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College Football Top Ranked Teams Set For Early Season Tests

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The top ranked teams have not been tested so far in the early stages of the college football season, but starting Thursday night in Maryland, the season kicks into a critical point for some of the top ranked teams in the land.

West Virginia received a scare in the first half against Marshall last week, but they eventually regrouped and ran away with the football game. This week, the Mountaineers travel to face Maryland, an unranked team, but one that could prove a tough foe for one of the top five teams in the country.

On Saturday, there are a number of top twenty five match ups. The biggest could be in Lincoln, Nebraska, where the Cornhuskers are ready to return to prominence, and that would happen instantly if #14 Nebraska could pull the upset over #1 ranked USC. The game will be the first in what looks like a bunch of tough games for the Trojans.

In the biggest rivalry game of the week between two ranked teams, that honor will go to the Tennessee Volunteers and Florida Gators. These are two teams that do not care for one another, and enjoy knocking each other out of the national title picture every year.

The Vols will have to do the spoiling this year as they already have a loss on their record, they do, however, still come into The Swamp ranked #22. The Gators are #5 in the latest polls.

The only other game featuring two ranked teams comes from the ACC, where #21 Boston College travels to Georgia Tech to take on the Yellow Jackets. The Eagles have already defeated defending ACC champs Wake Forrest in their first game of the year. Now they look to defeat another of the favored teams to win the ACC this season.

The college season is now in full swing, and starting this week, teams will begin their quest toward conference and national championships.

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College Football Searching For Elite Team at Halfway Point

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College Football has been built by powerhouse programs over the years, but now the landscape is shifting as the talent is being spread more evenly, allowing for the type of improbable upsets that have occurred this season.

Ohio State is the latest team to reach the top of the rankings and they are the most likely to stay there for a while if they can avoid the upset bug this weekend and defeat Michigan State.

South Florida rose all the way to number two in the BCS standings, but their tenure there will be short lived after they were beaten last night against Rutgers.

LSU has already been upset this year, but they still stayed at #4 in the BCS, and a win over Auburn this week could propel them to third, or even second if they can get enough points to jump Boston College.

So far this season, Oklahoma, USC, LSU, Florida, and Texas have all been ranked in the top five before losing and dropping in the standings.

The Gators and Trojans have dropped all the way out of the top ten after losing twice, and Florida is in danger of losing for the third consecutive time this week when they face Kentucky, who is coming off a stunning victory over LSU.

The season is only halfway complete, and already there has been enough upsets for a whole season, for teams that are looking for a championship run, those upsets must not repeat themselves anymore this year.

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College Football Getting Close To Do Or Die Time For Top Ranked Teams

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As the season grows older and older and with each passing week, the margin of error for college footballs top teams is getting smaller as a loss this late in the year could mean the end of a national championship opportunity.

This weekend will again feature some of the top teams in the nation squaring off against one another. In the Big Ten, the #1 team in the country, Ohio State, is set to once again prove they are worthy of that title as they host the #21 Wisconsin Badgers.

The ACC has a game with conference implications as well as the #24 ranked Demon Deacons go on the road and face #23 Virginia in a game that could propel one of these teams towards the conference championship.

South Florida has lost two conference games since climbing to as high as #2 in the polls and will now try to rebound as they host Cincinnati.

In the SEC, where there seems to be at least one big game every week, has the #3 Tigers of LSU looking to avoid an upset at the hands of #17 Alabama.

The game of the week comes from the PAC Ten, where the country’s #4 and #5 teams face off in a winner take all battle to determine who will make a run at the national championship. Arizona State comes in as the higher ranked and undefeated team, but Oregon is perceived to be the better team.

The season is getting to the point where there is no turning back, one slip and it could be the end of some of these top ranked teams and their title hopes.

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Breeders Cup Horse George Washington Euthanized on Track

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The Breeder Cup ended tragically on Saturday as George Washington shattered a right front leg and had to be euthanized at the track.

New Jersey was anticipating a successful meet at Momuth Park, while more than 40,000 spectators watched with dismay as the curtains were raised around the injured horse and medics tended to his injury.

Dr. Wayne Mcllwraith, the on-call veterinarian, diagnosed the injury as serious saying, “George Washington sustained an open fracture of the cannon bone in the right front fetlock and dis-articulated the joint at the same time and had both sesamoids broken. So it was a hopeless injury as far as repair and he has been euthanized. The decision was made very quickly.”

The decision to euthanize the horse came immediately from his trainer.

This is not an uncommon occurrence in horse-racing. Last year, the Breeder’s Cup saw another horse, Pine Island euthanized, and Fleet Indian sustained a career-ending injury in the Distaff. And of course, there was Barbero, who after winning the Kentucky Derby, suffered for 8 months trying to recover from a fracture before being euthanized.

Analysts are insisting that the greed of breeders and horseman must be looked at. Last year, George Washington was retired and sent to stud, it was found out later that he was incapable of siring, so it was back to the races.

“This type of activity should be re-analyzed by those with the power to do so, and a determination should be made as to whether there is a positive aspect to horse-racing or if it is less than humane,” said Casino Gambling Web analyst Gordon Price. “To subject animals to this type of contest, with the possible result ending in death, is no better than dog-fighting or cock-fighting.”

Currently, many states have implemented programs that are designed to subsidize horse-farmers and breeders by taking a percentage of gambling revenue and funneling it to the breeders. Some states allow some forms of gambling due to this subsidy.

New Jersey is no different. A percentage of the money realized from the casinos in Atlantic City are given to breeders and tracks in New Jersey to increase interest in local racing.

The 11 race Breeder’s Cup saw $12,726,622 wagered at the track and an estimated $111 million from other sources, which does not include wagering from Hong Kong, Australia, France and other countries, which is expected to be near $5 million.