The King is fallen! The almighty Alabama Crimson Tide lost for the first time since the Sugar Bowl to the University of Utah Utes January 2009. The loss came at the hands of #19 South Carolina. Alabama was down huge early, 21-3 at the beginning of the second quarter. In fact, Alabama didn’t outscore Alabama in a single quarter (best quarter was tying the 4th 7-7). But don’t worry Bama fans. If we know anything about the pollsters, a #1 team never falls out of the top ten after just one loss on the road to a ranked team.
What a great week it turned out to be for the non-AQ hopefuls; TCU, Boise State, and Utah. Boise State not only beat Toledo 57-14, but previous opponents Oregon State and Virginia Tech won big games this week, thus strengthening Boise’s case for the BCS. TCU dismantled Wyoming in Fort Worth 45-0 , and Utah obliterated Iowa State 68-27.
Yes, you heard me correctly. The team that put up a monstrous 52 points on Texas Tech last week got embarrassed in their own house by the Utes. The Utes were subbing in the 2nd and 3rd string at the same times as when they played San Jose State and New Mexico. There was a bit of bye week rust on the Utes in the first quarter, when they found themselves down 14-10 after the 1st quarter, but they shook it off and scored 31 unanswered points in the 2nd quarter. It was over from there.
Miami got surprised by ACC foe Florida State 45-17. Florida State had no problem running the ball against the Hurricanes. Florida State seems to be shaking off that Oklahoma loss really well.
LSU had a big week as well, beating Florida in Gainesville 33-29 on a touchdown pass with 6 seconds remaining in the 4th quarter. The big play of the drive that set that score up was a fake field goal, in which, the kicker took a pitch from the place holder and ran for the first down, keeping the drive alive. Florida has now lost consecutive games in conference play.
Michigan State showed this weekend that their defense, at least, is for real, holding in-state rival Michigan to just 162 rushing yards and picked Denard Robinson 3 times. They cruised to a 34-17 victory.
Arizona’s luck finally ran out this week as they lost a close one to Oregon State 29-27. Another close PAC-10 game that was close to the last tick of the game clock was USC at Stanford. The Cardinal kicked a 30 yard field goal as time expired (I think USC is getting tired of that) to beat the Trojans 37-35.
Overall, another great week of college football full of close games, upsets, and blowouts. College football needs to figure out a way to lengthen their seasons a few months.