By Cory Mccartney
October 02, 2007
Pat White
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An 'Eers' Star Missing In Action -- Again
As disheartening as watching South Florida smack the Tony Manero-strutting-to-Stayin' Alive swagger out of West Virginia's offense had to be for Mountaineers fans, it wasn't the only concerning thing to come out of last Friday's loss. When quarterback Pat White (above) suffered a bruised thigh in the second quarter and simply stood watching from the sideline as WVU's national-title hopes take a huge hit, it was reminiscent of 2006's loss to Louisville (also the first of the season) when Steve Slaton sat out with a sore left forearm while the Cardinals took control. Dare I question their character? The Blitz wouldn't want to rile up Mike Gundy or anything, but the fact is that in two big, emotionally charged games the slightly (White is listed generously at 185 pounds, Slaton at 195) and oft-injured slashers just haven't proved durable. It's the only thing we haven't seen out of these ultra-talented 'Eers.
Buffaloes On A Rocky Mountain High
One of the culprits behind a weekend so bizarre that the Blitz is ranking it between Flavor Flav and Gary Busey-level on the crazy scale deserves major props. Second-year Colorado coach Dan Hawkins, who took over a scandal-ridden program (and went 2-10 in 2006) delivered CU's biggest win in six seasons by stunning No. 3 Oklahoma. This was no fluke: CU dominated time of possession by nearly 18 minutes (allowing the Buffs to run 36 more plays) and gained 151 more yards than OU's high-powered offense. Thanks to that touch of 'Hawk Love,' they won't call this kind of win an upset in Boulder much longer.
Oregon's Catch-And-Release Program
I'm not pulling an Earl here and saying Karma's getting back at Oregon, but when Ducks receiver Cameron Colvin tried to extend past the pylon and fumbled the ball in the loss to Cal, it reeked of the last Autzen Stadium controversy: last season's Ducks' win over Oklahoma and that onside kick call. It's hard to fault Colvin for wanting to be the hero (and pulling off a move that's so prevalent you wonder why we don't see this more often) but the lesson here is with time remaining, save the heroics, and put your team in position to get the win.
There Is Life Beyond Basketball
Believe it or not, this isn't basketball season. A number of hardwood-stalwarts are shining with Kentucky (No. 8), Cincinnati (No. 20), and UConn all at 5-0, while Kansas is 4-0 and Illinois is 4-1. Brian Kelly has done wonders with UC, but Kentucky has been sensational behind Andre Woodson, the master at the helm of coach Rich Brooks' (who many thought should have been run out of town) slice of Blue Heaven. With UK, not defending national-champ Florida leading the SEC East, there's little doubt that aside from the burgeoning number of upsets, this is one of the best stories of 2007.
Illinois Fighting Illini
Illinois, you know I've been on you since Prince was on Apollonia. The Illini delivered the biggest win of Ron Zook's era as they beat a ranked opponent for the first time since 2001 (the season of their last bowl appearance) and have their first 2-0 record in the Big Ten in 16 years.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Life in the top 10 just isn't to Rutgers' liking. For the second straight year Greg Schiano's crew lost after making the top 10 as 16-point underdog Maryland limited Ray Rice's effectiveness and put 458 yards on a Rutgers defense that came in third in the nation, allowing 215.3 ypg.
Boston College Eagles
Is any first-year coach looking better than Jeff Jagodzinski right now? He has Boston College off to its best start (5-0) since 1954 and, for the first time in 15 years, the Eagles have landed in the top 10. Matt Ryan and the offense get the love, but the rush D (2nd nationally) is stifling.
Clemson Tigers
Just when you think Clemson has turned a corner, here comes the inevitable. James Davis and C.J. Spiller were held to 60 yards, while special teams struggled as Mark Buchholz missed four field goals and the Tigers had a punt blocked and fumbled a return at Georgia Tech.
LSU Tigers
Say what you want about the Tigers looking ahead to the Gators during that dismal first half, but unlike a host of other top 10 teams, the Tigers put it together and dominated the second half, scoring 24 points after the break and beat Tulane for the 16th straight time, and moving past USC for No. 1 in the AP poll.
Alabama Crimson Tide
Just so we're clear, the SEC is still vastly superior to the ACC, right? This probably did little to bridge the gap, but the Tide was dismal early vs. Florida State with 78 first-half yards. They made it interesting, but the heart-breaking loss to Georgia appears to have lingering effects.
"I'm not sick to my stomach with the effort. I'm sick to my stomach when we lose."
--Florida coach Urban Meyer, who saw his Gators lose to Auburn for the second straight season, ending their 11-game winning streak and handing Meyer his first home loss at UF.
"We don't get any style points for doing things pretty. We are not a pretty football team."
--Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema, whose defense gave up 564 yards (and 7.7 yards per play) to Michigan State, but won 27-24 to push the nation's longest win streak to 14 games.
"It's a lot more fun seeing the ball in the air."
--South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier on his offense, with redshirt freshman Chris Smelley at the helm, that managed a season-high 279 passing yards against Mississippi State.
Wes ByrumK - Auburn
One game-winning 43-yard field goal? Byrum's got it. Two game-winning 43-yard field goals? No problem. Byrum overcame Urban Meyer's timeout call just before his first attempt, then hit the second attempt as the Tigers upset Florida.
DeSean JacksonWR - Cal
Mr. Electric ended his two-game TD drought -- and gave a Heisman campaign that was slowed by a sprained thumb a much-needed shot -- as he hauled in 11 balls for 161 yards, including scores of 25 and 31 yards as Cal beat Oregon.
Kellen LewisQB - Indiana
A career-best 322 yards to go along with two touchdowns against Iowa not enough for you? The Hoosiers QB put an exclamation point on his big day by picking up teammate Josiah Sears' fumble and running it 71 yards for a TD.
Colt Brennan has rewritten the Hawaii passing record book, but it's a bet he didn't want this record. The senior QB threw a school-record five interceptions in the win over Idaho.
It was Flag Day for USC, which was penalized 16 times for 161 yards -- the most penalty yards the Trojans have drawn in more than two seasons -- in escaping Washington 27-24.
Behind Thomas Brown's 180 yards, Georgia amassed 328 yards on the ground in beating Ole Miss. It was the most rushing yards in head coach Mark Richt's seven years in Athens.

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Kentucky at South CarolinaOCTOBER 4
As good as Andre Woodson and the Wildcats passing attack has been, they will truly be tested against South Carolina's top-ranked pass defense (allowing 106.4 ypg), meaning underrated running back Rafael Little will have to take pressure off Woodson.
Kentucky 23, South Carolina 20
Georgia at TennesseeOCTOBER 6
Some are calling it the most important game of Volunteers coach Phil Fulmer's career. Tennessee will be rested after a week off, but there's no other pick than UGA and SEC Road King, Mark Richt, who is 23-3 on the road in the SEC (outside of the Florida game).
Georgia 27, Tennessee 21
Ohio State at PurdueOCTOBER 6
An improving Buckeyes offense will face a Purdue defense that could be in trouble if the Boilermakers don't figure out how not to give up huge chunks of yardage (895 yards in its last two games) and second-half points (they've been outscored 69-45 in 2007).
Ohio State 24, Purdue 17
Oklahoma at TexasOCTOBER 6
A couple of would-be warmups turned this game from "can't-miss" to "why should I even watch?" It still has Big 12 South implications but here's what we should really be paying attention to at Dallas' Fair Park: Whether or not another fan will nearly get castrated.Oklahoma 41, Texas 24
Florida at LSUOCTOBER 6
The Gators head into Death Valley looking to get back on track after their win streak was snapped. The problem is Florida looked underwhelming against Ole Miss, was exposed by Auburn and now the Gators have to face the nation's best defense away from home?
LSU 17, Florida 10

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