It was another tumultuous week in college football, helping to make this one of the most memorable seasons in a long time. Here’s what I took away.
#1:Another number one gets outplayed on the national stage as Missouri upends Oklahoma. Will Oregon be the next in a series of top teams to fall? They do have to travel to the Coliseum next Saturday, although nothing about this season’s Trojans convince me that they have a good chance of pulling the upset.
#2:Michigan State is looking very rosy. They will likely be favored in their last four games, with their toughest test remaining appearing to be road trip to Iowa next week. It looks like Sparty will be the Big Ten’s undefeated team in the balderdash that will likely be the BCS Standings this December.
#3: If I had a Heisman vote, it would go to Cam Newton. He rattles off 217 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground on a top-10 rushing defense and threw for another 86 yards, just enough to keep the LSU defense guessing. That gives him 1,077 rush years for the year and the SEC record for most rushing yards by a QB. Not even the Gator Messiah himself could do that one. No one else in the country is doing more for their squad.
#4: If you thought that Mark Dantonio was the only Big Ten coach with grapefruits, say hello to Bret Bielema. The former Iowa player stuck it to his alma mater and got the Badgers back into the Big Ten title picture with a fake punt call in the 4th quarter that set up the game-winning touchdown by Montee Ball. We shall declare this the year of the special teams psyches.
#5: Nebraska bounces back in a shootout with Oklahoma State. I don’t think we’ve seen the end of the Cowboys this season. They were the quietest of all of the undefeated teams entering this weekend, and they still have dates with Texas and Oklahoma later this year. Led by Kendall Hunter and Justin Blackmon, I can see the Cowboys taking a stab at their first Big 12 title game.
#6: Speaking of the Longhorns and streakiness, how does a team shut down one of the most prolific rushing attacks in an upset one week, then gets gashed for 200 yards by one of the Big 12’s historically weakest teams? Iowa State got their first ever win over Texas, dropping them 28-21. Turning the ball over 4 times won’t help either, but how long can this continue for UT? Baylor, Kansas State, and Oklahoma State isn’t the easy run for them that it used to be. It’s legitimately possible they could come out of the next 3 weeks 1-2.
#7: And on the subject of turnovers and upsets, how about Syracuse snapping an eight-game losing streak to #20 West Virginia. The Orangemen are an unexpected 5-2 after scoring 9 points off of 3 turnovers and that was enough for the 19-14 win. I’m still not sure whether or not to attribute that to the scrappy play of Syracuse or the ineptitude of West Virginia. Neither offense’s numbers are that impressive, but the Orange did what they had to do to win. They are in the Big East title hunt, although it’s disheartening that no Big East team made this week’s BCS standings.
#8: Who called the Baylor upset? This guy. Baylor will get back to a bowl for the first time since 1994 and it’s great to see. You have to admire what sophomore QB Robert Griffin has been able to do in 2 years in Waco.
#9: Rounding out our “bad teams that are getting good” for this week, Mississippi State wins their 5th straight and are also bowl eligible for the first time since 2007. They still have at least 2 winnable games on the schedule in Kentucky and Mississippi, but they could jump on Alabama or Arkansas and surprise with another huge upset.
#10: Number ten is a lie.
So after all the upheaval, let’s see how we’re doing:
|#1 Oklahoma @ #11 Missouri||Oklahoma||Oklahoma||Oklahoma||Missouri|
|#6 LSU @ #4 Auburn||Auburn||Auburn||Auburn||Auburn|
|#13 Wisconsin @ #15 Iowa||Wisconsin||Wisconsin||Wisconsin||Wisconsin|
|#16 Nebraska @ #14 Oklahoma State||Oklahoma State||Nebraska||Nebraska||Nebraska|
|Washington @ #18 Arizona||Arizona||Arizona||Washington||Arizona|
|#22 Kansas State @ Baylor||Kansas State||Baylor||Kansas State||Baylor|
|Notre Dame @ Navy||Notre Dame||Notre Dame||Notre Dame||Navy|
|North Carolina @ Miami||Miami||Miami||Miami||Miami|
|Air Force @ #5 TCU||TCU||TCU||TCU||TCU|