What a week this was. Six teams in the top-25 lose, four of them dropping out of the polls, with four fresh teams ready to replace them, and defend their right to be there. Let's review some of the action from this weeks games.
ACC: Boston College beats GT from start to finish and looks like the team to beat in the early stages of the ACC. Matt Ryan has a career night passing the ball making the GT defense just look terrible. Maryland hangs with #4 West Virginia for one half, still loses 31-14. Virginia Tech and Florida State's offenses look bad in wins against mediocre opponents. Yes VT put up close to 500 yards, but it was 14-7 with nine minutes to go against Ohio. Surprise of the day is Duke ending their 22 game losing streak with a win over Northwestern.
Big XII: Start with the embarrassments. The biggest being Texas almost getting upset by C-USA's Central Florida, who gave Texas all they could handle and then some. Nebraska loses 49-31 to #1 USC in a game that was not near as close as the score says, not by a long shot. Mizzou, Texas Tech, Kansas State, Texas A&M, and Oklahoma are all strong start to finish against bad teams, but, THAT IS HOW GOOD TEAMS SHOULD BEAT BAD TEAMS. Oklahoma State get throttled by the Sun-Belt's Troy showing they will not contend for the Big XII South anytime soon. Iowa State finally shows up for a game and upsets bitter rival Iowa.
Big East: West Virginia as stated beat Maryland. Rutgers routs Norfolk St. USF was off but makes entry into the top-25, and everyone awaits the Sept. 28 game against WVU. Cincy hands it to Miami (OH) in impressive fashion that gives them a little more attention. Circle October 6th for many games, but Cincy @ Rutgers should be a good one as well. Surprise, but not by much, of the day is Louisville falling to Kentucky in a thriller 40-34. Oh well Cardinal fans at least you are still ranked ahead of the Wildcats.....for now.
Big Ten: #12 Penn State and #7 Wisconsin both start off slow but handle Buffalo and The Citadel respectively. Michigan proves they are not the worst team, and make good on Hart's promise by blanking Notre Dame 38-0 and holding the Irish to 79 yards total offense. Ohio State, down four at the half, outscores a good Washington team 30-7 in the second half to secure a win in Seattle. Surprise of the day is Florida Atlantic beating Minnesota, and getting their first win against a BCS conference school (0-9 before Sat.) since joining Division 1.
PAC-10: First the bad. Winless Utah stuns #11 UCLA creating 5 turnovers in a 44-6 win that cost the Bruins to fall from the top-25. California shows life on the defensive side of the ball and beats Louisiana Tech by 30. Oregon strikes early and often and destroys a Fresno State team that gave the Aggies a run for their money a week earlier. Then there is top ranked USC. The Trojans defense gave up 233 yards and 10 points in first three quarters before giving up 187 yards and 21 points in the fourth. Oh yeah, the fourth quarter, it was against their 2nd and 3rd stringers. USC showed dominance over a Nebraska team that may not have been #14 in the country, but a solid top-25 no doubt.
SEC: Kentucky upsets Louisville as mentioned and gets ranked for the first time since 1998. Alabama upsets Arkansas after blowing huge lead and giving up almost 300 yards on the ground to Mcfadden and Jones. Florida makes the case they are the best in the SEC, dominating rival #24 Tennessee 59-20 at the swamp. LSU, not to be outdone, makes Middle Tennessee's second straight game against a top-10 team a nightmare. MTSU's offense went from 554 yards and 42 points against Louisville to 90 yards and a big goose egg against the Tigers. LSU's defense is giving up 128 ypg (90 pypg and 38 rypg) having only allowed 7 points. Surprise of the day is Mississippi State pulling off the upset of Auburn at Jordan-Hare 19-14. The Bulldogs with this win improve to 6-36 in SEC play since 2002.
Interesting games for week 4: Texas A&M @ Miami-Aggies 3 player rushing attack should be enough to take out the Hurricanes.
South Carolina @ LSU-The Tigers welcome their second top-25 opponent into Death Valley, and the Gamecocks are shut down and embarrassed.
Washington @ UCLA-Huskies look to show the Buckeye defense was that good, while the Bruins try to show they beat themselves.......Huskies go to 3-1.
Kentucky @ Arkansas-The Hogs win, but give up a ton of yards to the Wildcats offense.
Georgia @ Alabama-Roll tide. Bama looks to start conference play 3-0 with second straight win over a top-25 SEC opponent.
Game of the week: #10 Penn State @ Michigan-The Wolverines are still playing with a chip on their shoulder, and look to prove they are at least one of the top teams in the Big Ten....they prevail in a close one.