New rankings reflected.
#2 Alabama 27, Penn State 11. Bama QB AJ McCarron wisely played keepaway with the Penn State defense long enough for RB Trent Richardson to toss in 111 yards and 2 TDs as the Tide won a sleeper in State College. The Tide D held the Nittany Lions to 251 total yards and forced 3 turnovers. Thanks for the spot in the rankings, JoePa, who coached this game from the press box and everyone wondered aloud why Penn State continues to employ him.
Michigan 35, Notre Dame 31. This didn't have any rankings bearing on us as Notre Dame was rightfully removed after last week's humbling by USF, this has a pretty huge impact on us going forward. If you didn't see this one, you missed an incredibly exciting football game that featured some of the poorest late game defensive mishaps perhaps ever. But more importantly, since it was Notre Dame and Michigan and since it was the first game at Michigan Stadium since they discovered the whole Ben Franklin/Kite/Key concept, of course they must laud it as the greatest football game of the season to date, and thus take a lot of luster off of the previous greatest game of the season to date... TCU/Baylor! Griffin and company have a couple of laughers before they start Big 12 play, so expect ESPN to be quiet on all things Griffin as long as their other favorite dreadlocked QB, Denard Robinson, continues to win games all by himself.
#21 Texas 17, BYU 16. Texas, with the help of, count em, THREE different QBs rallied back from a 16-0 deficit in the second half to steal this one from Mormon while at the same time causing every UT fan from here to JCPenney to collectively blow their loads at the sight of Colt and Jordan's little brothers playing patty cake in the UT offense. THEY'RE EVEN ROOMMATES!! OMG!! Seriously, just an ugly, ugly victory, which is exactly how Texas likes them. This one would normally go under the meh as it didn't effect us one way or the other in the rankings, but as any UT win is ungood, here it and all future wins will remain.
#23 South Florida 37, Ball State 7. In a game that I completely overlooked because, well, its South Florida, the.. Bulls? Put a serious beat down on the same Ball State team that took down Big Ten pride Indiana last week and simultaneously jumped us in the rankings. That's all I've got.
#18 Arizona State 37, Missouri 30. As expected, Arizona State won this game and jumped us while Missouri fell out, thus cancelling out any rankings ramifications. Saved By the Bell villain from Valley sounding named Arizona State QB Brock Osweiler had a very solid outing, completing 24/32 passes for 353 yards and 3 TDs, including the winning pass in OT, and was presumable up to his earlobes in porn star in training tail which I hear ASU produces the same way Willy Wonka produces teeth destroying candies. Mizzou QB James Franklin played a solid game, but came up just short as his 4th down pass in OT fluttered hopelessly away with his teams chances.
#19 Auburn 41, #25 Mississippi State 34. After falling out of the rankings last week due to poor performance against Mormon, jr., the Tigers came out firing against Mississippi State in one of the more entertaining, yet longest games of the weekend. Auburn positional standouts Michael Dyer and Emory Blake combined for 3 scores and the Tigers previously anemic defense came up with a goal line stand as time expired to push their record to 2-0 and continue to dodge the bad karma generated from Cam Newton. It's coming.