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The first Saturday in October is now in the books, with Hawaii winning at #22 Fresno State in overtime on a Dan Kelly field goal in the first overtime period. The fact that this game was in overtime period is a story, as the Bulldogs negated a yardage advantage of more than 200 yards with six turnovers. The initial field goal attempt in their first possession was missed, only to be bailed out by a Hawaii penalty for running into the kicker. Second chance at the lead...same result, opening the door for a road conference win for the Warriors.
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