CFB Stock Report - Week 9

Don't look now, but the BCS's worst nightmare keeps getting closer to happening with each passing week. There are still seven undefeated teams as we head into November, with Florida and Alabama the only two sure to face each other should they stay that way. Texas has no more BCS top 25 teams left on its schedule.

Iowa only has one road game left, although it's a tough one with Ohio State. Cincinnati seems to win no matter who they put at quarterback. Boise State and TCU both appear likely to avoid any stumbles the rest of the way.  

If two BCS conferences and two non-BCS schools all find themselves undefeated and on the outside looking in at the BCS Championship Game, it might finally prompt some more people to reevaluate the current system. College football fans would be the big winners if that happened. Here are some of the winners and losers from a fairly quiet week.  


Oregon -
After a disastrous opening night loss to Boise State, the Ducks regrouped. They now control their own fate for a possible first Rose Bowl trip in fifteen years thanks to a 47-20 demolition of USC. It was the worst loss anyone's ever handed a Pete Carroll coached Trojans squad. Oregon's won seven straight since the Boise botch job and is 5-0 in the Pac-10.  

Case Keenum, Houston QB - With the Heisman Trophy still completely up for grabs, Keenum put up the kind of insane numbers that get voters to notice a non-BCS school player. He was 44 of 54 for 559 yards and five TDs while leading Houston past Southern Miss late. Keenum probably won't win the Heisman, but a trip to New York's not out of the question.  

Temple - The Owls are bowl eligible after winning their sixth straight game, a 27-24 edging of Navy. Coach Al Golden has done an amazing job resurrecting Temple's program - they hadn't had a winning season since 1990. Someone looking for a head coach is going to grab Golden out of Philadelphia and get themselves a gem.  

Joe Adams, Arkansas WR - Adams suffered a stroke earlier in the season, which makes him returning in the same year to be able to play college football pretty extraordinary. He had three catches for 109 yards and a pair of TDs as Arkansas thumped Eastern Michigan 63-27.  


Michigan -
Rich Rodriguez has yet to win a game in October against a FBS team in his two years in Ann Arbor. Losing to Penn State is one thing, but a 25 point loss to a astoundingly bad Illinois team is another. Michigan received notice from the NCAA this week that they are officially being investigated for the practice time violations alleged in a newspaper article just before the start of the season. Maybe Rodriguez's team is out of gas from all the extra work?  

West Virginia - The Mountaineers didn't have a conference loss yet and were 6-1 heading into a matchup with a reeling USF team that had lost its last two games by a combined 44 points. Their defense allowed freshman quarterback B.J. Daniels to look like a Heisman candidate, throwing for three touchdowns and running for 104 yards without turning the ball over. With undefeated Cincinnati and 7-1 Pittsburgh still ahead on their schedule, the Mountaineers look poised for a very rough second half of the season.  

The ACC - Virginia Tech's loss to UNC means the conference's hopes of getting a second BCS team this season are finished. The Hokies are the only team with a fanbase that travels well enough to get an at large invite from a BCS bowl, but they won't be an option with three losses. The only bowl that would want Miami is the Orange, but since that's where the ACC Champion's already going to play the Hurricanes are out luck even if they survive the rest of the way with just two losses.  

Tennessee -
The Volunteers beat South Carolina, but their black and orange Halloween outfits may well have been the ugliest uniforms ever worn in the history of college football. Sometimes the winning team can still be losers.  


Georgia -
Your biggest rival already claimed a spot in the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta by beating you for the 17th time out of 20. You're a .500 team who further embarrassed yourself against them by wearing ridiculous black helmets that made you look like Grambling as some kind of motivational ploy. Your instate rival is piling up points at a ridiculous rate and appears headed for a BCS bowl. Next year you'll be starting a redshirt freshman at QB against SEC defenses with only one proven receiver for him to work with. You're the Georgia Bulldogs, and you're in a lot of trouble.

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