College Football Week 10: TCU Is That Good and 25 Things We Learned This Week
College football Week 10 has wrapped up. We had a TCU team prove that they were every bit as good as a lot of people said they were.
They went to Utah and not only beat the Utes, but they gave up just seven points to a team that had only scored less than 30 points two times all season.
The questions about the Horned Frogs should die off and if you didn't believe TCU's defense was as good as you thought it was, its performance yesterday should answer any questions you had about them.
But that wasn't the only game going on during a big college-football Saturday. LSU and Alabama were in action, Auburn had a theoretical week off, and Boise State did what it does best—win.
We'll cover all that and more as we wrap up Week 10 in college football.
25. Navy Puts Up 76
While most of us were watching LSU knock off Alabama or TCU put a beating on Utah, Navy was busy putting up 76 points on East Carolina.
Alexander Teich and Ricky Dobbs went for 100 yards or more on the ground, while Kriss Proctor and Vince Murray both had two touchdowns each.
Navy had 521 yards on the ground alone.
24. Virginia Tech Makes It Seven Straight
Anyone think Boise State's win over Virginia Tech is a joke now? How about Virginia Tech being a less-than-average team?
The Hokies, with their win over Georgia Tech on Saturday, won their seventh straight game.
23. Miami Sneaks Away from Maryland
When was the last time Miami put up 500 or more yards of offense and needed a last-second touchdown to beat a team like Maryland?
Well, it happened on Saturday.
The Hurricanes trailed 20-18 with less than a minute left when quarterback Stephen Morris hooked up with Leonard Hankerson for a 35-yard score and got the two-point conversion to put the game on ice.
This came a week after they dropped a 24-19 decision to Virginia.
Not a fun two weeks for the Hurricanes.
22. Michigan Goes Seven Rounds with Illinois
The Michigan Wolverines and Illinois Fighting Illini got into the ring and went seven rounds, blow for blow.
When it was all said and done, it was the Wolverines who came out on top in what was the highest-scoring game in Big House history. The teams combined for a grand total of 132 points, four quarters and three overtimes.
Denard Robinson did not play after the third quarter due to dizziness and a headache, according to head coach Rich Rodriguez.
The Wolverines snapped their three-game losing streak and will try to get on some sort of roll when they go on the road against Purdue next weekend.
21. Baylor Not Up to Snuff
I was hoping, really I was, that Baylor would head to Stillwater and shock the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
Unfortunately, even though Baylor is in the middle of a good season, the Bears met up with a very good Cowboys team that put up a 24-0 lead at halftime and never looked back.
There's always next week, boys.
20. Texas Is Really That Bad
UCLA, Iowa State, Baylor and now Kansas State.
Yeah, the Texas Longhorns are really that bad. They got it handed to them by the Kansas State Wildcats, 39-14, in a game that was never that close.
To say this is the worst year for Texas in quite some time would be a huge understatement.
19. Ryan Tannehill Is the Real Deal for the Aggies
Before this season started, Texas A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson was looked at as a possible Heisman candidate.
Now, nine games into the season, Ryan Tannehill has taken over as the quarterback and the Aggies look unstoppable.
Since Tannehill started to take over the Aggies offense, they've run off three straight wins against Kansas, Texas Tech and now 11th-ranked Oklahoma.
Maybe they should have gone with him in the first place. But I don't think anyone saw this coming, nor did they see the struggles Johnson would have.
18. Does Oregon State's Loss to UCLA Look Bad?
When UCLA knocked off, no, embarrassed Texas in Austin, I thought the Bruins were going to be a team to deal with in the Pac-10.
Since then, it hasn't looked good for the Bruins.
But after they beat Oregon State on Saturday, it makes me wonder how bad it might look on TCU and Boise State, teams that both knocked off the Beavers earlier this season.
17. New Mexico Finally Got Its First
The New Mexico Lobos spent most of the season chasing around just about every team they faced and not coming out on the right side of any of them.
But thanks to a last-second field goal on Saturday, the Lobos finally have their first win, as they got past Wyoming 34-31.
Way to go boys!
16. Nevada Keeps Its Foot on the Gas
Nevada had to do something this Saturday. It wanted to look better than it had in recent weeks.
It accomplished that in a big way against Idaho.
After putting up a 28-3 halftime lead, the Wolfpack kept their foot on the gas and put up 35 more in the second half in a 63-17 blowout of the Vandals.
15. Was Missouri Always Overrated?
A few weeks ago, Missouri had itself in the top 10 in the rankings and it made me scratch my head and wonder if it deserved to be there.
Since then, the Tigers have dropped two straight, on the road against Nebraska and a 24-17 loss in Lubbock against Texas Tech.
Their 14th ranking slipped in a big way when the new BCS rankings came out on Sunday evening.
14. Nebraska Lucked Out
When is a win not really a win?
You might have wanted to ask Nebraska that question just before the BCS rankings came out on Sunday evening. Their answer might surprise you.
It took an overtime period for them to get past Iowa State and it would have gone the other way had the Cyclones been able to convert the two-point conversion.
But they didn't and Nebraska got away with a one-point victory.
13. Arkansas Got a Win It Needed
Arkansas went on the road to take on a South Carolina team that knocked off Alabama, a team that once was the No. 1 in the nation.
The Razorbacks wanted this win, and they needed to be able to move up in the polls, especially with teams in front of them already losing.
They got that win thanks to 303 yards through the air by quarterback Ryan Mallett and 110 yards and three scores from running back Knile Davis.
12. Coach of the Week
Gary Patterson is looking good right about now after a throttling of the Utah Utes.
Not only did TCU make itself look like a better national championship contender than their mid-major, top-five counterpart Boise State. But it also showed what domination should really look like.
11. Find Me a Disguise, Will Ya?
Mack Brown has to be wondering if things could possibly get any worse for his Texas Longhorns, but he has to know that it actually is almost to that point.
Losses to UCLA, Iowa State, Baylor and now Kansas State looks bad no matter which way you spin this.
10. Going in the Right Direction
The Aggies, after their third-straight win, are absolutely going in the right direction. Making the change at quarterback from Jerrod Johnson to Ryan Tannehill looks to be paying off.
As of right now, the AP and USA Today both have the Aggies in the Top 25.
9. Going in the Wrong Direction
Just when it looked like Florida State was doing everything it needed to do to get back on some kind of roll and move up in the polls, the Seminoles have now dropped back-to-back games.
First it was NC State and now a 37-35 loss at home to North Carolina. That most likely will have them out of the top 25 when the BCS poll is released Sunday afternoon.
The AP and USA Today polls already reflect that.
8. What Happens from Here?
With all the allegations surrounding quarterback Cam Newton, one has to wonder what happens from here with both Newton and Auburn.
If the NCAA finds out that Newton knew about the offer to the Tigers amongst other schools, could they lose out on a sure shot at the BCS title?
Things could get interesting from here.
7. On the Outside Looking in
For awhile, Boise State was sitting just behind the top two teams in the country and just about every Bronco fan in Boise would shout about it from the highest rooftop.
They wanted their shot, but now it looks like that shot isn't coming ,barring an upset by any of the three teams above them.
With TCU's domination of Utah and Auburn's win over Chattanooga, the Broncos are now sitting in fourth in both the AP and USA Today polls. They're officially on the outside looking in.
Better get used to it Boise fans. That's where they're going to stay.
6. About to Pass on the Left
With LSU's impressive win over Alabama on Saturday, they are one, maybe two wins away from passing Boise State just like everyone else is doing.
I'm not guaranteeing it, but it's a hunch.
5. Don't Look Now
The Wisconsin Badgers look to be on a good roll. They're on a four-game winning streak coming after their loss to Michigan State.
Just as the title says, don't look now, but here come the Badgers. With three games left, and none that seem all that challenging, they could have a legit shot at a BCS game.
4. My Seat Is Burning
Colorado had a 35-10 lead at the half and looked to be on its way to a comfortable win over Kansas. After three quarters, it led 38-17.
Then the wheels fell off the wagon. Kansas scores 35 points in the fourth quarter and pulls off a 52-45 win over the Buffaloes.
To say the hot seat is at the burning level for Colorado head coach Dan Hawkins would be saying the absolute least.
It's not going to be a fun week for him.
3. How Did Ryan Durling Do?
As much as this pains me to say, Ryan actually finished with a winning week with a 3-2 record.
He picked up wins on Oklahoma State over Baylor, Boise State over Hawaii and Stanford over Arizona.
His two losses came picking Utah over TCU—I hope Horned Frogs fans give him all the hell in the world for that pick—and Alabama's loss to LSU.
TCU fans unite. I hope to get an e-mail from Ryan sometime soon wondering why fans are giving him a hard time for picking Utah.
2. Oregon Keeps Doing What It Does Well
Oregon won—big. That is something they've gotten used to doing week in and week out.
Another thing they've gotten used to doing? Scoring more than 50 points.
They were the first team in five weeks not to succumb to the No. 1 jinx, something that happened to the likes of Alabama, Oklahoma and Ohio State.
1. The BCS Poll Should Be Interesting
The BCS poll that is due to be released in a few hours should be the most interesting we've seen since the first poll came out a few weeks ago.
Alabama's journey for back-to-back BCS championships came to an end with a loss to LSU. Missouri dropped its second straight. Florida State lost at home to North Carolina. And there are a few other games that will shake up the poll.
The most curious thing to me is where it will have Boise State.
The Broncos are fourth in both the AP and USA Today, so I don't see the BCS ranking them higher than those two. They have been prone to do some silly stuff before though, so anything is possible I guess.