College Football Musings: Week 3

Just because the Gators had the weekend off doesn't mean the world of college football stood still? Au Contraire mis Ami's. That's French for "not so fast helmet heads". There was still all kinds of college football activity.

This week's musings focus on BCS bids already getting locked up, an epic battle in the SEC and a big injury in South Bend, Indiana among other things.

ACC and Big East lock up spots ----- The miserable performances of the teams in these leagues has virtually guaranteed the conference s champs will be in Miami at the end of the season. Not at the BCS Championship game mind you, but at the Orange Bowl game a week earlier. That's where the two least desirable BCS teams end up and right now the best they can hope for might be South Florida against North Carolina.

Big Ten Champ set, too ----- A third BCS spot (there are ten) was clinched this weekend out at the L.A. Coliseum. Ohio State beat the rush by getting blown out by the nation's best team in September this year instead of January the last two years. It assures no one from the Big Ten will be in the BCS Title game, so we know the conference champ will be in Pasadena most likely against a Big 12 team or a BCS gate crasher like BYU.

Racking up the points in Starkville ---- Yes, I know Auburn and Mississippi State have good defenses, but this was ridiculous. Saturday's 3-2 game was the first in major college football since 1965. Auburn moved the ball well enough, gaining 315 yards to just 116 for the pathetic Bulldogs attack. However three fumbles and 12 penalties took away scoring opportunities. People who look at that score and assume Auburn can't beat LSU will be making a big mistake.

Sorry Charlie ----- Notre Dame's Coach got his biggest win in two years while suffering a major knee injury during the Irish win over Michigan. Weis was run over by one of his own players and the collision resulted in multiple knee ligament injuries. No matter how much it hurt it had to be worth it for Weis who had seen his team lose 11 of 15 games.

Why bother showing up ----- That's a legitimate question to ask the players and coaches from UCLA who offered up the worst performance in recent history in a 59-0 loss to Brigham Young. The same UCLA team that stunned Tennessee was humiliated from start to finish, giving up six touchdown passes before halftime. Between this and Washington giving up 55 to Oklahoma, Southern Cal is looking mighty safe out West.

Break up the ‘Dores ----- Perennial SEC doormat Vanderbilt improved to 3-0 on the season with a 38-21 win over Rice. It's only the third time in the last 25 seasons that Vandy has started a season with three wins. The last time it happened was three years ago when the Commodores started out 4-0 before losing six straight. Next up, a trip to Oxford to face Ole Miss.

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