Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sports: College Football (Week 7)

While there are not any games between ranked teams this weekend proved to be full of upsets right from the start. Two top ten ranked teams fell on Friday and two more on Saturday. This week will have repercussions that will play out all the way to the college football playoffs. I still think we have a few weeks to go to see what the official rankings will be but as of now, there are fewer undefeated teams. 

The biggest upset of the weekend will be the Friday night loss of the 2Clemson Tigers to the Syracuse Orange. The Tigers did win the National Championship with one loss to an unranked opponent last year but their win over Auburn is not as impressive this year as they lost this weekend too, but I'll get to that later. Moving up after Clemon's defeat are the undefeated 11Miami Hurricanes and the 21NC State Wolfpack. Miami moves to seventh and NC State to seventeenth while Clemson drops to eighth.

On Friday, the California Golden Bears upset the 8Washington State Cougars who were planning dominance in the PAC-12. This unranked loss will spell the end of the Cougars hopes for appearing in the National Championship with an upset over Washington. It may also end the hopes of the PAC-12 appearing in the playoffs.
The PAC-12 really lost their hopes of an appearance in the playoffs when the 5Washington Huskies fell to the Arizona State Sun Devils. 23Stanford Cardinals move to the top of the PAC-12 North with a win over Oregon but two losses will keep them from traveling too far up. 

Big Ten
The Wisconsin Badgers move into the top 5 with a win over Purdue. Their schedule looks pretty easy as the only ranked opponent they have left is 15Michigan but they'll compete with a tough opponent in the Big Ten Championship if they win out. The Big Ten will get interesting next week as 3Penn State returns from their bye week to a host of new challenges from conference rivals Michigan, Ohio State, and Michigan State. Penn State vs Michigan might be the only game I'm looking forward to next week. 

Big 12
The TCU Horned Frogs have moved into fourth place as they beat Kansas State. They do face the challenge of Oklahoma in November but if they win that and triumph in the new Big 12 championships, then we may see the Frogs in the playoffs. 

Benefiting from all the chaos and floating at the top at number one are the Alabama Crimson Tide. They have defeated all challengers up to this point. The only ranked opponent that Alabama has to face is Auburn who lost to LSU this weekend and plummeted more than any other team that was upset from tenth to 21st. The Georgia Bulldogs have moved up into third place and they also only have Auburn to face as their last ranked opponent. It's going to be a crazy SEC CHampionship. 

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