By now you are all likely fully aware of what went down this weekend in college football, but since it is my duty to do so, I will roll out a full recap of the weekend. Except by full recap I mean that if it involved a Division 2 school, a blowout victory, or UT only putting up 34 against Rice, then you aren’t getting anything more than a score. Well, I might make fun of Texas a little, but it’s kind of what I do.
WESCON 5: You’re recording the Thursday night Utah/Pitt game instead of Bettheny Getting Marriedon your DVR and not telling your wife.
#3 Boise State 33, #10 Virginia Tech 30 (in Washington, DC.)
I said before that ESPN didn’t see this one coming in relation to Boise and TCU being their headlining games of the weekend, and I think it’s officially safe to say they didn’t see both end results, either. Virginia Tech is going to be kicking themselves for a long time after this one. I have a feeling most of you watched the end, so you know what I’m talking about, but there is going to be some INCREDIBLE bitching out of Blacksburg re: the recalled block in the back/late hit to end the game. But regardless, you have to give it to Boise. That first quarter knocked the Hokies on their heels and they overcame a sloppy second and third, kept their composure and just bitch slapped the Beamers on that last drive. Once they overturned the block in the back and gave it to them at the 50, was there anyone in America who didn’t think they’d score? I highly doubt it. Boise is good. Boise is very good and, combined with the Frog, Utah and BYU victories, the non-BCS top dogs continued to make all the naysayers eat their words. We’ll just see if it lasts.
So how are we supposed to feel about this victory? Truthfully, I was very conflicted all game. My heart said Boise because that would cap a pretty solid weekend for the little guys, but my head said Virginia Tech just because that was really the best chance for the Broncos to drop one this season. But then Kirk Herbstreit made my decision for me. I’m sure you all probably caught this, but late in the game when VT was trying to run out the clock, Herbie dropped something along these lines, “You know, after this one, I don’t ever want to hear any of the ‘well, this just proves those non-BCS teams just can’t compete with the big boys talk’ because the Broncos really gave it all they had out there. I mean, Boise COULD come back and win this game, but assuming they don’t, I think they changed the minds of a lot of people tonight” which is the most backhanded compliment you could’ve possibly delivered at that moment. He all but conceded the game to the Hokies and then had to eat his words and it was delightful. So I’m fine with this for the time being, but if I were a betting man, I would put my mortgage on Boise going undefeated for a third season in a row. It's hard for me to figure out how they lose to Oregon State on the smurf. Let's just hope the strength of schedule gets them in the end as it usually does. But, we have a couple of weeks to digest that one, so for the time being just enjoy the silence coming from everyone who doesn’t believe the little guys should be given the same consideration as everyone else.
#15 Pitt 24 @ Utah 27.
Despite a couple of fumbles and a killer interception in the end zone, the Utes were able to pull this one out in OT and continue to point out how silly it is that Dave Wannstedt is still employed as a head football coach. Jordan Wynn tossed 3 TDs and the Utah defense held All-everything Pitt running back Dion Lewis to 75 yards – coincidence! – in the win. Utah doesn’t have as much to prove as most since they already got their golden ticket before the season began, but with BYU stepping out of line, the Utes look like they’re on a mission to run this thing and put the Cougars back in their place. They’ve gotta beat the Frogs, but with Boise’s win we need Utah and their strong non-conference schedule to keep racking up victories until November 6. Too bad it doesn’t count towards our conference success…
WESCON 4: Your car breaks down late at night in Cape Cod. A car pulls up asking you if you’d like a lift. The car is driven by a relative of Ted Kennedy.
#18 North Carolina 24 vs. #21 LSU 30 (in Atlanta).
Despite playing down 12 men, North Carolina kept this one extremely close and had a chance to win it on the last play. Then they threw an incomplete pass in the end zone and all everyone will want to talk about is how much they need to fire Butch Davis for losing control of his program. North Carolina really needed this one and let it get away and if they get nailed for all of their transgressions, this could have been the beginning of the end of their football resurgence.
WESCON 3: You’re a 32 year old woman renting an apartment in the Corvallis area.
#12 Wisconsin 41 @ UNLV 21. Saturday.
The game was actually pretty close for a while… and then UNLV out-UNLV’d themselves and gave up 24 points in the third quarter. Then it wasn’t close anymore. Still, at least they weren’t New Mexico…
#14 USC 48 @ Hawaii 36.
This game makes me really angry because all the pundits are like “OOOH USC IS SO BACK AFTER THAT TUMULTUOUS OFF-SEASON!” and, admittedly, Matt Barkley’s 5 TDs passes were impressive… but they gave up THIRTY SIX POINTS TO HAWAII. Obviously the USC defense took a major step back last year… but isn’t Monte Kiffin supposed to be the God of defensive coordinators? You can’t tell me the Trojans don’t have enough talent sitting on the sidelines to make just about any defensive coordinator look good. Color me a skeptic.
#23 Georgia 55 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette 7.
WESCON 2: You ate wings before a road trip and forgot to bring your Pepto Bismol.
#1 Alabama 48 vs. San Jose State 3.
#2 Ohio State 45 vs. Marshall 7.
I know it was Marshall, but Terrelle Pryor looked MUCH better than I imagined he would. 17/25, 247 yards and 3 TDs to no INTs. Unfortunately, his counterpart in his upcoming game Saturday looked almost as good...
#13 Da U 45 vs. Florida aggy 0.
Jacory Harris went 12/15 for 210 yards and matched Pryor’s 3 TDs and 0 INT line in the win. Other than TCU/Tennessee Tech of course, this is the biggest game of next weekend in my mind.
#11 Oregon 72 vs. New Mexico 0.
Whew. Looks like, if we come down to being 11-0 with only a trip to Albuquerque standing in the way of our perfect season, we’ll probably be fine. If I'm Mike Locksley's secretary, I'm wearing my chastity belt this week.
#17 Arkansas 44 vs. Tennessee Tech 3.
If this game is any indication, I think we’re going to be ok this weekend against the Golden Showers, er, Eagles. They gave up 519 yards of offense, put up less than 200 themselves, and let Ryan Mallet absolutely dissect them.
#22 Auburn 52 vs. Arkansas State 26.
WESCON 1: Rain was in the overnight forecast and you forgot to turn off your sprinklers.
#4 Florida 34 vs. Miami, Ohio 12.
No Tebow? No Offense. Through 3 quarters the Gators had 26 yards. TOTAL. Yes. That’s real. Also, 8 fumbles. A couple of late TDs pushed it out of reach and made this game seem pretty lopsided, but Florida fans are terrified looking at the box score.
#5 Texas 34 @ Rice 17.
Garrett Gilbert… has some learnin’ to do. Golden Boy will come along, but he looked shaky against a vastly inferior team. Chris Simms part deux? We can only hope. But, UT fans can be excited about a return to the ground game as Tre Newton scored 3 TDs running the ball and will take over the #1 RB position for the foreseeable future. Still, despite the final score, this game wasn’t ever really that close.
#7 Oklahoma 31 vs. Utah State 24.
Perhaps this is why we thought about inviting Utah State? Everyone’s favorite Big 12 front runner needed a fourth down conversion late in the game to ice this one and avoid Stoops’ 3rd home loss as OU head coach.
#8 Nebraska 49 vs. Western Kentucky 10.
#9 Iowa 37 vs. Eastern Illinois 7.
#16 Georgia Tech -41 vs. South Carolina State 10.
#19 Penn State 44 vs. Youngstown State 14.
#20 Florida State 59 vs. Samford 6.
#23 West Virginia 31 vs. Coastal Carolina 0.