It's the end of an era at USC. Photo by Matt Kartozian/USA TODAY Sports

It’s the end of an era at USC. Photo by Matt Kartozian/USA TODAY Sports

The Good
Georgia: In what was arguably the marguee matchup of the day, the Bulldogs held on to beat LSU 44-41 in a game where both teams’ normally tough defenses took a back seat. Not only was there tons of scoring, but no lead was safe for long as both teams traded it back and forth the entire time. Georgia is now in the driver’s seat in the SEC East with a big date with Florida looming in early November.

West Virginia: Sure they made some questionable calls down the stretch, but they still ended up with a huge win over Oklahoma State. Keep in mind this is the same team that got shutout by Maryland last week when it could barely get the passing game going. This week it was the driving force behind the victory. Perhaps it was the switch at QB to Clint Trickett? (insert jokes about Trickett being the ticket that are sure to be made many times by the end of the weekend)

The Bad
Purdue: The Boilermakers are probably wishing they hadn’t scheduled Northern Illinois. They actually were in the lead during the first, but it went all downhill from there as the Huskies racked up score after score. The Boilermakers actually got more total yards, but threw 4 picks. It gets even worse when you look at their schedule for the next few weeks.

South Carolina: It’s bad enough when your starting QB is knocked out of the game, but the Gamecocks struggled against an upstart UCF team. If it wasn’t for the big effort from Mike Davis, it wouldn’t been even harder for his team to pull out the win. UCF led 10-0 at the half, before giving up 28 unanswered points, but then making it very interesting in the final minutes. It probably wasn’t the result Spurrier wanted heading into the SEC portion of the schedule.

The Ugly
Notre Dame: Well that certainly got really ugly really fast. Tommy ‘ Whoops’ Rees’ first pass was incomplete, but his next two were picked off and Oklahoma was out to a 14-0 lead with not only 3 minutes gone in the 1st quarter. The Irish did mount a comeback, but it fell flat in a game that looked nothing like their victory last year.

Lane Kiffin: The beating they took from Arizona State was the last straw, as Kiffin has been officially fired as USC head coach. Was it the lack of results with so much talent? Was it the #1 to unranked from last season?  Could he not really handle the pressure of such a high profile job? Whatever the reasons, it’s an unceremonius end to the turbulent Lane Kiffin era at USC.

Awards
The ‘Charlie Weis Ate My Cheeseburger’ Award for Defense: Alabama. The Tide took the potent Ole Miss offense and absolutely shut it down. Not only did the Rebels not score any points, but Bama held them to a shade over 200 total yards including 46 yards rushing on just 25 carries. In other words, it was the Tide defense doing what it does best.

The ‘Shirley, You Must Be Joking?’ Offensive Performance Of The Week:  Tajh Boyd. The Clemson QB rolled over Wake Forest both on the ground with a TD, and through the air with 300+ yards and 3 TDs. What adds to these TDs is that they helped Boyd eclipse the 100 TD mark for his career. Honorable mention goes to Oregon State QB Sean Mannion and his 400+ yard, 6 TD performance against Colorado.

The ‘These Are Not The Droids You’re Looking For’ Mystery Of The Week: What’s the deal with North Carolina? Weren’t they just 8-4 last season and looking to continue that trend this year? Instead they got embarrassed by an East Carolina team that put up over 600 yards and 55 points on them, plus it came at home for Tar Heels. They better figure things out pretty fast with their next two games against Virginia Teach and Miami or it’ll be really hard to go bowling.