In a week of near-upsets and status-confirming victories, the college football world was one of huge emotion, both highs and lows. From the status-assuring victory of Texas to the near-upset of #1 Ohio State by Illinois, this weekend reminded us all why we love this game. With their victory last Thursday, Louisville solidified its hold on the Big East. Texas, meanwhile, staked its claim on the Big XII South with a victory over Oklahoma State. Elsewhere, Kentucky won a game against Georgia that may have saved Rich Brooks’ job while at the same time ending a nine-game losing streak to the Dawgs.
Ohio State over Illinois
In a game they started strongly, the Buckeyes were soon feeling the pressure as the Illini came fighting back to bring the margin within seven points. However, Ohio State sealed the deal when they recovered the attempted onside kick late in the game to preserve the victory.
Runner-Up: LSU over Tennessee
Kentucky over Georgia
Not that Georgia was something to write home about, but they were the defending SEC Champs and they did hold a nine-game win streak over the struggling Wildcats. Andre Woodson passed for 204 yards and two touchdowns for UK.
Runner-Up: Mississippi State over Alabama
BEST TEAM PERFORMANCE
Texas pretty much erased any doubts of who the top dog is in the Big XII with a resounding win over Oklahoma State this weekend. Colt McCoy looked like a stud and routinely beat the young OSU secondary, while the defense did a masterful job of slowing down the high-octane Cowboy offense.
Runner-Up: Nevada Wolf Pack
MOST DISAPPOINTING TEAM PERFORMANCE
A team that was picked by some to challenge for the North Division title this year, the Cyclones were absolutely walloped by the Kansas Jayhawks this week.
Runner-Up: Ohio State Buckeyes
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
JaMarcus Russell – Quarterback - LSU
Although he threw three interceptions, Russell’s play was critical in a game that saw him complete 24 of 36 passes for 247 yards and three touchdowns.
Brady Quinn – Quarterback – Notre Dame
Quinn was 23 of 35 for 346 yards and four touchdowns in a win over North Carolina.
Colt Mccoy – Quarterback – Texas Longhorns
McCoy was 23 of 29 for 346 yards and three touchdowns in the victory over Oklahoma State.
THREE THINGS WE LEARNED
#1. Any quarterback would look like Joe Montana playing for Texas.
While I am not discrediting Colt McCoy, after watching their game this week, I feel that while he is indeed a tremendous talent, it is excellent coaching coupled with a great team surrounding him that has produced the rookie's numbers this year. He has inherited a dream situation.
#2: Texas A&M is overrated.
A team that has been just barely getting it done, TAMU just barely didn’t get it done against Oklahoma.
#3: Brady Quinn is for real.
Although I am open with my dislike for the Irish, I have to admit that after watching Brady Quinn the last few weeks, I am starting to buy into the hype.