College Football Week 6: Alabama Is Human and 25 Things We Learned
What a Saturday in college football. Great games, upsets, blowouts, color changing in the faces of some coaches, bad calls, and all around good games going on in the college football world.
But one stood out above all the rest, and I think we all know which one I'm referring to. South Carolina took down the champs, Alabama. Steve Spurrier finally got the win everyone except Crimson Tide fans were hoping for.
We've got a whole lot to talk about so let's get to it. Here are 25 things to wrap up college football Saturday.
No. 25: San Diego State Costs Themselves In Loss To BYU
The San Diego State Aztecs got jobbed, at least that's what their fans will tell you and for the most part they may be right.
The officials missed a clear fumble that would have given San Diego State the ball and a chance to either tie the game or take the outright lead.
While they can complain all they want, they got away from what has worked for them thus far, Ronnie Hillman.
The running back, prior to the game against BYU, had 532 yards averaging 133 yards and almost 21 carries per game. Against BYU, he finished with just 62 yards on 11 carries.
No. 24: Baylor Can't Hang On Against Texas Tech
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Both Baylor and Texas Tech brought their offenses but both also decided to leave their defenses at home.
The Bears finished with 38 points and 507 yards of total offense, including 384 yards and two scores from quarterback Robert Griffin.
Texas Tech had 45 points and 635 yards of total offense including 462 yards and four touchdowns from Taylor Potts.
Had it not been for a 31-17 run for Texas Tech between the second and third quarters, Baylor might have taken this game.
No. 23: New Mexico Still Winless
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New Mexico State was the perfect opponent for New Mexico to finally get their first win of the season.
Yeah, not so much.
No. 22: Oklahoma State Forgot Who They Were Playing, For a Half
For those of you who were checking the scores throughout the day might have been surprised to see Oklahoma State trailing Louisiana-Lafayette 21-17 at the half.
Luckily for them, they finally figured out who they were and took the game over in the second half. Running away with an eventual 54-28 win.
No. 21: Steve's Spurrier's Face The New "Mood Ring?"
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I didn't think Steve Spurrier's face could change that many shades of red. I actually didn't know there were that many shades of the same color.
No. 20: Cincinnati Puts Up 600 Against Miami (OH)
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When Cincinnati rolled up 28 points in the very first quarter, you could tell it was going to be a long night for Miami(OH).
The Bearcats finished with a 45-3 blowout win and 609 yards of total offense.
No. 19: Cal's Defense, Shane Vereen, Too Much For UCLA
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I thought UCLA would prove to be more than they really are, or maybe it's that Texas is far more overrated than at first glance.
The Cal Bears, after losses on the road to Nevada and Arizona, came up with a huge effort in a 35-7 beat down of the Bruins.
Running back Shane Vereen had a big day, finishing with 151 yards on 25 carries and two scores for Cal.
No. 18: Johnny White Keys Tar Heel Win Over Clemson
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North Carolina hasn't been without their issues this season. Most of which has come from players being in trouble with the NCAA and not being able to suit up for a respective game.
However, running back Johnny White hasn't been one of those and he came up big for the Tar Heels against Clemson on Saturday.
White had 89 yards on the ground and two scores including one that put the game away with just under seven minutes to go in the fourth quarter, giving North Carolina a 21-16 win over the Tigers.
No. 17: Notre Dame On The Rebound?
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It was a win they needed, if for no other reason than getting a little bit of momentum.
After three straight losses, they'll take a two-game winning streak.
No. 16: USC Defense Cant Put The Brakes On Stanford
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Coming off a disappointing loss to Oregon the week before, Stanford came out and put up 478 total yards against USC and came out with a 37-35 win.
USC tried to trade scores with Stanford but when it came right down to it, it was who had the ball last. That team was Stanford, who got a last second field goal to pull out the win.
No. 15: Bryant Moniz Shows Why He's The Nation's Leading Passer
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Hawaii quarterback Bryant Moniz came into Saturday's game with Fresno State as the nation's leading passer.
Through one half, the Bulldog defense did a more than adequate job keeping him under wraps. In the second half, Moniz finally broke out.
He finished the night with 376 yards and two scores in a 49-27 win over the Bulldogs.
No. 14: TCU Shows off Their Defense
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Ok, so it was Wyoming, but at least the TCU defense got to show off a little bit on Saturday.
The Horned Frogs gave up just 191 yards of total offense to the Cowboys in a lopsided 45-0 win.
No. 13: Ohio State Toys With Indiana
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Sure, Indiana gave Michigan a game and a half the week before but we found out that Ohio State was far and away better than the Wolverines.
They didn't have a single problem with the Hoosiers in a 38-10 blowout.
Terrelle Pryor finished with 334 yards and three touchdowns and wide receiver DeVier Posey finished with 103 yards receiving and one touchdown.
No. 12: Spartans Are The Best In Michigan
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That picture says it all. Michigan State, fresh off a big win at home against Wisconsin, went to The Bighouse and silenced Denard Robinson and the Michigan Wolverines.
Robinson did have 416 total yards but was intercepted three times.
The Spartans kept the emotion that helped them knock off the Badgers and rode 536 total yards to a 34-17 win.
No. 11: Upset In The Desert
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Is Arizona overrated or is Oregon State that good?
That's going to be the question asked around a lot of the office water coolers on Monday morning after this one.
The Beavers rode 393 yards and two touchdowns from quarterback Ryan Katz and 100-yard receving games from Markus Wheaton and James Rodgers to a 29-27 upset of Arizona.
No. 10: Utah Better Than Advertised?
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Are the Utah Utes better than anyone expected they would be? Are they for real?
The Utes went to Ames, Iowa and ran over the Iowa State Cyclones 68-27. Quarterback Jordan Wynn had 325 yards on 23-of-31 passing and two touchdowns, one of which was to DeVonte Christopher who had 124 receiving yards on just six catches.
It didn't help that Iowa State was 0-for-11 on third down.
No. 9: LSU Sneaks Away With Yet Another Win
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Say what you want about Les Miles and his lack of game management, but somehow the Tigers keep coming away with victories.
The Tigers trailed the Florida Gators 29-26 with under 30 seconds to go. But the Tigers pulled another rabbit, and a win, out of their hat when Jarrett Lee found Terrence Toliver in the end zone to give LSU a 33-29 win.
No. 8: Cameron Newton Keeps Auburn Unbeaten
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Auburn got a fight they didn't expect from Kentucky and it lasted deep into the fourth quarter. So much so that they needed a last second field goal from Wes Byrum to squeak out a 37-34 win over the Wildcats.
Auburn did get a big day out of quarterback Cameron Newton who finished with 408 yards of total offense for the Tigers. He has 210 yards through the air and added another 198 yards and four touchdowns on the ground.
No. 7: Florida State Uses Quick Start to Take Down Miami
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When Florida State jumped out to a quick 21-0 lead on Miami, the Hurricanes knew it was going to be a long day.
They put an exclamation point on the victory with a 91-yard touchdown run from Chris Thompson with under five minutes to go in the game.
Miami quarterback Jacory Harris didn't have a single touchdown pass but did have a touchdown on the ground.
Florida State got three touchdowns on the ground from Thompson and fellow Seminole running back Jermaine Thomas who had two of those three rushing touchdowns.
No. 6: Tennessee Never Stood a Chance
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If Georgia wanted to get off the slide they were on, they picked the right team to do it against.
The Bulldogs six of the first seven touchdowns in the game and road it to a fairly easy 41-14 win over Derek Dooley and the Tennessee Volunteers.
No. 5: Evaluating The Guest Picker Of The Week
It was a tough week for 105.3 FM's Gregg Henson this week who finished 1-4.
He took Michigan, Miami, Baylor, Florida, and Arkansas, the last of which is the only one that came out a winner.
The guests aren't always going to have a good week. A few of these games could have gone either way.
No. 4: Taylor Martinez Back In The Heisman Conversation?
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Taylor Martinez is back.
The Nebraska quarterback dazzled against Kansas State. Though Martinez threw for just 128 yards through the air, he put up 241 yards and four touchdowns on the ground.
If he isn't in the Heisman conversation, I'm shocked.
No. 3: LaMichael James Helps Oregon Overcome Three Turnovers
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The Oregon Ducks lost three fumbles against Washington State but LaMichael James wasn't going to let that be the thing that made the Ducks falter.
He rushed for 136 yards and two scores and added 87 yards receiving and another touchdown in a 43-23 win over the Cougars.
It wasn't all that "convincing" but it was enough to push them to the number two spot in the polls just behind Ohio State.
No. 2: Oh How The Mighty Have Fallen
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Unbeaten no more, number one no more.
The Alabama Crimson Tide tried their best to fight back against South Carolina but to no avail. The Gamecocks took the upset and dropped Alabama seven spots in the polls.
Can they fight their way back to the BCS title game? I doubt it.
No. 1: The Winds Of Change Are Blowing
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With Alabama's loss, the polls were about to change come Sunday morning.
And change they did.
Alabama drops all the way to eighth while Ohio State takes over the top spot followed by Oregon, Boise State, and TCU.
How the polls shake out the rest of the way, should be interesting.