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College Football Top 25 review – Week 6

#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.

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.

College Football Top 25 review – Week 2

#1 USC vs #5 OSU
The Trojans looked human for two drives – and then took the game over and never looked back. USC QB Marc Sanchez threw for 4 TDs and linebacker Rey Maualuaga had a pick he returned for a 48 yard TD as the Buckeyes looked overmatched in every aspect of the game. Once again OSU entered the spotlight only to come out blinded and slapped around and still waiting for that big non-conference win that eludes them. The two decisions that will be haunting Buckeye Coach Jim Tressel: Should running back Chris ‘Beanie’ Wells have been playing (and would it have mattered) and should he have handed the reigns more completely to freshman QB Terrelle Pryor as QB Todd Boekman looked awful throughout stretches of the game. One thing is for certain – it looks like the team with the best chance of beating USC is USC. If they stay focused, they have every chance of playing for a National Title come January.

#2 Georgia vs South Carolina
Georgia had all it could handle with a tough South Carolina team but in the end, a late turnover sealed the win for them. For most of the game, the SC Gamecocks kept the Bulldogs leashed and the score low, stifling the offense. But ultimately Georgia made something of the last turnover and and Knowshon Moreno capped his 79 yard day with the winning TD.

#3 Oklahoma vs Washington
Sooner QB Sam Bradford continues his Heisman Case with 304 yards and 5 TDs as Oklahoma continued Washington’s woes 55-14. Not only was Bradford on point, but the Sooner RB tandem of DeMarco Murray and Chris Brown were lights out. The pair rushed for 207 yards as Oklahoma outgained the Huskies in yards 591 to 336.

#6 Missouri vs Nevada
Tigers QB Chase Daniel threw for a monster 405 yards and 4 TDs as Missouri thumped Nevada 69-17. The offense scored on 11 drives, including their first 10 and 9 of them for TDs. Nevada never got going, and were frustrated on both sides of the ball. Unable to get things going on offense, they were also not getting pressure on the Tigers quarterbacks. The Tigers’ 69 points scored was a school record and Daniels became the All-Time Leading passer with his yard total from today.

#7 LSU vs North Texas
The defending National Champions ran away and hid as RB Charles Scott lead the team with 102 yards and 2 TDs – both of which was for more than 30 yards.


#9 Auburn vs Mississippi St.
With a box score that looked more like a baseball game than a college football game, Auburn came out ahead when Mississippi State QB Wesley Carroll threw an interception with 2:28 left in the game.

#10 Wisconsin vs #21 Fresno State
The Badgers survived a scare today as the Fresno State Bulldogs took them the distance but ultimately could not finish as Wisconsin beat Fresno 13-10. PJ Hill lead Wisconsin’s rushing with 112 yards QB Allan Everidge left the game late but appeared back on the sidelines and should be ok for the Badgers’ next game.

#11 Alabama vs Western Kentucky
The Crimson Tide rolled all over poor Western Kentucky to the tune of 41-7. The Tide went 9-14 on 3rd downs and 3-3 on 4th downs, with QB John Parker Wilson leading the offense with 216 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

#12 Texas Tech vs Southern Methodist
TTU QB Graham Harrell threw for 5 TDs while his Mustang counterpart Bo Levi Mitchell threw 5 INTs as the Red Raiders blew out SMU 43-7. Of the 5 TDs from Graham, 3 went to wide receiver Michael Crabtree.

#13 Kansas vs #19 South Florida
It took a Field Goal as time expired but South Florida continued to hold onto it’s top 25 ranking for another week, making sure the BCS knows the small schools came to play. Jayhawk QB Todd Reesing threw for 373 and 3 TDs, 2 of which went to wide receiver Johnathan Wilson but it wasn’t enough as his one INT took place late in the 4th and was returned 40 yards to set up the winning kick.

#14 East Carolina vs Tulane
East Carolina made it’s BCS bones by upsetting two favored teams but almost became a karmic victim as they staved of the Green Wave with a late 4th quarter TD, overcoming 4 turnovers.

#15 ASU vs UNLV
Arizona State Rudy Carpenter and his ASU Sun Devils struggled early but ultimately got in gear to beat UNLV and, along with USC and Oregon, survive the drubbing the Pac 10 received almost across the board today.

#16 Oregon vs Purdue
It took two OTs, but Oregon avoided an upset as the Purdue Boilermakers stunned them in the first half. But LeGarrette Blount’s 3 yard TD capped a comeback that will keep the Ducks rolling for another week.

#17 Penn State vs Syracuse
The Nittany Lions left Syracuse in the dust early and never looked back as they destroyed the overwhelmed Orangeman 55-13.

#18 BYU vs UCLA
BYU left no doubt they belonged in the top 25 and washed the bad taste of a debated call by annihilating UCLA, led by QB Max Hall and his staggering 7 TDs.

#22 Utah vs Utah State
Utah beat their in-state rivals for the 11th time in a row, this time by the score of 58-10. Utah running back Matt Asiata scored three touchdowns.

#23 Cal vs Maryland
Cal arrived at their hotel at 1am and it took them into the 4th quarter before the offense fired up. But it was too little too late as the Terps stunned the Bears 35-27.

#24 Illinois vs Louisiana-Lafayette
While the Illini lead for more than three quarters, Juice Williams and the offense never distanced themselves from the Ragin’ Cajuns and eventually had to stave off a late surge from a team they expected to blow off the field.

College Football Season – Woo-Hoo!

Although it technically started Thursday, College Football season kicked into high gear today as the bulk of the NCAA locked horns for the first weekend of the season.

Some of the highlights:
#1 Georgia started their season off with a 45-21 drubbing of Georgia Southern. QB Matthew Stafford threw for 275 yards (his highest career total to date) and 2 TDs. Knowshon Moreno didn’t carry the ball much (just 8 carries for 59 yards) but totaled 3 TDs and added 2 catches for 53 yards as Georgia put up 24 points in the first half, then took off and never looked back.

#2 Ohio State didn’t let up in their opening matchup against Youngstown State either, as they blanked the Pengiuns 43-0. Of course the biggest impact may be the potential loss of Heisman Hopeful RB Beanie Wells as he was carted off the field with an injury to his right foot. According to ESPN, X-rays were negative and Wells was back on the sidelines wearing a protective boot. Seeing the injury it seemed like a freak thing – like he planted his foot oddly and slipped. It is unknown if he will miss time, but early indications are it isn’t serious. Lost in this was frosh QB Terrelle Pryor who ran the ball for 52 yds and a TD and threw the ball for 52 yards. Back to Wells, be may miss the next game in order to be fully healed for the week 3 matchup with USC which will have huge impact on the BSC race.

Speaking of #3USC, they were no less impressive in their opening game, shelacking Virginia 52-7. Marc Sanchez looked like he suffered no ill effects returning from his off-season knee injury, throwing for a tremendous 338 yards and 3 TDs, a performance not marred in the least by 1 INT. As is the case often with USC, multiple backs contributed to production at the position: Stafon Johnson ran in a TD from the 2, Joe McKnight carried the ball 6 times for 60 yards (and added 24 more through the air) while CJ Gable rushed for 73 yards and a TD. USC also seems to have found a pair of solid recievers in Ronald Johnson (3-78yds-1TD) and Damian Williams (7-91yds). USC’s next game is in 2 weeks against Ohio State.

#4 Oklahoma continued the top team trend of annhilating the opposition, pounding Chattanooga 57-2. Sooner Qb Sam Bradford threw for 183 yds and 2 TDs while the gorund game of Chris Brown and DeMarco Murray combined for 187 yards and 5 TDs. Teh game was delayed for about an hour at halftime due to lightning and while the Sooners didn’t match the first half stats, they gave no quarter.

Rounding out the top 5, #5 Florida beat Hawaii with a relatively balanced attack. Heisman Winner (and frontrunner) Tim Tebow did well, though not spectacularly so (9/14, 137 yds, 1TD) and instead the Gators scored everywhere else – defense, special teams, and with great play by their running backs, most notably Jeffrey Demps who ripped off a 62 run for a TD and Chris Rainey who blew off a 33 yd TD run. It’s got to be nice when the Heisman Winner from 2007 is merely a tool in a blowout win, not the reason for it. And terribly scary for upcomign foes who know Tebow is capable of breaking out when needed – and now seems to have teammates who can do the same.

The rest of the rest:
#6 Missouri beat #20 Illinois 52-41 and while Illinois made a game of it after the half, it wasn’t THAT close. #7 LSU didn’t repeat Michigan’s blunder against Appalachian State, beating them 41-13. Like much of the nation, our prayers are with them and the whole of the Gulf Coast as Hurricane Gustav bears down on the area. #8 West Virginia doubled up on Villanova 48-21 as Pat White threw for 208 yards and 5TDs. Amazingly, Villanova had more yards (399-354) than Virginia and more 1st downs as well. That has to change of the Mountaineers want to challenge for the BCS title. The UPSET SPECIAL SPECIAL turned out to be #24 Alabama as they beat #9 Clemson 34-10. The Crimson Tide’s defense was the story as they shut down Clemson, smothering the run game completely and holding the whole offense to 189 yards total. #10 Auburn took care of business and shut out tomato can Louisiana-Monroe 34-10. #11 Texas beat Florida Atlantic 52-10 on a night when they retired Vince Young’s jersey. They didn’t miss Young at Qb tonight, though as Colt McCoy went 24/29 for 222 yards and 3 TDs, popping back up after three late hits after which things got choppy. Hey Coach Schnellenberge – think the Longhorns are tough now? Graham Harrell, #12 Texas Tech’s QB threw for a staggering 536 yards and 2 TDs as the Red Raiders spanked Eastern Washington 49-24. #13 Wisconsin beat Akron 38-17 as Badger RB PJ Hill went off for 210 yards and a pair of TDs. He is human though – and fumbled on the goal line. #14 Kansas beat Florida International 40-10 with QB Todd Reesing going 37-of-52 for 256 yards and three TDs. #15 Arizona State isn’t done beating Northern Arizona yet but after 3 quarters it’s 30-3 and QB Rudy Carpenter has already totalled 388 yards through the air, a TD and then another 40 yards on the ground and has now taken a seat. That’s what we at the Blurb call ‘over’. #16 Brigham Young beat Northern Iowa 41-17 while QB Maz Hall threw for 486 yds and 2 TDs. East Carolina stunned #17 Virginia Tech to the tune of 27-22 as TJ Lee blocked a punt and returned it 27 yards for a TD with 1:52 left the game. #19 South Florida spanked Tennessee-Martin, who they limited to just 96 yards on offense. Like with #15 ASU, #21 Oregon leads their game with authority, ahead of Washington 37-10 in the 4th quarter. Joe Paterno tied Bobby Bowden for most wins by a college coach with a 66-10 win by his #22 Penn State Nittany Lions over Coastal Carolina. And then he tried to tell us he doesn’t care. Sure Joe, sure. #23 Wake Forest already pounded Baylor 41-13 on Thursday, lead by a very efficient Riley Skinner (27/36 for 220 yds and 3 TDs). Finally, Bowling Green took down #25 Pitt, 27-17 as the Panthers turned the ball over 4 times and made too many mistakes to get by the Falcons, even though they outgained them in total offensive yards.

#18 Tennessee meets UCLA on Monday.

How’s that for a kickoff weekend?

Thoughts on the Saturday Games

Hey folks -a quick ‘Around the League’ on today’s games and one note from yesterday -

Charlie Batch broke his collarbone and will be gone for a couple of months – so today the Steelers signed both Byron Leftwich and Daunte Culpepper. Will Culpepper be able to live as second fiddle or is he in Tomlin’s office right now lobbying for first chair? Funny how both MIA QBs landed in the same gig – they can compare notes for sure….

On to the games!

Bills vs Redskins
Trent Edwards looked shaky tonight, but he’s in no danger of losing his job to JP Losman, but still looks to be a bye week filler at most…. James Hardy had a good news/bad news night – good news is he got a nice 16 yard TD, bad news is, he ran a horrid route, got nailed for a penalty and dropped a pass. Work in progress though he is, he’s a huge redzone target and if he can progress like I think he can, will put up some points this year…..This just in – Clinton Portis is still nails, but say goodbye until the opener – sounded in his in-game interview as if he is done with preseason….. LaDell Betts is also darn good, but won’t see the field this much in season, unless Portis gets hurt…. Colt Brennan – not as good as he looked in game 1, not as bad as he looked today (though really, not that bad today)….

Miami vs Tampa Bay
We know for sure Jeff Garcia is breathing better today without The Favre in town…. The Bucs offense ground out some drives and wore the D down – this grind it down style worked well but it WAS the Phins…. Mike Bennett looked good, but he won’t win the #1 and please see the previous sentance for perspective…. Ricky Williams looked very good and totalled 5 carries for 31 yards, while doing it with good burst and power…. Ronnie Brown is being slowly entered into game situations, so don’t read much into his 4 yards yet…. John Beck looked OK tonight which is as much as you will ever get from me in terms of a ringing endorsement. He is still odd man out in the QB sweepstakers, behind newly acquired Pennington, McCown and locker-room favorite Chad Henne…..

Atlanta vs Jacksonville
Matt Ryan looked pretty darn good in his preseason debut, going 9 of 15, for 113 yards and a touchdown. Chris Redman (3 of 6 for 13 yards and an int) was not so good…. Another few games like this and the Falcons will have all the excuse they need to put Ryan out there and make him the face NOW, so maybe he’s worth a very late flier in a draft…… Michael Turner was not so much the Burner tonight as he had 5 carries for 22 yards. The line didn’t do him any favors (my biggest concern with him this year) but he didn’t make anything happen either. Also, he’s not much of a pass catcher… Don’t overreact or anything, but this is worth monitoring….. Matt Jones had a good game and is really having a great camp, if just to spite me for saying he wouldn’t last the day after that cocaine charge… But don’t be fooled – he has done this before to some extent and honestly, this is still an offense that will spread the ball around a alot and Jones isn’t a guy who can fly down the field, and therefore not someone I think will give you many points. Watch him have a great season to anger me now…. Chauncey Washington had 12 carries for 33 yards and a TD, but he also fumbled…. Still, I believe he will end up the #3 there and overall I felt he looked good…. Greg Jones also looked his usual solid self, but I’m not sure he’s the guy I am waiting to break through, though he is a trendy pick in some leagues….. Falcons HC Mike Smith – a former defensive coordinator for Jacksonville – looked good in his own preseason debut against his old team….

Indianapolis vs Carolina
Pillsbury Throwboy Jared Lorenzon had a great game (12/23, 117 and 2TDs) while current #2 Qb Jim Sorgi looked shakey and off tonight….. Mike Hart looked good with 2 carries for 20 yards and 2 catches for 21, but he will have to work harder to crack the #2 spot behind Addai….. Oh yeah, Quinn Grey also had over 100 yards but got two INTs instead of TDs…… Dwayne Jarret suddenly remembered he was on the Carolina Panthers, posting 3 catches for 43 yards including some in traffic, which is impressive as the last time he was in traffic, he was securing a DUI, not a ball…. if Jarrett can pull it together like this consistently, he might still be a factor in the WR core, since DJ Hackett is still hurt and Steve Smith will serve a 2 game team suspension to kick the season off…. DeAngelo Williams had a great showing with 9 carries for 55 yards and 2 TDs, but he doesn’t have rookie Jonathan Stewart breathing down his neck yet…. Still, he had a nice showing and might hold onto significant carries as Stewart is still rehabbing his toe….

Denver vs Houston
As with every. single. preseason. The question is – who is the Denver Rb and who is the backup? Selvin Young struggled but will hold the job for the forseeable future, but Audible (and Blurb) fave Andre Hall was the guy who shone brightest tonight, carrying the ball 8 times for 43 yards, including some important 3rd downs….. Blurb Favorite Anthony Alridge had 20 yards on 4 carries and added 20 more on 3 catches… As I said on the Drive Block on Thursday, this is a battle worth watching as the value at Denver is often the guy BEHIND the #1…… Edge to Hall, but with Alridge’s speed, he’s an intriguing guy….. Eddie Royal had a few nice grabs (2-13) and looks like he is grabbing that #2 slot….. Brandon Marshall (2-9) and Darrell Jackson (1-14) weren’t shining much brighter…… Matt Schaub looked good in limited action and Sage Rosenfels looked great with the majority of the work going 10/15 for 137 yards and 1TD…… Steve Slaton looked the best out of a bunch of ‘meh’ running back performances…..

St. Louis vs Tennessee
With Steven Jackson still holding out, we got a look at both Antonio Pittman and Brian Leonard and while neither destroyed the Titans, we got a look at a straight split (Pittman got 6 carries to Leonard’s 5)though Pittman won the first round, going for 21 yards and a TD, as well as tacking on 2 catches for 16 yards…. Leonard got 12 yards, 11 of which came on 1 carry….. Marc Bulger threw a pick 6 (that would be an INT returned for a TD) and that’s not a great start is it?….. This just in: Chris Johnson is fast…. The real deal steal in Tennessee hada 66 yard TD, though his total overall was only 77 yards on 6 carries. He added 1 catch for 13 yards….. Who is Quintin Ganthers? Well, just a dude who went for 8 carries for 115 yards and 2 TDs, including a 45 yard TD run… Too long a name? Call him Chris Henry’s (9 carries for 38 yards) ticket off the squad, maybe…. LenDale White had 6 carries for 33 yards and looked good, but all his targets will belong to Johnson now, so his value takes a hit, though he will be reliable for carries on the ground…. The Rams run D, by the way, is horrif right now and so maybe Ganthers just looked good by comparison….

Dallas vs San Diego
So Phillip Rivers showed us he is pretty freaking healthy, looking good and throwing a TD in limited action….. No Tonlinson, but he back-up may have made an appearence. No not Darren Sproles, though he was good in his time (5 carries for 7 yards and a TD) but I am talking about rookie Jacob Hesterwho came to play and got 13 carries for 49 yards and 2 TDs…. The Chargers want to use him in a ton of ways like as a fullback, H-back and backup running back so I think he and Sproles will split back up duties and in the event of the unthinkable (LT injury) they will split that too…. Keep in mind also – Hester got 2 goal line carries and got 2 TDs…… Dallas is still looking for that #3 WR and Miles Austin stated his case tonight, compiling 5 catches for 64 yards… I still don’t have much faith in Crayton, so I am not sure he’ll produce good numbers in the 2 spot (if he keeps it all year) so I am all for taking a very late flier on Austin to see what happens…. Felix Jones did well in his debut tonight, carrying 6 times for 32 yards and catching 2 balls for 29 more and he is exactly what the Cowboys want in a compliment to Marion Barber. But the guy who really stepped up was Tashard Choice who logged 7 carries for 40 yards and 1 TD…. Choice will not be a huge factor barring an injury to Barber, and scored in the 3rd quarter during mop-up duty…. But Dynasty owners will want to watch him – he’s got enough talent in my opinion to where he could be a factor somewhere down the road…

That’s all for now – we have one more game – Cinci and Green Bay – on Monday night. Remember one thing – don’t read too much into any of these performances. Keep an even keel and don’t overreact – a good job isn’t always that impressive and a bad day isn’t always disasterous.

I’ll be here to help you sort one from the other…..