College Football Musings: Week Five

It was a day in which Pepto Bismol sales kept going up and the whole concept of the post-season picture changed dramatically. In this week's musings we look at the suddenly hottest coach in college football, FSU posting an urgently needed win, a big rivalry suffering a big downer and more.

He's no Bull ----- In his tenth year at USF, Jim Leavitt has built a program that now is viewed as the favorite to win the Big East. He's done it with gradually improving the roster and building a pretty darn good defense. Keep in mind the Bulls went to Auburn and won while the Gators fell to the Tigers in The Swamp. Leavitt should be very much on the minds of the folks at Michigan and Texas A&M.

Gad Zooks ----- The former Gator coach improved to 4-1 at Illinoize with a 27-21 win over JoePa and Penn State. There was nothing fluky about the victory. The Illini went up 14-3 late in the first quarter and led the rest of the way. In fact Penn State led for just 13 seconds, which is the time it took scintillating freshman Arrelious Benn to go the distance with the kickoff after an early field goal. The Zookers get another shot to make an impression when they host Wisconsin next week. A win there and we can start wondering about a Florida/Illinoize post season match up.

Red River Revulsion ----- No event suffered more from Saturday's results than the annual Texas/Oklahoma game. Were going to have two unbeaten teams ranked in the top eight where the winner was a legit contender for the BCS Championship Game. Instead they get Texas which somehow lost by 20 points to Kansas State at home. And they get an Oklahoma team that blew a 17-point lead at Colorado. Yeee-Haw!

Don't write off the Noles ----- After teaming up with Alabama for 30 of the worst minutes of college football in decades, Florida State was actually an entertaining team in the second half of their win in Jacksonville. Xavier Lee came off the bench to be a one man gang, passing for 224 yards and running for 59 more. Lee should get the start next week against N.C. State and with the Wolfpack followed by Wake forest, FSU should be 5-and-1 when Miami comes to town.

Heisman Watch on Woodson ----- Kentucky quarterback Andrew Woodson has put himself into the Heisman conversation with a sensational start to the season. The senior passer has already thrown for 1,309 yards and 16 touchdowns. He threw his first interception of the season against FAU but his numbers are just remarkable. Woodson gets South Carolina Thursday night followed by LSU and Florida. If he plays well and the Wildcats win two of the three, he'll have a real shot at the most prestigious individual award in sports.

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