Ty Montgomery's opening kickoff return for a TD helped Stanford hold off Washington. Photo by Stephen Lam/Getty Images

Ty Montgomery’s opening kickoff returned for a TD helped Stanford hold off Washington. Photo by Stephen Lam/Getty Images

The Good
Stanford: It wasn’t pretty and the Cardinal were outgained by a wide margin, but they held on for a huge win against Pac 12 North rival Washington. Ty Montgomery took the opening kickoff 99 yards for a TD, but the Huskies never led them get too comfortable or breathe easy until the clock ran out. The Cardinal never let that get to them and kept plugging away, which should be encouraging, especially given huge games against UCLA and Oregon coming up. 

Florida State: Well so much for Maryland’s momentum. The Seminoles absolutely demolished the Terps 63-0. The offense piled up the yards led by QB Jameis Winston and the defense, obviously, never allowed Maryland anywhere near the end zone. As if it didn’t need any help in raising the stakes, the Noles made a statement for their Oct 19th showdown with Clemson. This pretty much makes that game the one to watch that week.

The Bad
Texas: The Longhorns escaped Ames with a very close win against Iowa State, but they didn’t look particularly strong. Their supposedly strong defense got shown up by the Cyclones and the offense wasn’t that much better. That’s to say nothing of needing an assist from the refs to overturn a ‘non-fumble’ call right at the goal line to help them with the winning score. It was a controversial call that helped Mack Brown keep his job. Well at least until they get destroyed by Oklahoma next week.

Northwestern: The Wildcats had a chance to make a major statement as an emerging team on the national stage. They had the Buckeyes on the ropes late in the third quarter, but could just not hold on as they ended up with the loss. It was still a great effort, especially given that they were able to get yards through the air when their ground game wasn’t working. However, in the end Ohio still remains unbeaten, which lands the Wildcats here unfortunately.

The Ugly
Mike Davis: Continuing with the theme of Texas and controversial plays, Longhorn wide receiver decided to add one of his own. The Longhorns were scoring a TD and far away from the play Davis decided to take a cheap shot at Iowa State’s Deon Broomfield. The play was already finished on the other side of the field, yet Davis apparently thought it was alright to go low and take out the knee of a player who wasn’t even looking or doing anything to antagonize him.

West Virginia: Speaking of teams and momentum, WVU sure had some after their big win against Oklahoma State. Only problem is this week they ran into Baylor, who promptly disabused them any hopes of pulling another upset by putting  up 73 points and nearly 900 yards of offense. The Mountaineers have never really been known for defense, but this was something else entirely.

Awards
The ‘Charlie Weis Ate My Cheeseburger’ Award for Defense: Florida State. Could it really be anyone else? Yes they didn’t allow any scores, but they also gave up just 9 first downs and kept the Terps to 2 of 15 on 3rd down conversions. Their run defense was a big reason for the dominance as they allowed just 33 yards on 25 rushes.

The ‘Shirley, You Must Be Joking?’ Offensive Performance Of The Week: As great as Jameis Winston was in throwing for nearly 400 yards and 5 TDs, Oregon’s Marcus Mariota did him one better. The Duck QB did have slightly less yards through the air with 355, but he did toss 5 TDs as well as run for two more. He was involved with 7 of Oregon’s 8 TDs and is putting some distance between himself and the other Heisman contenders.

The ‘These Are Not The Droids You’re Looking For’ Mystery Of The Week: Seriously what was Mike Davis thinking? He later defended his action, saying, ‘I play to the whistle’. If taking a cheap shot at a defenseless player who isn’t even involved in the play is ‘playing to the whistle’ then that raises some serious questions. It’s an utterly indefensible action that should earn him a suspension at the very least, but of course Mack Brown brushes it off saying Davis was ‘competing’. Really? It was pathetic, cowardly and could have ended Broomfield’s career.