This is a little late, but sue me. I was in the Bahamas all week with no Internet. It was a great time and I just got home. I will readily admit that I didn’t do great picking winners in my top 5 games this week. But I sure did an impressive job picking the top 5 games. Each game I put in the top 5 , literally, came down to almost the final play. Here is a recap.
LAST WEEKS PICKS
My Pick Real Result
Wisconsin 23 Fresno St. 17 Wisconsin 34-31
This was a big win for Bret Bielema. Now he needs to get a few more in the Big Ten to get the heat off.
S. Carolina 20 Georgia 17 Georgia 41-37
I never expected Georgia to be able to put up 41 points after their dismal performance the week before. Still their defense almost let it slip away.
Tennessee 31 UCLA 21 UCLA 19-15
The Volunteers needed this win to give the team hope heading into SEC play and Florida this week. Instead this game showed alot of weaknesses in Tennessee’s game that will be exploited most of the season.
USC 27 Ohio State 20 USC 18-15
I said in my preview blog that this game wouldn’t shock me if the Buckeyes won. They almost did, but close doesn’t count for programs like the Buckeyes. In the end USC’s superior athletes proved the difference yet again. USC’s national title hopes march on while Ohio St.’s ended.
Notre Dame 38 Michigan 24 Michigan 38-34
What an exciting game. It was riveting from beginning to end. I had 38 points to the winner right, but I underestimated Tate Forcier. He planted himself into Wolverine lore early in his career. Now we’ll see where he goes from here.
Akron 41 Morgan St. 7 Akron 41-0
Just like Towson, Morgan needs to get these paycheck games over with, so they can concentrate on more manageable foes.
Maryland 23 James Madison 10 Maryland 38-35
If Maryland wants their season to end in late December, then they will have to seriously tighten up a porous defense.
Navy 31 Louisiana Tech 17 Navy 32-14
A good Navy squad takes care of the kind of middle of the road team that they need to handle to make any noise this season.
Johns Hopkins 24 Rand.-Macon 21 JHU 35-31
I got the Hopkins game right this week. Good for the Bluejays getting back onto the winning track. Hopefully, they’ll keep it up.
Best Game by a BCS Team: Michigan
This win by Rich Rodriguez and the Wolverines cannot be underestimated. It is the first time the Michigan program has felt good about itself since the 2006 season. Michigan withstood a couple of Notre Dame comebacks and showed their toughness. The drive to win the game will be relived by Michigan fans for years.
Best Game by a non-BCS Team: Houston
Oklahoma State had just beaten Georgia. they were ranked fifth in the country. They were ready to challenge Texas and Oklahoma for Big 12 supremacy. But then the Houston Cougars showed up. Case Keenum led the Cougars to a fourth quarter surge that toppled the Cowboys and made America take notice. Houston’s performance showed that BYU and Boise aren’t the only possible BCS busters.
Best Individual Performance of the Weekend: DaJuane Collins, RB Toledo
When you face a bigger name opponent , you need to show them that you can run against them if you want to win. Toledo did just that against Colorado this week. DaJuane Collins 160 yds on 20 attempts was the main reason why they were able to dominate the Buffaloes and get the big non-conference win.
THE NEW LAWSON LAMBERT TOP 25
1. Florida 2-0
2. USC 2-0
3. Texas 2-0
4. Alabama 2-0
5. Mississippi 1-0
6. LSU 2-0
7. California 2-0
8. BYU 2-0
9. Boise St. 2-0
10. Oklahoma 1-1
11. Penn St. 2-0
12. Ohio State 1-1
13. Georgia Tech 2-0
14. South Florida 2-0
15. Georgia 1-1
16 Virginia Tech 1-1
17. Kansas 2-0
18. West Virginia 2-0
19. Oklahoma St. 1-1
20. TCU 1-0
21. Cincinnati 2-0
22. North Carolina 2-0
23. Oregon State 2-0
24. Michigan 2-0
25. Houston 2-0