Week Three College Football Musings

Our weekly look at the weekend in college football includes a Bluegrass shootout, domination in Nebraska, humiliation in Utah, redemption for the boys in Durham and more.

Duke wins ----- The nation's longest losing streak finally ends at 22 as the Blue Devils grab a 13-point halftime lead and hold on to beat Northwestern 20-14. It was Duke's first win in over two years, but it didn't come easily. The Wildcats actually dominated play and out gained the Dookies by almost 200 yards. However, Northwestern was minus-three in turnover differential and were penalized for 125 yards at home.

Kentucky wins score fest ----- To be honest with you, I figured it would even higher scoring than the 40-34 score by which Kentucky upset ninth-ranked Louisville. Andre Woodson outperformed Brian Brohm with four touchdown passes, including a 57-yard game winner in the final minute. It gives Kentucky a sweep of its early season non-conference games as they head to Arkansas for their SEC opener.

Bama scores late to win ----- The Crimson Tide rallied in the final seconds to beat Arkansas in another high scoring affair. The Razorbacks were victimized by some odd calls late in the game, but the boys in the striped shirts did not cost the Hogs this one, Houston Nutt did. The Arkansas coach foolishly tried to throw for a first down on third-and-long late in the game with Alabama out of time outs. The incomplete pass saved Alabama at least 35 seconds and probably more if they had been able to string out a wide running play. When you lose with eight seconds to go, you kinda wish you had used up those 35 seconds, don't you?

Southern Cal impressive ----- Nebraska was all excited about having the No. 1 team visiting Lincoln for the first time in decades. It wasn't nearly as thrilling as they had hoped. Southern Cal displayed its superiority throughout the evening in a 49-31 win. Don't let the final score fool you; the Cornhuskers scored two meaningless touchdowns in the final five minutes. John David Booty may be the Heisman front runner after his 350 yard, five touchdown performance.

The Fightless Irish ----- The train wreck that is Notre Dame Football completely derailed in Ann Arbor with a 38-0 humiliation at the hands of the previously winless Wolverines. Notre Dame managed a pathetic 79 yards of total offense and has still not scored an offensive touchdown this year. In three games Notre Dame has been outscored 103-10 and going back to last season they have lost five straight by an average score of 37-10. A couple of years ago I wrote that Florida was the big winner in the long run in getting Urban Meyer who was obviously a better college coach than Weis. Keep in mind that I am a life long Notre Dame fan and think Weis was a great second choice. Well I was pounded by Notre Dame partisans for that viewpoint. I don't think I'll be hearing from them in the future.

UCLA was UGLY in UTAH ----- The Bruins took a No. 11 ranking into Salt Lake City to face an injury ravaged team that was 0-2. UCLA turned it over five times and was outscored 30-zip in the second half in receiving a 44-6 spanking. It was probably the Utes biggest win since you know who was coaching them.

Not-so-Big Ten ----- The conference that cannot count continues a trend of undistinguished performances over the weekend. Wisconsin struggled to get past The Citadel, and there was the aforementioned Northwestern loss to Duke. On top of that, supposed contender Iowa lost to an Iowa State team that had lost to North Iowa and Kent State, and Minnesota was beaten by Florida Atlantic! Ohio State's 33-14 win over Washington was a bright spot on a dreary Saturday.

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