Monday, November 4, 2013

DC's Top 10 Recap: Week 10

With half of the Top 10 playing massive games this Thursday and Saturday four of them decided to take Week 10 off. Here's an abbreviated run through the teams that bothered to play this weekend (not sure if we're including Miami in that group).

1. ALABAMA: Did Not Play.

2. OREGON: Did Not Play.

3. FLORIDA STATE (Beat Miami 41-14): Another week, another massacre, another "statement" win for Famous Jameis and the Noles. Jameis Winston actually looked mortal in this one early, tossing two pretty bad picks in the first half and keeping Miami in the game longer than anyone expected (it was 21-14 at the half), but the Noles are just too deep to let anyone in the ACC hang around for 60. Winston got his swagger back (or put his contacts in) in the second half and finished with 325 yards and a TD. Devonta Freeman bowled over the Canes front seven for 78 yards, added 98 receiving yards, and tacked on 2 scores. The Noles stout secondary stepped up late, forcing two terrible Stephen Morris picks (nobody saw that coming!) when Miami was still within striking distance and putting the game out of reach.

4. OHIO STATE (Beat Purdue 56-0): If there's a formula for beating Urban Meyer's Buckeyes team it probably includes "don't give up 28 points in the first quarter." Ohio State, not Baylor or Oregon, leads the FBS in first quarter points this season, so if you can't stop them early you're never going to catch up. Purdue didn't stop them early. Or late. Or ever. Braxton Miller threw for 233 yards and 4 TDs, Carlos Hyde rushed for 111 yards, and Kenny Guiton added 98 rushing yards and 2 TDs. The Buckeyes defense forced two turnovers and held Purdue to 116 total yards in the rout.

5. BAYLOR: Did Not Play.

6. STANFORD: Did Not Play.

7. MIAMI (Lost to Florida State, 41-14): The Canes did everything they could to stay in this one early, forcing two uncharacteristic Jameis Winston picks, moving the ball on the ground, and riding a couple beautiful Stephen Morris TD passes to a 21-14 defecit. Unfortunately for the Canes the Seminoles came back out for the second half, blowing Miami out of the water on offense (the Canes could NOT get off the field on 3rd down), forcing two terrible Morris picks on D, and knocking the Canes best player, my Heisman man crush Duke Johnson, out for the rest of the season. The Canes still have a leg up in the division and can get to the ACC Championship Game, but if the Seminoles will be there waiting for them it's hard to see why they'd bother making the trip to Charlotte.

8. AUBURN (Beat Arkansas 35-17): The Gus Malzahn vs. Bret Bielema cat fight from SEC Media Day spilled over onto the field and overshadowed another strong performance by the Tigers, who rushed for 233 yards and forced 3 turnovers in an easy win over the Hogs. Tre Mason led Auburn with 32 carries for 168 yards and 4 TDs, while Nick Marshall returned from the trainers' room to complete 7 of 8 passes for 118 yards and a score.

9. CLEMSON (Beat Virginia 59-10): You guys think all the "Clemson was overrated" talk bothered the Tigers? After a thumping from Florida State and a sloppy win over Maryland the Tigers bandwagon was looking pretty empty...until they rolled to a 35-7 halftime lead and racked up 610 yards on the Cavaliers in Charlottesville. Tajh Boyd played like a Heisman contender, throwing for 377 yards and 3 TDs, and Roderick Walker McDowell added 70 yards on the ground. The Tigers defense forced 3 turnovers and held the Cavs to 114 rushing yards. After the last couple weeks it might be time to retire the term "Clemsoning" and start calling disappointing losses to overmatched ACC opponents a "Teching" or "Hokie-ing."

10. MISSOURI (Beat Tennessee 31-3): Mizzou's come-from-ahead heartbreaking loss to South Carolina could've easily derailed their season, so it's nice to see the Tigers respond with such a solid all-around effort a week later. The offense was everything we've come to expect from the 2013 Tigers (502 yards, 10 for 19 on third down, 24 points before the break), but the defense looked just as impressive, pressuring Joshua Dobbs into 2 picks and holding the Vols to 94 rushing yards. Mizzou still controls their own destiny in the SEC East, and travels to Kentucky for another laugher next weekend.

(Photo: USA Today)

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