This week in college football

The first full weekend of college football was a good one. There were some great performances, both individually and as teams. We take a quick look at the college football landscape.

Colorado 42, Colorado State 35. Two scores in the final 2:00, 1089 yards of total offense. Joel Klatt had a coming out game with 402 yards passing, while Bradlee Van Pelt had over 300 yards passing and 77 yards rushing. Runner up: Northern Illinois overtime upset of Maryland.

USC Trojans. All the Trojans did was go into Auburn and manhandle a team that was picked by some to win the national championship. Matt Leinart looked solid as Carson Palmer's replacement and the defense is among the nation's best. Runner up: Ohio State showed that they did not need Maurice Clarett to handle Washington.

Northern Illinois 20, Maryland 13. The MAC is always underrated, but Maryland was a top-20 team and Northern Illinois is still Northern Illinois. Runner up: UConn 34, Indiana 10.

Maryland's Madieu Williams blocked NIU's Steve Azar's 43-yard field goal attempt with 1.3 seconds left. The block forced overtime but the Terapins would fall in overtime.

Oregon sported what may be the worst uniforms in college football history when they wore their new neon yellow unis. I thought it was a D-IAA team, but it turned out that Oklahoma was wearing throw back uniforms against North Texas that included plain white helmets with no logos.

Chris Perry, RB, Michigan. 22 carries, 232 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns. He also had one catch for 17 yards.

Joel Klatt, QB, Colorado. 21-24 402 yards, 4 tds, 0 ints.

Bradlee Van Pelt, QB, Colorado State. 18-38 339 yards, 3 tds. 13 rushed for 77 yards and two tds.

USC defense. Held Auburn to just 43 rushing yards and 164 total yards in the 23-0 shutout win.

Philip Rivers, QB, North Carolina State. Granted it was against Western Carolina, but Rivers was 26-30 for 320 yards and 3 tds.

Cal looked impressive in a 34-2 win over Southern Miss. That is two nice performances in a row for a Cal team that was supposed to be down…Jason White proved he can lead the No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners. Now can he stay healthy?…Georgia should be the team to beat in the SEC. They shut out a decent Clemson club 30-0…Nebraska may not be all the way back, but the "Black Shirt" defense did a great job against a good Oklahoma State offense. They limited the Cowboys to less than 200 yards of offense and scored on a 15-yard fumble return…Virginia Tech's Bryan Randall is not ready to relinquish the QB job to Marcus Vick. Not only did Randall go 22-of-28 for 278 yards and three scores, but he will get all the snaps after Vick was suspended for the James Madison game.

NOTES Jeff Smoker played great for Michigan State after a return from substance abuse problems, going 21-34 for 324 yards. Too bad the Spartans struggled with Western Michigan…UConn got one of the biggest wins in school history when they dominated the Big-10's Indiana…Kansas State continued its tradition of playing weak opponents. They beat up on traditional D-I whipping boy Troy State…The Pac-10 was 2-0 vs. the SEC…The Big-10 was 3-0 vs. the MAC…Washington was the lone loser for the Pac-10. The Conference was 6-1, with Stanford, ASU and UCLA idle.

BEST UPCOMING GAMES: #3 Miami vs. # 18 Florida; #10 Florida State vs. Maryland; #1 Oklahoma vs. Alabama.

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