1. Ohio State Buckeyes, 6-0 (2) – With Alabama’s loss, Ohio State jumps to the #1 spot. The Buckeyes creamed Indiana. The game wasn’t as close as the score indicates. But the Buckeyes don’t have much time to enjoy their #1 ranking. They have to travel to Madison to take on a physical, talented Badger team. The last time the Buckeyes went on the road they nearly lost at Illinois. Last week: Defeated Indiana, 38-10. This week: at Wisconsin (5-1).
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1. Alabama Crimson Tide, 3-0 (1) – Mark Ingram came back in a big way, making the nation’s top team even better. The Tide won a laugher at Duke. But now Nick Saban has to take his team to Fayetteville, Arkansas to play a much tougher opponent. The winner has a leg up in the SEC West. Last year Alabama won easily, 35-7. Last week: Defeated Duke, 62-13. This week: at Arkansas (3-0).
When surveying the scene for college football this weekend, there are always plenty of numbers and trends to consider. Here are some of the highlights:
After the second week of the college football season, it’s time to get some perspective on some teams. Some teams bounced back after a poor opening, while other teams validated their first week results. Yes, they are that bad or that good. Here is a breakdown of the early line moves. You can get a sense where the confidence lies with each team: If you dont feel like reading why the numbers are moving you can just visit the college football lines page and get up to date and opening point spreads for all of the games.
How many points are too much? When it comes the first two weeks of the college football season, the top teams are laying some big chalk. And guess what, they are covering a lot of the time. They may be called square bettors who lay the wood, but they are cashing tickets.
1. Alabama Crimson Tide, 2-0 (1) – The Tide rolled over Penn State Saturday night. Mark Ingram’s injury hasn’t slowed down a balanced, powerful offensive attack. Trent Richardson ran especially well, totaling 144 rushing yards and averaging 6.5 yards per carry. Alabama should have no trouble with Duke, but the schedule gets tougher with a trip to Arkansas followed by a visit from Florida. Last week: Defeated Penn State, 24-3. This week: at Duke (1-1).
1. Alabama Crimson Tide (1) – Alabama had no trouble with a weak, week 1 opponent. This week is a different story as the Tide welcomes the Penn State Nittany Lions into Tuscaloosa. Nick Saban vs. Joe Paterno. Will Mark Ingram play? Does it matter? Last week: Defeated San Jose State, 48-3. This week: vs. Penn State (1-0).
It seems like the dust may finally be settling on NCAA re-alignment. Armageddon didn’t arrive to the extent it could have, but there is still a different landscape for next year. Three conferences added teams and three lost teams in a widespread shuffle driven almost entirely by money. There may still be a move or two, but where we are at right now is a logical stopping point, so hopefully things will stop for at least a while.
The 2010 College World Series will mark the last time the event will be held at Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha. For 61 years the ballpark was the site of college baseball’s biggest stage. The NCAA Tournament, for years dubbed the “Road to Omaha”, will need a new name next season.