Status quo...until Nov. 5. The top teams are winning out and everyone's waiting for the big SEC showdown between LSU and Alabama...then a month later for Bedlam when Oklahoma plays Oklahoma State. But, I still learned some things this past weekend...
Here are the Top Five Things I Learned About College Football in Week 7:
1. Oregon, even without LaMichael James, is potent. His replacement, DeAnthony Thomas, nicknamed The Black Mamba, is good. And fast. The Ducks didn't seem to miss LMJ, and with Kenjon Barner, they are still more than good.
2. Clemson is the real deal. Yes, I wanted my Terps to win on Homecoming, but what an entertaining game they provided. Certainly, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney didn't enjoy the up-and-down-the-field game as much as those of watching, but Sammy Watkins had do put a smile on his face. The freshman racked up a school-record 345 all-purpose yards. He caught two TD's in the third quarter when Clemson began to rally from a 35-17 deficit, returning one kickoff 70 yards and returned another 89 yards for the go-ahead score with 7:24 remaining. He broke C.J. Spiller's single-game record in just his seventh game. Wow...And, hats off to Coach Randy Edsall and the Terps. I didn't think they had it in them to play so well this year...but they gave No. 8 Clemson ALL they could handle. If they had been able to make a few tackles, new starting QB C.J. Brown's debut would have had all of College Park dancing the night away. But, Clemson's 56-45 victory says a lot about the Tigers also.
3. In case you haven't noticed, Stanford won again...a 44-14 win at Washington State. This was their 14th straight win dating back to last season...and have won their past nine by at least 25 points. And...so did Washington. The Huskies' 52-24 win over Colorado was the sixth in a row where they scored at least 30 points. QB Keith Price is fifth nationally in pass efficiency and second in touchdowns (21). Next week he goes head-to-head with Heisman front-runner Andrew Luck.
4. Wisconsin warmed up for this week's HUGE game at Michigan State with a relatively close one...59-7 against Indiana (I say close because last year they routed the Hoosiers 83-20). Russell Wilson will make or break his Heisman candidacy on Saturday going up against a terrific Spartan defense. Sparty was the only team to beat the Badgers in the 2010 regular season. MSU's second-ranked defense is outstanding...holding Michigan's Denard Robinson to just 159 total yards. They have one goon, however, and I hope he is suspended (not because I like Wisconsin...but because his thuggish demeanor belongs NOT on the football field). Defensive end William Gholston needs to sit and learn from his stupidity. Yes, football is an emotional game, but use your head before you hurt your own team...
5. Boise State will dominate their new conference (Mountain West) like they did the WAC. Lots of mismatches. Maybe, geography notwithstanding, they need to move to a better football conference (Big East makes no sense to me because of the travel and lack of rivals). The Broncos ran up 742 yards in a 63-13 pasting of Colorado State. QB Kellen Moore (26-of-30, 338 yards, four touchdowns) was really good...but running back Doug Martin, with a career day, rushed for 200 yards and three touchdowns...IN JUST OVER ONE HALF.
I also learned that Texas A&M could win a game when leading at halftime. QB Ryan Tannehill shredded the Baylor Bears (with their own outstanding QB, Robert Griffin III), 55-28. Tannehill threw for 415 yards and six touchdowns...RGIII threw for a school-record 430 yards and three TD's. He was the third quarterback this year to break his school's record against TAMU...and that is saying a lot.
I will be back Thursday with my look ahead to the Top Five Games To Watch in Week 8.