Sunday's first release of the
They arrived in a packaged labeled "Saturday."
The last year of the BCS (sob, sob) is sure going to be fun.
The top 25 got worked over this weekend with defeats suffered by half the teams in the top 10.
The implosion started Friday night when No. 8
No. 9 UCLA fell at No. 13 Stanford at about the same time
Not even Heisman winner
There was also a guaranteed top-10 loser in the matchup of No. 5
And, for good measure, No. 6
Let's just say it brought a lot of teams back into the hunt.
Stanford, which dropped eight poll spots to No. 13 after last week's loss at Utah, will find itself hip-deep in the BCS top 10 and right back in the national title race.
Stanford, remember, still has a Nov. 7 game against No. 2 Oregon.
The SEC is suddenly a multi-loss mess with
Only Alabama fans could rest easy as the top-ranked Crimson Tide dismantled
The Michigan-Indiana game outdid Auburn at Texas A&M for the day's most ridiculous numbers.
After all, Auburn and A&M combined for "only" 86 points, 1,217 yards and 56 first downs at College Station.
That was almost "three yards and a cloud of dust" compared to what happened in Ann Arbor.
In Michigan's crazy 63-47 win, the teams combined for 110 points, 1,323 yards and 63 first downs.
Texas A&M and Missouri, two ordinary programs from the
There were supposed to be growing pains. In fact, many thought the schools would get devoured in America's best conference.
But Texas A&M, in its first year, became the only team to defeat national champion Alabama.
And Saturday, Missouri improved to 7-0 for the season and took a two game lead in the SEC East.
What is going on down there?
Texas A&M you can sort of understand. The Aggies entered the SEC with Manziel as their starting quarterback,
Missouri's rise is more surprising. The Tigers went 5-7 last year, 2-6 in SEC play.
Missouri wasn't really tested early in the season with wins over the likes of Murray State and Toledo.
The Tigers were supposed to get thumped these last two weeks, but were fortunate to face Georgia and Florida teams that have been devastated by injuries.
Missouri defeated Georgia last week in Athens and downed Florida, 36-17, on Saturday.
Give Missouri credit, though, because it is playing without starting quarterback James Franklin.
Missouri holds a two-game lead over South Carolina, which visits Columbia, Mo., next week.
The question now: How long can Missouri make this last?
The Spotlight looks for any chance to mention the
So here it is: Akron defeated Miami of Ohio, 24-17, to earn its first road win since Oct. 18, 2008 at Eastern Michigan.
Akron (2-6) has won more than one game for the first time since that season after three straight 1-11 seasons.
Akron is led by second-year Coach Terry Bowden, who went undefeated at Auburn in 1993. Terry's dad, Bobby, leads all major college coaches with 377 wins.
House of Cards
Louisville's path to the national title game was always going to be shaky
The Cardinals simply did not have the schedule strength to keep up with the best teams from the power conferences.
Jeff Sagarin's ratings had Louisville at No. 125 in SOS this week.
Louisville's only chance was to go undefeated and then pray all the other top schools lost once, or maybe twice.
Gee, it almost happened Saturday, but Louisville's 38-35 loss to Central Florida on Friday night effectively ended the Cardinals' chances.
Or did it?
"It doesn't damage them at all," quarterback
If nothing else, Louisville's stumble will have a ripple effect in the BCS standings.
The loss helped
The highest-rated champion from a league outside the top six earns a bid if it finishes in the top 12 of the BCS standings.
The non-AQ champ also gets the bid, though, if it finishes in the top 16 ahead of a champion from a major conference.
No. 17 Fresno State (
Louisville's loss, however, gives Fresno State or Northern Illinois a chance to finish 16th or better ahead of the
Northern Illinois improved to 7-0 with a win over Central Michigan, as quarterback Jordan Lynch rushed for 316 yards. Fresno State (5-0) hosted
Northern Illinois used the BCS clause last year to earn a bid to the