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NCAA Football Week 8: Change in BCS Rankings, Heisman Race

Kansas State QB Collin Klein
NCAA Football Week 8: Change in BCS Rankings, Heisman Race

Kansas State QB Collin Klein

In the second week of BCS rankings, there has already been changes from Week 1. Thanks to its 55-14 rout of West Virginia, Kansas State jumped up to the No. 3 spot. This knocked off the Oregon Ducks who now sit at No. 4.

Alabama remains in the top spot and Florida has stronger No. 2 numbers after its dominant 44-11 win over South Carolina on Sunday.

The Gamecocks tumbled down to No. 13.

Rounding out this Top 5 list of undefeated teams is Notre Dame.

Looking ahead to this week, the Ducks don’t really have an opportunity to move unless the teams ahead of them lose. The odds are in their favor to gain another win as they play a 1-6 Colorado on their home field. But the Buffaloes aren’t ranked and a win doesn’t help them as much in the rankings; however, a win over conference foe USC on Nov. 3 would.

This week, the top three teams all play ranked teams on their home fields: Alabama vs. No. 11 Mississippi State; Florida vs. No. 10 Georgia and Kansas State vs. No. 14 Texas Tech.

Now along with Kansas State’s big win on Saturday, its talented quarterback Collin Klein also had a great day. His performance catapulted him into the top Heisman spot.

Klein had a stellar day against West Virginia as he was 19 for 21, a career-high 323 yards and three passing touchdowns. But this quarterback also likes to run and he had 41 rushing yards with four additional touchdowns.

Yes, Klein had seven touchdowns and in seven games, he has 1,402 passing yards, 10 touchdowns with only two picks. He has rushed for 565 yards with 14 touchdowns.

According to CBS Sports, he is poised for a season of 2,400 yards with 17 touchdowns in the air and on the ground, he could gain 960 yards and 24 touchdowns by the time Heisman votes are cast.

As for the previous No. 1 contender, Smith, well, his last two weeks haven’t been good ones. In the Kansas State game, he was 21 for 32, 143 yards and one touchdown. Not exactly Heisman-contending numbers.

And last week, he snapped his no interception streak with two picks.

Is Smith falling apart? A good second half of the season could help him but he faces a tough schedule. This week he’ll face TCU but after that he plays the conference’s leaders in passing defense: Oklahoma State and Oklahoma.

As everyone has learned, the Moutaineers don’t have exactly have a strong defense.

Another Heisman contender that had a rough game last week was Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller. He only had a total of 160 yards of offense but he exited the game in the third quarter with undisclosed injuries. The media reported on Monday that the quarterback passed concussion medical tests on Saturday and he has received medical clearance for team practice this week.

Barring any further complications, he will play against Penn State on Saturday. This could be a tough game.

Rounding out the Top 5 for the contenders via SI.com, this includes Notre Dame’s linebacker Manti Te’o and Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron.

NCAA Football Week 8: Change in BCS Rankings, Heisman Race

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