Yes, we got an upset — Arizona over Iowa — but even that one was a home game for the underdog, so really nothing too fantastical.
What we saw, instead was skill tests around the country, and some took advantage.
Like my new No. 3 Nebraska putting the beat down on Washington, or Arkansas making sure Georgia wouldn’t make that comeback.
Others, like Michigan and Oklahoma, just didn’t look as good as advertised in victories.
What I’m Thinking:
- So a week after not changing my top six, I put it into full spin cycle, yes my darling 1-2 combo of Ohio State and Alabama remains, but Nebraska takes over the three spot from Boise State. The Cornhuskers looked awesome against Washington, while it seems to me like Boise State’s strength of schedule is plummeting. Wonder why?
- TCU and Oregon may just be the most impressive teams thus far in the season. The Ducks have 189 points in 180 minutes of football, while the Horned Frogs just keep rolling along with Andy Dalton and wacky jerseys.
- Oh, Florida and Texas squeak by with conference victories. Again, I ask, why do people put so much faith in these two untested teams?
- Utah rounds out a top ten of three non-AQ conference schools! Really quite something. The Utes looked quite good again this weekend, I eagerly await the Utah-TCU battle ahead.
- LSU and Auburn show that my faith in the SEC was not complete idiocy, topping in-conference foes with stellar performances. That Auburn-Clemson game was the game of the night, better than that whole Michigan State “Little Giants” thing, although that was cool too.
- On that note, Spartan coach Mark Dantonio suffered a heart attack after the game last night, I wish him a speedy recovery and hope returns to the sideline as soon as he feels ready. He’s a damn good coach and last night only further proves it.
- Ugh, Wisconsin, nearly losing to Arizona State, but escapes because the Sun Devils couldn’t kick the game-tying extra point… not pretty.
- West Virginia, Arkansas and Stanford, bravo, I liked what you brought to your respective games yesterday, and for that, we salute you.
- Oregon State and Michigan? Not so much. The Beavers got lucky and got by a much weaker Louisville team, while Michigan nearly had a deja vu Appalachian State moment on Saturday. Not impressive.
- Our newcomers: Arizona for taking out Iowa in a big way and Nevada for showing up the Pac-10 on a Friday night.
- Our dropouts: Connecticut for losing a miserable game to Temple, and Houston, sorry but without Case Keenum, you’re in trouble.
- A smart man once told me not to trust Iowa and “Ricky Pick-Six”. He was probably right…
- USC Watch: A little better on Saturday against Minnesota, although until they made a run jump started by speedy Robert Woods (and yes he’s a beast), it looked like bad news for the Trojans. The defense looked slightly improved, but that might just be because Minnesota is not exactly at the same caliber of the cream of the Pac-10. Penalties continue to be a nuisance, as the Trojans rank among the worst in the FBS when it comes to yellow hankies. I cringe at the thought of Pac-10 play, although the first opponent is Washington State… so maybe we can work out some kinks before having to really turn it on.
- Conference Breakdown: SEC (6), Pac-10 (5), Big Ten (4), Big 12 (3), ACC (2), MWC (2), WAC (2), Big East (1).
So what do you think? Missing anyone? Giving anyone too much/too little credit? Let me know!