John Roberts College Football

Friday, September 09, 2005

Week Two: Friday

WEEKEND STARS
Thoughts on who the stars of the weekend will be.

Game of the Week- Texas at Ohio State- Texas quarterback Vince Young will make a push for the Heisman Trophy, while Ohio State's wide receiver/kick returner Ted Ginn Jr. will try to get into the race. Troy Smith and Justin Zwick are battling for the Buckeyes quarterback job. In the Horseshoe at night...it just doesn't get much bigger than this game! The winner becomes the favorite to play USC in the Rose Bowl.

Upset of the Week- Iowa State over Iowa- The Hawkeyes and Cyclones always play close. The Cyclones though are at home, and they are really hungry to knock off the Top Ten Hawkeyes. This may be the most underrated game of the day, but if you want to see a fairly substantial upset this weekend, this may be it!

Team of the Week- Georgia Bulldogs- Look for the Bulldogs to walk all over the South Carolina Gamecocks. OK, so I'm not sold that Spurrier won't come up with something incredible and pull off the upset against Georgia, but looking at how the two team's played last week, there is no reason to expect less than a three touchdown win for the Dawgs. They should be inspired to play this one like it is a huge game.

Players of the Week-
1. Bret Meyer, Iowa State- The Cyclones quarterback will have an absolutely monster game if they beat Iowa. He probably will anyway, if he can avoid the strong Iowa linebackers, then he should have a good game.
2. Laurence Maroney, Minnesota- The Colorado Buffaloes ran the ball well on Colorado State, so I do not think there is any reason to expect fewer than 200 yards from Maroney this week against the Rams defense.
3. Drew Stanton, Michigan State- The Spartans quarterback puts up big numbers most of the time anyway, but his numbers should really shine against Hawaii's new defense. I wouldn't be surprised to see John L. Smith run up the score on the Warriors given all the excitement over the videotapes this past week.
4. Adrian Peterson, Oklahoma- Maroney ran for over 200 yards on Tulsa last weekend. Peterson, despite his ankle sprain, feels like he has a lot to prove, as do all the Sooners. Expect Peterson to have a great game. This may be his best game all season when we look back on it.
5. D.J. Shockley, Georgia- The Bulldogs quarterback that absolutely lit up Boise State ought to be able to do similar things to South Carolina. He's a better quarterback than UCF's Steven Moffett, and the Golden Knights had a lot of success passing the ball in the second half. Shockley should have a great game.
One Liners
Incredibly basic preview of tonight's games.

Pittsburgh at Ohio (8:00 ESPN2)- The Panthers got exposed by Notre Dame last week as needing major help on both lines. However, Ohio doesn't have the players to expose that flaw. Or is Pittsburgh that doesn't have the players to expose the Bobcats flaw of not being very physical? Pittsburgh can throw with Tyler Palko, and Ohio gave up 353 passing yards to Brett Basanez, the Northwestern quarterback, last week.

Washington State at Nevada (10:00 ESPN)- Expect a ton of big plays and with Nevada playing at home, look for them to come out very fired up. If Washington State isn't careful, this could be a very damaging loss.

Thursday in Review
Very quick recap of Thursday's games.

Oklahoma State 33, Florida Atlantic 3- In the first half, FAU was a team flying around the field, showing off their athleticism. In the second half, Oklahoma State played smash mouth football, and dominated the Owls. FAU isn't far from being a competitive Division 1-A team and may be a darkhorse in the Sun Belt this year. Oklahoma State will not be able to do this against Big Twelve teams. They need to find some better quarterback play and some more receivers (other than D'Juan Woods) to help them in the Big Twelve season.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Week Two: Thursday

Viewer's Guide

Which games should you watch this weekend? What games should you be keeping your eyes on during each time period? We've got it all worked out for you.The day is divided into five parts. Some are more unequal than others due to the start time of the games.All times are Eastern. The time periods are early games (start time before 2:00), afternoon (start time from 2:15-5:00), late afternoon (start time from 5:15-7:15), evening (start time from 7:30-9:45), and late night (start time after 10:00). The games are ranked by time period and give you a couple of reasons to watch each game, whether it is questions that need to be answered or something else altogether. The games are the games listed on CollegeFootballNews.com as the television games for this weekend. Only Saturday games are included.

Let's begin!

Early Games

1. Notre Dame at Michigan (12:00 ABC)- 1) Is the Notre Dame offense THAT good? 2) How many points can Henne and Hart put up against the Irish? 3) Lloyd Carr has to be worried that he may choke yet another big game away.

2. Clemson at Maryland (12:00 ESPN)- 1) James Davis (Clemson) and Mario Merrills (Maryland) are two of the better running backs that are not household names. 2) Can Clemson score touchdowns at the end of their drives this week? 3) With Florida State looking average against Miami, the ACC Atlantic race is wide open, and Clemson and Maryland both would like to run through that door.

3. Colorado State at Minnesota (2:00 ESPN2)- 1) Laurence Maroney (thanks to Adrian Peterson's meltdown vs. TCU) is probably the best running back in the country. 2) Justin Holland (Colorado State) is a very good quarterback and could give the Minnesota secondary fits. 3) Can Colorado State pick themselves up off the mat after the heartbreaking loss to Colorado last week?

4. Kansas State at Marshall (10:30 AM ESPN2)- 1) Surely that wasn't the real Kansas State struggling with Florida International last weekend, was it? 2) Allen Webb (Kansas State) is an exciting quarterback to watch play. 3) Marshall gets a home game against a major conference team, which is always surprising to see.

5. Tulsa at Oklahoma (12:30 FSN)- 1) How healthy is Adrian Peterson and how will his numbers compare to Maroney's from a week ago against the same opponent? 2) Will David Johnson or Paul Smith (Tulsa's QBs) be able to look like Tye Gunn (TCU's QB) did a week ago against Oklahoma? 3) Rhett Bomar will start at quarterback for Oklahoma.

6. Cincinnati at Penn State (12:00 Gamplan)- 1) Um, Penn State. Let's see that offense this week against Cincinnati that you were so proud of all offseason. 2) Dustin Grutza (Cincinnati's QB) gets to see a real live defense this week. 3) Tony Hunt (Penn State) is one of the more underrated running backs in the country.

7. Virginia Tech at Duke (12:00 JP/Gameplan)- 1) The Marcus Vick Travelling Circus moves onto a new place! How good is Vick? 2) The Hokies defense was very disappointing against North Carolina State and need to work to get their mojo back. 3) Can Mike Schneider (Duke's QB) avoid the interceptions this week?

8. Army at Boston College (12:30 ESPN Classic)- 1) This is the last tune up before Florida State for Boston College. 2) Just how good can Quinton Porter (Boston College's QB) be? 3) How much improvement will Army show this year under Bobby Ross?

9. Mississippi State at Auburn (12:30 JP/Gameplan)- 1) One team is unbeaten and one is winless. Surprisingly, the unbeaten team is Mississippi State and the winless team is Auburn (until you look at who they were playing at least). 2) Jerious Norwood (running back) and Omarr Conner (quarterback) could be becoming one of the better running back-quarterback tandems in the SEC. They can either prove that in this game or disprove it. 3) Can Brandon Cox (Auburn's QB) avoid throwing interceptions this week?

10. Temple at Wisconsin (12:00 ESPNU/Gameplan)- 1) Temple gave up 300 rushing yards to Arizona State last week. Brian Calhoun (Wisconsin's running back) ran for 258 yards last week against Bowling Green. Anyone else think Calhoun will be getting serious consideration for the Heisman after this week? 2) Was it Omar Jacobs and Bowling Green's offense, or are there really that big of issues with the Wisconsin defense? 3) Can Mike McGann (Temple's QB) prove his worth?

Afternoon

1. Iowa at Iowa State (3:30 ABC/Gameplan)- 1) This one of the better rivalries that people do not pay attention to. 2) How good is Drew Tate (Iowa's QB) and will Iowa find a real running game? 3) Bret Meyer (Iowa State's QB) is one of the more underrated quarterbacks in the country.

2. North Carolina at Georgia Tech (3:30 ABC/Gameplan)- 1) The Yellow Jackets have been wildly inconsistent in recent years. Is the win over Auburn the beginning of something great or just setting GT fans up for more disappointment? 2) Reggie Ball (quarterback), P.J. Daniels (running back), and Calvin Johnson (wide receiver) are one of the better trios of skill position players in the country for Georgia Tech. 3) No more Darian Durant for North Carolina, so how does Matt Baker (quarterback) do replacing him?

3. California at Washington (3:30 ABC/Gameplan)- 1) How will Joe Ayoob respond to being the starting quarterback this week for Cal after having an awful performance last week coming in for the injured Nate Longshore? 2) Watch Marshawn Lynch (Cal's running back) and marvel. 3) How will Washington respond to last week's gut wrenching loss to Air Force (20-17)?

4. Northern Illinois at Northwestern (4:00 ESPN Classic)- 1) Garrett Wolfe (Northern Illinois running back) had a great game against Michigan. He's an underrated running back. 2) Speaking of underrated, Brett Bazanez (Northwestern quarterback) is just that. 3) Will this finally be the game where a MAC team beats a Big Ten team?

5. Hawaii at Michigan State (3:30 ESPNU/Gameplan)- 1) You know you are at least a little intrigued by "Video Tape Gate." Who didn't send who tape of their teams game first? 2) Drew Stanton (Michigan State) is a better quarterback than he gets credit for. 3) Tyler Graunke and Colt Brennan (Hawaii's quarterbacks) looked very good against USC. How will they fare in their first road test?

6. Eastern Illinois at BYU (3:00 Gameplan)- 1) Todd Watkins (BYU wide receiver) ought to have an absolutely huge game against Eastern Illinois. 2) BYU was supposed to play USC this week. Look at that score after the game and realize the difference scheduling can make. 3) The Cougars defense is good. Watch them fly to the ball.

Late Afternoon

1. South Carolina at Georgia (5:30 ESPN)- 1) Steve Spurrier's (South Carolina coach) return to the SEC will be official during this, his first conference game. 2) D.J. Shockley (quarterback) and the Georgia offense looked like the best offense in the SEC last week. 3) Can Blake Mitchell (South Carolina quarterback) have a big game against an SEC foe rather than just UCF?

2. Wake Forest at Nebraska (7:00 PM TBS)- 1) Chris Barclay and Micah Andrews (running backs) will be sharing the Wake Forest backfield against a good Nebraska rush defense. 2) It certainly didn't look like the "Corn Coast Offense" had caught on last week for the Huskers. How will it look this week. 3) Which team will bounce back from a disappointing first week (Wake Forest lost to Vanderbilt and Nebraska had a battle with Maine)?

3. Boise State at Oregon State (6:30 FSN)- 1) Jared Zabransky (Boise State quarterback) psyche could be broken after his six turnover performance against Georgia. How does he bounce back? 2) Matt Moore (Oregon State's quarterback) had a monster game in his first start, but that was against Portland State. Will Boise post more of a challenge? 3) Last year's 53-34 Boise State win over Oregon State thrust the Broncos onto the national scene. Oregon State would really like a little revenge, while Boise would like to prove it was no fluke.

4. North Texas at Middle Tennessee (7:00 Gameplan)- 1) This game is probably the Game of the Year in the Sun Belt. Will North Texas 25 game conference winning streak ever end? 2) Jamario Thomas and Patrick Cobbs (North Texas running backs) are in the backfield, making it the first backfield to ever feature two national rushing champions at the same time. 3) Clint Marks (Middle Tennessee) is a better quarterback than he gets credit for. He really struggled in the second half against Alabama, but it is hard to hold that against him.

5. Louisiana Tech at Florida (6:00 Gameplan)- 1) This is your last chance to see the Gators before they take on Tennessee. Get your predictions ready. 2) Will the Gators find a running game this game against the Bulldogs? 3) How will Matt Kubik (Louisiana Tech quarterback) fare now that Ryan Moats (Bulldogs running back that went to the NFL last year) is gone?

6. Stanford at Navy (6:00 CSTV)- 1) How will Trent Edwards (Stanford quarterback) rebound from the injury that sidelined him for the final two games a year ago? 2) How will Navy bounce back from their heartbreaking 23-20 loss to Maryland a week ago? 3) Lamar Owens (Navy quarterback) played very well a week ago. Can he continue to mature in his starting role?

7. The Citadel at Florida State (6:45 ESPNU)- 1) Drew Weatherford and Xavier Lee...Xavier Lee and Drew Weatherford. Will the Florida State quarterback that can make a play please stand up? They will continue their auditions for the starting job (and convincing their fans that they can play in college) against the Bulldogs. 2) Will The Citadel get 100 yards of total offense? 3) How will Florida State respond to the short week and the excitement of last week's win over Miami? Will they let The Citadel hang around?

EVENING

1. Texas at Ohio State (8:00 ABC)- 1) Vince Young (Texas quarterback) and Ted Ginn (Ohio State wide receiver/kick returner) make their cases for the Heisman Trophy. 2) The winner will probably be #2 next week in most polls, putting them in the position of being considered the favorite to make it to the Rose Bowl. 3) Will Justin Zwick or Troy Smith be the main quarterback for the Buckeyes?

2. LSU at Arizona State (8:45 ESPN)- 1) All proceeds from the game are being given to a Hurricane Katrina relief fund. Give some money to a relief fund while you watch. 2) Arizona State hosts USC on October 1. This will give us a sense of just how good the Sun Devils will be at home. 3) JaMarcus Russell and Ryan Perrilloux both will get looks as LSU's quarterback.

3. Southern Miss at Alabama (7:45 ESPN2)- 1) Brodie Croyle (Alabama quarterback) needs to continue to shake off the rust if the Tide is really going to be a darkhorse in the SEC race. 2) Dustin Almond (Southern Miss quarterback) gets a chance to show off his skills to the world. He has been unspectacular at times, but he always seems to get the job done for the Golden Eagles. 3) Just how good is that Alabama defense that completely shut down a pretty good Middle Tennessee offense in the second half last week?

4. UAB at Troy (8:00 Gameplan)- 1) Darrell Hackney (UAB quarterback) played great against Tennessee last week. Can he continue that against a solid Troy defense? 2) How will UAB respond to their tough loss to Tennesse (17-10) last week? 3) Will D.T. McDowell (Troy quarterback) be improved over last year? We all know he's athletic. Let's see some consistency.

5. TCU at SMU (9:30 CSTV)- 1) Will TCU be able get back up again for the Battle for the Iron Skillet after their stunning 17-10 win over Oklahoma? 2) Can Tye Gunn (TCU quarterback) keep on playing at the level that he did last week? 3) Will SMU's ground game (that ran for 191 yards last week in a loss to Baylor) be able to breakthrough against the tough TCU run defense?

6. Utah State at Utah (8:00 Gameplan)- 1) Brian Johnson (quarterback) and Quinton Ganther (running back) both had great first starts for the Utes last week. Can they keep it up this week? 2) "This is a big rivalry game for us, but not a very competitive one. We need to win more of these games to make it more competitive," said Brent Guy, Utah State head coach. This is a chance to win one. 3) Leon Jackson III will be making his first collegiate start for Utah State at quarterback as he leads a very inexperienced Aggies team. How will he respond to the pressure of this rivalry?

LATE NIGHT

1. New Mexico State at Colorado (10:00 FSN)- 1) Anyone else love seeing that Hal Mumme offense throw the ball all over the field? Royal Gill threw 57 passes last week for the Aggies in a 34-17 loss to UTEP. 2) Will Colorado be ready to play after last week's dramatic 31-28 win over Colorado State, where the Buffaloes scored three times in the final two and a half minutes? 3) Hugh Charles (running back) and Joel Klatt (quarterback) looked like they could be a dominant backfield for the Buffaloes this year last week. Against New Mexico State's defense, they could light it up.

2. Rice at UCLA (10:00 FSN Regional)- 1) Maurice Drew (UCLA) looked like one of the best running backs in the country last week, and might be able to propel himself into the Heisman Trophy race with another big game. 2) How good are these Bruins? Are they the main competition for USC in the Pac Ten? 3) The Rice ground attack is always fun to watch. They should put up big numbers again.

3. Weber State at Fresno State (10:00 ESPNU)- 1) Fresno State has a big game with USC coming up later in the year, so get a good look at them now. 2) Has Paul Pinegar (Fresno State quarterback) finally developed into the quarterback that he always shows flashes of but can never do consistently? 3) The Bulldogs defense, long a weak point, is supposed to be a strength this year. Let's see them shut down Weber State and then we'll all start to believe it.

4. Idaho at UNLV (10:00 Gameplan)- 1) Shane Steichen (UNLV quarterback) looked more and more comfortable as the game progressed last week. Will that progression continue? 2)Michael Harrington (Idaho quarterback) looked pretty good in the first game against Washington State. 3) Can Idaho continue to show more resiliency like they did last week? After falling behind 14-0 in the first 69 seconds, they came back to trail just 24-19 and lose just 38-26. Can they bounce back from the loss this week against UNLV?

One Liners
Incredibly basic previews of tonights game!

Oklahoma State at Florida Atlantic (7:00 ESPN2)- The Cowboys look to avoid the upset at a Sun Belt team. The already struggling Big Twelve doesn't need a loss like this on their resume. For more, read the Thursday Night Throwdown.

Be sure to check out CollegeFootballNews.com today!

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Week Two: Wednesday

Under Pressure
Lloyd Carr, Michigan

Hey Lloyd! I think those Michigan fans will get pretty testy if you lose this game for the second straight year.

After years of struggling to get through September undefeated, and a perplexing loss at Notre Dame last year early on, a loss to the Irish this year could be crippling to Carr. Yes, Carr has done enough through his entire body of work to be immune from most discussion about his job security. However, the Michigan fans are demanding, and they demand perfection. The Wolverines had better beat Notre Dame and look good doing it. Otherwise, the howling could really start this week in Ann Arbor.

As for Charlie Weis and Notre Dame, he feels no pressure at all. The Irish fans (while they hope for a win) certainly were not expecting to beat Michigan at the beginnning of the season for the most part. But now, here they are...filled with hope. Michigan fans are filled with terror that their team may blow yet another big game.

Like I said, Llyod, I highly recommend, for your own comfort and peace of mind, that you win this game!

Gameday Site

This weekend the ESPN College Gameday crew will be in Columbus, Ohio, for the Texas-Ohio State game. It is being heralded as the biggest game of the season, and it just might be. After all, when you watched the Big Twelve teams play this weekend, did any other team make anyone think they could stand with Texas? Certainly not Oklahoma. Yes, the Sooners have the mental edge in that game, but if Texas wins this game, they have to be considered a strong favorite to reach the national championship game. For Ohio State, this is about bouncing back from last year's disappointment. A win will put them in the Top Five and make them a serious threat to win the national title. It's as big of a game as you get.

Overreaction Wednesday
A reaction to this past weekend's games that could be going overboard

--Clemson and Georgia Tech will be playing in the ACC Championship Game on December 3, 2005.

--The Miami-Florida State game was a match-up of two third place teams in their divisions in the ACC. Boston College and Clemson will finish ahead of Florida State, while Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech will finish ahead of Miami.

--Notre Dame is a Top Ten team and has a legitimate shot at the national title. The Irish bring one of the best offenses to the table and a defense capable of holding teams down.

--Georgia is the team to beat in the SEC. The Dawgs rode a wave of emotion and pounded a good Boise State team. Florida and Tennessee looked average, while the other division does not pose a formidable threat outside of LSU.

--USC will lose twice this year. After watching Hawaii's offense control the clock for the first quarter, at least two teams capable of beating USC will discover that strategy and have the talent to pull it off. California tried it last year, but failed at the end.

Key note- These are all slight knee jerk reactions and not official picks. However, they are how I felt as I watched Saturday's (through Monday's) games. I reserve the right to change my opinion at any time.

Quotables

Bob Stoops, Oklahoma head coach: "Sometimes it concerns you that when you have won for a period time, the players start thinking you have a right to win. You have to earn it every play, and I say that every week. We didn't go out there and do it last week, and TCU played harder and tougher than we did."

Mack Brown, Texas head coach: "This is a fun week in Texas. We are excited about going up to play at Ohio State. Ohio State has won 22 of its last 23 home game games and has never lost at night, so it will be a challenge. "

Dirk Koetter, Arizona State head coach: "The disadvantage to us, when they got their North Texas game cancelled, is we really don't know what exactly they are going to do. They have a conglomeration of three different coaching staffs. We really don't have great film to go off of for LSU. That is not fun. We prefer to know more about what they are going to do. This will be a fun week for our players. They have had this date circled for a long time. We are going against one of the best teams in the country. And we are looking forward to it."

Gary Patterson, TCU head coach: "I asked the seniors to check on how the other players were handling (the Oklahoma win). The thing I try to impress upon the team is that 50 percent of the country thinks Oklahoma was a fluke. We didn't play our best football game. In all three phases of the game, we have a tremendous upside."

Don't forget to check out CollegeFootballNews.com for all of the latest on college football! Check for my articles- "Storylines" and "Thursday Night Throwdown." Thanks and enjoy the season!

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Week Two: Tuesday

Due to the Labor Day weekend, our regular Monday morning portion will be today!

Game of the Week
Colorado 31, Colorado State 28
In typical fashion for this rivalry, the Rams and the Buffaloes played a game that was as wild as they come. In the final two and a half minutes of the game, the Buffaloes kicked a field goal, scored a touchdown, watched the Rams drive down the field and scored a touchdown to tie it up, and then drove back down the field themselves and kicked the game winning field goal. This rivalry often gets overlooked, but few produce wilder, more exciting endings. This game was as good as they come. Mason Crosby's pressure filled field goal cements him as the early leader for All-American.

Upset of the Week
TCU 17, Oklahoma 10
Has anybody seen the Sooners? Adrian Peterson looked like he did during many games last season. Peterson last year struggled for a half here and there, but always put together a decent game by the end of it. This week, there was no decent game at the end, with just 63 yards. The difference- no Jason White. Are the Sooners done? TCU better hope not. The Horned Frogs have a real shot at the BCS this year. The thing that would help them the most is for Oklahoma to beat a couple of teams along the way, such as Texas. The Sooners are still likely to be ranked ahead of the Horned Frogs next week, but an undefeated TCU team could sneak into the BCS if Oklahoma starts winning.

Player of the Week
Brian Calhoun, Wisconsin
Repeat after me Bowling Green. We will learn to play defense. In a game that so many people were picking for an upset, the Falcons jumped out to a big early lead and looked to be rolling. Actually, it was Calhoun that was rolling. An incredibly 43 carries for 258 yards and five touchdowns later, and Wisconsin had the win. Calhoun probably will not win the Heisman Trophy this year or anything like that, but this performance was eye popping, and if you watched Calhoun, you could see the toughness and the talent. He's another solid back coming out of Madison.

Team of the Week
Notre Dame
Yes, people expected the Irish to score some points. Yes, some people even expected the Irish to beat Pittsburgh (yours truly included). But no one could have expected to see the complete and total domination that the Irish displayed in pummeling the Panthers. Notre Dame won 42-21, but the game was not that close. Brady Quinn was efficient at quarterback, while Darius Walker, Rashon Powers-Neal, and Travis Thomas all ran the ball very well for the Irish. The defense also clamped down and held the Panthers to just 323 total yards, well below what most people expected the Panthers offense to do. The Michigan game this weekend will reveal everything we need to know right now about the Irish.

Stat of the Week
Jad Dean, Clemson, 6-6 on field goals
The Clemson Tigers moved the ball effectively in their new offense until they got close to the Texas A&M endzone. That is where Jad Dean came in. Kicking six field goals in the game, including the game winner with two seconds left, left the Tigers feeling pretty good about themselves. It was a home upset early in the season, something the Tigers have not come up with lately. While the offense needs to do a better job of getting the ball into the endzone, it is good to know that Dean is back there nailing every kick in sight! His six field goals were a school record.

Play of the Week
Brian Leonard, Rutgers, 83 yard touchdown run vs. Illinois
In one of the most athletic plays you will ever see, Brian Leonard jumped over a half-standing Illinois defender and took off down the sideline, outrunning the entire Illini secondary. The scramble ended up being for 83 yards, and put the Scarlet Knights up 27-7, before they succumbed 33-30 in overtime. Leonard's play made every highlight reel, and it should have. It is not often that you see anyone, much less a fullback, jump that high, and have the speed to outrun the secondary. Very impressive.

Turnover of the Week
Andre' Woodson, Kentucky, fumbles at the Lousiville 2 yard line
The Wildcats had come storming back from 28-7 down agains the 12th ranked team in the country. They were looking to pull off one of the bigger upsets in recent Kentucky football history. They had pulled within 31-24 and had the ball inside the Louisville 10 yard line. It was all setting up so perfectly. Woodson ran to the outside on a broken play and nearly got into the endzone before he got met at about the 2 yard line. As he was falling, Woodson dropped the ball, and Louisville recovered, giving them back the ball. The Cardinals ran out the remainder of the six minutes, converting on three consecutive third downs and the Wildcats lost by a touchdown. That makes two straight games against highly ranked foes that Kentucky has blown opportunities for upsets. Their last game last year was a heartbreaking loss in Knoxville to Tennessee. Either Kentucky is improving or teams are taking them far too lightly.

Key First Half Moment of the Week
Darnell Bing, USC, returns an interception 65 yards for a touchdown against Hawaii
The Warriors were moving the ball beautifully against the USC defense, moving into Trojan territory. Bing intercepted the pass and raced down the sideline for 65 yards and a USC touchdown with 10:32 left in the opening quarter. The Warriors fought back and moved the ball back down the field, kicking a field goal with 1:24 left in the first quarter, but the damage was done. The Warriors had possessed the ball for the first 13:36 of the game, and yet were still trailing 7-3. The wind was out of their sails, and the Trojans were on their way to a 63-17 win.

Moment of the Week
Miami botches their chance to beat Florida State
Brian Monroe could not hold onto a decent snap for a field goal that would have tied the game, and Miami watched their six game winning streak against Florida State go by the boards. It was a play that would have made sense in the historical sense of the series if Florida State had missed the kick or botched the snap, but it made very little sense that Miami did it. It was an unusual end to an unusual game. Florida State was outgained 313 to 170. Florida State committed three turnovers to Miami's two. Florida State blocked a punt and got the ball at the Miami one yard line and wound up missing a field goal on the possession. Who would have ever guessed that this would be the statistics of the game that finally ended all of Florida State's bad luck against the Hurricanes? The botched snap with about 2:30 left basically sealed it, as neither team had a timeout left and the Seminoles got one first down and ran out the clock.