The Good
Oregon: LaMichael James was out and QB Darron Thomas got taken off with an injury. However, the depth of the Duck offense was able to pick up the slack. Their second half surge was done mostly by ‘non-star’ players. Kenjon Barner and Bryan Bennett were able to step in for James and Thomas, respectively, and torch the Arizona State defense. Having quality backups will buoy Oregon until its stars can come back.

Virginia: Not only was their upset win over Georgia Tech shocking, but it completely re-arranged the race for the ACC Coastal division. Virginia Tech is back in it now and Virginia isn’t far behind, making the division race interesting after it seemed GT was running off with it. The Yellow Jackets are known for their ground game, but the Cavaliers turned the tables rushing for 272 yards. Coming off a bye, the team had alot of time to prepare for Tech and executed their gameplan for the win.

The Bad
California: The Golden Bears got whipped by USC and there were really no bright spots to take away. Coach Jeff Tedford will more then likely facing increased heat. He did have the team ranked very high a few years ago and has brought respectability back to the program. However, he also has the team in its current state. He needs consistent winning in order or he might be on the hot seat.

SEC East: It’s pretty much down to Georgia and South Carolina at this point, but neither is dominant. Georgia squeaked by Vandy and the Gamecocks barely beat Mississippi State. Losing Marcus Lattimore is abig blow to South Carolina and someone that will be hard to replace. Both teams have two game leads on the rest of the division, so barring a collapse, one of the two will win it. However, for a division that once boasted several strong teams, these are dark days indeed.

The Ugly
Michigan State: Yes they did prove they were a better team then Michigan and it was a highly charged game. Did they really have to go that far? They had like 15 penalties, half of which were personal fouls. A Michigan player was dragged down by his dreadlocks, a handful of roughing the passer calls and Spartan William Gholston’s grabbed and twisted Denard Robinson’s helmet after a play was over and later sucker punched Michigan lineman Taylor Lewan after another play was over. They clearly outplayed Michigan, but people are talking as much about the dirtiness as they are the actual game.

Pittsburgh: This is clearly not the way the team envisioned its season going. The big problem is their offense, as they don’t have an effective QB. Tino Sunseri hasn’t put together a consistent string of games and true freshman Trey Anderson is playing like, well, a true freshman. The top receivers had no catches in their loss to Utah and if the offense can’t get going, then the team’s bowl hopes will be dashed.

Awards
The ‘Charlie Weis Ate My Cheeseburger’ Award for Defense: Wisconsin. The emergence of Russell Wilson has people excited about the Badger offense, but the team still has a dominant defense. They held Indiana to 287 total yards, including 64 through the air. They forced 2 INTS and the only big play they gave up was a 67 yard run by Indiana for its only score.

The ‘Surely You Must Be Joking’ Offensive Performance Of The Week: Sammy Watkins. The Clemson WR is making people forget about CJ Spiller. He had 345 all purpose yards, breaking a school record previously held by Spiller. He had 3 total TDs, including an 89 yard kickoff return in the 4th quarter that put Clemson ahead for good. He is quickly becoming Tajh Boyd’s favorite target.

The ‘These Are Not The Droids You’re Looking For’ Mystery Of The Week: Kansas State. They’ve been consistently portrayed as underdogs who couldn’t hang with the elite teams. The Wildcats are proving people wrong, with wins over Baylor, Miami, Missouri and Texas Tech. So where’s the respect? What else do they have to do for people to jump on the bandwagon. They have a tough stretch coming up, but they’ve proven they are up to the challenge.