Forget Showdown Saturday or Upset Saturday. This turned out to be "You're a Fraud" Saturday in college football, because a lot of soft underbellies were exposed this weekend. Eight ranked teams went down for the count and conference races across the board were thrown into the tumble dry cycle.
Here's a quick swing at the goods and bads after a full Saturday of college football madness.
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1. Team of the Day: Wisconsin
Beat Ohio State 31-18. OK people, beware of Camp Randall Stadium. The "Jump Around" Boys got their first win over a No. 1 ranked team since the Michigan game in 1981.
2. Player of the Day: Cameron Newton, QB, Auburn
Went 10 of 14 for 138 yards, one TD with his arm and ran 25 times for 188 yards and three TDs with his legs. Good night nurse! What a find he has been for Gene Chizik's program. Instant elevation. Now, if he was a real team guy he would apply some elbow grease to that defense.
3. Runner-up Player of the Day: Ryan Broyles, WR, Oklahoma
Had 15 catches for 182 yards and one TD. Rumor is Broyles is going to be giving a clinic to Nebraska receivers on how to catch passes that hit your hands. And maybe we should give OU quarterback Landry Jones the runner-up status here after he went 30 of 34 for 335 yards and three TDs?
4. Michigan State
Beat Illinois 26-6. That impressive second-half performance put the Spartans on top of the Big Ten by themselves and gives them their first 7-0 start since 1966.
5. College football on TV
I know there are baseball playoffs going on and everything, but last week saw college football games on Tuesday night through Saturday and this week saw games Wednesday night through Sunday morning (Nevada-Hawaii). This college football junkie is getting his fix.
Odd turn of fate: It's nice that a lesser conference like the Big East can finally have its teams showcased on weeknights.
1. Tank Job of the Day: Florida
Lost at home to Mississippi State, 10-7. This is the first three-game losing streak in the regular season for the Gators since Steve Spurrier was coach in the 90s. But I loved MSU head coach Dan Mullen's reaction to the stunning win: "This is not an upset. Our team expected to win." This was also MSU's first win in Gainesville since 1965. Wow.
2. The ranked losers
Other than Florida above, seven other ranked opponents took it on the chin on "You're a Fraud Saturday."
• No. 1 Ohio State lost at Wisconsin, 31-18.
Take heart Buckeyes, at least Bret Bielema didn't go for two on you late in the game.
|Urban Meyer and the Gators suffer their first three-game skid since Steve Spurrier was coaching in Gainesville. (US Presswire)|
Take heart Cornhuskers, you'll never have to play these bullies again for as long as you live.
• No. 10 South Carolina lost at Kentucky 31-28
Take heart Gamecocks, LSU lost at UK in '07, finished with two losses just like you've got now and ended up as national champion. So you never know.
• No. 12 Arkansas lost at Auburn 65-43.
Take heart Razorbacks, nobody expects you to win with a backup QB and playing eight guys on defense.
• No. 19 Nevada lost at Hawaii, 27-21.
Take heart Wolfpack, going to the islands and getting seduced by hula dancers would make any college student forget his priorities.
• No. 23 Air Force lost at San Diego State 25-23.
Take heart Falcons... ah, never mind. Hide your heads in shame over this one.
• No. 24 Oregon State lost at Washington 35-34 in OT.
Take heart Beavers, college baseball season starts in February.
3. Boise State and TCU
No, they're not on this list because the media loves to dump on them.
It's that whole "the system will shake itself out" nice guy talk that coaches Chris Peterson and Gary Patterson keep pumping out. Both teams won going away on Saturday, with the Broncos getting a 48-0 win at San Jose State and TCU slapping down BYU 31-3. Patterson said he wasn't going for style points in getting the late touchdown.
"Sometimes I think the whole rankings thing is like Days of our Lives. These two people are going to have an affair with these two so we can get everyone over here mad. Then we're going to flip-flop it so that everybody that watched the show isn't happy. It's become a drama deal. I'm going to let everybody else deal with it."
C'mon guys, THAT is the kind of milquetoast character that got BSU and TCU squared off against each other in a BCS bowl last year. So if you don't start talking bigger and running up scores, you'll find yourself on the outside again.
4. Hot-shot QBs
Ryan Mallett of Arkansas and Denard Robinson of Michigan both got knocked out of their losses to Auburn and Iowa. Taylor Martinez played his way to the bench in the third quarter against Texas. Worse yet for Mallett? His backup, Tyler Wilson, was a Heisman-like 25 of 34 for 333 yards with four TDs.
5. LSU fans
The Tigers got roundly booed by their home fans once again in their 32-10 win over FCS McNeese State. The passing "attack" earned 104 yards and the Bayou Bengals didn't earn their first lead of the game until midway through the second quarter.
Don't worry people, Auburn's swiss cheese defense is next. Just the remedy.
The agents thing
The Sports Illustrated exposé signals that things are only going to get uglier from here on out. Mr. Titanic, meet Mr. Tip of the Iceberg. Now you guys play nice.
Five things that were painfully obvious from college football this weekend:
1. Nebraska fans went from angry at Texas to eager to get to the Big Ten.
2. That whole hangover effect (South Carolina) and extra week to prepare thing (Texas) show just how much emotion plays a part in this sport.
3. We've horribly underrated Michigan State and Missouri.
4. The SEC East has officially been labeled a disaster area
5. Amid the groans of the Big Six conferences, Boise State and TCU just got a little bit closer to Glendale (and not for the Fiesta Bowl this time).
|Kentucky quarterback Mike Hartline shreds South Carolina for four TDs and no interceptions. (US Presswire)|
Was 32 of 42 for 348 yards, four TDs and -- most importantly -- no picks as the Wildcats beat No. 10 South Carolina.
The Goat: Nebraska receivers
Three dropped touchdown passes only added to the Big Red's compounding problems against Texas.
Best comment: Kirk Herbstreit, ESPN
"Everybody talks about a playoff and the bad part of the BCS, but watch the NFL on Sunday and compare that level of interest that you have as a football fan to what happens in college football every single Saturday."
Worst comment: Chris Martin, color commentator during Michigan State-Illinois.
"As a football player, never stop following the football on the football play when on the football field."
Add to the Heisman list
• Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri
31 of 47 for 361 yards, four TDs, no picks in the 30-9 drubbing of Texas A&M.
• Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
Hard to believe we haven't included him here already, but had 10 catches for 207 yards and a score in the 34-17 win over Texas Tech.
• Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma
As mentioned above, was nearly perfect in the rout of Iowa State, with a 200.1 QB rating on the day.
Take off Heisman list
• Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas
Got knocked out of the Auburn game and had to watch his backup play like a Heisman contender.
• Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan
Second week in a row his reputation takes a hit, as he reinjures a shoulder to finish the Iowa loss on the sidelines.
• Taylor Martinez, QB, Nebraska
Poor performance, not injury, led the frosh wunderkind to the Husker sideline midway through the third quarter.