With week four of college football coming to an end the top 10 gets a few additions. After a 13 – 6 win over Michigan, Notre Dame settles in at number 10 — the first time in six years the Irish have been a top ten team. Could this be the year for the Irish? They still have three teams left on their schedule that started the season highly ranked but have now dropped giving the Golden Domers hope that Stanford, OU, and USC are all winnable games. Likewise the Kansas State Wildcats find themselves sitting nicely at #7, the highest position for the Big 12 team since 2003. More impressively the Wildcats upset the Sooners 24 – 19 to get there.
The Crimson Tide found themselves with yet another easy week holding on to the #1 spot after their fourth consecutive blow out this year. With Ole Miss next week it could be awhile before Alabama is truly tested on the field. Florida State proved why they are not leaving the top ten anytime soon scoring 35 points in the second half in the 49 – 37 win over Clemson, knocking the Tigers down seven spots to #17. Other than Oregon State, Rutgers, and Baylor finding their way into the top 25 this week, the top teams seem to be holding steady but anything can happen in college football.
The top ten team of interest this week started there and remains the most explosive member of the undefeated bunch, the South Carolina Gamecocks. With the exception of a week-one Vanderbilt scare, the Gamecocks have been unstoppable but have somehow managed to stay out of the headlines. The Gamecocks are 5th in the nation and 2nd in the SEC for points allowed holding opponents to 9.8 points per game average. While you would have a perfectly good argument to say that S.C. has not played any top caliber teams, neither has the #1 team in the nation (Michigan lost to Notre Dame). My point being that as the season starts to move away from the “stat-building” opener games don’t be surprised to see South Carolina remaining a top contender in this year’s BCS Championship game.
Remember that Big 12 team, no not the one we all love to hate, the Missouri Tigers. They have had a pretty rough entrance into the SEC losing the first two conference games to Georgia and, you guessed it, South Carolina, which brings me to the TicketCity Play of the Week from Ace Sanders. The last time I saw a college player run this well I was in high school and Reggie Bush was on the field. There are no words to describe this kid’s quickness; you just have to witness it.