OK, who's ready to put Alabama in the BCS title game? Who's ready to give Denard Robinson the Heisman? Who's ready to drop Ohio State? Who's ready to take on Oregon? Who's ready to make this season stop going so fast already? I think I can get a "Hell yeah!" on that one for sure.
Lots of drama. Lots of accolades. But lots of season left. So, let's hold off on making any assumptions about anything. Still, it's pretty damned exciting ain't it?
|Denard Robinson is still in one piece and still tearing it up. (US Presswire)|
1. Team Of The Day: Alabama
Won at home vs. Florida 31-6. This was supposed to be their big test since Florida had an offense that could pass and run. But the Tide defense was smothering again forcing four turnovers and holding UofF to 3-for-13 on third down.
2. Player of the Day: Matt Brown, RB, Temple
28 carries, 225 yards, four TDs. Filling in for injured Bernard Pierce, the diminutive Brown helped the Owls rally for 29 consecutive second half points in a 42-28 win at Army.
3. The "if the season ended today" Heisman winner: Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan
10 of 16 for 277 yards, three TDs, and 18 carries for 218 yards, two TDs in the 42-35 win at Indiana. He is now the only guy in college football history who has run and passed for 200-plus yards in a single game for the second time in a season.
4. Best under-the-radar win: Virginia Tech
Biggest comeback in Frank Beamer's career as VaTech beat North Carolina State 41-30. Tech overcame a 17-point deficit to beat the 23rd-ranked Pack on the road. Tyrod Taylor threw for 123 yards and ran for 121 yards and Jayron Hosley added three interceptions. The Hokies may just be turning a corner.
5. Best second-half team in the country: Oregon
Ducks dominate No. 9 Stanford (52-31) after being down 31-24 at the half. The Green & Gold go out 28-0 in the second half to win going away. UO has now outscored their opponents 114-7 in the second half.
1. Tank of the Day: Texas defense
Are you Horns fans sure you want Will Muschamp as your next head coach? For the second game in a row the UT defense got pushed around as OU rolled up 287 yards and 20 first downs in the first half alone before going on to win 28-20. Additionally, the defense committed numerous deadly penalties, three of which went for OU first downs. The defensive extra point team was also a mess, twice lining up with just 10 players and then lining up with 12 and getting flagged. Oy vey!
Lost at Colorado 29-27. OK, OK, I now agree about Mark Richt's hot seat. Even with A.J. Green back in uniform, the Bulldogs couldn't overcome the Big 12 doormat in Boulder, giving the Dawgs their first four-game losing streak since 1990.
3. The play-calling of Ohio State
It wasn't just the team that slept through a 24-13 win at Illinois -- the coaches did too. On a third-and-13 in the second half, Jim Tressel signaled in a running play and before Terrelle Pryor went to the huddle to call it, he looked back angrily at the OSU sideline and gave a "WTF?" look.
4. The Air Force uniforms
Great team, but those Arizona-like togs weren't even close to being as cool as the lightning-bolt unis we're used to. All fashion faux pas aside, after beating Navy for the first time in six years, the Falcons are 4-1 and, stating the obvious here, just provided another hurdle for TCU in MWC play.
5. Mark Dantonio not making it to Spartan Stadium to see his team go to 5-0
Let's hope he's back for the Michigan game next week.
The "Football I.Q." of both Tennessee and LSU players and coaches
LSU "won" the game 16-14, but in reality both teams lost a lot of respect in this one with a myriad of bonehead plays.
• UT's up-the-middle play call on 4th-and-a-yard with 5:45 left was pretty abysmal, matched only by its lame execution.
• LSU began playing rotating QBs on a crucial last minute drive, despite Jarrett Lee having the hot hand.
• On fourth-and-14, UT decides to rush only three and Lee completes a 21-yard first down completion to Terrence Toliver.
• LSU, on the 1-yard line and the last 10 seconds ticking down, decides to completely change personnel and snafus a shotgun snap, getting tackled and sending UT into a frenzy.
• But the Vols, trying to get a goal-line defense out there, end up with 13 players on the field for the last play. Thirteen!
• LSU, with new life, runs a questionable pitch play that was apparently called by Les Miles, which sees Stevan Ridley just edge over the goal line for the score.
• Listening to Miles trying to explain things to Sam Ryan after the game was painful.
Five things that were painfully obvious from this weekend in college football:
1. The SEC has become Alabama and the Little Nine.
2. Oregon's 48-13 rout of Tennessee is looking more and more impressive.
3. OMG! By going 5-0 this week, the Big East might just deserve that BCS slot ... OK, I'm kidding.
4. It's early October and Texas, USC and Penn State will be unranked. Wow.
5. That Michigan-Michigan State battle of unbeatens next week will be freakin' huge.
Erik Folk, K, Washington
Kicked the game-winning field goal against USC for the second year in a row as the Huskies beat the No. 18 Trojans 32-31.
Texas punt returners
Last week it was Curtis Brown fumbling away a punt inside his own 5-yard line to help UCLA jump ahead for good. This week, it was Aaron Williams, who muffed a punt with just over a minute remaining, helping OU salt away the game.
Best comment Robert Smith of ESPN, commenting on Todd McShay's prediction for Virginia to upset Florida State
"McShay is backing away from that upset prediction faster than my hairline is receding." Worst comment
Steve Beurlein exclaiming after Tennessee scored to go ahead 14-10
"Do you believe in miracles?!" Ummmm, Steve, a lead on LSU isn't exactly a Miracle on Ice win over Russia.
Add to the Heisman List
LaMichael James, RB, Oregon
31 carries, 257 yards, three TDs in 52-31 win over Stanford. Had this guy taken off the list after being suspended for the first game of the season. Silly me.
Robert Griffin, QB, Baylor
26 of 36 for 380 yards, three TDs, 444 total yards (school record) in 55-7 win vs. Kansas. Early injuries had him off the Heisman list. This performance puts him back on.
Jordan Todman, RB, Connecticut
37 carries, 190 yards, two TDs in 40-21 win over Vanderbilt. OK, he's a fringe candidate, but he went off while leading UConn to the first Big East win over a BCS school.
Take off the Heisman List
Terrelle Pryor, QB, Ohio State
8 of 15 for 77 yards, two TDs, one interception in 24-13 win over Illinois. Not all his fault, because the play-calling was weaker than a sick kitten.
John Clay, RB, Wisconsin
10 carries for 73 yards and no TDs in 34-24 loss at Michigan State. Broke his streak of 10 consecutive games of 100 yards and at least one TD.
Best coaching job
Nick Aliotti, Oregon defensive coordinator
Nobody appears to be making better halftime adjustments than this guy.
Worst coaching job
Gary Crowton, LSU offensive coordinator
Damn. Goldie Hawn could coach the talent on this offense and dominate. And I'm not sure I've seen a quarterback regress as badly as Jordan Jefferson has in his three years.
Comeback Player of the Week
Jake Locker, QB, Washington
25 of 41 for 318 yards, one TD and 12 rushes for 111 yards. 431 total yards. After all the guff he took after that Nebraska game, Locker rebounds to down the Trojans once again.
Best We-Don't-Miss-Our-Best-Player Performance
Ray Graham, RB, Pitt
29 carries, 277 yards, three TDs. That's three straight 100-plus yard games, as he got his first start in place of Dion Lewis.
Best Fans Award
What's better, the Hawkeyes' 24-3 win over Penn State or the fans and their imposing black-gold-black-gold sections?
Worst Fans Award
Rushing the field after beating a 1-4 team on Saturday night?
Three reasons you can't assign Alabama a spot in the BCS title game yet
1. Wait until they face the buzzsaw of a tough road game against a team that is not one-dimensional.
2. As Miami (Ohio) showed, Florida may not exactly be the bee's knees here.
3. Look, Iowa beat Penn State 24-3 just like Alabama did. So that's no biggie.
Three reasons you can't give Denard Robinson the Heisman yet
1. Robinson still hasn't played a good defense yet.
2. He still hasn't had a game where he had to rely on his teammates.
3. As Beano Cook put it, "The big question is will he still be in one piece by November?"