The Virginia Tech-Miami and Oregon-Cal showdowns had been thought to be two of the best matchups of the weekend, but at this point the Hokies and Ducks have been dominant over their higher ranked opponents.
Oregon leads #6 Cal 25-3 at the half. The score is just as one-sided on the other side of the country with #11 ranked Virginia Tech leading #9 Miami 21-0.
In both cases, the home defenses have imposed their will over the visitors. The two Heisman contenders from these contests -- Cal RB Jahvid Best and Miami QB Jacory Harris -- have each been held in check. Best rushed for 55 yards over the first half, but did so on 15 attempts. Harris has been under constant pressure from the aggressive Hokie defense and is battling the elements, as well, as the driving rain pelting much of the east coast and south hasn't made an exception for Blacksburg. Harris finished the half only completing 2 of 10 passes for 48 yards. The zip and accuracy he had shown in previous contests hasn't been there thus far for Harris. He's been short and wide on numerous throws, as the combination of weather and the VT pass rush is clearly bothering him.
Barring impressive comebacks, the top 10 is going to see another significant upheaval this weekend.