#1 Oklahoma @ Baylor
For the last few weeks, being ranked #1 has been akin to a death knell for teams. But the Sooners were determined to buck the trend and buck it they did as they bounced Baylor in their Big 12 opener, 49-17. Sooner quarterback Sam Bradford continued his outstanding play, throwing for 372 yards and a pair of touchdowns. His first was to wide receiver Manuel Johnson – a 53 yard strike just 70 seconds into the game. Baylor was outmatched from the get-go and Oklahoma opened a 28 to nothing lead by the end of the first quarter. The Sooners have never lost to Baylor and by the looks of things, it will be a long time before that changes.
Kentucky @ #2 Alabama
Alabama had all it could handle and then some but squeaked past Kentucky 17-14. The Crimson Tide didn’t help their cause any by turning the ball over three times Saturday and letting up a last minute touchdown from Wildcat quarterback Mike Hartline to wide receiver DeMoreo Ford. But an onside kick by Kentucky went out of bounds and Alabama Coach Nick Saban was able to breathe a sigh of relief. Part of the reason Alabama was able to overcome a day full of mistakes – or maybe the only reason – was the performance of junior running back Glen Coffee who compiled 218 yards and a touchdown against a Wildcat rush defense who came into the game only allowing 73 yards on the ground per game.
#3 LSU — IDLE
With Alabama’s struggles, could they even move up? I can’t imagine they will drop.
#4 Missouri @ Nebraska
Nebraska has been an ugly, ugly place for Mizzou the last 30 years. Over and over since 1978, Missouri has gone to Lincoln and lost. Not this time, as they beat the Cornhuskers 52-17, the most they have scored against Nebraska since 1943. The record breaking day was led by quarterback Chase Daniel, who threw for 253 yards and three touchdowns. Sophomore running back Derrick Washington added a pair of touchdowns and 139 yards to the effort, as the Tigers started off their Big 12 play on the right foot.
#5 Texas @ Colorado
Texas blew past Colorado and never looked back on their way to a 38-14 victory, led by running back Chris Ogbonnaya’s 167 total yards and two touchdowns. The worry was that the Longhorns might get caught looking ahead to Oklahoma and stumble in a matchup that they should win. But that worry was unfounded as Texas was totally focused on the task at hand on both sides of the ball. McCoy also moved into second place on Texas’ all-time pass list.
#6 Penn State @Purdue
If not having Joe Paterno on the sidelines due to a hip injury was a problem, it didn’t show as the sixth ranked Nittany Lions pounded the Purdue Boilermakers 20-6. Sophomore running back Evan Royster lead the way with 141 yards and a touchdown on the ground and another 53 yards through the air.
#7 Texas Tech @ Kansas State
The Red Raiders threw for 490 yards as a team, 454 and six touchdowns coming from senior quarterback Graham Harrell who became the All-Time Leader in Passing Yards for Texas Tech as they hammered Kansas State 58-28.
#8 BYU @ Utah State
Cougar quarterback Max Hall threw a touchdown for his seventh straight game as BYU extended its winning streak to 15 games as they beat Utah State 34-14 on Friday night.
#9 USC vs #23 Oregon
For a while, it seemed like USC was about to relive the meltdown in Corvallis all over again. But at 7:47 in the second quarter, Trojan quarterback Mark Sanchez completed a pass to Damian Williams for the first of his three touchdowns and USC rolled to a 44-10 victory. Sanchez, who totaled 341 yards, left briefly after he twisted his knee while being sacked but returned to the game after backup Mitch Mustain came in for a brief period and looked ok. In post game interviews, Sanchez sounded optimistic that his injury would not hold him out of next week’s game against Arizona State.
#10 South Florida vs Pittsburgh
Another ranked team bit the dust on Thursday night as running back LeSean McCoy ran for 142 yards and two touchdowns as the Panthers upset the Bulls 26-21.
#11 Georgia – IDLE
Georgia may jump up one with South Florida succumbing to the same upset-itis that hurt Georgia last week.
#12 Florida @ Arkansas
The Gators rebounded from their shattering loss to Mississippi with a 38-7 trouncing of the Arkansas Razorbacks lead by two running backs with 100 yard efforts – Chris Rainey with 103 yards and a touchdown and Jeffrey Demps with 103 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
#13 Auburn @ #19 Vanderbilt
Vandy stayed undefeated in the SEC East and snapped a 13 game losing streak to Auburn by upsetting them 14-13. The Commodores had to punt the ball back to Auburn with just over two minutes left but intercepted Auburn quarterback Chris Todd’s first pass to preserve the one point lead and the victory.
#14 Ohio State @ #18 Wisconsin
Chris ‘Beanie’ Wells had his second 100 yard game since returning from his three game absence and freshman quarterback Terrelle Pryor continued to get more comfortable as Ohio State edged Wisconsin 20-17. The game went back and forth several times but was sealed when Badgers quarterback Allan Evridge was intercepted with less than a minute remaining.
#15 Utah vs Oregon State
The Beavers came into the game giant killers and nearly left with another notch in their belt as Utah needed an 11 point surge in the last minute and a half to avoid USC’s fate. But despite Beaver quarterback Lyle Moevao’s 313 yards and two touchdowns, the Utes sent the Beavers home with a 31-28 loss.
#16 Kansas @ Iowa State
The Jayhawks trailed by 20 points at the half, but exploded for 21 points in the third quarter and out-ran the Cyclones to the finish line, edging the home team 35-33. Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing lead the way with 319 yards and a trio of touchdowns, hitting Kerry Meir seven times for 125 yards and two touchdowns in the victory.
#17 Boise State vs Louisiana Tech
Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore led his team with 325 passing yards and two touchdowns as the Broncos trounced Louisiana Tech 38-3.
#20 Virginia Tech vs Western Kentucky
The Hokies extended their home win streak against non-conference opponents to 30 as they as they ran out to an early lead and held on to beat Western Kentucky 27-13.
#21 Oklahoma State vs Texas A&M
The Cowboys returned two interceptions and a punt return for touchdowns as the Cowboys romped to a 56-28 victory over Texas A&M.
#22 Fresno State vs Hawaii
Fresno State had been cutting it close the last few games and it finally bit them. They started off slow, behind 19-9 and while they crawled back to send the game into OT, they couldn’t get it done and Hawaii wins in an upset, 32-29.
#24 Connecticut @ North Carolina
The Tar Heels used players from defense on the offense, blocked three punts including one for a touchdown in their 38-12 upset of the briefly ranked Huskies.
#25 Wake Forest – IDLE
The Demon Decons will take the week to prepare a warm welcome for the Clemson Tigers on October 9th.