What an amazing day Saturday was. Alabama edges Arkansas, Boise State wins comfortably, Texas and others exposed…
First. Let’s talk teams that were exposed. Highest ranked team to lose this week was Texas. I won’t lie to you. I did not see this loss coming but couldn’t be happier. UCLA looked awful through their first couple games. With Texas playing Oklahoma next week, and the way Texas has owned Oklahoma of late, its likely both teams will have a tally in the loss column by next week.
South Carolina was exposed a little bit by Auburn. They did have to play Auburn on the road and Auburn could make noise in the SEC, but I think it showed that South Carolina has things to work on.
Another team that underperformed is Nebraska. I really thought with how badly Washington was beaten by Nebraska last week, that this game against the “nobody”, South Dakota State, would be ugly…and it was. How do you only score 17 points on South Dakota State in your own stadium. Nebraska had more 3 and outs than first downs. But hey, if you’re gonna have an off week, who better an opponent than SDST to have it against.
A few teams squeaked by this week to stay in the picture.
Alabama got off to a less than stellar start against Arkansas. It took Ryan Mallett (Arkansas QB) 2 plays to score on their first posession. Then, Arkansas’ defense keeps Alabama in check. Before the Tide can gather themselves, they are down 20-7 in the 3rd quarter. Alabama’s defense woke up and played lights out from there. Bama put up 17 unanswered points from there, picked off a pass from Ryan Mallett as he tried to orchestrate a final drive for the comeback, and ran the clock from there. Great game.
Another close call included Arizona vs Cal. I thought Arizona would lay an egg here after their big win against overrated Iowa last weekend, and they almost did. Cal led 9-3 (neither team able to find paydirt in the endzone) late in the 4th quarter. Nick Foles led the Arizona Wildcats on another game winning TD drive, scoring the go ahead TD with just a minute left in the game. They will be exposed again for a loss against better PAC-10 competition later in the year.
Oklahoma bought another week in the top 10 by edging a reeling Cincinnati team on the road. Like I have said before, I am not sold on Oklahoma at all. They haven’t proven that they belong in the top 20 let alone top 10. They will also be exposed in conference play.
While some teams struggled, otter teams threw on cruise control.
For the second straight week, Utah has played a, likely, bottom 5 in the nation team in San Jose State and for the second week, the Utes have kicked that team in the mouth. Utah allowed just 3 points (after a kickoff return of 70 yards to Utah’s 20 yard line) on San Jose’s second series. The Utes defense was lights out, the special teams was lights out, forcing 2 blocked punts (one returned for a TD), and the offense was lights out. Great way to head into the bye week.
Miami’s defense shut Pittsburgh down Thursday night as they cruised to a 31-3 victory.
Iowa shut out Ball State 45-0.
Michigan cruised against Bowling Green as their high flying offense put up 65 points with Tate Forcier in for an injured Denard Robinson. Robinson left the game after he tweaked his knee on a 47 yard rush. This kid is scary good. In the few minutes he played, he rushed just 5 times for 129 yards and 2 TDs. Insane.
Overall, another great week of college football. Should see some movement in the ranks after some upsets and 4 ranked vs ranked games.