Oregon 39, Michigan 7 – When the Wolverines lost last week, I thought, “They will lose to Oregon next week,” and I even called it when I did my own top 10 earlier this week, because of the logic: Oregon runs the spread with better, fitter athletes, with Division I-A money behind the program. I just didn’t think it would be a slaughter. Dennis Dixon accounted for nearly 400 yards on his own, whether through the air or on his feet, and scored four touchdowns. Chad Henne is hurt, and Mike Hart seems to be the only Wolverine who cares.
Penn State 34, Notre Dame 10 – The Irish can’t hide behind Michigan losing any more, because the Nittany Lions made so many errors that Notre Dame is completely unequipped to take advantage of with a freshman quarterback and a leaky defense. The Irish improved on last week’s aggregate of -8 yards rushing with an aggregate of 0 yards rushing.
Washington 24, Boise State 10 – Jake Locker manages to overcome turnovers while the Husky defense stops Ian Johnson short of 100 yards rushing after a seven game streak, and snaps Boise State’s 14-game winning streak.
Texas A&M 47, Fresno State 45 – Pat Hill’s “Any Time, Any Place” mantra for scheduling is starting to pay off: despite losing in 3OT by missing the 2-point conversion, the Bulldogs are putting the screws to opponents who think they’re getting a cakewalk by coming back against the Aggies in the second half.
Nebraska 20, Wake Forest 17 – Sam Keller should thank his lucky stars that the Husker defense picked for six right after he gave it away. They’re losing to USC next week by a large margin if he plays like that.
Boston College 37, North Carolina State 17 – Nothing like bitch-smacking your old coach’s new team, is there?
Oklahoma 51, Miami 13 – Ouch. The Sooners have outscored their first two opponents by a score of 130-23.
South Florida 26, Auburn 23 – Why I said “pass” on Auburn earlier this week: they don’t rally til late and that can be fatal.
West Virginia 48, Marshall 23 – The Mountaineers looked flaccid until the second half, when Steve Slaton and Pat White came alive, and it was over when Slaton started making motions on the bench like he wanted you all to ride this train to victory.
LSU 48, Va Tech 7 – I’d say it’s fairly safe to give LSU the #1 for now in both polls. Deconstructing one of the ACC’s favorites ought to push you over the top while someone is idle this early in the season.
Wisconsin 20, UNLV 13 – By the grace of Tyler Donovan’s leap, Wisky pulls it out after a battle with UNLV.
South Carolina 16, Georgia 12 – Click-clack. If you’re gonna lose a conference game, don’t do it the Ol’ Ball Coach when you’re at home, who will take a shot at you afterwards.
Arizona State 33, Colorado 14 – If Dan Hawkins doesn’t line his wide receivers’ gloves with Krazy Glue, I will fly out to Denver, drive the 40 minutes to Boulder, and do it myself.
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