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WEEK FIVE IN REVIEW - PART II

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WEEK FIVE IN REVIEW - PART II

Continued from Part I...

http://assets.espn.go.com/media/apphoto/7145f14f-504e-4a29-bd2a-d16ff2061a85.jpg--I guess West Virginia wasn’t worthy of Fab Five consideration after all. After an ugly, UGLY loss to South Florida, the Mountaineers find themselves on the outside looking it. I was shocked at how the Bulls shut down the ‘Neers run game, especially Devine. I was more surprised at the number of fumbles (TEN, with three lost) – especially by Slaton who all but ended his Heisman chances with a dismal performance. As with Oklahoma, I expect the Mountaineers to be heavily tested the rest of the season, especially in contests with Cincinnati and Rutgers; and just because Louisville is down right now, you can't count them out either...

--The Fighting Illini are serious… just ask a reeling Penn State. The 4-1 Illini’s only loss came in a highly fought 34 – 40 contest with also unbeaten and ranked Missouri. I think their victory over the Nittany Lions deserves praise, and I’ll seriously consider them when I make my rankings for Week Six…

--As for Penn State, wasn’t it just 2 weeks ago (pre-Michigan) when they were being dubbed as a serious Big Ten contender (since Wisconsin and Ohio State pays them a visit). Now, they’re 0 – 2 and could be in for a long season. My how things change…

--Miami went into the fourth quarter, with a 10-7 lead over Duke at home. That is either a sign of the Blue Devil’s progress, or a sign of how dismal the ACC really is. I’d like to go for the latter on that one…

--I finally got one right. After watching Indiana roll Iowa at home, I again wonder why Kirk Ferentz makes so much money. Geez…

--As soon as I praise Boston College, they come out and look rather unimpressive against I-AA Massachusetts. I don’t care if UMass is #2 in their division of football, I would have like to seen more out of the Eagles…

--For the 5th week this season, Virginia Tech looked confused as to what offensive play is. Whoever the Hokies offensive coordinator is (something I don’t know being a former student…) should be feeling serious heat at this point. Maybe an open try-out for the offensive line position? I expect the Hokies could/ will lose big next week at Death Valley, unless they entirely shut down Clemson’s offensive and score a few times on defense…

Icon--They lost again, but at least Notre Dame played a decent offensive game this time around (well, at least for the 2nd half, against a rather loose Purdue defense). Is it me or, does Evan Sharpley look at lot better at the QB position than does Clausen? Oh well for pre-season hypes. And, can I just take a moment to say, that... Notre Dame. Yes, The Fighting Irish. One of the self-proclaimed Lords of NCAA Football. Is ZERO and FIVE. What, in the Hades, I wonder, did they do to anger the true Gods of collegiate football so. Notre Dame fans, take note. This is your program reaping what it hath sown, and the best part? It's not even close to being over... 

--Dear Michigan: When you go into the 4th quarter losing 14 – 16 to a Northwestern team coming off a literal spanking to Ohio State and a loss to Duke at home, something is wrong with your team. Had Northwestern not completely melted down and turned the ball over deep within their own territory multiple times in the fourth quarter, they very well could and SHOULD have won this game. Please, oh please, don't buy into the Michigan as a Big Ten Challenger JUST yet, they still have a long road ahead...

--Spurrier got it right again I guess, his replacement QB looked a lot better in the position than did Mitchell. The Gamecocks are a real SEC threat now, whether everyone accepts it or not…

--The first half of the Alabama – Florida State game was awful. Or was it? There were a total of 0 points, and neither team had 100 yards of offense, a truly defensive game considering there were also no turnovers in the first half. But, wouldn’t you know that both teams cranked it up in the second half, especially Florida State. This could be the first signs of life in the rejuvenated Florida State offense – and a win they could use to springboard through the rest of the season…

--As for good ole' Bama & Saban & Co., I wonder if Saban is starting to feel any heat from his over-zealous fan base yet? I’d probably go with a yes on that one, especially considering his current payroll situation…

Icon--In the beginning, everyone had begun to love the new Big East. I for one, did not, knowing they would eventually be exposed. This weekend probably was the nail in the coffin for the Big East Resurrection honey moon. Rutgers loss at home to Maryland, a sloppy game between USF and WVU, Pitt giving up 4 first quarter touchdowns in it’s loss to UVA, and Louisville’s struggles continuing with an unimpressive win over lowly N.C. State all have once again placed the Big East’s reputation in the bottom of the barrel. Things could only get worse as the year progresses, especially when the conference "giants" began clawing and beating up on each other... 

--As bad/exciting/crazed as this weekend was, you'd be correct in assuming there will be a Part III... please stay tuned...  

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