Another LSU 'Milecle', 'Bama blues, Shoelace hits the wall, more Snaps
Another week, another LSU game that came down to last-second game management, a crucial replay booth decision and a few inches -- only this time,
Miles and the 12th-ranked Tigers are 6-0 after a 33-29 win at No. 14 Florida that involved yet another wild finish -- highlighted by an incredibly ballsy play-call by LSU's widely criticized coach. Down three with 35 seconds left, facing a 4th and 1 at the Florida 36, Miles dialed up a vintage fake-field goal play (he ran it against South Carolina during the Tigers' 2007 title season). The only problem: Holder
After a lengthy review, officials upheld the first down, and given new life, quarterback
The Tigers are still far from a finished product -- but who is in the SEC this year? Who knows -- maybe The Mad Hatter will just keep marching on to Atlanta.
Two sophomore quarterbacks dueled for 3½ hours Saturday in Palo Alto, and a senior placekicker ultimately decided which one prevailed.
In a back-and-forth shootout between USC and Stanford, in which no team ever led by more than a touchdown, Trojans QB
No matter. Cardinal star
The Pac-10 is incredibly competitive this year, and as both this and the Arizona-Oregon State game showed, it's going to be decided with a whole lot of shootouts featuring a whole bunch of potent passers. Stanford, having already lost to Oregon, would have been pushing its Luck had it lost again this week. The win should be a huge momentum boost, while
Florida State (5-1) came into the season touting quarterback
FSU flat-out mauled archrival Miami, 45-17, with tailbacks
In recent years, this game has become a measuring stick as both once-proud programs try to build their way back to national prominence. As such, first-year 'Noles coach
No. 4 Boise State and No. 5 TCU both handled Oregon State -- but No. 9 Arizona couldn't.
The Beavers (3-2), notorious for their slow starts and midseason surges, notched a huge road win Saturday in Tucson, 29-27, behind a breakout performance from first-year starting quarterback
In addition to boosting the BCS busters' strength-of-schedule ratings,
Don't count out the Wildcats. They've beaten Iowa and Cal. There's a lot of football between now and Thanksgiving, but keep in mind, the third-ranked Ducks' last two games will come against Arizona and Oregon State.
I can't say I'm surprised by Saturday's Michigan State-Michigan result, a 34-17 Spartans victory (
As has been the case all season (actually, for two years now), big plays doomed the Wolverines, as Michigan State's first three touchdowns came on a 61-yard
For the most part, Robinson didn't have a bad day statistically. He just wasn't otherworldly, as he'd been to this point. He ran for 84 yards and threw for 217. He did, however, throw two costly interceptions in the Michigan State end zone, and a third pick later on. Most notably, MSU's defense held him without a truly "big" run -- his longest rush went for 16 yards.
The golden rule of college football: As soon we start thinking a team is "unbeatable..."
Seven days after No. 1 Alabama garnered every possible form of hyperbole for throttling Florida,
But the Gamecocks' undisputed MVP was Spurrier's longtime headache, quarterback
It's a long season, and I'd hardly rule 'Bama out of the national-title picture. Remember, one- or two-loss SEC teams have won rings three of the past four years. However, the extent of the Gamecocks' dominance Saturday leaves room to wonder whether 'Bama is even the best team in the conference -- or its own state, for that matter. There are a lot of happy folks in Auburn right now -- not to mention Columbus, Ohio; Eugene, Ore.; and, yes, Boise.
While the SEC's golden goose, Alabama, went down, one of its other highly ranked teams, No. 11 Arkansas, notched a nice nonconference victory, 24-17 over Texas A&M
The Razorbacks held Aggies quarterback
And yet, Arkansas struggled to put A&M away, with Johnson heaving a potential game-tying Hail Mary at the final gun. Penalties -- 13 of them -- killed several drives. Arkansas will need to be more disciplined if it hopes to turn a corner and beat SEC West foes Auburn and LSU.
To all those who freaked out over No. 2 Ohio State's ugly win at Illinois last week -- relax. We have clarity.
First of all, the Buckeyes throttled Indiana, 38-10, on Saturday, with
With a very favorable Big Ten schedule (no Iowa or Wisconsin), Zook's team could very well be bowl-bound, which would save the chronically embattled coach's job for yet another year. As for JoePa's 3-3 team? It's going to be a struggle.
There's a reason Vegas installed 1-4 Georgia as a 12-point favorite (to the surprise of some) over 2-3 Tennessee on Saturday: The Bulldogs, while reeling, had been competitive, and a bit unlucky, in all of their games. The Vols are just plain bad, and in this case a sitting duck on which
Behind a solid performance from redshirt freshman quarterback
Nice win for second-year Syracuse coach
In an indisputably ugly contest, Syracuse's defense stifled USF quarterback
The Orange (4-1) still have to work on some things, though. On second down with about a minute left, they got called for a false start penalty while trying to take a knee.