NCAA Football: Week 9 Game Rankings
With that in mind, four outstanding teams from out west take center stage in this week's edition of NCAA Game Rankings.
Let's count them down!
5. #8 Baylor (6-0) at Kansas (2-4) - 7 PM ET, ESPNU
I know what you're thinking. What is a blowout like this doing in the games-of-the-week section? It's simple, really. The Bears were ranked eighth when the first set of BCS rankings came out on Sunday, and I have no doubt that they aren't particularly happy about that. Especially considering that a one-loss Stanford team was in front of them. An upset Baylor team is capable of putting up 80 (or 90) on a terrible Kansas team. Baylor's quest for the century mark is certainly worth the watch.
4. Tennessee (4-3) at #1 Alabama (7-0) - 3:30 PM ET, CBS
Given the way the Volunteers played against South Carolina, this game might deserve a second look. It would take a performance for the ages for Tennessee to actually beat Nick Saban's Crimson Tide, but they could make it more interesting than most think they will. How's this for a stat: Alabama has only given up 16 points in its last five games. Losing safety Vinnie Suneri for the season hurts (no pun intended), but there are still enough playmakers on the defensive side of the ball to keep things rolling.
3. #10 Texas Tech (7-0) at #15 Oklahoma (6-1) - 3:30 PM ET, FOX
For whatever reason, I'm still not completely buying the Red Raiders as true title contenders. Sure, they're undefeated, but they haven't played anyone. TCU is their best win to date, however, they'll get an opportunity to change that this weekend in Norman. The Sooners certainly haven't been playing their best football in recent weeks, so there's no reason why Texas Tech couldn't keep its streak alive. I think Bob Stoops' team finds a way to put a stop to it though with a late touchdown to win it.
2. #6 Stanford (6-1) at #25 Oregon State (6-1) - 10:30 PM ET, ESPN
Raise your hand if you knew that Oregon State was 6-1. The Beavers have been flying under the radar in the Pac-12, and have won six straight since losing the first game of the season to Eastern Washington. The reason why they're ranked this low is because their best win came on the road against Utah....which is something Stanford couldn't achieve. Oregon State could greatly improve their stock and prove they are for real by upsetting the Cardinal on Saturday. Look out for Beavers' quarterback Sean Mannion, who has thrown for nearly 3,000 yards and 29 touchdowns already this season.
1. #12 UCLA (5-1) at #3 Oregon (7-0) - 7 PM ET, ESPN
Florida State's dismantling of Clemson allowed the Seminoles to land the second spot in the BCS rankings. However, if the Ducks come out and take care of business this weekend against UCLA, there's a good chance they could occupy number two on Sunday when the new set of rankings are released. Oregon's biggest win to this point has been against Washington, which has turned out to not be all that impressive given the Huskies' recent performances. But with UCLA and Stanford up next, the team in green could put themselves in a very good position with two convincing victories.
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