Quite a good Saturday of college football. I continue to be totally unable to understand a word that Lou Holtz says on College Gameday Final. How in the hell did this guy ever coach a football team? I understand Russian better than I do Holtz, and I don't speak Russian.
Anyway, as always, we learned some things this weekend.
1. USC showed why it's the #1 team in the country. They went into a hostile environment, and just simply laid the wood to Nebraska in the second half. I give USC more points for beating a legit opponent on the road than I give LSU for beating an incredibly overrated Virginia Tech team at home. Tech never deserved to be ranked as high as they were starting this year. Hell, they were tied with Ohio deep into the third quarter on Saturday. Plus, USC's offensive line is awesome beyond belief. They were opening holes so wide you could drive TWO mack trucks through them. If USC's offensive line keeps playing like this, no one - I repeat - no one, will beat them this year.
2. Notre Dame is horrible beyond belief. They will start the season 0-8. I honestly can't even see them contending in a game until they face Navy in their ninth game of the season. And I also think it's now beyond fair to let the call ring out that Tyrone Willingham got hosed by the Irish. And you can throw the race card into the mix too. Because this team SUCKS way worse than any team Willingham had and if anyone besides Weis was there, they'd be packing their bags already.
3. There's no gaurantee USC and LSU will meet in the national championship - although right now it looks fairly likely if they win out. Oklahoma is frighteningly good and has the advantage of playing a ridiculously easy schedule on paper. Their only tough game should come against Texas, which has been less than impressive so far this year. Oklahoma could well find themselves undefeated and not in the national championship. Florida also looks really good and that game against LSU in 3 weeks may decide which one of those two teams plays in the national championship. Truthfully, something bothers me about Tebow's passing accuracy. He got bailed out on Saturday a couple of times by his receivers. He's no Matt Ryan, who made - in my mind - the greatest pass of the college football season so far on Saturday.
4. Urban Meyer is an idiot. Why in the hell was Tebow still in there with 7 minutes to go with the game over? Not only that, why did they call running plays for him?! It boggles the mind. If I was a Tennessee player I would have been headhunting at that point. I know some people think Tebow is invincible, and sure keep thinking that, but that will inevitably lead to his ankle getting twisted in the 4th quarter when they're beating Ole Miss by 60. Then he won't seem so invincible. All it takes is one play (see Prothro - Alabama) to end a career. And those plays usually come at meaningless times in games already won. Urban Meyer, you're an idiot and this will eventually catch up to you. Maybe not this year or next year, but at some point, one of your key players will be injured late in a game that you've won. And it'll be all your fault.
5. There is no God, because Nick Satan beat Arkansas. Also because FIU lost their 15th straight game - which was the rematch with Miami. Ned, however, was probably the best FIU player on the field, as he ran for 87 yards on 18 carries. So that's at least something.
6. You never know what can happen. Utah came into Saturday having scored less than 20 points total so far this season while sporting an 0-2 record. They then proceeded to hang 44 on a bewildered #11 UCLA. That was out of left-field. But that, as they say, is why they play the game.