Shifting BCS Standings After Week 9
Florida State, Alabama, Oregon and Ohio State all won easily as expected and their status as the top four teams in the BCS remains secure for now. The Big 4 racked up 199 points between them to their opponents 55. The formally #12 UCLA Bruins were among their victims this week.
Undefeated Missouri, ranked #5 in the BCS standings, went down in a heartbreaking overtime loss to SEC rival South Carolina, ranked as #20 going into the contest. The game was tied 24 all at the end of regulation play and remained the same at the end of the first OT. The Gamecocks kicked a field goal in the second overtime to win the day and knock Mizzou out of the top ten and probably move South Carolina up a notch or two.
While the #7 Miami Hurricanes were nearly whipped by a determined Wake Forest team, Baylor continued to put up big numbers scoring 59 points against the Kansas Jay Hawks on their home field.
#8 Stanford had a tougher time than expected with Oregon State but still managed a 20-12 victory and should remain more or less the same in the BCS standings.
Johnny Football and his #14 Texas A&M Aggies put up 56 points against SEC rival Vanderbilt but Manziel was favoring his throwing arm throughout the game.
#18 Louisville rolled over the University of South Florida under the inspired leadership of Teddy Bridgewater and the upstart #21 University of Central Florida (UCF), aka the Golden Knights demolished the UConn Huskies by a final score of 62 to 17. Look out for UCF in the future since they are on the rise.
In the only two big upsets of the day, the #25 Nebraska Cornhuskers went down to Big Ten rival the Minnesota Gophers 34-23 and the highly touted #10 Texas Tech Red Raiders were upset by the #17 Oklahoma Sooners 38-30. Oh yea, #16 Virginia Tech was also upset by none other than unranked Duke in a low scoring game, 13-10.
#13 LSU overcame a lethargic first half performance to handle Furman 48-16 and the other Tigers of #11 Auburn whipped Florida Atlantic 45-10. Then the #9 Clemson Tigers beat Maryland 40-27 and a determined Kentucky Wildcat team scared Mississippi State but the Bulldogs eventually triumphed 28-22.
Week Ten matchups will feature Miami going up to Tallahassee to take on Jameis Winston and the Florida State Seminoles plus the annual Georgia-Florida clash.