The Race is On
The race for college football's national championship began last weekend and as expected, everyone's still chasing the two-time defending champs, the USC Trojans. USC had little trouble winning at Hawaii last Saturday, taking care of the Rainbows 63-17. The 63 points were the most scored by a Trojan team since 1988 and the 46-point margin of victory was the second-biggest in the Pete Carroll era.
When the latest AP poll was released on Tuesday, USC was naturally, still No.1. That makes it 20 straight polls that the Trojans have been No. 1, just one shy of Miami-Florida's record 21-poll run set during the 2001 and 2002 seasons. With USC idle this week, the Trojans are assured of at least tying Miami's record when next week's poll is released.
No. 9 Miami-Florida lost an "ugly" game at Tallahassee, 10-7. The win ended No. 14 FSU's six-game losing streak to the Hurricanes, despite the fact that the Seminoles gained just 170 total yards and QB Drew Weatherford completed 7-of-24 passes for 67 yards.
No. 17 Texas A&M lost at unranked Clemson 25-24, No. 18 Boise State got crushed at No. 13 Georgia 48-13 and No. 23 Pittsburgh lost at home to unranked Notre Dame, 42-21.
2 in last year's final poll to USC, dropped out of the top-25, as did A&M, Boise State and Pittsburgh.
The No.2 Longhorns will put their eight-game road winning streak on the line this Saturday, with a visit to Columbus, Ohio where they will meet No. 4 Ohio State.
After losing to South Carolina 24-15 last Thursday, in Steve Spurrier's return to college football, the no-so Golden Knights stand head-and-shoulders in front of the nation's other losers with 16 straight losses.
That 'honor' goes to Buffalo, as the Bulls have now lost 18 straight on the road after losing 38-0 at Connecticut last Thursday.
Three schools with new head coaches, Marshall, Oklahoma State and San Jose State, played non-lined games and all three won. As for the other 17, they went a collective 8-9 SU and a poor 6-11 ATS. LSU's Les Miles, Stanford's Walt Harris and Utah State's Brent Guy make their debuts this weekend..Larry Ness is a documented member of The Professional Handicappers League.Read more of his articles and get his premium plays here.
By: Larry Ness
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