Raphielle Johnson's Blog
While BYU did what was expected in handling Utah State for their fifteenth consecutive win, I have to admit that I was wrong about Cincinnati's trip to Marshall. Chazz Anderson played well under center for the Bearcats, who won 33-10 in Huntington. Maybe they will be alright even with two quarterbacks falling due to injury, somewhat similar to what Oregon has been able to do thus far. Will this Saturday be crazier than last week, when multiple ranked teams fell in a variety of ways?
#15 Utah was able to escape by the slimmest of margins, with a Louie Sakoda field goal as time expired giving the Utes a 31-28 win over Oregon State and the Mountain West a 6-1 record against the Pac-10 this year. But while Utah was lucky to escape with a win, #10 USF wasn't so lucky with LeSean McCoy leading Pittsburgh to the 26-21 win. McCoy ran for 142 yards and two touchdowns, and contrary to my prediction Pitt's Bill Stull was the best quarterback on the field.
Three games are on tap tonight, with two ranked teams looking to make a statement on a day dominated by the MLB playoffs and the vice presidential debate. Last night's game wasn't much of a test for #17 Boise State, as they extended their home win streak to fifteen games with a 38-3 pasting of Louisiana Tech. Hopefully the games tonight will offer more in the way of suspense, and I think they will.
Pittsburgh (3-1, 1-0 Big East) @ #10 USF (5-0, 0-0) 7:30 PM EST on ESPN
If tonight's WAC opener between #17 Boise State (3-0) and Louisiana Tech (2-1) can match the drama of last night's game, viewers will be in for a treat. Middle Tennessee (2-3, 1-2 Sun Belt) knocked off defending Sun Belt co-champion Florida Atlantic (1-4, 0-1) thanks to a touchdown pass from Joe Craddock to Malcolm Beyah as time expired. The successful point-after gave the Blue Raiders a 14-13 win and their first conference victory of the season.
The first month of the season is on its way out the door, with one more game to be played before the calendar shifts into October. It also marks the traditional time in recent years when leagues in search of more national exposure play games on just about any day that doesn't interfere with the NFL. Hence tonight's Sun Belt matchup between Florida Atlantic (1-3, 0-0) and Middle Tennessee (1-3. 0-2). Both teams have played tough BCS opponents in the non-conference schedule, but with differing results.
Wow. This weekend offered up much more suspense than many fans expected. Six ranked teams fell to unranked opponents on Saturday, and when the carnage was done three Top 5 teams dropped as well. The biggest surprise? If looking at the sheer result, I'd go with Ole Miss winning at #4 Florida 31-30. As for margin of victory, how good did #8 Alabama look between the hedges in the first half? The Crimson Tide jumped out to a 31-0 halftime lead before hanging on to beat #3 Georgia 41-30.
Friday night's game is now over, with a Lawrence Wilson interception return providing the final margin in Connecticut's 26-21 win at Louisville. Even with QB Tyler Lorenzen (foot) and TE Steve Brouse (leg), the Huskies (5-0, 1-0 Big East) were able to hang around due to the solid play of backup quarterback Zach Frazer (8-15 for 89 yards and a touchdown) and two second-half interceptions. Louisville (2-2, 0-1 Big East) also had to deal with some injuries, most notably the ankle injury suffered by QB Hunter Cantwell.
On their way to a seemingly automatic trip to the BCS National Title Game by way of the Pac-10 crown, the USC Trojans ran into an unforseen complication:
No one told Oregon State they were supposed to lie down.
Two games on the schedule tonight, with both games being conference matchups at that. USC gets the national stage again, this time visiting a place that gave them a stunning loss just two seasons ago. And the June Jones Show visits the Louisiana Superdome, but while the offense has shown some spark the defense has been up to its usual standard: inept play. Here's a preview of both games, along with my picks.
SMU @ Tulane 8PM EST on CBS College Sports
It was a big day in the SEC, one in which we have a good idea as to who controls the race in the West (LSU) and who won't be a part of the East race (Tennessee). Georgia went across the nation to take care of business and Vanderbilt has started conference play 2-0 thanks to their win at Ole Miss. Other stories include a departure from the BCS crashers group, replaced by a familiar face with such experience. Here are seven important happenings this Saturday.