Arkansas: We all know that LSU and Bama are at the top of the SEC, but Arkansas is making a case for the #3 spot in the conference. They rallied to beat Texas A&M last week and blew out Auburn this week. The defense is improving each week and QB Tyler Wilson is playing extremely well. If they keep this up, they could give LSU some trouble in the SEC West.
Arizona State: The Sun Devils are 5-1 and are silencing critics each and every week. They continue to prove themselves as a legit top 25 team, this week by smoking Utah 35-14. Brock Osweiler is becoming one of the better Pac 12 QBs not named Luck or Barkley and the team is becoming one that should not taken lightly.
Pac-12 Newcomers: Neither Colorado nor Utah has won a conference game yet, going a combined 0-5. The Utes in particular have too much talent to be 2-3. Their schedule gets easier as the season goes on, which is not the case for Colorado, as they have started a stretch against the Pac-12 elite.
LaMichael James: His dislocated elbow is a huge blow to a Ducks offense that is largely built on the talents of James. Reports are that he’ll miss a few weeks do not bode well for Oregon. However, Kenjon Barner is a talented backup, so the dropoff might not be the forecast of doom that has been predicted.
Texas: They can’t be this bad can they? I mean the Red River Rivalry brings out the best in both teams, regardless of how they’ve performed so far in the season. The Longhorns played sloppy football with turnovers and an absurdly good Sooner team too much for Texas to handle. They just could not get any sort of momentum started.
Ohio State: Their fall continues at a rapid pace. They blew a huge lead, Braxton Miller got injured and nothing went right for the Buckeyes. Already falling in the standings and with this latest loss, it will be very difficult for the team to turn around, especially since they have a tough stretch coming up.
The ‘Charlie Weis Ate My Cheeseburger’ Award for Defense: Stanford. For a team that is known more for its QB, the Stanford defense has been doing exceptionally well. They’ve proven they can come through when it really matters. The highlight was a blocked field goal with Max Bergen getting the initial block, recovering the ball and running for the TD.
The ‘Surely You Must Be Joking’ Offensive Performance Of The Week: Geno Smith. The West Virginia QB had 450 yards passing and 4 TDs as the Mountaineers rolled over UConn. It wasn’t easy going at the start, but Smith kicked it up a notch in the second half, as it seemed he was rifling completion after completion in a relentless drive to the endzone.
The ‘These Are Not The Droids You’re Looking For’ Mystery Of The Week: ACC. Well some of their QBs at least. With Tajh Boyd going down, there is uncertainty surrounding Clemson, given that Boyd was the heart of the offense. Maryland’s Danny O’Brien was benched during the game and FSU’s EJ Manuel and Cody Trickett combined for 4 INTs. Also mysterious is the steep decline of the Florida State and Miami teams, who are both 2-3 and winless in ACC play.