Well, that was certainly a pleasant surprise. Although I listed Alabama and South Carolina as a big time potential movement game… did anyone REALLY expect the Gamecocks to win, especially the way they dominated the entire game? Anyway, it works out well for us as we were able to gain a spot in the AP Poll, although we’re still treading water in the Coaches’ with Nebraska jumping us. How disgusting is it to be going for Texas this weekend? Grrr.
#1 Alabama 21, #19 South Carolina 35. In my preview last week I wrote the following, “Might USC QB Stephen Garcia put it together this game at home in what I have to assume is the biggest game for the Gamecocks since joining the SEC? Could phenom RB Marcus Lattimore be the one to finally bust through the Tide’s criminally talented defense?” Well, questions. Answered. Garcia was 17/20 for 201 yards and 3 TDs, Lattimore had 3 TDs – 2 rush, 1 pass – and the apparently criminally talented USC defense held Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson to 64 yards on 17 attempts combined. And, the game wasn’t even THAT close – Carolina jumped out to a 21-3 lead early and never trailed after 7:20 in the first quarter. Shockingly enough, Bama still stayed up on the Gamecocks by two spots… because the rankings are based on logic.
#2 Ohio State 38, Indiana 10. So much for that upset pick. Terrell Pryor threw for 334 yards and 3 TDs while Indiana decided to give the ball back 3 times and only put up 210 yards on offense. That’s all I have to say about that.
#7 Nebraska 48, Kansas State 13. Ditto for this one. Taylor Martinez – T Magic to his friends – looks to be the real damned deal in Lincoln, as he rushed for 241 yards and 4 TDs on just 15 attempts, and threw another TD just for fun in an absolute beat down. His timing is really unfortunate though – seems like an athlete and a team that would be fun to pull for, but after jumping us in this week’s polls, we have to pull for the Longhorns this weekend. It hurts. It hurts so bad. But if Nebraska loses, this could be a fun team to watch the rest of the year.
Just Missed the Cut:
#9 Arizona 27, Oregon State 29. Lyle outlined it above, but good work, Beavers.
#10 Utah 68, Iowa State 27. (Hides under desk a-la our parents in the sixties during Cuban Missile Crisis bomb drills, breathes into paper bag slowly)
Not Being Upset This Weekend:
#3 Oregon 43, Washington State 23.
#4 Boise State 57, Toledo 14.
#8 Auburn 37, Kentucky 34.
Clearly the big story is going to be that Alabama game, because everyone in the country declared them invincible after the Arkansas and Florida wins, and it’s nice for the Gamecocks to have made our path a little more navigable. Getting jumped by Nebraska in the Coaches’ poll clearly wasn’t expected at this point in the season, but perhaps the Mack Brown will give them a little going away gift this weekend? But, that’s all for another day. Enjoy the bump in the rankings and get ready for the first batch of BCS rankings this Sunday. It sounds like we’re gonna like the way we look.
Current AP Top 10:
1. Ohio State
3. Boise State
10. South Carolina