Good week for the Frogs as we moved up a spot in each poll and now sit 10th and 9th in the AP/Coaches Polls, respectively. Bad week for Boise State as it looks like they may be starting to fall in the rankings due to strength of schedule. Unfortunately for us, this could be a trend we see with our own team as our non conference wins look pretty terrible when you look at current records. Hopefully BYU and Utah will keep winning which will give us chances to notch wins against two top 25 teams. Regardless, we haven’t been ranked this high in the polls this early in the season in quite some time, so let’s enjoy it while we can and keep it alive. Here’s what happened. New team rankings reflected.
#11/11 Miami 21, #19/21 Oklahoma 20. Well, looks like the pornstache ran out of magic in this one. Despite having two weeks to prepare for a Miami team coming off a crushing loss to Virginia Tech, Oklahoma couldn’t get it done. Miami even helped the ole Sooners out with QB Jacory Harris tossing two interceptions on his first two possessions, gifting OU a 10-0 lead. No matter, Big Game Bob failed again, dropping his guys to 2-2 for the first time since the Frogs eased Rhett Bomar out of town. Miami’s Harris came up big after those two INTs, throwing for 202 yards and 3 TDs and RB Javarris James rushed 15 times for 150 yards against an OU defense that was among the best in the country coming into the game. OUs Landry Jones was quite the Bo Levi Mitchell-esque Gunslinger in this one, only completing 18 passes for 188 yards and 1 TD. With OU’s title hopes all but gone, and Bradford’s status continuing to be questionable, the white trash of the south will have to find a new team to latch onto.
UR/UR Houston 41, UTEP 58. What a glorious game this was! And to think, I didn’t realize it had happened until the day after, but it was certainly a magnificent wake up call. Interestingly enough, Houston QB Case Keenum had the best game of his career, going 51-76 – let that sink in – for 536 yards – also let that set in – and 5 TDs and no INTs-ditto. In fact, Houston pretty much led the Miners in all aspects of this one except the scoreboard. The Cougars defense must’ve gotten infected by the Leach’s last week and decided defense was a silly game not worth playing as they gave up 581 total yards to UTEP, including 262 yards and 4 TDs to RB Donald Buckram. It should be noted that a week earlier against Texas, UTEP only had 53 yards of total offense, including EIGHT rushing. It also should be noted that Conference USA is, and will always be, shite.
#6/6 Boise State 34, UC Davis 16. This Boise win is elevated to “meh” status for now due to their drop in the rankings behind Virginia Tech for the time being. With USC sitting right behind them and Cincinnati jetting up the rankings, Boise could drop even further as they only face one team with a winning record (to this point) the rest of the way (Idaho). Lackluster score in this one, but it’s hard to get up for a team like UC Davis, even when style points are the only thing between the Fiesta and the Poinsettia Bowl for your team. Kellen Moore threw for 285 yards and 3 TDs to lead the Broncos to the win. The Broncos D held UC Davis to 28 yards rushing on the night.
#5/5 Virginia Tech 34, Duke 26. It was an ultimate let down game, and Virginia Tech lived up to the billing, even falling behind 7-0 early on. I had mentioned Duke’s touted passing attack, and they definitely delivered with Duke QB Thaddeus Lewis going off for 359 yards and 2 TDs. Think the Cowboys can sign him? We’re pretty desperate at this point. Regardless, Virginia Tech woke up in the second quarter and never looked back. VT QB Tyrod Taylor had an especially effective evening, going 17/22 for 327 yards and 2 TD passes. The win was enough to move Tech past Boise State in the rankings, although I can’t help but think Miami’s win over OU helped their cause significantly. Also, F Boise State.
#7/7 USC 30, Cal 3. After the prison raping they received from Oregon last week, I figured Cal would come out ready to unleash the fury on the Trojans. Instead, they decided to act out their favorite scenes from Oz for the second week in a row, putting up only 3 points, once again, in the loss. Cal RB Jahvid Best decided to continue his fall from the Heisman race, only putting up 47 yards on 14 rushing attempts. Cal QB Kevin Riley couldn’t get it done either, totaling 199 yards with an INT. Looks like that USC defense is real and spectacular. USC RB Joe McKnight picked up the slack with Stafon Johnson being out and ran for 119 yards and 2 TDs. USC held Cal to 285 total yards.
#9/8 Ohio State 33, Indiana 14. Ugh. Big Televen. Terrell Pryor continued to be a one man offense for trhe Buckeyes, throwing 3 TDs and running for one more, while the Ohio State defense held up their end of the bargain, despite giving up their first points in 9 quarters. After Iowa’s disappointing performance against Arkansas State, and Penn State’s extremely questionable offense against good competition, the Buckeyes once again look like the cream of the Televen crop. Have fun watching USC/OSU part deux in the Rose Bowl, sports fans.
#8/10 Cincinnati 37, Miami (OH) 13. It wasn’t the blowout I expected, but the Bearcats still prevailed in impressive, yet unfamiliar fashion. With QB Tony Pike *only* throwing for 270 yards and 2 TDs with 1 INT, The Bearcats pulled out the run game from their bag of tricks, with RB Jacob Ramsey rushing for 103 yards and 3 TDs. Miami continues to be bad, falling to 0-5 on the year, although they did put up 316 yards of offense against a pretty good defense. Interestingly enough, this is the oldest non-conference rivalry in division I-A… for me to poop on.
#12/14 Iowa 24, Arkansas State 21. Let me get this straight – you let Arkansas State almost beat you, yet still gain in the rankings, including 3 spots in the coaches poll? Surely you’ll remember that Iowa only beat Northern Iowa on opening weekend by blocking two late field goal attempts. I suppose that just shows you how good teams like Penn State, Arizona and Iowa State, the other teams Iowa has defeated, must be. Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi threw for 296 yards and 3 TDs, including 2 to Marvin McNutt to get the win. I’d rather read Helen Keller’s twitter feed than type anything else about this game.
#14/12 Penn State 35, Illinois 17. Well, at least Penn State can run the ball now. It might not be the “Spread HD” the Lions envisioned, but PSU managed to roll up 338 yards and 5 TDs on the ground, including 2 by Quarterback Daryll Clark. The Schultz’s actually outgained their season average on offense, totaling 393 yards with 1 TD passing and 1 rushing. Small victories.
#13/17 Oregon 52, Washington State 6. Oregon. STOP WINNING! Washington State now has both feet in the grave, if they hadn’t already.
Anytime you can gain a spot in the rankings is a good week, but anytime you gain a spot in the rankings and move into the Top 10 in both polls is great. Thanks, Sooners! Seems ironic – the Sooners record last year was part of the reason we stayed ranked so highly all season, and their loss in the Championship game moved Utah to the #2 spot, which helped us creep up to 7. They’re a fun team to dance on the grave of. Lots of big games this weekend so let’s keep our fingers crossed for a few upsets. Until then, Go Frogs!