with 20 points to the Mountaineers 24 points, then were only able to score 7 points in the second half while West Virginia scored 17 points.
West Virginias two losses this season were to Oklahoma and Alabama, both at the time ranked in the top five, then this week upsets top-five opponent Baylor. The Volunteers QB Trickett is the son of FSU’s offensive line coach who missed their game against Notre Dame, due to a health issue. QB Trickett completed 23 of his 35 passes for 322 yards, which was his 8th consecutive 300 yard passing game, counting games from 2013.
Baylor struggled in many areas in the game, including their QB Petty being sacked 4 times, and was only able to score 1 TD after the half. They had 18 penalties for 215 yards, which sets a Big 12 record with the old mark be 183 yards set by Texas Tech back in 2007. Now, the Baylor Bears drop from top ranking and a Big 12 favorite, hoping to stay in contention for the College football playoffs.
Next the Baylor Bears 6-1 have a bye week, and then play at home against the Kansas Jayhawks 2-5 on the Saturday the 1st of Nov.2014. The West Virginia Mountaineers 5-2 play at Oklahoma State Cowboys 5-2 on the 25th of October 2014 at 3:30PM ET at the Boone Pickens Stadium.
For you football fanatics who follow the top ranked teams and bet on college football at an offshore betting location, it should be interesting to see the Week #9 Top 25 and the odds pertaining to those teams. Happy Wagering!