Ole Miss says they’ve never lost a party, but they certainly lost momentum last week after an upset loss to LSU. With this Saturday’s kickoffs, the season will finally be into November, which means a loss now could end that dream of a trip to the College Football Playoff. Tuesday saw the release of the first set of College Football Playoff rankings, which means every team knows how they are viewed by the committee. What’s left is to see what those teams in the Top 10 do with that information.
What We Learned Last Week
Bad Bo Returns
Bo Wallace didn’t have even a remotely decent outing last Saturday night when the Rebels went strolling into Baton Rouge. It was the senior signal caller’s worst game of the season so far finishing 14 of 33 for 176 yards. He threw 1 TD pass against 1 INT. Wallace will certainly have to be better against a strong Auburn defense Saturday night. He had played so well all season he was almost due for an off-night. For the hopes of the Ole Miss faithful, let’s hope the trend doesn’t continue.
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TCU And K-State Dominate The Big 12
If the Big 12 had a title game, these would be the teams in it based on performances so far. The Wildcats however will pay a visit to Fort Worth on November 8th, and we might just see the battle we’ve been waiting for. The nasty TCU offense versus the stout K-State defense will be a match-up any college football fan can enjoy.
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2014 Lacks an “Elite” Team
The slew of 1-loss teams this year shows that college football lacks a truly elite team. Although Mississippi State and Florida State both retain undefeated records, both are far from complete teams. The Seminoles are 104th in the nation running the ball, while the Bulldogs have been vulnerable through the air. Mississippi State needed every weapon they could find last Saturday while on the road in Lexington against an improved Kentucky team. November will be an interesting month as teams try to separate themselves from the rest of the pack. The problem is no dominant team exists, which makes picking four teams for a playoff an even more difficult of a task.
Stat of the Week:
TCU put up 82 points behind 785 yards of total offense in the Horned Frogs’ beat-down of the Red Raiders last Saturday in Fort Worth.
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What We Are Looking Forward To
From The Plains to The Grove
Saturday night in Oxford, we will learn a lot about Ole Miss and Auburn. Has Bo Wallace and company recovered from their worst game of the season at LSU? On top of that, how will they cope with some of the injuries suffered in Baton Rouge? Auburn hasn’t looked quite the same since they were dismantled by Mississippi State on October 11th. Both teams do share the weight of being ranked in the Top 4 of the initial College Football Playoff rankings. A loss here by Auburn would take them out of the race for the SEC west crown, while a loss by the Bulldogs would leave things wide open in the division.
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How the Top 4 Handle the Pressure:
On Tuesday, the initial College Football Playoff rankings were released. The SEC West is well represented at the top, but there is still a lot of football to be played.
1. Mississippi State
Big games against Alabama and Ole Miss await the Bulldogs, and both will be on the road. Dan Mullen has this team rolling with an offense that can score with almost anyone. They have been a bit suspect on pass defense, which will be tested even more down the stretch.
2. Florida State
The Seminoles possess the easiest remaining schedule of the current Top 4. A dangerous game this Thursday night at No. 25 Louisville awaits Winston and the ‘Noles’ 104th-ranked run offense.
Ole Miss, Alabama and Georgia all await the Tigers during the month of November. Even worse, all three are on the road. Nick Marshall and company will have their hands full if they want to stay in the CFP race.
4. Ole Miss
The Rebels will have to shake off the LSU loss quickly to get ready for Auburn this Saturday. Should they get past the Tigers, an Egg Bowl showdown with Mississippi State could be all that stands between them, an SEC West title, and likely a trip to the first annual College Football Playoff.
Outside looking in: Oregon, Alabama, TCU, Michigan State, Kansas State, Notre Dame
TCU Heads to Morgantown
At this point, there is no argument that TCU is an outstanding football team. They have absolutely demolished teams scoring an average 50.4 ppg. It’s a struggle to call a team elite that blows a 21-point lead with less than 10 minutes remaining like they did against Baylor. ESPN’s College GameDay heads to West Virgina for this week’s match-up that will put outstanding Mountaineer quarterback Clint Trickett against junior Horned Frog signal-caller, Trevone Boykin.
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