Seven things we learned on Sunday ...
Who is really No. 2: There, radio hacks, you have your topic for the week. Discuss.
Not to do your job for you, but ... ah, what the heck, we're feeling charitable.
We know what the BCS standings say but this thing is bound to get messier as we close in on Dec. 2.
|Dodd's Power Poll|
|1. Ohio State|
|7. West Virginia|
|10. Boston College|
|12. Arizona State|
|15. Virginia Tech|
|18. Boise state|
|25. Central Florida|
LSU probably has the best collection of college players on the planet. Oregon is playing the best. Wait, Kansas is one of only three undefeateds and might not even be the best team in the Big 12. Oklahoma is waiting in the Big 12 South.
Is the outrage less if a non-traditional team like Kansas gets left out? And will they actually burn down every coffee house in Eugene if Oregon is shut out of the championship game for the second time in six years?
Keep it here. We'll be back after the break and take your calls.
Bill Callahan can't take a hint: In name of all things holy -- including recruiting -- please, Bill, resign, like, yesterday.
Potential Huskers are committing -- elsewhere -- by the minute. That was quite a recruiting pitch you made in Lawrence on Saturday. Something along the lines of, "Hey, come to Nebraska where you can try to hold Kansas under 80."
It wasn't easy but for all long-suffering Big Eight punching bags the result was like a cocktail and cigar on the deck at sunset -- satisfying as hell. Kansas coach Mark Mangino didn't seem to take his foot off the accelerator for one second in the 76-39 victory. Good. Here's why: There was a lot of payback in that game, not only for Kansas, but for all the victims Tom Osborne rag dolled over the years in the name of poll position.
Kansas scored more points against Nebraska on Saturday than it did against the Huskers in either the 1970s (60 total) or 1980s (67).
Notre Dame just got Kaheaku-Enhadaed: For the first time since Charlie Weis' crew cut was actually in style, Navy beat Notre Dame. The 46-44 three-overtime win ended a streak as old as your average hedge fund manager with three kids (43 years).
Navy coach Paul Johnson enhanced his resume (hello, SMU?) with the help of Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada, his precocious quarterback. Now you've got to start thinking about the possibility of a 1-11 season for Notre Dame.
As if you ever stopped. There is no reason to doubt Air Force, Duke and Stanford can't follow Navy's lead.
D-Mac for Heisman: If you threw away those bumper stickers when Arkansas' Darren McFadden was running for 43 yards against Auburn, shame on you.
D-Mac is back in the hunt after tying an SEC-record with 321 yards against South Carolina. That's enough to drive Steve Spurrier all the way to Texas A&M (or UCLA). While the Gamecocks faded, McFadden set himself up for a nice, late Heisman run. He is fourth nationally with 146.2 yards per game. The Hogs are 6-3, playing just good enough to get back voters' attention.
The regular-season finale is against LSU which means McFadden will get his Heisman close-up against the nation's No. 2 defense.
Signs that you're a fraud: You lose at home to Florida State.
You're outplayed by the immortal Drew Weatherford.
You produce more ink than an overstimulated octopus and for the second consecutive week can't complete half of your passes.
People are going to stick hot pokers through their eyeballs if they hear "Matty Ice" one more time.
Thankfully, its over. Thank you Boston College for playing. Here are some lovely parting gifts.
Where's the love ... : For the Big 12? It has three teams in the top 10. Two in one division. Three Heisman candidates at quarterback (Missouri's Chase Daniel, Kansas' Todd Reesing, Oklahoma's Sam Bradford).
• For Michigan? It's now eight in a row after rallying to win at Michigan State.
• For Al Groh? The ACC's Coach of the Year to-be beat Wake Forest 17-16. The Cavaliers (8-2) moved into first place in the Coastal Division. Five of their eight wins have been by five points or less, the last three each by a point.
• For Alabama? Sure the Tide can't run the ball and gave up 475 yards to LSU, but if Nick Saban can almost beat No. 3 with these guys, think what he'll do when he gets some more players in T-town.
• For Boise State? Aside from an early loss to Washington, the Broncos have looked just as dominant as last season.
Then again, it was Embarrassment Saturday for some: These coaches and teams did not do themselves any favors ...
• UCLA's Karl Dorrell lost to Arizona and Mike Stoops in a Pac-10 elimination game for the hot seat.
• Oklahoma State, with a chance to tie Oklahoma for the Big 12 South lead, blew a 21-point fourth-quarter lead and lost to Texas 38-35.
• South Carolina gave up 541 rushing yards to Arkansas.
• South Florida lost its third consecutive game (to Cincinnati) and is tied with Syracuse for last place in the Big East.
• Kansas State suffered perhaps the worst loss of the Ron Prince era, 30-21 to Iowa State.
• Fans booed a Chan Gailey PSA on the scoreboard Thursday during Georgia Tech's 27-3 loss to Virginia Tech.