South Carolina: This just wasn’t a win over a top ranked team, it was the Gamecocks dominating in practically every facet. QB Connor Shaw did in on the ground as well as through the air, Marcus Lattimore wasn’t too shabby, plus they got a punt return TD. South Carolina is rolling and they might need it as their next two games are against LSU and Florida, the later which could decide the SEC East.
West Virginia: The Baylor game might have been their first Big 12 game, but the big win in Austin proves they belong. It wasn’t quite the shootout of last week, but being able to put up 460 yards against the Longhorn defense is very impressive. The Mountaineer offense will continue to click and if the defense does just enough, then they are the team to beat in the Big 12.
TCU: Without their starting QB, the Horned Frogs did not make a good impression in their first Big 12 home game. They committed 5 turnovers including two that could have easily been scores instead. They were clearly outplayed by the Cyclones and it looks bleak as they close out their season against West Virginia, Kansas State, Texas and Oklahoma.
Virginia Tech: The loss last week to Cincy was bad enough, but then the Hokies dropped one this week to North Carolina. They fell behind early and couldn’t their way back. The ground game was the problem as they only gained 40 yards rushing overall and let the Tar Heels run all over them. These early season struggles don’t bode well with games with Clemson, Miami and Florida State still coming up.
LSU: The Tiger defense did a great job shutting the Gator aerial attack but couldn’t do the same to RB Mike Gillislee who got nearly 150 yards on the ground and two scores. Not only that but the LSU offense was just could not get anything going. The Tigers will probably bounce back, but another trip to the national title game is more then likely not happening.
Big Tumbles: LSU’s loss wasn’t the only loss to happen to a high ranked team. #3 Florida State got stunned by NC State, #5 Georgia got embarrassed by South Carolina and #11 Texas couldn’t stop the Geno Smith Machine. Bama and Oregon are still 1-2, but the Top 10 looks vastly different with Oregon State of all teams checking in at #10.
The ‘Charlie Weis Ate My Cheeseburger’ Award for Defense: South Carolina. They shut down Georgia QB Aaron Murray and the RB duo of Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall, an offense that regularly puts up hundreds of yards. It wasn’t just the yards allowed category, but the only score they allowed was a late TD with under 2 minutes.
The ‘Surely You Must Be Joking?’ Offensive Performance Of The Week: Giovanni Bernard. The North Carolina RB had a career high 262 yards rushing while adding a TD on the ground. Not only is that a career high but it’s the most anyone has rushed for against a Frank Beamer coached Hokie team.
The ‘These Are Not The Droids You’re Looking For’ Mystery Of The Week: What was the deal with Notre Dame benching QB Everett Golson so he couldn’t start and then put him in after one series? I mean if Kelly was trying to punish him for a ‘team violation’, then keep him out for a quarter or two. All Golson basically lost was the chance to get the start and missed a series, so it was a lame slap on the wrist.