After the rash of upsets last weekend, some of the marquee games for this upcoming Saturday take on a whole new meaning. Instead of harboring national title ambitions, teams such as Florida, Oklahoma and Texas are looking to stay in control of their conference races. All of a sudden, the Big 12 North looks a lot stronger than anticipated, with two key games this weekend setting the pace for the remainder of the season. In the SEC, two important Eastern Division games will serve as eliminators for the division race.
Well, one of the craziest weekends in the recent history of college football is in the books with five of the top ten teams in the country losing. In addition to this LSU passed USC in the AP poll following the Trojans' 27-24 win at Washington. The two favorites in the Big 12 were caught looking ahead to their showdown next weekend, and the defending national champ fell at home to Auburn. The best team (as of right now) in the Big East resides in Tampa, and fans in Kentucky are talking Top Ten without mentioning the hardwood. Here are some of my observations from this past weekend.
Well, Week 5 is upon us, and the last weekend of September usually offers fans a mix of conference games and final jaunts outside of league play. Questions for this week include whether or not Louisvilles defense can turn thinga around, who's ready to compete with USC atop the Pac-10, and just how good is 4-0 Michigan State. Here are ten games to keep track of this weekend, along with an honorable mention choice for each league. And if you haven't read it by now, I urge you to read Chad Nielsen's story on Colt Brennan in ESPN The Magazine (http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=3038443).
Well, another week is in the books, and some interesting things took place on Saturday. First off, June Jones held Colt Brennan out of Hawaii's game against Charleston Southern for precautionary reasons. The 66-10 win would have been a good opportunity for the Heisman candidate to pad his stats, but it's probably wise to make sure he's healthy for the balance of WAC play. Tyler Graunke (22-26 for 285 yards and 3 scores) performed well in his absence, and C.J Hawthorne had two touchdown receptions.
After a week that saw the nation's top teams seemingly separate themselves from the pack in the national title hunt, more conference battles dot the schedule for Week 4. Key matchups that will set the tone for conference pecking order in the Pac-10, SEC and Big Ten will headline the weekend, with the best game taking place in Baton Rouge. Here are the top ten games for Week Four, followed by an honorable mention selection for each conference.
10. #4 Oklahoma @ Tulsa (Friday 8 PM EST, ESPN2)
So, week three of the college football season is now in the books, and we learned two important things about who's got the best shot to win it all. One, USC is indeed the real deal. Tough to tell when you've only played one game, and it was against Idaho. Going into Lincoln and winning the way that they did should quiet some of the talk that the Trojans shouldn't be ranked number one right now. Secondly, you can add Florida's name to that of USC, LSU and Oklahoma at the top of that "contenders" list. It's not a shock that the Gators won at home over Tennessee. But 59-20?
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