Geno Smith was throwing bombs all day long in West Virginia’s shootout win over Baylor. Photo by Justin K Aller/Getty Images

The Good
West Virginia: The Mountaineers certainly made a big impression in their Big 12 debut and sent a message that teams better watch out. WVU won a 70-63 shootout against Baylor that didn’t have any semblance of defense. To understand how big this was, let’s look at some of the numbers. Geno Smith certainly had the biggest day, but more on him later.. WR Stedman Bailey had over 300 yards receiving and 5 TD catches while Tavon Austin had 215 yards and 2 TDs in an offense that had over 800 total yards.

Cincinnati: It was a tight game all night for the Bearcats and even looked dire when VT took the lead with under 2 minutes to play. However, QB Muchie Legaux marched the team down the field and connected with the game winning TD pass with just 13 seconds left. For the Hokies, it was yet another crushing loss to a team from their former conference.

The Bad
Big Ten: The conference is already nursing a tarnished reputation this season with some big non-conference losses and no legit national contender. With Ohio State’s one point win over Michigan State, it pretty much means its best team isn’t eligible for the conference title game or the postseason at all.

Oklahoma State: This isn’t for the team as a whole, because they played a very good game and the offense was firing on all cylinders as usual. The defense could have won them the game but they let Texas convert a 4th down play and didn’t stop the ensuing momentum as the Longhorn rolled to victory.

The Ugly
Stanford: They didn’t need any Luck last week, but sure could’ve used it this time as they got stunned by Washington 17-13. QB Josh Nunes was largely ineffective and couldn’t get the Cardinal offense going against a very stout Washington defense. Stanford’s defense while tough, just gave up too many big plays.

Georgia Tech: It’s one thing to lose a close game to a vastly under dog team, but it’s something to get dominated by one. Middle Tennessee State had the edge in practically every category over the Yellow Jackets and after keeping it close through the first half, GT just could not keep up with a relentless Blue Raider offense. Their defense continues to struggle, which really doesn’t bode well.

The ‘Charlie Weis Ate My Cheeseburger’ Award for Defense: San Jose State. Well it certainly wasn’t going to be West Virginia or Baylor. SJSU held the vaunted Navy ground game to just 74 rushing yards to go with allowing just under 150 yards total offense in the 12-0 shutout.

The ‘Surely You Must Be Joking? No I’m Not And Stop Calling Me Shirley’ Offensive Performance Of The Week: Geno Smith. 656 passing yards and 8 TD passes. 45 for 51 in pass attempts. Those are more like video game stats and are as big a ‘Heisman’ moment as Smith will have all season. 

The ‘These Are Not The Droids You’re Looking For’ Mystery Of The Week: How did the LSU defense give up 22 points and nearly 300 yards to Towson. This should have been a blowout, but yet they let Towson hang around for most of the first half, before pulling away for good.