College Football Musings: Week Four

It was an extremely difficult week for the "School out West" and another tough week for another school out a little Wester. (Wester?) The struggles of the Seminoles headline this week's musings.

While things are tough in Tallahassee, they aren't a whole lot better in Starkville or South Bend for that matter. The Georgia Bulldogs make a statement in the desert and Big 12 Quarterbacks keep making it clear that Tim Tebow's Heisman repeat changes are about the same as my getting hired to promote Jenny Craig.

With that it's time for the weekly top 40. No, that's not right. Oh yeah, my weekly musings on college football.

Tallahassee Turmoil ----- You have to wonder which group of Seminole partisans is in a worse mood. The group who want Bobby Bowden to go out on a high note, or the group that can't wait for Bowden to retire. After two easy wins over reform schools FSU crashed against its first legit opponent, falling to Wake Forest 12-3. Bowden supporters have to feel the seven-win seasons of the past two years is about to be repeated. Those want the venerable coach to hang it up have to be terrified at the thought of Offensive Coordinator Jimbo Fisher taking over the entire program. Fisher's offense managed just three points while committing seven turnovers. Nice move benching Drew Weatherford there coach.

Not all that Sly ----- Sylvester "Sly" Croom earned praise, respect and some job security with Mississippi State's 8-win season last year. He seems to be using all that good will as fast as possible. Saturday's 38-7 blowout loss to Georgia Tech is one of the two worst performances by an SEC so far this season. Unfortunately for him, State's 22-14 loss to Louisiana Tech was No. 1.

Charlie's not so Weis ----- Notre Dame showed it's a dangerous team last week when it beat Michigan. Or did it? Turns out the Irish showed they are dangerous when the other team turns it over six times. Michigan State turned it over just once in beat the Irish 23-7. We keep waiting for highly respected Notre Dame Coach Charlie Weis to develop a high quality offense, but it's just not happening. 226 yards and one score is all they managed in this one.

Opening up some 'Dores ----- The last time Vanderbilt was in the AP poll Galen Hall had just been named interim coach for the Gators and Ronald Reagan was on his way to re-election. Danny Wuerffel was ten and Tim Tebow wasn't even a thought in his parents' minds. But here they are, chanting "We're Number 21" after a 4-and-0 start. Vandy probably needs three more wins to get a bowl bid, and will enjoy a week off before hosting Auburn. With October games against Mississippi State and Duke, Vandy's first winning season since 1982 seems to be a real possibility.

Big 12 Gunslingers Amaze ----- Oklahoma's Sam Bradford had the week off, but that didn't keep Big 12 quarterbacks from shining on Saturday. Chase Daniel completed 20 straight passes on his way to a 36-for-43 performance good for 439 yards and 2 TD in a 42-21 win over Buffalo. Texas star Colt McCoy topped that, passing for 329 yards and 4 TD as the Longhorns routed rice 52-10. Four more TD passes came from Texas Tech slinger Graham Harrell. While the SEC is either loaded on defense or offensively challenged, the Big 12 is in the exact opposite situation.

Fun and Sun in the Desert ----- When the season began it appeared Georgia would get a stern test with a non-conference road game at Arizona State. Well the Dawgs aced the exam, controlling the Sun Devils 27-10. Knowshon Moreno was just too much for the Pac-10 defense, rambling for 149 yards and 2 TDs.

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