Scattershooting around college football after the second week of top-10 blow-ups.
THUMBS UP: USC's home crowd for booing the Trojans; Air Force for defending turf against UNLV; LSU for handing Florida its second straight loss; Boston College, Ohio State and Hawaii for standing at 6-0; and Utah's Darrell Mack for being on pace to pass 1,000 yards.
THUMBS DOWN: Ute linebacker Kyle Brady's tragic Achilles tendon tear continuing a rash of bad-luck Utah injuries. Bruin starter Ben Olson, who "refused to talk with the media," according to the L.A. Times, while his walk-on replacement, McLeod Bethel-Thompson, faced reporters after UCLA's loss to Notre Dame. How about near-empty stands for Weber State's first win of the season, a 26-7 decision over Sacramento State?
THEY SAID IT: Los Angeles Times' Chris Dufresne describing last weekend in Los Angeles with USC and UCLA losing to struggling Stanford and lowly Notre Dame: "Saturday could not have been more shocking if its soaking wet feet were wired directly to a power pole."
STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: Utah's 44 points against Louisville's duck-and-dive defense is two more than Middle Tennessee State, a 44-0 loser to LSU, scored against the Cardinals. Notre Dame produced just 140 yards of offense in the win over UCLA. Ute receiver Derek Richards leads the MWC in punt returns (17.6 ypr), while BYU's Max Hall leads the conference in total offense (353.40 ypg) and teammate Austin Collie is No. 1 in kickoff returns (28.45 ypr). In this week's Sagarin ratings, BYU is ranked 33rd, Wyoming 52nd and Utah 59th. Three MWC defenses have not allowed a 100-yard rusher through the first six weeks of the season (BYU, New Mexico and Wyoming). Wyoming (12th), New Mexico (17th) and BYU (21st) all rank in the top 25 nationally in rush defense and are allowing fewer than than 100 yards rushing per game. Wyoming ranks eighth in the NCAA and leads the MWC in total defense, allowing 267.8 yards per game.
MY MWC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: The two-headed Cowboy in Wyoming's run attack, Devin Moore (135 yards) and Wyndel Seldon (100 yards), destroyed TCU's proud defense in Laramie on Saturday.
BOTTOM LINE: Florida and USC should be out of any national championship consideration.
AFTER FURTHER REVIEW: I take back my July preseason MWC media day vote of picking TCU No. 1 in the conference like most folks with a ballot. The Frogs' offense cannot keep the TCU defense off the field long enough to win this conference.
THEY SAID IT II: Stanford first-year coach Jim Harbaugh on the upset over USC on the road: "I don't know if there's ever been a game where a team was a 40-point underdog and playing with a quarterback making their first start and won."
UNSUNG HERO: San Diego State quarterback Kevin O'Connell's three TD runs in a win over Colorado State, including the game-clincher with 43 seconds to play.
YEAH, BUT. ... If you can imagine, a college team from Florida will likely be BCS-bound and it won't be Miami, Florida State or Florida. IT'S SOUTH FLORIDA.
TREND-SETTERS: ESPN reports the owner of the towing company involved in Florida safety Tony Joiner's burglary case said Saturday he received more than 200 threatening phone calls, including a dozen death threats and bomb threats. Joiner was arrested last week for trying to get his girlfriend's car out of an impound lot. Some Florida fans offered to pay the $76 towing bill if the owner, Stan Forron, dropped charges after police arrested Joiner for illegal entry on the lot.
"I'm just glad it wasn't Tim Tebow, that's all I can say," Forron told a newspaper. "I think I would be covered in 10 feet of concrete right now if it had been Tebow."
OVERRATED: UCLA, Southern Cal, Wisconsin, Rutgers and Texas.
UNDERRATED: South Carolina, California, Missouri and Illinois.MY TOP FIVE: 1. LSU, 2. Ohio State, 3. California, 4. Boston College, 5. South Florida.
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