Monday, October 11, 2010

Monday Musings: 10 Thoughts About Week 6

College football turned in a fantastic weekend. Several games came down to the last minute. Some more mid-season rivalry games were unexpected blowouts, while other games were much closer than expected.

1. Bad week to be unbeaten. With targets on their backs, the undefeated teams were tested and several failed. Five undefeated teams lost (Kansas State, Northwestern, Alabama, Arizona, and Michigan). Two others were severely tested (Auburn and LSU).

2. What a different a week makes. Colorado beat Georgia last week, 29-27. This week, the Buffs were whipped by Missouri 26-0, while Georgia whipped Tennessee 41-14.

3. A bad day to be UM. Michigan lost to in-state rival Michigan State 34-17, ruining the Wolverines' perfect record. Miami lost even worse in their rivalry game, 45-17.

4. A Boost for Boise State. The Broncos got a boost in the polls this week. They moved up one spot to number 3 in each poll and gained 7 first place votes in the AP and one in the USA Today. Certainly Oregon State's win over previously undefeated Arizona helped contribute to changing voters' minds, as well as Alabama's loss.

5. Back to the little kid table. Iowa State thought they were on the way up to the next level after last year's 7-6 campaign. Saturday, the Cyclones gave up 41 points--in the first half. You still have a long way to go.

6. He's human. Denard Robinson was playing out of this world in the first five games. Saturday saw him limited to 86 yards rushing and saw him throw three interceptions.

7. No more last second field goals. USC has lost back-to-back games to Washington and Stanford on last second field goals. No 4-2 team is closer to being 6-0 than the Trojans.

8. Game of his life. South Carolina quarterback played the game of his life in the upset of Alabama. His stat line was 17-20 (85%), 201 yards, 3 TD, 1 Interception. That is what it takes to beat at team like the Crimson Tide.

9. Half a day off. Baylor and Texas Tech gave their defenses half of the day off. At halftime the score in their game was 35-28. The defenses did play in the second half as each team scored only 10 points.

10. Learn to share. BYU held on to the ball for 45:01 in their 24-21 win over San Diego State. The Aztecs just wanted 2 more minutes.

Other recent posts on COLLEGE FOOTBALL HAVEN:
College Football Haven Top 25, Week 6, 2010
Game of the Week: Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Wolverines
Game Predictions, Week 6, 2010
USC Trojans: Still No Institutional Control
Weekly Trivia: Single Season Rushing Leader
Heisman Trophy Hopefuls, Week 5, 2010


  1. I was surprised you didn't include BYU in your "What a difference a week makes."

  2. That is true, BYU did make a big turn around this week. I wasn't trying to do a comprehensive look at wide swings in outcomes, the CU-UGa stuck out to me.

    However, BYU-Utah State fits as well.

    Utah State 31 BYU 16 last week, this week:

    BYU 24-21
    Utah State lost 24-6 to Louisiana Tech.