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In The Books: Week Nine

DeAnthony Thomas and Oregon won again, beating Colorado 70-14

     We saw an incredible number of upsets this week folks. 10 of my top 25 from last week fell in Saturday’s action, some to other ranked opponents and some to the low-likes of Kent State and Miami Ohio (lookin’ at you, Rutgers and Ohio). But that’s all a part of college football, there will be upsets and the polls will shake up. Winning games, whether it be by blowouts or close scores, is what separates the boys from the men and puts teams in position to do big things. 

     As far as the local schools go, Kansas State once again looked dominant against a formidable foe, beating Texas Tech 55-24 on Saturday. K-State has themselves sitting pretty atop the Big XII and remains undefeated on the season. Mizzou got their first conference win of the year, defeating Kentucky 33-10 on Homecoming and the Tigers can finally take a sigh of relief. Last (and definitely least) the Kansas Jayhawks came oh so close to pulling the upset over Texas in Lawrence on Saturday. KU led 17-14 before a Case McCoy touchdown pass with 12 seconds left gave the Longhorns the lead and the game. The Jayhawks fell to 1-7 on the year and 0-5 in the conference.

     The Heisman Trophy rankings took a significant turn last week as well. While all the candidates remain on the list, the order has changed up just a bit. Go ahead and take a look. 
1. Collin Klein, Kansas State Quarterback
     The do-it-all signal caller had another great week, accounting for four total TD’s in K-States huge win over Texas Tech. It’s his race to lose.
2. Manti Te’o, Notre Dame Linebacker
     Te’o had another stellar game at Oklahoma that included an interception and is without a doubt the best defensive player in the nation.
3. Braxton Miller, Ohio State Quarterback
     Miller led the Buckeyes to their ninth win of the season scoring three total touchdowns and rushing for 134 yards.
4. Kenjon Barner, Oregon Running Back
     Barner had 104 yards and two touchdowns on just nine carries in Oregon’s 70-14 win over Colorado. He’s got Ducks fans saying ‘LaMichael who?’
5. Geno Smith, West Virginia Quarterback
     Just a couple weeks ago, Smith was everyone’s favorite (myself included). His play in big games wasn’t good enough to keep him atop the list.

This week’s top 25 took a little shake up as well, here are my rankings for Week Ten.

1. Alabama, 8-0
     Crimson Tide dominated undefeated Mississippi State, travel to LSU Saturday
2. Oregon, 8-0
     Ducks steam rolled Colorado, face toughest test yet at USC this weekend
3. Notre Dame, 8-0
     After beating OU, Fighting Irish should be 11-0 heading into season finale at USC
4. Kansas State, 8-0
     Bill Snyder and co. looked great again, have toughest games out of the way already
5. LSU, 7-1
     Control their own fate as they host Alabama this week coming off the bye
6. Georgia, 7-1
     Should have the SEC East wrapped up, only conference games left are Ole Miss and Auburn
7. Florida, 7-1
     Lost control of the East with loss to Georgia, still playing for a BCS appearance
8. Florida State, 8-1
     About the only good team left in the ACC, other than…
9. Clemson, 7-1
     Loss at Florida State is the Tigers’ only blemish on the season
10. Louisville, 8-0
     Was in a three team undefeated race in the Big East, now the only unbeaten left
11. South Carolina, 7-2
     Losing Marcus Lattimore was devastating, but Gamecocks should finish 9-3 or 10-2
12. Oklahoma, 5-2
     Sooners seem like they can beat anyone…other than good competition
13. Oregon State, 6-1
     Beavers’ loss to Washington put a huge damper in what’s been an exciting season
14. Stanford, 6-2
     Only losses coming to Washington and Notre Dame, still have Oregon and Oregon State to go
15. Texas A&M, 6-2
     Johnny Football and the Aggies are surprising everyone in their conference debut season
16. Mississippi State, 7-1
     Bulldogs look to rebound against A&M after first loss to Alabama
17. USC, 6-2
     Pre-season title favorites already have two losses, host Oregon on Saturday
18. Boise State, 7-1
     Broncos have rolled off seven in a row since dropping the season opener at Michigan State
19. Texas Tech, 6-2
     Red Raiders have fallen to conference’s two best teams, nothing to be ashamed of
20. Nebraska, 6-2
     Remember these guys? Quietly on their way to winning the conference
21. West Virginia, 5-2
     One more loss could remove them from the rankings, defense has been horrendous
22. Texas, 6-2
     Narrowly beat lowly Kansas, play at Tech on Saturday
23. Louisiana Tech, 7-1
     Only loss was to A&M by two, should win out the rest of the way
24. UCLA, 6-2
     These guys are back, too. Bruins are on a little winning streak
25. Arizona, 5-3
     Have looked great at times this season, need to be more consistent

Well folks, that’s all I’ve got for you in In The Books this week. I’ll be back late this week to break down BCS Bowl Projections and again on Friday for another Weekend Watch. Until then, enjoy the tip-off of the NBA season.

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