WEEK THREE IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL
The Best: 1) Southern California, 2) Brigham Young, 3) Oregon
The battle between top-ranked Sou Cal and Ohio State ended with a whimper from the Buckeyes following a 35-3 blowout in the Coliseum.
Buckeye coach Jim Tressel lamented, "We're going to have to re-examine ourselves". With the Big 10 schedule looming, the men with nuts on their helmets have little time to sulk.
Brigham Young served notice they are a force to be reckoned with by destroying UCLA 59-0. Utah showed they were ready for a rumble in the Beehive State by annihilating arch-rival Utah State, 58-10.
Powerful Oklahoma put another nail in Ty Willingham's coffin by drilling the Huskies in Seattle, 55-14. In an otherwise down-week for the PAC-10, Oregon State ripped Hawaii 45-7 behind a rejuvenated Beaver front line. "We got tough" said Coach Mike Riley.
Fresno State had all the momentum in the second half but couldn't overhaul the hulking Badgers of Wisconsin bowing 13-10, while Boise St. was busy putting down the Falcons of Bowling Green, 20-7.
The Desert Report:While waiting upon preseason No. 1 Georgia to show up next week, the Sun Devils of Arizona State were clipped by Nevada-Las Vegas. The Mountain West claimed their third PAC-10 victim of the week when New Mexico put down Arizona, 36-28.
The Best: 1) Penn State, 2) Connecticut, 3) West Virginia.
Joe Paterno demonstrated he still has the killer instinct by ordering his Lions to crush Greg Robinson's Syracuse Orange, 55-13. Robinson is now loser of 31 of 38 games he's coached at the alma mater of Jim Brown, Ernie Davis, and Larry Csonka. Rumor has it he will be relieved at season's end and replaced by Buffalo head-coach Turner Gill, a Tom Osborne disciple from the glory days of Nebraska football.
Furman went into Colgate and put away the Raiders, 42-21 amid chants of "you are a toothpaste" while Virginia continued to make its case as the worst team in the country by losing to UConn, 45-10. Looks like rumors of Al Groh's exit could be true also.
The Best: 1) Florida, 2) Georgia, 3) Auburn.
Unimpressive as Tommy Tuberville's Tigers were in a 3-2 win over Mississippi State, the Pirates of East Carolina may have raised even more questions in a weak 28-24 comeback performance over Tulane.
Maryland got the drop on vaunted California early and never let up. Sending the Bears packing after a 35-27 upset. Cal supporters blamed the loss on a poor airplane flight.
Duke continued its new-found winning ways by disposing of The Navy, 41-31. Florida State drilled its 2nd Southern Conference opponent to remain unbeaten while Va Tech used several questionable calls in the 4th quarter to subdue Georgia Tech, 20-17.
Georgia was the beneficiary of several breaks late in their match with Steve Spurrier's Carolina Gamecocks. When the dust settled, the Bulldogs survived, 14-7.
In other SEC action, Ole Miss, Alabama, LSU, and Vanderbilt posted solid wins while Tennessee tuned up for next week's clash with powerful Florida by beating UAB, 35-3. Mysterious Kentucky felt fortunate to survive former Florida State quarterback Rick Stockstill's Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, 20-14.
The clock struck 12 on Friday night for the Cinderella of last season, Kansas. The Jayhawks fell on the road to a powerful South Florida team, 37-34.
The Best: 1) Oklahoma, 2) Missouri, 3) Ohio State.
The Big 10 isn't used to looking up at Minnesota but the Golden Gophers are undefeated following a 35-23 win over the Bobcats of Montana State. Iowa pasted Iowa State 17-5, and Michigan State handled Florida Atlantic, 17-0.
Michigan added to the misery of the league by bowing to Notre Dame, 35-17 while Purdue barely lost in overtime to supposed western power Oregon, 32-26.
Missouri and Texas Tech cranked up their powerful offenses for easy wins but the talk of the Big12 was Nebraska. Reborn under disciplinarian Bo Pellini. the undefeated Cornhuskers look ready to regain their rightful place atop the conference, and served notice by smashing offensive guru Hal Mumme's New Mexico State Aggies, 38-7.
Texas Christian continued their unbeaten ways by clobbering PAC10-entry Stanford, 31-14 while The Air Force kept pace by dumping Houston, 31-28.