By Eddie Mayrose
Pac Ten Football Turned Upside Down
Despite a 65-5 record over their last 70 games, the USC Trojans have all but taken
themselves out of the BCS National Championship picture in each of the last four seasons with an early, in-conference stumble. Over the last three seasons, California, UCLA and Oregon State have each proven too high a hurdle for the Men of Troy but, even with their track record, no one could have expected the Trojans to be upset by a Washington team that went 0-12 last year. However, in what proved to be a perfect storm for the Huskies, injuries forced USC to go with a third string, freshman QB against their former Offensive Coordinator Steve Sarkisian, Washington’s new head man. His familiarity with his former charges proved fatal for USC as Sarkisian grabbed his first big win, 16-13… While USC garnered much of the pre-season hype in the PAC Ten, it was California that caught our attention. Saturday, RB Jahvid Best ran for five touchdowns as the high scoring Golden Bears beat Minnesota 35-21 and held on to their #2 ranking.
South Florida Dealt Bad Break in Big East
Tough blow for South Florida, #24 in last week’s CSV rankings and our pick to win the Big East, as QB Matt Grothe went down for the year with a knee injury… Cincinnati, the most likely candidate to step into that void, went into Corvallis and dominated Oregon State to move up to #16… Pittsburgh is off to a 3-0 start and looks like a serious contender for the Big East title.
Charlie Weis Still Has Notre Dame Football Fans On Edge
Even when he wins, there’s no rest for Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis. A narrow 33-30 victory against a less than impressive Michigan State squad; especially since it came gift wrapped by Spartans’ QB Kirk Cousins. Despite engineering a late drive that put his team into position for at least a game tying FG, Cousins missed a wide open Nick Holt in the end zone before launching a dying quail that was picked off on the 5 yard line. The Irish, led by QB Jimmy Claussen, have an offensive unit that can compete with anyone in the nation but their defense leaves a lot to be desired.
Big Weekend for Miami Football Faithful
Don’t look now, but “The U” appears to be back. Miami dominated Georgia Tech, the CSV’s #15 team, on Thursday. After an impressive win over Florida State, the ‘Canes appear headed back to the top of the league.. Speaking of the Seminoles, who saw that beating of #7 BYU coming? Combine that victory with Virginia Tech knocking off #23 Nebraska and its easy to see why ACC Football fans are thinking big. It’s not all good news, however as it looks like a very long year ahead for the Maryland Terrapins, who lost at home to Middle Tennessee.
Florida Lets Tennessee Off With A Slap On The Wrist In the SEC
Could’ve been a lot worse for Lane Kiffin and his Tennessee Vols on their visit to The Swamp. Despite Kiffin’s off-season promise to sing Rocky Top all night after beating Florida and his unfounded accusations toward head coach Urban Meyer regarding recruiting violations, the Gators surprised many by not running up the score in their 23-13 victory… Great start for the SEC as it heads into its conference schedule with four teams, (Florida, Alabama, LSU and Mississippi), in the CSV top seven and two others, (Auburn and Kentucky), undefeated.
Big 12 Football Losing Luster
First Oklahoma loses to BYU, then Houston dominates Oklahoma State on its own field and, finally, Baylor takes a beating at home from an unimpressive UConn Huskies squad. Its starting to look more and more like Texas Football fans will be making the trip to Kansas City for the conference title game.
Boise State Continues To Rise In BCS
Last week we mentioned the potential mess in the BCS Standings should more than one Non-BCS member be ranked in the Top Ten. Well, BYU and Utah solved that problem by losing, leaving just Boise State and TCU as possible candidates. The Broncos won a shootout at Fresno State while TCU heads to Clemson this week. A win in Death Valley and another over BYU would lead to a Mountain West Conference title and an almost certain BCS berth. That is, as long as Boise isn’t ranked higher.
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