CFB Stock Report - Week 10

One undefeated team got taken down, the SEC Championship game is set with three weeks left in the regular season, and Navy triumphed in South Bend once again. For a college football week that didn't have a lot of highly touted matchups going in, this proved to be an eventful week. Here are some of the winners and losers from this week's college football Saturday. 


C.J. Spiller, Clemson RB -
Clemson continues to control their fate for a berth in the ACC Championship Game, and Spiller is the reason why. He made his case to be one of the people in NYC for the Heisman ceremony with an explosive effort against FSU. Spiller ran 22 times for 165 yards and a touchdown, caught three passes for 67 yards and another score, and tacked on 80 return yards for good measure. If there's a player in the country whose team depends on him more, it's hard to imagine who it would be.  

Jim Harbaugh, Stanford coach - The Cardinal were one win away from bowl eligibility but knew they would have to spring a surprise against someone good with their final four games being against teams ranked 22nd or better in this week's poll. Mission accomplished on their first try, as they dominated an Oregon team that had played fantastic football for the past two months. At 5-2 in the Pac-10, Stanford not only will be going to a bowl but they still have at least a shot at playing in Pasadena as conference champs. With his success at Stanford, a Big Ten background and NFL ties, Harbaugh's going to be a name thrown around for a lot of jobs the next couple of years.  

Rick Catlett, Gator Bowl President - With Notre Dame losing to Navy, any chance of the Fighting Irish being eligible for a BCS at-large spot is done. This is the last year of the Gator Bowl's contract with the Big East that gives them the ability to select Notre Dame instead of any of the conference's actual members. You can count on Notre Dame being chosen for the game in Jacksonville, which should be a huge boost for ticket sales and ratings in their final season before adding the SEC and Big Ten as participants next year.  

Jordan Shipley, Texas WR - Colt McCoy gets all the award hype, but Shipley is the only consistent threat the Longhorns have in the passing game and no one seems to be able to stop him. Against UCF he had 11 catches for a Texas record 273 yards and a score. It was his fourth game with double figure catches this season, and his 64 catches are double the next closest Longhorn receiver.  

Boise State - There's now a PR firm pushing Boise State's case for a BCS slot, but they're better off with help coming on the field rather than in the media. Notre Dame being out of the mix and the Big Ten's top possibilities for a second spot suffering major damage enhances the chances a BCS bowl might take an undefeated Boise State squad even if TCU stays ahead of them and gets the one mandatory non-BCS conference team spot.  


Penn State -
With a win over Ohio State the Nittany Lions were virtually a sure thing to claim a spot in the BCS, whether it be as an at large team or the Big Ten slot in the Rose Bowl. Instead they were dominated by the Buckeyes 24-7 - the second loss by double digits at home in conference play for Penn State this season. Looking at the PSU schedule, it's impossible to find any accomplishment for the them to proud of this year. As absurd as it sounds, their best win may be over Temple.    

Tim Brewster, Minnesota head coach - When you're in your third season with a program and just opened a brand new stadium, fans are looking for signs of progress. Brewster took over a Minnesota team that had just lost a bowl game and proceeded to go 1-11. After a 7-6 year with a loss in the Inisght Bowl last season, this year's Gophers are now 5-5 after a home loss to woeful Illinois. With a game with South Dakota State remaining on the schedule, odds are Minnesota will go to a bowl this year but a 12-22 record with bad losses like this one to the Illini have Brewster on thinning ice in Minneapolis.  

Missouri - The Tigers got off to a 4-0 start to their season, but since then things have been nightmarish for Gary Pinkel's squad. A home loss to Baylor dropped them to 5-4, with just one conference win to date. Even in the embarassingly bad Big 12 North, that stands out. Two of their last three are away from home, and it's no given that Mizzou will be back in a bowl this year the way they're playing. The Chase Daniel years may turn out to have been the high water mark for the Mizzou program.  

Clemson fans - There are times when it may seem appropriate to make a grand celebratory gesture like fans running onto the field. Winning against a 4-5 FSU team that your squad had already beaten 4 of the past 5 meetings coming into the game is not one of those times.  


"National championship contender" Iowa -
Coming into Saturday's home game with Northwestern, the Hawkeyes had trailed in every game but one this season but still found a way to remain one of the seven unbeaten teams. At some point their luck had to run out, and when quarterback Ricky Stanzi got injured against the Wildcats early in the second quarter it turned out this was the week. Backup James Vandenberg (not the Varsity Blues guy James Van Der Beek, although he might have done better) went 9-of-27 with a pick. The Hawkeyes need to win against Ohio State if they want to play in Pasadena this year, but there's no chance it'll be for the crystal football.

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