Mizzou and its fans certainly have something to celebrate after another big win. Photo by LG Patterson/AP Photo

Mizzou and its fans certainly have something to celebrate after another big win. Photo by LG Patterson/AP Photo

The Good
Mizzourah: When the Tigers upset Georgia last week, there was some talk that they got lucky. This week the naysayers got shown up yet again when Missouri upended Florida in another big win. All of a sudden they’re undefeated and sitting atop the SEC East and if they can beat South Carolina next week, then only a total collapse would prevent them from taking the division. Needless to say it’s time to give Missouri the respect they’re due and it looks they got some with a #5 ranking.

Florida State: If the saying ‘defense wins championships’ is true, then the Seminoles showed they’re more then capable with their dominance of Clemson in the latest Game Of The Year/Century/Millennium/Multiverse. Jameis Winston was brilliant in picking apart the Tiger defense. Florida State looked like the Florida State of old and this might be the biggest indication that they’re finally ‘back’. This sets up a big clash with Miami in two weeks.

The Bad
Upsets Part Deux: Not to be shown up by last week, but this week had its fair share of upsets and most of them came in the SEC. Georgia lost to Vanderbilt, Tennessee squeezed by South Carolina, Texas A&M fell to Auburn and Ole Miss stunned LSU. They certainly shook up the conference standings as well as the rankings and for those formerly favored teams they are pretty much out of the SEC title picture. On the other hand, Alabama did beat Arkansas, so its not a total bizarro world for the conference.

Washington: At the beginning of the month, the Huskies were 4-0 and looking like a Pac 12 darkhorse. Now they have to be wondering where things went wrong after their third loss in a row after getting bowled over by Arizona State. It’s hard to figure out what is worse for them, the fact that their defense performed so poorly or that the Bishop Sankey-led ground game was held to -5 rushing yards.

The Ugly
Louisville: Well so much for their BCS title and/or game hopes after losing a tight one in the final minute. They had a three TD lead at one point, but just could not make it stick. Speaking of dashed title hopes, the way the Knights are playing, Louisville might not even win the Big (L)East at this point.

Clemson: A loss wouldn’t have necessarily been the end of the world for the Tigers but the way they were manhandled by the Seminoles doesn’t look good for the rest of their season. Tajh Boyd and the offense were kept quiet by FSU and their defense had no answer for Jameis Winston at all. Their BCS title game aspirations are dashed and Boyd’s formerly outside shot at the Heisman is no more.

Awards
The ‘Charlie Weis Ate My Cheeseburger’ Award for Defense: Not only did Missouri beat Florida, but their defense dominated. They held the Gators to just over 150 yards of total offense and shut them down in the 4th while the offense widened the victory margin. Honorable mention should go to Stanford, whose dominating defense reappeared in their win over UCLA.

The ‘Shirley, You Must Be Joking?’ Offensive Performance Of The Week: Michigan. The Wolverines topped the 750 total yards mark in their win over Indiana. While this would be normal effort for Oregon or Baylor, records were broken in this game. Devin Gardner had a shade over 500 yards passing that helped him set new school records in passing yards and total offense. Jeremy Gallon had a field day with 369 yards receiving which set a new B1G record and fell just shy of the NCAA record. This was all in a game that had 110 combined points and over 1300 combined yards of offensive action. Speaking of which, Northern Illinois’ Jordan Lynch was in MACtion mode all game long, running for 316 yards.

The ‘These Are Not The Droids You’re Looking For’ Mystery Of The Week: So when are people going to start paying attention to Oregon State? Sure they suffered a close season opening loss to Eastern Washington, but since then they’ve stayed hot game after game. Sean Mannion is one of the most underrated QBs in the nation, actually leads the nation in passing yards and has 29 pass TDs to just 3 INTs. A true test comes next week when they play Stanford with a win or even a close loss going a long way to earning some respect in a an Oregon dominated Pac 12 North.