One last reaction from Ohio State-USC:
"I can't believe that we screwed up so badly," Ohio State offensive tackle Alex Boone told reporters. "I cannot
believe this is second time this happened to this team. I thought this team made it clear after the national
championship game -- all the gassers we ran, and all the running we did that we weren't going to mess up anymore.
Apparently, that wasn't evident."
Second time?• A lot of history has been made at Notre Dame, not a lot of it on crutches. Notre Dame is 2-0 after beating
Michigan 35-17 and, if you believe in omens Irish fans, Charlie Weis still has another knee to tear up. Not to go ND message
board here, but the schedule does look favorable especially if Notre Dame keeps getting six turnovers a game.
Sept. 20, at Michigan State; Sept. 27, Purdue; Oct. 4, Stanford. Do I smell 4-1?• It was not a good day in the Pac-10. Washington State, Washington, UCLA, Cal, Arizona State, Stanford and Arizona lost by an
average of 23.3 points. That includes Arizona State's overtime -- but no less humiliating -- loss to visiting UNLV
and UCLA's mind-bending 59-0 tank job at BYU.
That last score has me wondering how Tennessee is feeling right now.
"A butt whoopin'. We got our butts whooped," linebacker Reggie Carter told the Los Angeles Times. "I'm going home,
go to sleep, and tomorrow forget about it."
Easier said than done. UCLA's worst loss since 1929 was complete and had me wondering which team competed in the
Pac-10 and which was in the Mountain West? BYU's Max Hall had seven touchdown passes in THREE QUARTERS. The
decade-old Mountain West went 4-0 against the Pac-10 on Saturday.
Barry Switzer also reached No. 100 in his 122nd game. Legend Bud Wilkinson is No. 3 on the list getting to the milestone in 111 games. Oklahoma is the only school to have four coaches with at least 100 victories -- Stoops, Switzer, Wilkinson and Bennie Owen. Stoops' teams have scored at least 50 points in 24 of his victories.• What is it with Oregon quarterbacks and knee problems? The Ducks' season hangs in the balance after its third
starting quarterback in 10 months went down. Justin Roper reportedly tore his left MCL against Purdue and could be
out as long as two to four weeks. There's not a lot behind Roper. Freshman Chris Harper finished the game against
Purdue, a 32-26 overtime victory. Bellotti says juco transfer Jeremiah Masoli and freshman Darron Thomas will also
Oregon has had enough problems lately with quarterbacks being injured. Dennis Dixon's injury derailed a possible
national championship run. In the preseason Nate Costa suffered an ACL injury that has him out of the season.
the academic scandal. If so, Joe Paterno could take a commanding lead in the all-time victories race. We're talking
about Florida State's seven victories from 2007. The legendary coaches are tied at 375 victories apiece after Penn
State beat Syracuse on Saturday and Florida State clobbered Chattanooga.
• Michigan State and Florida Atlantic combined for 20 punts and 36 incomplete passes in the Spartans' soggy 17-0
victory. The Owls' Rusty Smith completed only eight of 34 passes.
• Cal became the West Coast Clemson when it failed to show up at Maryland. The Bears scored 21 fourth-quarter
points to make it cosmetic but their 35-27 loss to the Terps was crippling. Cal was outmatched on both sides of the
line for most of the game.
• Missouri has scored on its last 13 possession with Chase Daniel at quarterback (12 touchdowns, one field goal). If
he could only stay on the field. The Tigers have boat-raced their past two opponents (Southeast Missouri State and
Nevada) so thoroughly that Daniel has been removed in the second half of each game.
In that abbreviated action, Daniel has completed 40 of 46 the past two games for 663 yards and seven touchdowns.
Against the Wolf Pack, Daniel completed 23 of 28 for 405 yards and four touchdowns.
Pirates are 3-0 for the first time since 1999.
• Oklahoma State continues to amaze. The Cowboys passed only 10 times in a 57-13 victory over Missouri State. Their
450 rushing yards were the fifth-most in school history. Okie State did this (offensively) last year but were just
as bad on defense as they were good on offense.
• Looking ahead to next week, it's the SEC's world and we're only living in it: Georgia is at Arizona State, LSU
goes to Auburn, Arkansas plays Alabama in the Ego Bowl. Oh, and apparently Florida is playing Tennessee too. That's
three games with both teams being ranked.
• The best of the rest: (These teams weren't good enough to get into my top 25 but deserve mention) 1, Oklahoma
State; 2, Vanderbilt; 3, Kentucky; 4, Nebraska; 5, TCU; 6, Notre Dame; 7, Northwestern; 8, Boise State; 9, Iowa; 10,
Florida State; 11, Minnesota; 12, UNLV.
• Heisman Watch: 1, Chase Daniel, Missouri; 2, Sam Bradford, Oklahoma; 3, Max Hall, BYU.
• If you've got the time and the money go to The Huntley hotel in Santa Monica and take the elevator to The Penthouse. It's a Stars War bar scene of young hipsters trying to be crucially cool. The doors of the elevator opened and I immediately felt like a janitor. I can't believe places like this existed. It's a cliche of L.A. Not to drop names but someone said Jamie Foxx was there.