13) LSU's Les Miles is this generation's Bobby Bowden; his teams play as well or better on the road than they do at home, he's not afraid to gamble in big spots, and most of all, he just wins and wins-- they've already beaten Oregon (in Dallas) and won at Mississippi State/West Virginia.
12) In the late 70's/early 80's, USC once had these four defensive backs as starters: Ronnie Lott-Joey Browner-Dennis Smith-Jeff Fisher. All played in the NFL. Could LSU's current DB's be as good as those guys?
11) How about Oklahoma State? Down 20-3 at the half at Texas A&M, the Cowboys rallied in the second half for a season-making win, shocking the Aggies 30-29 with a huge second half. Tremendous win for OSU.
10) Who made Clemson's schedule? They just beat Auburn-Florida State, now they go to Virginia Tech next week. Its like an NFL schedule, but it gets a lot softer after the trip to Blacksburg.
9) Not often a team turns ball over seven times and wins, but East Carolina survived a minus-4 turnover ratio and beat UAB 28-23.
8) Tremendous goal line stand by Kansas State on messy field in Miami in last minute, as Bill Snyder's Wildcats beat the Hurricanes 28-24. Going to be a while before Miami is a power again. Might be a long while.
7) Much was made this week how Vanderbilt was 3-0 amd had split their last four games with South Carolina, so they might have a shot at another upset this week. Not so much. Commodores ran 48 plays for a total of 77 yards and got waxed 21-3, even though Stephen Garcia threw four INTs.
6) Severe ugliness in Mountain West, as UNLV lost 41-10 to Southern Utah, and New Mexico lost to Sam Houston State. Both at home.
5) Not a lot better in the Big Dozen, as Minnesota lost at home to North Dakota State, and Indiana lost 24-21 to North Texas, a Sun Belt doormat. Hoosiers were down 21-0 at the half.
4) Kid named Marcus Williams played high school ball in Twin Cities; he scored two defensive TDs for North Dakota State, which brought 10,000+ fans to Minnesota for this game, their second win in last three tries against the Gophers. Pretty soon, Minnesota won't play them anymore.
3) Syracuse is 3-1, but they've beaten Wake Forest/Toledo in OT, and beat I-AA Rhode Island 21-14. A win is a win, but they're not impressive. The refs screwed Toledo Saturday; the PAT Syracuse kicked with 2:07 left obviously missed, but was called good, even after replay review. Toledo wound up kicking a FG to tie the game, when they should've won 30-29.
2) Nebraska's win at Wyoming drew 32,614 fans to a stadium that has a listed capacity of 29,200; it is the smallest stadium Nebraska has played in since 1971, but Wyoming borders Nebraska, and many of the fans at this game were wearing red. Cornhuskers visit Wisconsin next week.
1) USC's 11-game win streak over Arizona State ended when ASU waxed the Trojans 43-22 late Saturday night. Good win for Dennis Erickson, but other than Stanford, the Pac-12 is a muddled mess. USC should have won the game by the way. 3 turnovers in the red zone. ugh
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