When I fill out my Associated Press poll ballot each week, I try to respect the results of head-to-head contests. As voters, we're asked to imagine who would win hypothetical matchups between teams except in the cases when the teams have actually met on the field.
Replays were tough to judge, but Sports By Brooks found
It probably doesn't matter, though. Indiana would have a far better argument if its secondary hadn't quit at the start of the fourth quarter. The Hoosiers allowed touchdown passes of 92 and 66 yards, and Iowa never looked back.
Though the Hawkeyes survived another scare, don't expect the human voters to give Iowa any more respect after this win. The computers still love the Hawkeyes, but the horrible first half coupled with the controversial call will keep the coaches and Harris Poll voters from giving Iowa more love. To put themselves in position to play for the national title, the Hawkeyes may need a definitive win at Ohio State on Nov. 14. Maybe that would allow Iowa to slide in if Texas or one of the SEC's elite schools falters.
But that's a big maybe.
On a day when Seminoles quarterback
The most surprising part wasn't that FSU allowed Wilson to keep the Wolfpack in the game so long, it was that the Seminoles -- who have allowed an average of 39.3 points game in their past three games -- actually made plays at the end to keep Wilson from marching NC State down the field for a winning or tying score. Florida State's
With Florida State's offense seemingly finding its groove and the ACC Atlantic Division still somewhat up for grabs, things should be looking up in Tallahassee. But coordinator
Saturday against Southern Miss, Keenum completed 44-of-54 passes for 559 yards and five touchdowns. The fifth, a 28-yarder to
Losing to Duke (5-3) shouldn't sting so much this year, though. At 3-1 in conference, the Blue Devils actually have a better Coastal Division record than Miami (3-2) and Virginia Tech (3-2). Cutcliffe has Duke playing well, and the Blue Devils' next win will make them bowl eligible for the first time since 1994. While the Dookies probably would love to clinch bowl eligibility next week in Chapel Hill and throw a bowl party on Franklin Street just to rub it in, poor scheduling and a choke against Richmond will delay the festivities. Because North Carolina Central is classified as a transitional Division I team, Duke's win against the Eagles doesn't count toward bowl eligibility. Had the Blue Devils beaten Richmond on opening day, they'd be one win away from bowling. Unfortunately, Duke now must split games against North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Miami and Wake Forest to make a bowl.
• Thanks to Georgia and Tennessee, Halloween brought us some absolutely hideous uniforms. We expect horrifying uni combinations from Oregon, but Georgia and Tennessee usually stick to traditional garments.
Georgia warmed up in its usual red helmets and silver britches, then returned to the locker room. The Bulldogs emerged wearing black helmets and black pants that looked like an order Grambling shipped back because it was the wrong color scheme. Obviously, the gambit didn't work; Florida dumptrucked the Bulldogs in the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.
Meanwhile, Tennessee wore its usual white helmets with orange pants and black jerseys. The Volunteers looked a little like a Halloween-themed Wyoming, but at least the switch had the desired effect. Tennessee defeated South Carolina 31-13.