Cameron Coffman’s big day led the Hoosiers to a big win over Iowa. Photo by Mark L Baer/US Presswire

The Good
Indiana: This is absolutely a homer pick for my undergrad school, but the Hoosiers got a big win against Iowa. QB Cameron Coffman’s 300+ yard effort and 3 passing TDs was a big factor, as he connected with Cody Latimer on all three. After a horrendous first year, head coach Kevin Wilson appears to have the program headed up. They lost close games to B1G powers Michigan State and Ohio State, but if they can upset Wisconsin next week, then they’ll be in the driver’s seat for the Leaders division.

Bama: That was certainly a dramatic game, as was expected. Despite two fumbles, Bama was able to secure their spot in the SEC Title game as well as continue to top the polls. AJ McCarron engineered the winning TD drive with under two minutes to go, proving he can be more then a game manager.

The Bad
Notre Dame: It’s not often a win lands a team in ‘The Bad’, but the Irish did barely scrape by a mediocre Pitt team. The only reason they did win was because the Pitt kicker shanked a field goal in the 2nd OT that would’ve won the game. This is not the type of effort ND can put out and expect to win every week.

Virginia Tech: You can pretty much officially write off the Hokies for this season. With only 2 conference wins and the offense, outside of Logan Thomas, not playing well, the team will be lucky to even make it to a bowl. They’ll lose to FSU next week and then must beat both Boston College and Virginia to get to 6 wins.

The Ugly
Cal: This was an incredibly sloppy game against Washington, with each team having 4 turnovers, including 3 fumbles in the span of 6 plays in the 4th. It was also during the 4th that Cal QB Zach Maynard got knocked out of the game. With star WR Keenan Allen already out, it’s going to a long rest of the season. This is even more so for coach Jeff Tedford, whose seat gets hotter with every loss.

West Virginia: The plummet from the top continues for the Mountaineers. Their explosive offense was mostly held in check yardage wise, but the defense let them down again. They couldn’t hold back the TCU comeback, especially in the 2nd OT when the Horned Frogs made a gusty call and went for the 2 point conversion and the win. With Oklahoma and Oklahoma State coming up, WVU better get its act together.

The ‘Charlie Weis Ate My Cheeseburger’ Award for Defense: Stanford. Yes they were playing hapless Colorado but the stats tell it all. The Cardinal shut out the Buffaloes, while allowing 97 yards passing and minus 21 yards rushing for a total net yardage of 76. Stanford’s defense was about as dominating as they could be and bodes well for big games still to come against Oregon and Oregon State. 

The ‘Surely You Must Be Joking?’ Offensive Performance Of The Week: Kenjon Barner. The Oregon running back did what he does best and ran all over the USC defense to the tune of 321 yards and 5 TDs. He made it look easy, slicing through the Trojan defense almost at will. The performance puts him back in the Heisman discussion.

The ‘These Are Not The Droids You’re Looking For’ Mystery Of The Week: USC. Apparently Lane Kiffin never taught his Trojans how to tackle. They were just missing them left and right all game long against the Ducks. They wouldn’t tackle Duck players near the sideline, just push them out of bounds. Whatever happened to those dominating USC defenses of the past? It got so bad at one point that an announcer referred to it as a ‘Swiss Cheese Defense’.