We’ve got just 10 points this week, because to be honest I can’t think of much more than that.
#1: Notre Dame is in trouble. Yes, they ran into an up-and-coming monster of a Stanford team, but the Irish looked pretty terrible on both sides of the ball. Sure these aren’t Kelly’s recruits. But at 1-3, Irish alumi won’t be giving him much of a leash.
#2: Michigan showed that they have more offensive weapons than Denard Robinson in their threshing of my Falcons. It’s good for them. Many were worried about the passing game, but with only 3 incompletions among 3 Wolverine QBs, they should be fine heading into Big Ten play.
#3: Boise State overcomes a turnover and a monster PR TD from James Rogers to keep BCS hopes alive. The game that will seal their fate one way or the other now comes on November 26 when the Broncos head for Reno and the #25 Nevada Wolfpack. Until then, they’ll be routing for Alabama and Ohio State’s opposition and Oregon State and Va Tech.
#4: I don’t know if Alabama got exposed or if Arkansas showed us how good they are. A 14 comeback makes next week’s showdown with Florida even more interesting. However, I’m not sure that we’ll see that again as the SEC Title game.
#5: Whoo, was it a bad day for Texas to collapse. Sure they lost to a mediocre UCLA team that opened with a loss to Kansas St. But, even more important, they go into the Red River Shootout deflated. And while Oklahoma was almost outplayed by Cincinnati, the Sooners will still roll Texas up if they turn the ball over 5 times again.
#6: Speaking of the Sooners, they left Cinci a very lucky team. A muffed punt was all that kept them from leaving Paul Brown Stadium as an upset team. The Bearcats showed last night that they are better than their 3-1 record.
#7: Is Terrell Pryor now the front-runner for the Heisman? Just his stat lines, and yes I know he did this against the doormat of the MAC. But it’s still pretty impressive. 20-26 for 244 yards passing and 4 TDs, 104 yards rushing on 7 carries and a TD, and a 20-yard receiving TD from Jordan Hall. Speaking of receiving, how about Toledo Central Catholic grad Dane Sanzenbacher, tying a school-record 4 TDs. That young man will be playing Sunday afternoons next year.
#8: I watched most of Oregon and Arizona State last night. Is Pac-10 always that boring?
#9: Penn State survives an upset bid by Temple, trailing at home against the Owls. That should scare Nittany Lion fans going into the Big 10 schedule. But, Evan Royster finally found his rushing rhythm, netting 187 yards on 26 carries. The verdict is still out on Penn State right now. Saturday night against Iowa will tell is exactly where they are as a team.
#10 It is officially time for conference play here in Big 10 country. No offense to the SEC, but this is college football. Period.
Now onto the picks, and for the first time in any of our competitions I can claim a win. Armando and Steelers made some upset picks that didn’t come through and I was able to slide on top this week. This is a whole new thing for me.