Monday, October 18, 2010

Monday Musings: 10 Thoughts About Week 7, 2010

College football did not disappoint this weekend. More upsets, more (un)Heisman moments, and more controversy--the BCS standings are out. After all the weekend action, here are my Monday Musings.

1. Dream Seasons Done. The Nebraska Cornhuskers, Ohio State Buckeyes, and Nevada Wolf Pack all saw hopes of undefeated seasons erased. It will take a lot of help from others for Nebraska and Ohio State to make it to the BCS National Championship game now.

2. The WAC is no walk in the park. Nevada’s loss to Hawaii shows that not just anyone can run the table in the WAC, at least not this year. If Boise State does end up undefeated, they will have beaten 3 quality conference opponents: Hawaii, Nevada, and Fresno State.

3. Wish you were here. On his way home Saturday night, Urban Meyer should have picked up two of these familiar post cards and sent one to Dan Mullen (Mississippi State head coach/former Florida offensive coordinator) and the other to Cameron Newton (Auburn QB/former Florida QB).

4. Should we really be surprised? Sure, Nebraska had the emotion of playing for revenge, and Texas had lost its last two games, but think about it. Texas was coming off a bye. The Texas defense is equal to, if not greater than, the vaunted Black shirts. Nebraska has been less than stellar at times (South Dakota State, 17-3; Idaho, 38-17). Cornhusker QB Taylor Martinez is just a freshman. As good as he has been, freshmen are still freshmen.

5. 120-27. Iowa State has been outscored by almost 100 points the last two weeks. The Cyclones have yielded one point per minute of play, and 1.75 points per minute that the opposing team’s offense is on the field.

6. Thank you. Michigan State needs to send one of these cards to Wisconsin. The Spartans don’t play Ohio State so the only chance for Michigan State to win the Big Ten outright, finish higher in the BCS standings than Ohio State, and get the conference’s automatic BCS bid was for someone to beat Ohio State. Wisconsin was happy to oblige.

7. Watch out for the Wildcats. The Kentucky Wildcats that is. They took Auburn to the wire last week. This week they upset South Carolina. Georgia and Mississippi State are their next two opponents. Kentucky has assumed the spoiler role and they can spoil both opponents’ seasons with a win in each game.

8. Good news/bad news. The good news during the Oregon Ducks’ bye week was that even without playing the voters moved them up to number one in the rankings. The bad news is that LaMichael James went from being the second leading rusher in the nation to the fifth. Vai Taua, Nevada, Bilal Powell, Louisville, and Cameron Newton, Auburn, all moved ahead of James.

9. Watch out Michael Crabtree, I mean Trevor Insley (Nevada). Insley set the NCAA single season receiving yards record in 1999 with 2,060 (Crabtree had 1,962 in 2008). After 190 yard and 207 yard receiving games in back-to-back weeks, Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon is on pace for 1,910 yards, and that would be with only 114 receptions. Both Crabtree and Insley had 134.

10. Is Baylor bowl bound? The Baylor Bears are one win away from qualifying for a bowl, the first in program history since 1994. They have a hard road to travel for win number six: Kansas State, at Oklahoma State, at Texas, Texas A&M, and Oklahoma.

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