Scattershooting around college football relieved that a boring World Series, upstaged by A-Rod, is over.
THUMBS UP: New Mexico's hold-on win over Air Force and Arizona State's ability to stay atop the Pac-10 with a win over Cal after trailing by almost two touchdowns. Unfortunately, the Sun Devils will lose at Oregon this week.
THUMBS DOWN: Imagine how much more respect ASU (ranked No. 4 in the BCS) would get from voters if its undefeated run this year didn't include falling behind 13-0 to Cal, 14-0 to Colorado and 19-0 to Oregon State. Starbucks, anyone?
THEY SAID IT: "I told offensive coordinator Robert Anae any time we cross the 50, we're in four-down territory," said BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall on Monday, describing how injuries to his kicker have resulted in limited kicking practice most of the season.
STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: Hats off to Weber State and Portland State for a scoring carnival last Saturday that created several NCAA records in the 73-68 Wildcat win. This highest-scoring game in modern NCAA history had 20 touchdowns and 485 yards in kick returns after a first quarter score of 7-3.
AFTER FURTHER REVIEW: Has Nebraska given up? Texas RB Jamaal Charles rushed for 290 yards on the Huskers' defense 216 of those came in the fourth quarter. UCLA is tied for second in the Pac-10 but has lost three games by a combined score of 91-19 to opponents with a 10-15 combined record, with six of those 10 wins by Utah. What gives?
MY MWC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Rodney Ferguson had a career-high 41 carries for 146 yards and two touchdowns in New Mexico's 34-31 victory over Air Force. The 41 rushes set a Mountain West Conference record for carries by a junior and rank as the second-most in league history overall.
DUMB AND DUMBER: Remember how the SEC has a challenge with sportsmanship? Well, Saturday you had Georgia coach Mark Richt trying to fire up his team against Florida a game they won by challenging players to get a celebration penalty after the first touchdown. If players didn't, they'd have to do early morning runs. Why not light a fuse on a bomb?
UNSUNG HERO: UNLV's Beau Bell is stuck on a very bad football team, but the big-time linebacker continues to impress. He had his third career interception against Wyoming on Saturday, returning it for a touchdown. He also had 10 tackles, three for losses.
YEAH, BUT ... Even though BYU ranks near the cellar nationally in field goals made or attempted, freshman Mitch Payne is 4 of 5 on the year and the Cougars lead the league in going for it on fourth down, converting 8 of 11.
TREND SETTERS: It should replace the Cal lateral legacy win over Stanford as the top college play of all time. Division III Trinity College had 15 laterals that took 62 seconds in a last-play 60-yard score against Millsap (Mississippi) to win 28-24. Trinity's coach said his team couldn't practice it successfully even if they'd done it against air. Riley Curry, who scored the winning TD, caught the ball four times.
OVERRATED: The Falcons. They stand 6-3 but have lost to BYU and New Mexico, the toughest league teams they've faced, and if they played Utah right now, they'd lose that one too.
UNDERRATED: New Mexico is 6-2 and carries enough offensive and defensive punch to win the rest of their games. That is why the Utah-New Mexico game Nov. 17 looms big. The Utes, now on an established run, will have little trouble with Wyoming after this week's rest.
BOTTOM LINE: Ohio State has allowed just five touchdowns all season, and Boston College is allowing only 2 yards per rush by opposing offenses. Perhaps they are true 1 and 2.MY TOP FIVE: 1. Ohio State, 2. Boston College, 3. LSU, 4. Oregon and 5. Oklahoma.
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