(Or how USC managed to lose again after beating Ohio State)
Week 3 of the 2009 college football season had upsets, romps, amazing performances, and game winning drives. Another top-5 team fell to an unranked opponent, while one team that was unranked to begin the season skyrocketed into the top 10. Even though the majority of the season remains, week 3 separated some more pretenders from the contenders in the national championship race.
#20 Miami beat #14 Georgia Tech instantly making Da U #9 in the polls, starting discussion that Miami is again a national power and Jacory Harris could win the Heisman as a Sophomore. Virginia Tech will end Miami's dream of a national championship this year.
#10 Boise State held off a late rally from Fresno State and escaped with a win, propelling them to #8 in the polls. Bowling Green should present a challenge for the Broncos, but Kellen Moore and Co. are on track for another undefeated season.
Jahvid Best's five TD performance in a win over Minny has many saying the future Heisman winner and the best team in the Pac 10 are in Berkley. They could be right. Cal will challenge USC for the right to be called the best of the Pac 10.
Ohio State beats Toledo 38-0 and drops 2 spots in the AP poll. Go figure. No chance the Buckeyes make the national title this year.
Michigan beat EMU to bring their record to 3-0. Don't look for a Big Ten championship this year, but Forcier and Michigan will be a power in a few years.
Alabama killed North Texas and McElroy had a record day. That's about it. Florida-Alabama in Atlanta will be a great game come December.
Florida won a closer-than-expected game with Lane Kiffin's squad from Knoxville. The sparring continues between Meyer and Kiffin, however. Florida still on track to win the SEC east and meet Alabama.
Washington pulled a shocker by beating then-#3 USC. Washington, who was 0-12 last year, became the second team to beat USC the week after a big win against Ohio State (Oregon State being the first). Matt Barkley's injury didn't help USC any, having to start Aaron Corp (which didn't go as smoothly as planned). The winner of Cal-USC will go to the Rose Bowl and play Ohio State.
#13 Virginia Tech beat #19 Nebraska on a late drive by T Mobile (Tyrod Taylor) setting up a big ACC clash between Miami and VT this Saturday. Winner of Miami-VT to the Orange Bowl.
#18 Utah becomes one of the first mid major BCS hopefuls to fall (along with BYU). It's all up to you, Boise State, Houston, and TCU.
TCU, Okie State, and LSU romped against bad/mediocre teams. What teams are for real?
#2 Texas escaped with a 10-point win against Texas Tech. Almost felt like a repeat of the Florida-UT game. Florida-Texas in the national championship.
Ole Miss: Scarlonia should pose a tough task for the Rebels, who DO NOT deserve #4
Penn State: Somehow are #5 after crushing 3 bad teams.
Cal: Should be around #12, not #6
Miami: A loss to VT will dash Miami's hope for a dream season
Game Of The Week: USC-Washington
Player Of The Week: Jahvid Best
Play Of The Week: Washington's game winning FG
Biggest LOL Of The Week: USC losing once again after beating OSU, Ohio State dropping 2 spots after winning by 38 points
Games To Watch: VT-Miami, Cal-Oregon, Scarolina-Ole Miss