Jack Geary’s College Football Week 9 Top 25 and Analysis Article by Jack Geary
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Alabama lit Butch Jones hotseat on fire Saturday by crushing Tennessee 45-7. Alabama doesn’t have any wins against currently ranked teams but it doesn’t really matter. We all know how good Alabama actually is. The Crimson Tide head into the bye week as the clear cut #1 team in the country.
Michigan’s respect level was diminished by Penn State in the blowout last Saturday. This Saturday Penn State gets another prime time matchup against Ohio State. This matchup has game of the year potential. If Penn State can walk into Columbus and steal the game, they are playoff bound in my mind.
The Bulldogs had their bye week and will now have to face Florida this week. Georgia is expected to roll over the Gators. Although, don’t be surprised if Florida competes, they still have some guys who can play.
The Horned Frogs currently wear the crown in the Big 12. Every remaining opponent desperately wants to dethrone them. Iowa State will get the first real shot at taking down the kings. Put TCU on upset watch Saturday.
JT Barrett enters the most important game of the season Saturday. A win over Penn State would confirm that Ohio State controls its own destiny en route to the playoffs. Ohio State and the Shoe will be rocking Saturday.
Syracuse is strong opponent, don’t forget they were able to beat Clemson. Therefore, give credit to Miami for avoiding being another upset victim. This week the U faces a North Carolina team that just wants this season to be over already.
If anyone thought the #8 spot in my rankings last week was too high for Notre Dame, you were wrong. Put Notre Dame on the playoff radar and put Josh Adams on heisman watch. I’ve been high on this ND team all year and it’s paying dividends now. This week’s opponent NC State is a much better team than USC so it’ll be a challenge for the Fighting Irish in their second consecutive top 15 matchup. I don’t except Notre Dame’s win streak to stop anytime soon.
Wisco cruised against another terrible team. This schedule is a travesty and Wisconsin needs to be apprehended for it. Illinois is the Badgers next “strong” opponent.
It’s mind boggling that Clemson has had over two weeks since their deflating loss to Syracuse. I’m not convinced this Clemson team is actually all that. This week against Georgia Tech they can prove me wrong.
Miraculously Texas was able to hold the fiery Cowboys offense to only 13 points last week. Oklahoma State depends on their offense to win games. That’s why it took overtime to beat Texas with their offense posting so little. The matchup against West Virginia will be a battle between two high powered offensive teams.
Baker Mayfield keeps Oklahoma afloat with his astounding passing game. The Sooners defense doesn’t provide much help to Mayfield. The defense consistently allows near 30 points a game. Mayfield can feast on an average Texas Tech squad and continue to carry the Sooners to wins.
The Hokies obliterated UNC 59-7 last Saturday. North Carolina’s a basketball school anyways and so is this week’s opponent Duke. Virginia Tech is out to save their season by running the table. They’re a darkhorse playoff contender that absolutely no one is thinking about.
The bye week allowed Washington even more time to reflect upon their tragic loss to Arizona State. The Huskies must be itching to redeem themselves after a tough two weeks. It’ll be a long night for Josh Rosen if Washington’s defense plays the way they usually do.
Fresh off a bye week the Wolfpack should be prepared to face the surging Fighting Irish. In my opinion, both teams are underrated. This is a heavyweight fight with the Wolfpack being the underdogs.
Tulane was hiccup for USF as they were barely able to win. Flowers is still the best player that doesn’t play in a power 5 conference. Continuing, Houston will be a good opportunity for him to show it this week.
The Cougars blanked Colorado last week. It was a reassuring performance. It proved Washington State was still a talented team. Nonetheless, I believe Khalil Tate and Arizona will upset the deflated Cougs.
Sparty participated in a snooze fest on Saturday. A 17-9 win over Indiana isn’t very impressive. Oddly, this week Michigan State is only a 2.5 favorite against a lacking Northwestern. Personally, I expect Michigan State to handle Northwestern with no problem.
The undefeated record is still in tact for UCF. Central Florida is doing everything in their power to show they deserve to be in a New Year’s six bowl game.
Unfortunately, Bryce Love won’t get a chance to pad his stats against an atrocious Oregon State squad. Don’t worry, Stanford should be fine without him.
It was a breeze for Stidham and company against Arkansas. Next week Auburn has to face a much tougher Texas A&M team.
Will Grier currently leads the country in passing touchdowns. Grier doesn’t receive any help from his defense though. It’ll take over 40 points for the West Virginia offense to top Oklahoma State.
The Trojans might be the biggest letdown of the entire season. Sam Darnold was supposed to lead this promising team to a first ever College Football Playoff appearance. Instead, USC has barely escaped from mediocre teams and been thoroughly outplayed by ranked opponents. Notre Dame embarrassed USC and helped damage Darnold’s stock even more.
Derrius Guice reminded fans across the country that he’s one of the top running backs in the nation. A convincing performance of 276 yards was also enough to edge Ole Miss. LSU luckily has a bye week leading up to the always important Alabama matchup.
Memphis attained a quality win over Houston last Thursday. Proceeding, they will face a Tulane team that plays everyone close.
The Cyclones are the new kids on the block in college football. They enter the gauntlet of their schedule, taking on TCU, West Virginia, and Oklahoma State. Winning 2 out 3 of these games would keep Iowa State relevant. It all starts against TCU and Iowa State has a real shot to win.