LSU and Cal, welcome to the club. A who's who of national title contenders have joined the ranks of the one-loss teams with the Tigers, everybody's lock to make the BCS title game, and the Golden Bears the latest victims of college football's version of a disaster movie. All this upheaval has the Blitz wondering, what would a ranking of the top one-loss teams look like?
1. LSU: The Tigers still have an elite defense and speed to burn on offense. The Gambler, Les Miles, just needs to realize that after running up the gut on second-and-six and third-and-four, an opponent might expect it to be coming on fourth-and-two.
2. Oklahoma: Every bit LSU's offensive equal with an ultra-balanced attack that has flash at running back, a quarterback who doesn't make mistakes in Mr. Efficiency, Sam Bradford, and a deep receiving corps. The only knocks: turnovers and a dicey pass D.
3. Cal: Good God, Kevin Riley, throw the ball away! We saw just how much Nate Longshore means to this club (as well as DeSean Jackson) against Oregon State, but when No. 9's steering the ship, the Golden Bears are lethal.
4. Oregon: The Ducks are one fumble away from being the No. 1 team in the nation, but a couple of possible season-ending injuries to WR Cameron Colvin and RB Jeremiah Johnson, after already losing receiver Brian Paysinger, will hurt.
5. Kentucky: I know, I know, the Wildcats lost to South Carolina, but beating the former No. 1 team in the land, plus having the nation's best quarterback in Andre Woodson, gets UK love.
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And then there were six: Arizona State, Boston College, Hawaii, Kansas, Ohio State and South Florida. So who will be next unbeaten to go down? Don't discount another wild weekend Kansas at Colorado (remember the Buffs' last home game?), Ohio State hosting Michigan State (1998, anybody?) and South Florida at Rutgers on Thursday (get ready for plenty of Ray Rice). ASU, which is off this weekend, is likely to fall Oct. 27 vs. Cal, while the Eagles head to Virginia Tech on Oct. 25, so wouldn't the real surprise be if nobody loses this week?
Return Of The MAC (Daddies)?
It's been a couple of seasons since the days of Byron Leftwich, Chad Pennington, Ben Roethlisberger -- or even Josh Harris or Omar Jacobs -- in the MAC. But there's reason to believe we may have a couple more MAC Daddy QBs on our hands in the future in Bowling Green's Tyler Sheehan and Central Michigan's Dan LeFevour. Sheehan, who has looked shaky at best the last two weeks, is still fifth in the nation in passing (1,719 yards and 11 TDs), while LeFevour is making a name for himself with his arm and legs, accounting for 611 yards throwing, 246 rushing and seven touchdowns the last two weeks.
The Real McCoy
It looks like Colt McCoy has finally bucked that sophomore slump. After throwing nine picks in the first five games (including four in a loss to Kansas State), the Texas quarterback has bounced back in a big way, completing 42 of 55 passes for 622 yards, six touchdowns and a pick in the last two games (a loss to Oklahoma and a win over Iowa State). Against the Cyclones he completed 23 of 30 passes for 298 yards and four TDs, and showed maturity in getting out of the pocket as he ran for 50 yards and had his second game of the season with no interceptions.
Ups & Downs
Ohio State Buckeyes
No team has rode the wave of upsets this season more so than Ohio State. Jim Tressel's crew is now No. 1 in the latest AP Poll -- climbing all the way from preseason No. 11 -- and holds the top spot in the first BCS standings. If the Big Ten's down, it sure is working in OSU's favor.
They were without RB Tony Temple, but the Tigers failed in their first opportunity for national respect. If they get another shot at Oklahoma in the Big 12 title game, Chase Daniel must improve on a two-pick, one-TD day (his first game with more interceptions than TDs since '05).
Once the butt of jokes like -- How many batteries does it take to beat Michigan? One AA. -- UM's back in the rankings at No. 24 after winning its fifth straight. There is concern with Mike Hart and Brandon Minor both injuring ankles against Purdue. Their status for Illinois is unknown.
From No. 5 to out of the rankings, the Badgers are hitting the skids after winning 14 straight. Could we be seeing another P.J. Hill decline? The Badger Bull, slowed by a strained groin, fumbled on the first snap at Penn State and was held under 100 yards for the second straight week.
After a 1-2 start, the Volunteers have jumped back into the SEC race and have helped take the heat off Phillip Fulmer. They silenced the cowbells and Mississippi State for their third straight victory behind another big game from Arian Foster, who is averaging 6.2 yards per carry the last two weeks.
Florida State Seminoles
Florida State failed to capitalize on a chance to win its fifth straight and move up in the polls as it lost two straight to Wake Forest for the first time ever. FSU managed 105 yards after the break and its only second-half score came with 20 ticks left -- but at least it wasn't another shutout.
They Said It
"We did that in 2001 when we didn't know what it meant to win on the road and we are not going to accept that."
-- Georgia coach Mark Richt, who was seen pushing his players away and off the field while they were dancing on Vanderbilt's star logo after a 20-17 win Saturday in Nashville.
"It felt like I was coaching for the Dukies and the South Carolina people."
--South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier whose win over North Carolina marked his fourth career victory over the Tar Heels. The first three came while coaching Duke from 1987-89.
"I know this one game doesn't make him any less of a running back. He's still a special player."
--Arkansas coach Houston Nutt on RB Darren McFadden, who was held to a season-low 43 yards -- the first time this season he was held under 100 yards -- in falling to Auburn.
Big Men On Campus
Donnie AveryWR - Houston
Avery had the fourth-highest receiving total in I-A history, catching 13 balls for 346 yards and two touchdowns and had a 427 all-purpose yards in the win over Rice, winning a personal duel with Owls WR Jarett Dillard (113 yards, one TD).
C.J. BacherQB - Northwestern
The Blitz may have to start charging Bacher rent. The junior followed up his school-record 520 yards last weekend by shredding Minnesota's NCAA-worst passing defense for 470 yards and four TDs on 41 of 58 passing in an OT win.
Graham HarrellQB - Texas Tech
The nation's leader in passing yards and touchdowns continued his torrid pace as he threw for 425 yards and three TDs in beating Texas A&M, his sixth 400-yard game this season (he went over the 400-yard mark three times all of '06).
South Florida held Central Florida's Kevin Smith to 55 yards, marking the 14th straight game USF held a back under 100 yards. The last RB to do it was Rutgers' Ray Rice in '06.
Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan set a WAC record for pass attempts with 75 in an OT win over San Jose State, eclipsing his previous high of 61, set earlier in '07 vs. Louisiana Tech.
Boise State and Nevada combined for 136 points, as the Broncos won 69-67 in four OTs. It was the most ever in a Division I-A game, beating the 134 of Arkansas and Kentucky in '03.
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South Florida at RutgersOCTOBER 18
South Florida showed it can play a little offense in racking up 64 points on UCF, but it's still all about the D with the Bulls. USF should be able to bottle up Rice and put the game on Scarlet Knights QB Mike Teel, who has made strides, but hasn't faced a D this good. South Florida 21, Rutgers 17
Michigan State at Ohio StateOCTOBER 20
The specter of 1998, when the Spartans knocked off the then-No. 1 Buckeyes, will be hanging over Columbus. The offense, led by RBs Jehuu Caulcrick and Javon Ringer, will give Ohio State's D a workout, but James Laurinaitis and Co. are likely up for it. Ohio State 31, Michigan State 14
Texas Tech at MissouriOCTOBER 20
Can the Memorial Stadium scoreboard handle an offensive onslaught led by Missouri's Chase Daniel and Harrell? The Red Raiders are much improved on defense (39th nationally) but Daniel and Mizzou will get back on track after the Oklahoma loss. Missouri 37, Texas Tech 34
Florida at KentuckyOCTOBER 20
Commonwealth Stadium will be rocking again with the national champ Gators coming to town. Woodson should be able to pick apart a secondary that's short on depth, but with UK coming off an emotional win, and UF rested after a week off, Florida's the pick. Florida 28, Kentucky 20
Auburn at LSUOCTOBER 20
Two of the game's top defenses don't need many points to win (LSU's allowing 14.1 ppg to Auburn's 15.6), but Auburn will need much more than the 4.2 yards per play and five Wes Byrum field goals that keyed wins over Florida and Arkansas, especially against a ticked LSU team. LSU 21, Auburn 10
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