McCarron led a Tide offense that outperformed Manziel and the Aggies. Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images.

McCarron led a Tide offense that outperformed Manziel and the Aggies. Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images.

The Good
Bama: Obviously the winner of latest Game Of The Year of The Century is going to land here. Just like last year, it was a very tight game, but The Tide come out on top to get revenge. They were unable to stop Johnny Manziel, so they did the only thing they could do and that was simply outscore the Aggies. The trademark tough defense of the Tide was nowhere to be found, however all that matters is that they came out on top and Saban & Co will take it.

UCLA: Down 21-3 midway through the 2nd quarter, the Bruins thundered back with 38 unanswered points to shock Nebraska in their own yard. Last year the Huskers couldn’t stop Brett Hundley and the UCLA offense and it was more of the same this time around. The Bruins were simply on fire in the second half, rolling over the Nebraska defense and establishing themselves as the early team to beat in the Pac-12 South.

The Bad
Michigan: Akron hadn’t won a road game in 27 tries and has posted three straight one win seasons, yet their upset bid was narrowly foiled by a desperately needed stop from the Wolverine defense in the final minute. It’s a W for Michigan, but an incredibly embarrassing one that saw the Zips go ahead twice and QB Devin Gardner turn the ball over on three straight drives in the first half. The Michigan defense was also picked apart by Akron and failed to generate pressure most of the game. If they had actually lost the game then it would’ve landed them squarely in The Ugly.

USF: It wasn’t just that South Florida lost to Florida Atlantic, but how they lost. The Bulls outgained them in first downs, passing yards, rushing yards as well as total yards and their defense actually did a decent job, but the Owls somehow were able to pull the victory. An 0-3 start to his tenure is not how Willie Taggert wanted things to turn out.

The Ugly
Texas: Thing went from worst to still worst as the Longhorn defense failed yet again. They actually had the lead at halftime, but Ole Miss put 28 unanswered points on the board in the 2nd for the win as Mack Brown’s firing of Manny Diaz didn’t seem to help their defensive woes. What makes this even more worrisome for Brown is that these defensive lapses are coming against mid tier teams, so how will the Longhorns fare when they play conference teams like Oklahoma, Oklahoma State or Baylor?

Big Ten: Michigan barely won, while Northwestern, Michigan State and Ohio State posted wins by large margins, but some of the other teams didn’t fare so well. Nebraska seemingly decided to stop trying in the third quarter against UCLA, Penn State’s defense apparently couldn’t stop UCF, Illinois let Keith Price and Bishop Sankey walk all over them, while Wisconsin had a truly bizarre end in losing to Arizona State. These results did nothing to help repair the conference’s tattered image.

Awards
The ‘Charlie Weis Ate My Cheeseburger’ Award for Defense: Indiana. It wasn’t pretty, but the Hoosier defense came up big against one of the better MAC team in Bowling Green. Yes, they have up over 400 yards, but only allowed a FG and a blocked punt return TD. What makes this even more noteworthy is that the IU’s defense is usually a sieve and their offense has to be even more productive to compensate for it. So this effort against Bowling Green is an encouraging sign moving forward.

The ‘Shirley, You Must Be Joking?’ Offensive Performance Of The Week: Marcus Mariota. The Oregon QB is more known for his rushing exploits, however he threw for over 450 yards and 4 TDs with no interceptions against Tennessee, who are not exactly a cupcake team. Mariota has shown he’s a true dual threat and remains one of the most underrated QBs in the country.

The ‘These Are Not The Droids You’re Looking For’ Mystery Of The Week: Ok seriously what’s the deal with the ending to the Wisconsin-Arizona State game? With only seconds left in the game, Badger QB Joel Stave had kneeled to set up a potential game-winning field goal. However, he inadvertently ran into one of his lineman and ended up putting the ball on the ground. This kept the clock running and not enough time for Wisconsin to get another play off. Even after time was up both teams were still confused as to what exactly had happened. It’s certainly one of the most bizarre endings to a college football game.