Can this conference realignment saga be over, please? TCU is probably going to the Big 12. Rumors have emerged that Air Force will join the Big East and the Falcons AD admitted an interest in doing so. He said he hopes Army and Navy are in the Big East picture, too. Who knows what’s going on with Missouri?
Recapping the week in 500 words or less, this is what we learned about the season:
- It was nice to see Oregon get some deserved national recognition on Thursday. They’re second in scoring and fifth in total offense, and they’ll have an opportunity to beat a good team next week when they face Arizona State.
- I’m surprised when Boise State fails to pick a first down on third-and-long. Nobody carves up the defense like Kellen Moore, The Surgeon.
- Texas was aided last week as a slew mid-ranked teams lost, allowing their jump to 11th in the polls. Funny how teams like Texas can jump so highly simply by beating Rice, BYU, UCLA and Iowa State. Perception plays too large a role in how teams are ranked and champions crowned.
- Not that the Longhorns are a bad team. They’re not the first good team to get clobbered by a great team. Just ask Florida.
- The Gators have been outscored 79-21 the last two games by two of the best teams in the country. The line that divides good from great is very evident.
- South Carolina is one of the more interesting teams this year. I don’t know what else to say.
- Let’s get this straight. Florida State is floundering after three consecutive losses. Wake Forest is 4-1 and 3-0 in the ACC. Boston College is 1-5 and 0-3 in the ACC. It’s not FSU and Virginia Tech that are pushing for national respect, but Clemson and Georgia Tech. Got it.
- Clemson, meanwhile, lost starting quarterback Tajh Boyd to a hip injury. X-rays and an MRI were negative. After initially being listed as questionable, Boyd is now listed as probable for the next game at Maryland.
- The Canes took it to the wire, but the Virginia Tech offense flexed its muscle to rebound after the Clemson loss. Don’t count out the Hokies. Remember last year?
- Illinois moves to 6-0 after defeating Indiana. They have a quality win over Arizona State and get a downtrodden Ohio State team at home this weekend. A 9-0 Illinois facing a 9-0 Michigan is a real possibility.
- I love Derek Dooley‘s mother, Barbara, defending him on the radio. Coaches on the hot seat after a year and five games? C’mon. Meanwhile, it’s going to be quite a battle in the East between South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.
- Arkansas was handled by Alabama a few weeks ago, but they’ve played like a top-ten team since. Just sayin’.
- What a gift Andrew Luck gave college football by returning for another year. Don’t underestimate Stanford. It’s a shame they may not be allowed to earn their shot at the national title. Again, the BCS doesn’t only hurt non-AQs.
- Magnificent second-half performance from Nebraska. Was anybody else getting the impression in the first half that the Huskers were about to tumble right out of the top 25?
Taylor Martinez and Rex Burkhead Proved They’re Worth the Hype in the come-from-behind victory against Ohio State Saturday night. After stumbling to a 20-6 halftime deficit, it became clear that Martinez and Burkhead were not going to allow the Huskers fall to 0-2 in the Big Ten in their inaugural season in the conference. Martinez finished 16-for-21 with 191 yards and two touchdowns with one pick. He made things happen on the ground, too, running the ball with authority as he carried 17 times for 102 yards and a touchdown. Burkhead was equally impressive, going for 119 yards on 26 carries with a touchdown. It wasn’t necessarily the stats that made the performances impressive, but the way they responded when Nebraska needed something to happen.
Multiple players became New Household Names on Friday night as the Boise State wide receivers continue to emerge in the absence of Austin Pettis and Titus Young. Eleven players caught a pass in Friday night’s 57-7 win over Fresno State led by freshman Matt Miller, who caught five passes for 78 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore Gabe Linehan and junior Mitch Burroughs caught three and four passes for 48 and 43 yards, respectively. Geraldo Boldewijn, returning being suspended due to a concern over his eligibility, caught three passes for 33 yards and scored twice. Concerns that Kellen Moore would be short of reliable targets have disappeared this season as others have stepped up and the senior continues to carve up opposing defenses.
- My weekly 2011 Heisman Trophy Leader Board can now be found on Tuesday’s right here on TheXLog.com. In addition, Dory LeBlanc and I will posting 2011 Leader Boards for both the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards as well.
Thursday, October 13
- Southern Cal @ Cal, 9:00 PM ET, ESPN
Friday, October 14
- Hawaii @ San Jose State, 9:00 PM ET, ESPN
Saturday, October 15
- Michigan @ Michigan State, 12:00 PM ET, ESPN
- South Carolina @ Mississippi State, 12:00 PM ET, SEC Network
- Baylor @ Texas A&M, 12:00 PM ET, FX
- Utah @ Pittsburgh, 12:00 PM ET, ESPNU
- LSU @ Tennessee, 3:30 PM ET, CBS
- Oklahoma State @ Texas, 3:30 PM ET, ABC/ESPN
- Ohio State @ Illinois, 3:30 PM ET, ABC/ESPN
- UCF @ SMU, 3:30 PM ET
- Virginia Tech @ Wake Forest, 6:30 PM ET
- Clemson @ Maryland, 7:00 PM ET, ESPNU
- Florida @ Auburn, 7:00 PM ET, ESPN
- Stanford @ Washington State, 7:30 PM ET, Versus
- Arizona State @ Oregon, 10:15 PM ET, ESPN
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