"It's real now." - said the BCS commissioner after kicking his puppy and shredding $10 million because he didn't know what to do with it.
The first BCS polls were released last night, virtually rendering the AP poll useless and giving the Coaches' poll some breathing room in the "What The Hell Were They Thinking?" department. If you lose now, you aren't going to be vying for a national championship come January. Win out and you have the chance to get completely demolished by Alabama.
Game Of The Week: (22) Texas A&M 59 - (23) Louisiana Tech 57
I started watching this on Saturday night on ESPN3 and decided to get some work done after A&M went up 27-0 early in the second quarter. Big mistake.
The Bulldogs reallied back to within two points in a furious second-half run, but threw a fade pass to a receiver that wasn't Quinton Patton and couldn't capitalize on what would have been the game-tying two-point conversion. Patton caught 21(!!!) passes for 233 yards and four touchdowns as he did everything he could to bring Tech back, but he was no match for the folk hero who has come to be known as "Johnny Football".
Johnny Manziel, the Aggies' freshman phenom, threw for 395 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another 181 yards and another three touchdowns, breaking his own SEC total yardage record in the process. Not bad for a kid who has only played six games of college football.
Game Of The Week 2: (9) LSU 23 - (3) South Carolina 21
It's an universal law. No matter how bad their quarterback may be, LSU will never lose at home at night.
Jeremy Hill ran for 124 yards and two touchdowns and the LSU defense held Marcus Lattimore and Connor Shaw more than in check in an upset of the third-ranked Gamecocks. Many people thought that this would be the night that LSU would finally take a loss at home, but it will never happen. As Les Miles said ON NATIONAL TELEVISION after the game, "That was Death Valley. That was where opponents' dreams come to die and it was spectacular."
Troll on, Mad Hatter.
Upset Of The Week: Texas Tech 49 - (5) West Virginia 14
I got to see this game live here in Lubbock. I knew that the West Virginia defense was bad, but seeing it live gave a whole new meaning to "bad". I'll go as far as saying QB14 could have passed for 500 and six TDs against that defense.
Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege did just that (OK, he threw for 499 yards, whatever), and the Texas Tech defense, who was ranked in the top-5 in the nation this year before getting blown up by Oklahoma last week, proved that maybe the hype was real, holding the nation's most prolific offense to only 14 points and Heisman-frontrunner Geno Smith to only 275 yards passing with a subpar 53% completion percentage.
I left after 42-7 because I couldn't stand to watch such horrible football any longer, but apparently there was a streaker tackled by cowboys and a field rush as the game ended. Oh, well. Take me back to Beaver Stadium.
Botched Call Of The Week: (7) Notre Dame 20 - (17) Stanford 13 (OT)
On their possession in overtime, Stanford makes it down to the one-yard-line to set up a fourth down that will decide the game. Officials say that Stepfan Taylor is stopped short. The replay shows his progress is never stopped and the ruling should have been touchdown. What else would you expect in South Bend?
Everett Golson threw for 151 yards and played most of the game, but once again, it was Tommy Rees who came in late and won the game for Notre Dame. His touchdown pass to T.J. Jones in the first overtime proved to be the winning score after the botched call at the end of the game.
Notre Dame is now 7-0 and ranked fifth in the country and Manti Te'o is one of the best linebackers in the nation, leading a defense that does more than enough for a sputtering offense. It pains me to say this, but watch out for the Golden Domers.
Best Of The Rest:
(6) Kansas State 27 - Iowa State 21
Colin Klein held off an upset bid from a very good Cyclones squad to escape Ames with a 27-21 victory. The win vaulted the Wildcats to #3 in some polls and put them in control of their own destiny to win the Big 12.
(13) Oklahoma 63 - (15) Texas 21
The Red River Shootout was anything but as the country found how just how bad the Texas run defense is in a 63-21 debacle in Dallas. Psuedo-Wildcat quarterback Blake Bell ran for four touchdowns for the Sooners as they head to Kansas next week before a big matchup with Notre Dame two weeks from now.
(19) Mississippi State 41 - Tennessee 31
Don't look now, but the Bulldogs are 6-0. Dan Mullen has his team bowl-eligible early this year, but don't get too excited. After a game with Middle Tennessee State next week, their next three games are: at Alabama, vs. Texas A&M, at LSU. Good luck, guys.
Other Notable Games
(1) Alabama 42 - Missouri 10
(10) Oregon State 42 - BYU 24
(11) USC 24 - Washington 14
(18) Louisville 45 - Pittsburgh 35
(20) Rutgers 23 - Syracuse 15
Ole Miss 41 - Auburn 20
Virginia Tech 41 - Duke 20
Maryland 27 - Virginia 20
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