NCAA Football: Auburn at Mississippi State

Mississippi State No. 1 in College Football Rankings Week 8

1. Mississippi State
2. Florida State
3. Mississippi
4. Auburn
5. Alabama
6. Notre Dame
7.Oregon
8. Michigan State
9. Georgia
10. TCU
11. Baylor
12. Kansas State
13. Ohio State
14. Arizona
15. Arizona State
16. Nebraska
17. Oklahoma
18. Utah
19. West Virginia
20. Southern California
21. East Carolina
22. Clemson
23. Marshall
24. LSU
25. Duke

 

Hot or Not:

 

Hot: Alabama

Coming off of an unimpressive 14-13 win against Arkansas, the Crimson Tide rebounded with a 59-0 drubbing of Texas A&M. The Tide gained over 600 yards in the win, which was a far cry from when they gained just 227 yards of offense. Alabama will visit Tennessee this week, in what will be a homecoming for offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, who coached the Volunteers during the 2009 season.

Not: Big 12 favorites

For the second straight week, the presumed Big 12 title favorite lost; this week, Baylor was the victim, coming off of a 61-58 win against TCU, who had become the favorite after defeating Oklahoma. West Virginia upset Baylor by stopping their potent offense led by Heisman candidate quarterback Bryce Petty. Kansas State is now the favorite going into their game against Texas. Will Texas continue the run of recent Big 12 upsets?

Hot: West Virginia

The Mountaineers have flown under the radar of most college football fans while going 5-2, with losses only to Oklahoma and Alabama. Their upset of Baylor puts them in the Top 25 of both the AP and Rhino Press College Football Rankings, and into the minds of people outside the Big 12 as well. They will travel to Stillwater to take on Oklahoma State; a win would solidify their spot as a true contender for the Big 12 title.

Not: Stanford

The Cardinal certainly have not lived up to their preseason hype, as they are now 4-3 after a loss to Arizona State. Even though the Sun Devils are a top-15 team, the loss proved that this year’s team in nothing like the Stanford of late. This team features a lackluster offense that their top defense cannot make up for every week. Since Stanford is virtually out of the Pac-12 championship picture, they need to concentrate on improving their defense for next season.

 

Looking Ahead:

 

West Virginia at Oklahoma State, 2:30 PM CST, ABC

The Mountaineers will look to come out of Stillwater with a win against the high-scoring Cowboys. The Cowboys should keep it interesting until late in the fourth quarter, when the Mountaineers will pull away.

West Virginia 54- 41

 

Mississippi at LSU, 6:15 PM, CST, ESPN

LSU hosts the Rebels in a matchup in Death Valley that is a must win for both teams. While LSU’s defense and running back Leonard Fournette have been excellent, the inconsistent quarterback play will keep the Tigers from beating Ole Miss. The Rebel defense will have a field day defending the pass.

Ole Miss 27- 6

 

Southern California at Utah, 9 PM, CST, Fox Sports 1

This Pac-12 matchup features two top-20 teams with great defenses, an anomaly in the high- scoring conference. However, USC’s offense is much better than Utah’s now that quarterback Cody Kessler is playing well. Utah has surprised many teams, and will continue to do so, just not this Saturday.

USC 23- 13

 

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