College Football Power Rankings for Week 8 (Oct. 24th, 2013)

jameis-winstonLast weekend’s college football action was highlighted by the Clemson Tigers taking on Florida State. Clemson was slightly favored because they were playing at home and their star QB, Tajh Boyd, was a senior. Nevertheless, FSU turned in a dominating performance en route to a 51-14 win.

The Seminoles defense stifled Boyd by holding him to 158 yards and one touchdown pass, while picking him off twice. Meanwhile, their super-freshman QB, Jameis Winston, put himself near the top of the Heisman Trophy race by throwing for 444 yards and three TD’s. And this big victory moves the Seminoles further up our power rankings too.

1. Alabama Crimson Tide (7-0); beat Arkansas 52-0, retains same ranking – Outside of a 49-42 victory over Texas A&M, Alabama has completely dismantled opponents this season. Their next opponent, Tennessee, figures to be a little tougher competition than Arkansas. But expect this home contest to be yet another easy victory for the Tide.

2. Oregon Ducks (7-0); beat Washington State 62-38, retains same ranking – Leading Heisman Trophy candidate Marcus Mariota had his “worst” game of the season after fumbling twice. However, it wasn’t nearly enough to give the Cougars a real chance at winning. And Mariota still threw for 327 yards, combined for three TD’s and avoided any interceptions yet again this season.

3. Florida State Seminoles (6-0); beat Clemson 51-14, moves up two spots – While people thought that FSU had a shot at beating Clemson, nobody could’ve predicted the massacre that they pulled off. If the Seminoles can run the table in the ACC, they could be competing in the National Title game in January.

4. Ohio State Buckeyes (7-0); beat Iowa 34-24, drops one spot – Last game was a little close for comfort for the Bucks. However, they were able to overcome a 7-point halftime deficit thanks to 251 combined rushing yards from Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde. OSU now has 19 straight victories, which is the longest streak in D1 college football.

5. Miami Hurricanes (6-0); beat North Carolina 27-23, moves up five spots – Miami miami-hurricanes-footballjust joined our power rankings last week, and now they’ve accelerated to the fifth spot, following losses by Clemson, LSU, Texas A&M, Louisville and UCLA – four of which have dropped out. They’re going to have to play better, though, than beating a 1-5 team by four points. Taking care of the football will be the challenge for the Hurricanes moving forward.

6. Missouri Tigers (7-0); beat Florida 36-17, unranked last week – Maty Mauk engineered a win over 22nd-ranked Florida by throwing for 295 yards in his first career start. The freshman filled in for an injured James Franklin, who watched the game from the sidelines. Missouri is now in good position to win the SEC East and play in the conference championship game.

7. Stanford Cardinals (6-1); beat UCLA 24-10, unranked last week – Stanford only spent one week out of our top 10. They got back in after shutting down the Bruins and breaking the game open with two TD’s in the third quarter. The Cardinals could take an even bigger jump up the rankings if they can beat Oregon on the road. But this is a huge ‘If.’

8. Baylor Bears (6-0); beat Iowa State 71-7, unranked last week – This game got ugly really quick after Baylor jumped out to a 37-0 halftime lead. The Bears nearly pitched a shutout, but the Cyclones got a late touchdown. Baylor has another fairly easy game this Saturday as they travel to Kansas.

9. Clemson Tigers (6-1); lost to Florida State 51-14, drops five spots – The Seminoles really seem to have Boyd’s number since he’s experienced two very bad losses in a row to them. They will try to get back on track as they travel to Maryland.

10. Texas Tech (7-0); beat West Virginia 37-27, unranked last week – Texas Tech actually trailed in this game heading into the fourth quarter. However, they came back and won thanks to two TD’s in the final period. Freshman Davis Webb was on fire as he threw for 462 yards and two scores. But he and the Red Raiders will definitely have to earn their ranking in a road game against Oklahoma on Saturday.

Clemson’s Tajh Boyd supposedly lost $80k on NFL Betting

tajh-boyd-gamblingThis past week was no doubt a bad one for star Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd. Not only did he have his worst game (156 passing YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT’s) in a loss to Florida State, but he’s also dealing with a controversy involving gambling debts.

According to IBNSportsWrap.com, Boyd has allegedly racked up $80,000 in gambling debts. And the massive losses are said to have come through betting on NFL games. It’s not known whether he lost the money through straight betting, live wagering or prop bets. But IBN did include some other juicy details in their “exclusive,” as you can see below:

Sources told us that Tajh Boyd owes over $80,000 in unpaid gambling debts.

The Clemson QB owed 2 bookies big money, source says that most of the money is on failed NFL bets but no bets have been placed on his team as of last weekend. The last known action from the “Tiger” is a $15,000 bet on UCF Friday night (+14) that actually won and kept him under his cut-off limit which is $100,000.

Our source indicates that the 2 bookies are giving him this much credit to wager on because they know he’s in line for big payday after this coming NFL draft (1st or 2nd rd pick likely). According to our source, those bookies feel safe because they have text and other info if Boyd would attempt to stiff them.

Although Boyd’s NFL Draft stock has slipped somewhat following the Florida State game – where he was horribly inaccurate and visibly shaken – he would still make more than enough to pay back the mystery bookies. After all, many experts still expect the Clemson star to go in the middle of the first round. But this is provided that there’s even any truth to this story in the first place.

tajh-boyd-gambling-1IBNSportsWrap isn’t exactly the best known website out there. In fact, most people have never even heard of IBN, before this story of course. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is one of these people, as he discussed this while backing up his quarterback.

“I have no reason not to believe Tajh Boyd,” he said. “He’s never lied to me before. His character and integrity from my view are impeccable, so I’m going to take his word over some website that I’ve never heard of, ever.”

Boyd also shot down the rumors about his supposed gambling habit. “I have no idea where that came from,” he said. “It was kind of shocking to me as well. That, on top of the loss (to Florida State), it made for a rough little weekend.”

Seeing as how there have never been any stories regarding Boyd and gambling in the past, it is hard to take IBN’s story at face value. It’s especially damaging to Boyd’s Heisman Trophy campaign, which already took a nosedive after the loss to the Seminoles.

According to ESPN’s Heisman Watch, Boyd has fallen down to eighth, while Marcus Mariota (73 votes) and Jameis Winston (67 votes) are in a close battle for first. There’s still quite a bit of time left in the 2013 college football season, though. Perhaps Boyd can turn things around, climb back up in the Heisman race and put the gambling rumors all behind him.

College Football Power Rankings for Week 6 (Oct. 10th, 2013)

alabama-tideEvery team from last week’s top 10 won, which means our rankings will remain largely unchanged in Week 6. But Ohio State and Stanford got definite scares and needed strong late-game play to win. And Georgia did slip in our rankings due to injury circumstances. That said, let’s discuss the Bulldogs as well as the rest of the top 10.

1. Alabama Crimson Tide (5-0); beat Georgia State 45-3, retains same ranking – Everybody from the Tide got a chance to play in this mid-season tuneup game. DeAndrew White highlighted the action with a spectacular one-handed grab in what was an otherwise predictable outcome.

2. Oregon Ducks (5-0); beat Colorado 57-16, retains same ranking – Marcus Mariota had an outstanding game after scoring seven total touchdowns. From the monsoon two weeks ago to the total domination against Colorado, the Ducks offense looks absolutely unstoppable.

3. Ohio State Buckeyes (6-0); beat Northwestern 40-30, retains same ranking – The Buckeyes were powered by running back Carlos Hyde and his 168 yards and three touchdowns. Hyde’s third score put the Bucks up for good with 5:22 remaining, and kept their national title hopes alive.

4. Clemson Tigers (5-0); beat Syracuse 49-14, retains same ranking – Tajh Boyd didn’t have his prettiest game after throwing his first two interceptions of the season. However, he also tossed five TD passes, which was more than enough to win a road game over Syracuse. There’s now just two weeks until the Tigers face off against Florida State in one of the year’s biggest matchups.

5. Stanford Cardinals (5-0); beat Washington 31-28, retains same ranking – The Cardinals stanford-ty-montgomeryhad their hands full trying to hold off the Huskies and atone for last season’s loss. But they were able to do it, thanks to 290 all-purpose yards and two TD’s from Ty Montgomery. Now they head off to Utah for what could be a semi-tough contest.

6. Florida State Seminoles (5-0); beat Maryland 63-0, moves up three spots – While many experts predicted the Seminoles would win this contest, few people expected a 63-point blowout of the 25th-ranked Terrapins. However, Maryland had no chance of slowing down super frosh Jameis Winston, who threw for 393 passing yards and five touchdowns.

7. Texas A&M Aggies (4-1); bye week, retains same ranking – Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M got last week off. Now they’ll travel to Ole Miss to face a desperate team that just fell out of the top 25.

8. Louisville Cardinals (5-0); beat Temple 30-7, retains same ranking – Nothing special to report here. The Cardinals dominated a winless Temple team while Teddy Bridgewater threw for 348 yards and two touchdowns. Louisville almost pitched a shutout, but the Owls were able to get a moral-booster with a late touchdown.

9. LSU Tigers (4-1); beat Mississippi State 59-26, moves up one spot – The Bulldogs kept this one close for a while, trailing only 31-26 after three quarters. However, LSU blew the game wide open in the final quarter and compiled 563 yards of total offense throughout the game.

10. Georgia Bulldogs (4-1); beat Tennessee 34-31 (OT), drops four spots – Once again, Aaron Murray provided late-game heroics to power the Bulldogs to a victory. That said, it seems like they shouldn’t be dropping in our rankings. Unfortunately, the win proved very costly as Georgia lost both RB Keith Marshall and WR Justin Scott-Wesley to season-ended knee injuries. Now their season could get much tougher moving forward.