Post season bliss: New format makes for quite the potent college football matchups

11/15/14 by Matthew S. Vandriak

This week's College Football Playoff Rankings have a new addition with TCU in at #4. There was also some movement as Oregon jumped over Florida State to #2. Mississippi State will face another tough challenge this week while FSU has a rivalry game on hand. Oregon is the only top four team with a bye this week.
TCU at Kansas
After their fourth consecutive victory, and fourth win of the season over a Top 20 team, the Horned Frogs are in the College Football Playoff mix. This week, 8 and 1 TCU visits 3 and 6 Kansas in what looks to be a Big 12 Conference mismatch. TCU ranks 3rd in the nation in points per game, averaging 47.2 points per game. Kansas ranks 90th in the nation in points against, giving up an average of 30 points against per game. The Jayhawks broke a 5 game losing streak last week, winning their first conference game of the season over Iowa State. The Jayhawks were led by QB Michael Cummings, who passed for 278 yards and a touchdown in the win. Kansas got a big contribution on the ground as well from leading rusher Corey Avery and Tony Pierson combined to rush for over 200 yards in the win as well. TCU pounded then #7 Kansas State last week by the score of 41 to 20. Heisman contender Trevone Boykin led the way, putting up 342 yards in total offense (219 pass/123 rush). Boykin rushed for 3 scores in the win and passed for another. The Horned Frogs defense also held the Wildcats to just 34 yards rushing. TCU will be looking for their 3rd consecutive win against Kansas while the Jayhawks are looking to win back to back Big 12 Conference games for the first time since 2008.

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#3 Florida State at Miami
These long time rivals will battle in this big ACC showdown as the hot 6 and 3 Hurricanes host the 9 and 0 Seminoles. Miami has comes in on a 3 game winning streak and have also won 4 of their past 5 games. The Hurricanes have outscored their foes by a combined score of 132 to 60 during their win streak. Miami has also had a week to prepare for the Seminoles, with their last game being a 47 to 20 win over North Carolina on November 1st. Florida State comes in off of a 34 to 20 win over Virginia. Jameis Winston passed for 261 yards and a TD in the win, with Rashad Greene on the receiving end of 13 of those passes for 136 yards and the score. Both teams are fairly evenly matched in the scoring department. Florida State averages 37.9 points per game, while Miami is averaging 33. The Seminoles give up an average of 22.4 points per game while the Hurricanes are giving up an average of 21.9. Florida State has won the past four meetings between these teams, by the average score of 35 to 17. Florida State has also won 25 consecutive games overall.
#1 Mississippi State at #5 Alabama
Mississippi State is in their 5th week as the top team in college football, while Alabama is on the outside looking in after TCU jumped over them into this week's Top 4. Heisman hopeful Dak Prescott has passed for 2,231 yards and thrown 18 touchdown passes. Prescott has rushed also rushed for 779 yards and 11 TD's. Alabama's Blake Sims has been just as good through the air, passing for 2,243 yards and 17 scores. The Crimson Tide are perfect at home this season, winning all 4 games. The Bulldogs are perfect on the road, winning all 3 of their games. Alabama comes in off of an emotional 20 to 13 overtime win over LSU last week. The Crimson Tide tied the game in the final minute of regulation, before pulling out the win on Sims touchdown pass to DeAndrew White in OT. Mississippi State had an easier warm up game last week, beating Tennessee Martin 45 to 16. Prescott had 260 yards in total offense and contributed 3 touchdowns in the win. The Bulldogs have the top offense in the SEC, while the Crimson Tide boast the best defense in the conference. Alabama has won 13 consecutive home games, and Mississippi State hasn't won at Alabama since 2006.

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