Mizzou, Baylor, Syracuse: Teams of the Week

Here is a look back at three teams that got the job done and three teams that disappointed in Week 8 of the college football season. 

Teams of the Week 

Missouri -- The Tigers proved that their undefeated record and gaudy stats weren’t just a product of a relatively week early season schedule. Mizzou’s 36–27 win over Oklahoma, at the time the No. 1 team in the BCS standings, was the biggest of the Gary Pinkel era. The Tigers, one of seven remaining undefeated teams, climbed up to No. 6 in the BCS Standings.

Syracuse — The Orange are now 2–1 in the Big East — with both wins on the road — after beating West Virginia, 19–14, in Morgantown. Before the win at South Florida three weeks ago, Syracuse had won a total of one league game on the road in the previous five seasons. SU is now 5–2 overall and can become bowl-eligible for the first time since 2004 with a win at Cincinnati this weekend.

Baylor — The Bears are bowl-eligible for the first time since 1995 after improving to 6–2 with a 47–42 win over Kansas State. Led by the underrated Robert Griffin at quarterback, Baylor rolled up 683 yards of offense en route to its third Big 12 win of the season. The Bears have not won four conference games since ’95, when they went 5–2 in the final season of the Southwest Conference.

Disappointments of the Week

Texas — The Horns have lost three of their past four and have not scored more than 24 points in their five games vs. BCS conference opponents. After the latest loss (28–21 at home to Iowa State), Mack Brown threw both his players and assistant coaches under the bus, saying you “can’t trust your team, can’t trust your coaches when they’re not getting things ready to go.” The pressure will be on Texas this Saturday.

Notre Dame — The Irish lost to Navy for the third time in the past four years, dropping a 35–17 decision at the New Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey. Navy won despite attempting (and completing) only two passes. The Midshipmen’s option attack rolled up 367 yards rushing on 60 carries, led by 210 yards by running back Alexander Teich. Notre Dame is now 4–4 and still has to play Utah and visit USC.

Connecticut — The Huskies, a preseason pick to win the Big East by many (including Athlon Sports), dropped to 0–2 in league play and 3–4 overall with a troubling 26–0 loss at Louisville. UConn managed only 195 yards of total offense in its first game after quarterback Cody Endres was kicked off the team. Redshirt freshman Michael Box got the start at quarterback but left in the third quarter with concussion symptoms. Zach Frazer, the opening day starter, went the rest of the way.
 

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