College Football Stock Report - Week 8

This was survival week in college football, with several top 10 teams getting scared again. Some escaped, others were not so fortunate. One conference division race that looked jumbled is basically over, and one couldn't be muddier if the standings were on the bottom of the Mississippi. Here's some of the winners and losers from this Saturday. 


The Horned Frogs destroyed BYU on the road, removing the biggest obstacle between them and an undefeated season. In addition, their strength of schedule gets a boost from Clemson's upset of Miami. The question remains whether it will be enough to get voters to start paying attention to the fact they have accomplished vastly more than Boise State this season and beat the Broncos head to head last year.  

Terrence Cody, Alabama DT - Mount Cody hasn't had near as much attention coming his way this year, but he saved Alabama's undefeated season by blocking a pair of Daniel Lincoln field goals in the Crimson Tide's 12-10 win. Maybe Nick Saban will even let him play on third down passing situations occasionally next game as a reward.  

Kansas State - The Wildcats are 5-3 after defeating Colorado. More importantly, they're 3-1 in the Big 12 which gives them the lead in the North division. Someone has to show up for the conference title game and get destroyed by the South champ, and it may turn out to be Bill Snyder's guys. At minimum they'll likely reach a bowl game, which was hard to believe when they were losing to Louisiana-Lafayette and beating UMass by just four points.  

DeAndre McDaniel, Clemson DB - McDaniel had two interceptions against Miami, including one returned for a touchdown. He's now up to seven interceptions for the season to lead the nation in that category.He was the ACC Defensive Player of the Week last week and may well be again.  

Stan Parrish, Ball State head coach - Parrish, offensive coordinator for last year's staff that took the Cardinals to a bowl, was inexplicably hired to replace Brady Hoke when he left for San Diego State. The 63 year old had lost his final 27 games at Kansas State as part of an overall 2-30-1 record, and had lost his first eight with Ball State. The ninth time proved to be the charm though, as Ball State's 29-27 victory over Eastern Michigan snapped Parrish's personal losing streak at 35.  


Miami -
The Hurricanes had only one team left on their schedule with good enough athletes to realistically beat them, and they let them do it. Thanks to Clemson's 40-37 overtime victory, Miami loses their slot in the three way tie atop the Coastal division and now has no chance at going to the championship game unless Georgia Tech loses at home to Wake Forest or at Duke.  

NebraskaTo turn the ball over eight times in a single game almost requires some sort of special effort. The Cornhuskers found a way, melting down in extraordinary fashion against Iowa State. They got no turnovers back from the Cyclones, and as a result Iowa State has their first win in Lincoln since 1977.  

Ron Guenther, Illinois AD - Whether he's being stubborn or is knuckling under to financial considerations because Ron Zook has four years after this one left on his contract, Guenther proclaimed at halftime of the Illini's latest loss that Zook would return as Illinois coach for 2010. Maybe it's a bluff vote of confidence, but it doesn't seem that way. Zook's team has lost every game against FBS competition this season by double digits and will lose several of its best players before next season. The Illini marketing staff's going to earn their money for the next 13 months.  

UCLA - For all the hopes pinned on the hiring of Rick Neuheisel to make the Bruins relevant in college football again, the results aren't looking so hot. Arizona cruised past UCLA 27-13 to hand them their fourth straight loss, all of them in conference. Unless Neuheisel's team can sweep the Washington schools and get a home win against Arizona State, they likely aren't bowling this season either.  


Bob Griese, analyst -
During the ESPN broadcast of Minnesota at Ohio State, the top five drivers in NASCAR's top series were displayed as part of a promo. Chris Spielman asked where Juan Pablo Montoya was, to which Greise replied "He's out having a taco!" Comedy's not Bob's strong suit. While Griese apologized at the end of the broadcast, he'll be reaping some negative press for that crack this week.

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