Seven things we learned on Sunday:
Andrew Wilcox might be South Florida's MVP: Who knew that the Elon kicker would have the Bulls' national championship hopes on his foot? That might be overstating things but with the BCS standings out it's time to consider such things.
Especially when South Florida debuted at a surprisingly strong No. 2 in the BCS ahead of Boston College, LSU and Oklahoma.
Yes, South Florida has beaten Auburn and West Virginia. But it also has an opening-season win over I-AA Elon dragging it down. It's never a plus in the BCS to play I-AAs, but it can't hurt if they keep winning. All six of the BCS computers consider I-AA opponents in varying ways.
|Dodd's Power Poll|
|1. Ohio State|
|2. South Florida|
|3. Boston College|
|7. South Carolina|
|11. Arizona State|
|14. West Virginia|
|17. Virginia Tech|
|25. Texas Tech|
If the Bulls slip into New Orleans by a ten-thousandth of a point or so, remember that Wilcox kicked a career-high 49-yard field goal in double overtime allowing the Phoenix (4-2) to beat No. 21 Georgia Southern 36-33. It was the ninth field goal of the game, tying an I-AA record.
Ohio State, you're next: It's not anything the Buckeyes have or haven't done. It's history. The Buckeyes just happen to be the latest sucker, er, No. 1 team set up to be knocked down.
And it seems like Roger Clemens is pitching each week.
Prior to this season an AP No. 1 hadn't been beaten during the regular season since December 2003. Ohio State is the third No. 1 team we've had this month.
The irony is that OSU was a juggernaut last year remaining No. 1 throughout the 2006 regular season. Could the Buckeyes win it all in 2007 -- a rebuilding year?
Details on the best weekend in Lexington ever: The Billy Gillispie era debuted Friday at Midnight Madness. Kentucky football created some madness of its own on Saturday.
A year ago Kentucky hit rock bottom losing to LSU 49-0. Since then the Wildcats are 11-2, and more than got even with the Tigers on Saturday.
The Wildcats made it a clean sweep of the top two by beating previously No. 1 LSU. With Cal losing, it marked the first time since 1996 No. 1 and No. 2 had lost on the same day.
That sets up a couple of wars to settle the score in SEC's two divisions this week: Auburn at LSU in the West and Florida at Kentucky in the East.
|How long will Jim Tressel's team be on top? (AP)|
Then there were six: Undefeateds, that is (Ohio State, South Florida, Boston College, Arizona State, Hawaii and Kansas). Eleven of the top 12 teams in the AP preseason poll have lost at least once halfway through the season. Surprised?
There are at least 14 teams still in the title game mix. Surprised? Remember, USC lost on Oct. 28 last year and still made it back to No. 1 in the BCS. Surprised?
No, you are not.
Never trust a redshirt freshman who had never completed a pass in his career when a No. 1 ranking is on the line: Cal's Kevin Riley was the surprise starter at quarterback against Oregon State when Nate Longshore couldn't go because of a sprained ankle.
The unranked Beavers led 31-28 late and Riley seemed to have maneuvered the Bears into a try for a game-tying field goal with 14 seconds left. But inexplicably, with no timeouts to save him, Riley scrambled from the Oregon State 12. The clock ran out after a 2-yard gain.
The final boner. Instead of trying to rush his team to the line to spike the ball or get the field-goal unit on the feild, Riley ran to the sideline with the ball like a confused redshirt freshman who had never completed a pass.
"When he started running I knew they didn't have a chance," Beavers coach Mike Riley said.
Now you understand why Cal hasn't been No. 1 since 1951.
The Big Red are the Big Dead: One TV analyst said Nebraska defensive coordinator Kevin Cosgrove had to go in the wake of Nebraska's 45-14 loss to Oklahoma State.
Ya think? Uh, May Day you're a little late and waaay too charitable.
To paraphrase Bluto: "Cosgrove, he's gone. Bill Callahan? Gone. (AD) Steve Pederson. Gonzo." In fact, the only folks left Monday morning in the football office should be the janitors.
Callahan is a good man and he's trying hard but it's obviously not working at Nebraska. On a day when the 1997 national champions were honored, the Huskers suffered one of their worst home losses in history.
"It's almost like seeing your little brother get beat up," 1997 Outland Trophy winner Aaron Taylor told the Omaha World Herald. Taylor was part of the 1997 national championship that was honored at the game -- and dishonored during it.
Can't spell BCS without BC: Cowboys-Patriots? Sox-Indians? Sooner or later Boston is going to have to deal with a real winner.
The Eagles are 7-0 for the first time since 1942 and debuted at No. 3 in the BCS. Sure they've played Army, Bowling Green and UMass. Unranked in the preseason, BC has made a stunning run to No. 2 in the coaches' poll.
Enjoy it Eagles. You don't play again until Oct. 25 against Virginia Tech.