Cory Mccartney
Monday November 5th, 2007

Trevor Laws, Bartley Webb; Nebraska fan
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Nebraska-Notre Dame: The Olympics Of Suffering
Coming off two historically disastrous losses, it's time to pit woes vs. woes. Nebraska gave up 76 points, the most in its 117-year history, in a loss to Kansas (which could have been much worse), while Notre Dame saw a 43-game win streak against Navy end, dropping the Golden Domers to 1-8. But who should be more embarrassed at this point, the Cornhuskers or the Irish? Both teams have hit historic lows, but there's only one sure way to salvage a program and that's by recruiting -- and there's no denying what Charlie Weis is doing. The Irish have's top-ranked class, while Nebraska is losing recruits amid its struggles (including RB Jonas Gray, who has since committed to Notre Dame). The Irish at least have something to look forward to. With Bill Callahan's team setting new lows each time it takes the field, new Nebraska AD Tom Osborne may be wise to pull the plug on Callahan and try to save face and maybe some recruits. Winner, or should I say loser? Nebraska.
Into The Blue
Nobody's going to be forgetting Appalachian State when it comes to the 2007 version of Michigan, but what's going on in Ann Arbor is worth your attention. The Wolverines won their eighth straight with a comeback win over Michigan State that saw gutsy performances from Mike Hart (gutting out his eighth 100-yard game) and Chad Henne (two fourth-quarter TD passes) and another dominating game from Mario Manningham (129 receiving yards, two scores). Don't be surprised if Hart and Henne sit against Wisconsin -- a game that has no impact on the Big Ten's automatic BCS bid -- to get healthy for Ohio State. Just getting into Rose Bowl contention should again make UM one of the year's top stories -- in a good way.
Run DMC's Greatest Hit
Just when we were sure Darren McFadden was out of the Heisman race, Run DMC goes all Michael Corleone on us and pulls me back in. McFadden tied an SEC record with 321 yards (he was initially credited with 323 but had yards taken away), a staggering number when you consider the likes SEC legends Bo Jackson and Herschel Walker didn't sniff 321. It's a given that the Heisman winner comes from a team that is in national title contention, but can McFadden be denied after this performance? This much is certain: with Boston College's Matt Ryan (the leader in some polls) struggling, McFadden couldn't have picked a better time to vault back into the race.
Northwestern Underexposure
LSU is back at No. 2, and while the Blitz truly believes the Tigers will wind up in the BCS title game, right now the No. 2 team in the country resides in Eugene, Oregon. The Ducks, which are one miscue against Cal away from being unbeaten, are coming off two impressive wins over two top-10 teams (USC and ASU), while the Tigers have pulled their last three wins out of Les Miles, err, hat, with wins over Florida, Auburn and Alabama decided in the last 1:26. Don't agree? Consider this: Had Cameron Colvin not fumbled against Cal, an unbeaten Oregon likely would have jumped to No. 1 after Saturday's win.
Ohio State Buckeyes
The Buckeyes ended the Badgers' three-game streak in Columbus, though this one was closer than you'd have believed without P.J. Hill playing. But still, Ohio State is 10-0 for the second straight year and won their 20th in a row in the Big Ten, snapping UM's 1990-92 league record.
Boston College Eagles
Mickey Andrews took a page out of Virginia Tech's approach against the Eagles, but his Florida State defense didn't let up. It pressured Ryan the whole game as he threw three picks, ending Boston College's perfect season, its No. 2 ranking and its place in the national title conversation.
North Carolina State
The former Boston College coach may have missed BC's ride to No. 2, but Tom O'Brien now has the Wolfpack surging. North Carolina State won its third straight game after starting out 1-5 as it dropped Miami in overtime, giving O'Brien his first career victory in the Orange Bowl.
UCLA Bruins
At this point, even making a bowl game may be a stretch for a Bruins team that once led the Pac-10. UCLA lost to Arizona, putting the sixth win it needs to be bowl eligible (and Karl Dorrell's job security) in question considering it still has to play Arizona State, Oregon and USC.
Big 12
The SEC gets all the national love -- and with seven teams in the BCS top 25, it's hard to argue with it -- but the Big 12 is flexing its muscle. The latest BCS Standings include three of the conference's teams within the top six -- Kansas fourth, Oklahoma fifth and Missouri sixth.
South Florida Bulls
It's becoming increasingly harder and harder to believe these Bulls were once ranked second in the nation. South Florida lost for the third straight time since reaching that lofty ranking as Cincinnati won in Tampa to drop USF out of the Top 25 and into last place in the Big East standings.
"It's like getting to the World Series and getting swept in four games. It rips your heart out."
--Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy after Texas rallied from a 35-14 deficit to beat the Cowboys 38-35. It was the fourth time in five years the Longhorns came back to top OSU.
"It was funny. That was the jersey of a school I almost went to."
--Virginia Tech quarterback Sean Glennon, who was one of four Hokies whose jerseys disappeared, and had to wear a road jersey supplied by Georgia Tech in Thursday's win.
"All of a sudden, we got a big play here, and we got a big play there. That's the fastest I've ever seen 16 points scored."
--Clemson quarterback Cullen Harper on the Tigers' outburst of 16 points in 39 seconds, which was part of a 23-point second quarter, during their 47-10 victory over Duke.
Percy HarvinWR - Florida
As if Urban Meyer discovered some lost toy, he couldn't put Harvin down. The sophomore became the first Gator with 100 rushing and 100 receiving yards in one game as ran for 113 and two TDs and caught nine balls for 110 vs. Vandy.
Kellen LewisQB - Indiana
The Hoosiers have fulfilled late coach Terry Hoeppner's wish and are bowl eligible for the first time since 1994 and Lewis played a major role, throwing for 354 yards and four TDs and ran for 52 yards as Indiana beat Ball State.
Chris JohnsonRB - East Carolina
Maybe I should have given Johnson a mention in my story on Conference USA's top two rushers. The senior had 301 yards and four touchdowns on 30 carries in the win over Memphis. It was the third 300-yard game by a C-USA back in '07.
5 (Part I)
Saturday's 17-16 victory over Wake Forest gave Virginia an NCAA record five wins coming by two points or less. On the season, the Cardiac Cavaliers have seven victories coming by five points or less.
5 (Part II)
Texas Tech's Graham Harrell eclipsed the 4,000-yard passing mark for the second straight year, making him the fifth Division I-A quarterback with multiple 4,000-yard seasons, joining Colt Brennan, Timmy Chang, Ty Detmer and Byron Leftwich.
Knowshon Moreno rushed for 196 yards in Georgia's victory over Troy, making him the first Bulldogs freshman to run for 1,000 yards in a season since Herschel Walker in 1980.

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Illinois at Ohio StateNOVEMBER 10
The last time Illinois beat Ohio State was 2001, which was also the last time the Illini were bowl eligible. So can Illinois, which is in line for a bowl, match history in Columbus? This will be a learning experience for Juice Williams and the Illini, who are a year away from making a serious run at the Buckeyes and the Big Ten title.
Ohio State 28, Illinois 17
UConn at CincinnatiNOVEMBER 10
The Huskies have vaulted to the top of the Big East standings behind a stingy and opportunistic defense that's third in points allowed and fourth in turnover margin. But against the Bearcats they'll meet a team whose D is even better at creating turnovers (34 to UConn's 23) and possesses a much better offense.
Cincinnati 31, UConn 20
Arkansas at TennesseeNOVEMBER 10
How will McFadden follow his career day? He'll face a Volunteers defense that is ninth in the SEC against the run, and will likely have another big day. But as we've seen, that doesn't always translate into a win. The Vols, who have allowed less sacks than anyone, will give Erik Ainge time to pick apart a suspect pass D.
Tennessee 27, Arkansas 21
Auburn at GeorgiaNOVEMBER 10
Since injuries have forced Moreno into the featured back role, the Georgia RB has been sensational, averaging 29 carries and 180 yards a game. But can the redshirt freshman keep it going in the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry vs. a Tigers defense that's allowed only one RB to hit the century mark and held McFadden to just 43?
Georgia 21, Auburn 20

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