1. You never know what can happen in college football, which sounds cliche, but it's true. Five top 10 teams lost this weekend (including Friday). Florida, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Texas and Rutgers. And Cal and USC were literally one or two plays away from potentially joining that list. That's unreal. This is also why people love college football, every week is a playoff game.
2. Oklahoma proved to be what we always thought they were. An absolute pretender. You might remember last week I ripped the hell out of Oklahoma for constantly scheduling cupcakes and then continually bitching about not being ranked as high as USC and LSU. So I can't even tell you how sweet it was to see Oklahoma fall to Colorado in crushing fashion on Saturday. Those 60 point wins over Hobo St. sure seem pretty hollow now, eh Oklahoma? Ever since USC absolutely reamed Oklahoma in the 2004 National Championship game, it's been my opinion that more times than not (excluding the 2005 VY Texas team of course) the Big 12 is truly a very weak conference - and Texas losing on Saturday as well kinda helps cement that opinion. But Oklahoma is the biggest whining piece of shit in that conference. Do yourself a favor next year Oklahoma, schedule some out of conference games against teams that didn't go 2-10 the previous year.
3. The only team that can beat USC is USC. And let me tell you why. Quite simply, there is no team in college that can go on the road, commit three turnovers, have a punt blocked, commit 16 penalties for 160+ yards, and lose two great O-linemen - all against a decent opponent - and win. No one. LSU can't do that, Cal can't do that, Ohio State can't do that. USC played one of those games where they literally did everything they could to keep shooting themselves in the foot and still beat a decent Washington team. That is incredibly impressive. Of course, if USC plays like they did on Saturday against LSU, Cal or Ohio St. they'd be crushed. But the fact remains, they did everything wrong on Saturday against Washington and still won. That's pretty remarkable. USC is the only team that can stop USC. And they almost did it on Saturday.
4. Somebody needs to fire whoever's in charge of ABC Sports. You have a highly anticpated matchup between #6 Cal and #11 Oregon - one of the best games of the day - and you don't show it in HD?! Are you fucking kidding me?! I didn't go to a place with a 70-inch screen TV to watch this game in grainy regular TV. I'm not going to say this is east coast bias or something like that. No, this was just a braindead decision by ABC Sports. I want someone's head on a stake. That said though, what an absolutely insane 2nd half to this game. Plus Cal's defense, clearly running on fumes in the final 5 minutes of the game, made 3 huge defensive plays to win it. Quite frankly though, Oregon should have won. They choked it away in a way too strange to even imagine. I don't know if either Cal or Oregon can beat USC, but both teams get USC at home this year. Neither game is going to be easy for USC.
5. Notre Dame isn't really on track. Purdue was about as active as a dead dog in the second half. The Irish are still going to start the season 0-8.
6. Matt Flynn continues to be LSU's weak link. Against Tulane he goes 16/29 for 258 yards and 1 INT. He's also incapable of scrambling and making plays, seeing as he got sacked 6 times - one of those for a safety. I'm not even sure LSU is going to get past Florida anymore, despite Florida's loss to Auburn. I think Florida will come out angry against the Tigers. LSU is also starting to regress from its early season dominance. The simple fact is this. If LSU plays like it has the last two weeks, and people keep pressuring Flynn, LSU won't be playing in the national championship.
7. The Big East is the most hilarious conference in America. You know who's tied for first in the conference standings right now? South Florida, UCONN and Syracuse. Syracuse?! Yes, Syracuse. It's also amazing that two teams in this conference with national title hopes, Louisville and West Virginia, have already had those hopes crushed and it isn't even October. Man, this conference SUCKS. Although I do like South Florida, but that's it. Every week this conference continues to show that it's full of chump teams that don't deserve a snowball's chance in hell of playing in a national title game.
8. The world is happy. Because Nick Satan lost again.
9. Urban Meyer is a dick. Way to try that bullshit NFL timeout move on Auburn's kicker. What would have been better is if the kid missed the first kick, then made the second. Either way, I was pleased Auburn won, especially after Meyer tried that stupid stunt.
10. Wisconsin is the worst team in the top 10, whenever the new poll comes out. No question about this at all. They barely beat Michigan State at home, and haven't played anyone good. They're like a slower, less talented version of Oklahoma. They might remain undefeated until Ohio State. Then Ohio State will take them out to the woodshed and destroy them.
11. Kentucky is better than you think. They're going to shoot up the rankings this week, and they deserve it. This team has quietly been playing great football, and they have a chance to go real far this year. Of course, the next three weeks will determine how far they go. In the next three games they face South Carolina, LSU and Florida. That's brutal, although they get LSU and Florida at home. But they can win two of those games if they get luck on their side. And if they do win two of those three, Woodson should become the Heisman frontrunner and Kentucky has a chance at a BCS bowl.
12. Someone needs to teach announcers, and Scott Van Pelt, how to say Oregon. It's not Ore-GONE. It's Ore-GEN. Get it right assholes, it's your job.