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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