In this week's edition of Where Do We Stand, there didn't seem to be a great deal to cheer about in the last Saturday Night in Tiger Stadium.

But did you expect any different?

LSU slept walked through a 24-0 snoozer against Division I-AA Appalachian State. Big deal, it was a game that meant nothing and was a tune-up for LSU's showdown with the Alabama Crimson Tide for the SEC Western Division title Saturday in Tuscaloosa.

But there were some other games around the nation that meant a great deal. Upsets, there were plenty of them, just ask UCLA and Virginia Tech.

Joe Paterno's Nittany Lions keep on winning while Alabama and Tennessee's offense is just offensive. Notre Dame ponied up the dough for its coach brining on a lot of debate while Appalachian State spent their money in other, more meaningful ways.

It is all here in out latest rant.

 To JaMarcus Russell. The sophomore signal caller completed 16 of 22 passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns. Russell was on the money on many of his throws and was able to build some continuity with his offense heading into the big game against Alabama.

Joseph Addai dinged an ankle against North Texas early in the game. He did start versus Appalachian State, but left against with an injury, this time the senior got banged on the head. Addai did return but tweaked the ankle again, leaving his status for the Crimson Tide contest up in the air.

To the LSU defense. Much maligned early in the season, the Tiger stoppers have gotten better and better each week finally logging a shutout by beating the Mountaineers 24-0 Saturday. Plus, the LSU secondary has risen 93 spots in the national rankings going from 117th to 23rd against the pass.

To the Alabama offense. The Crimson Tide moved up to No. 3 in one poll this week after beating Mississippi State 17-0. But of Alabama's two touchdowns scored on Saturday, neither came via the offense. Matter of fact, the Crimson Tide has scored just one touchdown in the last 12 quarters of SEC action.

Speaking of putrid offenses, coach Phil Fulmer pulled the plug on offensive coordinator Randy Sanders last week. Sanders took the blame for the Volunteers horrendous offensive performance this season. The Vols dropped to 3-5 with a loss to Notre Dame on Saturday and rank 98th in the country in total offense.

Upsets. We will call this a positive, but that all depends on who you are cheering for. Upsets are what keep college football healthy. Saturday had two of the biggest this year as Arizona drummed previously unbeaten UCLA 52-14. Miami went to Blacksburg and trounced No. 3 and unbeaten Virginia Tech 27-7.

To Joe Paterno. If you aren't cheering for Joe Paterno, you aren't a fan of college football. The Nittany Lions improved to 9-1 on the year pasting Wisconsin on Saturday. The 78-year-old Paterno has been criticized for staying in the game for too long, but he has proved everyone wrong as Penn State looks to win the Big Ten title.

To the powers that be at Appalachian State. ASU got somewhere in the neighborhood of $500,000 to play in Tiger Stadium on Saturday. The Mountaineers didn't leave with the full amount as ASU officials donated $20,000 to hurricane relief efforts in the Louisiana.

Speaking of money, Notre Dame dished out $40 million to new coach Charlie Weis as his Notre Dame team is off to a 6-2 start and ranked in the top 10. While those in South Bend have fallen in love with the ex-NFL assistant, there are people out there screaming racism as former coach Ty Willingham wasn't given the same type reward when his team opened the 2002 season 8-0. Willingham, now the coach at Washington, was fired two seasons later.

To the Northwestern Wildcats. One of the biggest surprise teams of the college football season, Northwestern rallied from 13 down in the final three minutes to beat Iowa 28-27. Led by quarterback Brett Basanez, the Cats remain in the running for an improbable Big Ten title.

To USC coach Pete Carroll and running back LenDale White. The media played it off as a comical trick, but what was laughed about by Carroll and the Trojans was really done in poor taste. In the spirit of Halloween, Carroll and White staged an argument after practice and White stormed off the field. Moments later, a dummy dressed in a USC uniform posing as White, took a tumble off a nearby, six-story building as the team looked on in shock. White appeared minutes later screaming "Gotcha" at his teammates laughing hysterically. As the caveman says in the Geico commercials – "NOT COOL!"

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