There were a few upsets (USC), a few down to the wire games (Va Tech) and one game that made me very sad (UK over Louisville). All in all it was another exciting week of college football. The season begins to look like a Florida and Texas dance to January; but with all of the other contenders dropping like flies, it will only take one of them to stub their toe to let everyone else back in.
LAST WEEKS PICKS
My pick Real result
Kentucky 27 Louisville 17 Kentucky 31-27
I only included this game in my top 5 because I am a Louisville alum, but it turned out to be a pretty good game. There were 4 lead changes in the fourth quarter and Louisville drove to the UK 24 with under 2 minutes to go before Justin Burke through a heartbreaking pick.
Florida 44 Tennessee 20 Florida 23-13
I think that Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin should be given alot of credit. he took a team with a clear talent disadvantage into Griffin Stadium and kept the game much closer than most pundits thought. Soon, Kiffin will be able to back up his talk with a more competitive team, but he needs a couple of more recruiting classes.
Oregon St. 34 Cincinnati 28 Cincinnati 28-18
Maybe the defending Big East champions are for real. They went cross country, which has slowed down many supposedly better teams, and showed no ill effects.
Auburn 27 West Virginia 21 Auburn 41-30
I’ve been saying all along that those that went nuts over the hiring of Gene Chizik would have egg on their faces. He was hottest assistant in the nation 3 years ago. Two bad years at Iowa State do not a career destroy. he has the team playing with a ton of heart and OC Gus Malzahn has the offense cranked up. Expect a bowl bid this year and SEC title games in the future.
Virginia Tech 31 Nebraska 17 Va Tech 16-15
I had the winner right, but I didn’t get the spirit of the game correct. I though Nebraska was just a notch below the Hokies, and not ready for a game like this. Instead Bo Pelini’s Huskers outplayed Virginia Tech much of the game and almost stole a big road victory.
Maryland 24 MTSU 21 Middle Tenn St. 32-31
I knew that this game would be close. Maryland has not figured out a way to stop the opposing teams yet this season. Their porous defense will keep the Terrapins home this bowl season for the first time since 2005.
Pittsburgh 41 Navy 24 Pittsburgh 27-14
Sometimes, no matter how much heart Navy plays with and no matter what scheme they employ, it doesn’t matter. They run up against a team with better talent than they have and that is that. Navy won’t have this problem against Western Kentucky this week.
Towson 17 Coastal Carolina 10 Towson 21-17
An important win for Towson to get against a team from a lesser 1-AA conference. The question will be can they keep it up into Colonial Conference play.
Morgan St. 34 Winston-Salem 14 Morgan 16-10
The game was much closer than I thought it would be, but it was still a win for the Bears. For local 1-AA fans , it was a week to relish with both Towson and Morgan winning. Don’t expect that to happen many more times this season.
Best Game by a BCS Team: Washington
When you go 0-12 like the Huskies did last year, any win is a big win. But when you do it against a conference rival that is ranked number 3 in the nation, it is huge. And when it is against the team that half of your coaching staff just left, it is legendary. The Washington fan base will be talking about this win until at least September of next year and maybe forever.
Best Game by a non-BCS Team: UNLV
There were no big stunning upsets by non-BCS teams this week. No obvious pick like BYU in week one or Houston last week. But make no mistake, UNLV needed the win over Hawaii. The 34-33 final score wasn’t just an exciting game. It was that ,with UNLV coming from behind twice in the fourth quarter, the last time a 15yd TD pass with less than a minute to go. It was the kind of win that gets Rebel fans excited again and gives on the hot seat coach Mike Sanford a reason to smile.
Best Individual Performance of the week: Jahvid Best, RB California
I have avoided picking the big name obvious guys for this weekly award. I just can’t deny Best though. His 131 yards and 5 TD’s won an important non-conference road game for the Bears and put Best truly in the conversation for the Heisman.
THE NEW LAWSON LAMBERT TOP 25
1. Florida 3-0
2. Texas 3-0
3. Alabama 3-0
4. LSU 3-0
5. California 3-0
6. Penn St. 3-0
7. Oklahoma 2-1
8. Boise St. 3-0
9. Ohio State 2-1
10. USC 2-1
11. Virginia Tech 2-1
12. Kansas 3-0
13. South Florida 3-0
14. Georgia 2-1
15. Cincinnati 3-0
16 Mississippi 2-1
17. Oklahoma St. 2-1
18. TCU 2-0
19. North Carolina 3-0
20. Miami (FL) 2-0
21. Michigan 3-0
22. Houston 2-0
23. Florida St. 2-1
24. Auburn 3-0
25. BYU 2-1