What a glorious day of college football.
For those of you who did "stuff" most likely of the inferior variety, below is a recap of what you missed.
Best 5 games of the day
1) Notre Dame vs Washington- lead changes, overtime, Locker working his way to the top of round one, and Clausen making a push for a NYC Heisman invite. Washington had 2 sets of downs late in the 4th quarter by the goal line with a chance to ice the game. They also ended overtime with 2 drops that would have moved the chains. Luck of the Irish prevailed.
2) Georgia vs. LSU- 80% of this game was not really enjoyable to watch. But with 3 TD's AND lead changes to end the game (all on amazing plays), this was another nail biter for LSU fans who believe they can run the table in the SEC.
3) Michigan vs. Michigan State- Most likely you missed this as it was early and on the Big Ten Network. Michigan State went up early but Tate Forcier played the role of god with 2 late scores to tie the game. Tate and the Michigan offense was out of gas in overtime and threw a ill advised pass that was tipped and then picked. MSU had a 20+ TD run to earn the win. This rivalry continues to heat up.....
4) Oklahoma vs. Miami- At first you thought the Sooners would rout the Hurricanes. Oklahoma couldn't extend their lead in the first half despite multiple turnovers by Miami. The Hurricanes came back with a vengeance and won a pretty competitive game with a lot at stake for both teams.
5) BC vs. Florida State- Tempted to give this one to USC vs Cal due to all the great tight roping the sideline and finishing with a dive TD's, but this was a pretty good game although it didn't really mean much nationally. BC stormed out early, FSU came back and actually had a chance to take the lead only to have it slip away in the end. You got to wonder about Bowden at FSU at this point.
Those who dominated
Below is a list of guys who flat out just were playing out of their mind today.
Taylor Mays- A pick, ten tackles, and a HUGE amazing stop chasing down Javhid Best from the back side to force a punt. An amazing football play.
Tate Forcier- The stat line doesn't pop out, but he's looking more and more like a lock to be a top pick. Until then he'll just turn around the Wolverines and maybe save Rich Rodriguez's job
AJ Green- One of the catches of the day to take the lead for the Bulldogs in the final moment. You can already see him as a top 15 pick for the 2011 draft.
Jake Locker and Jimmy Clausen- These guys really brought it all day today. This game and the Red River Shootout might be the portfolio of quarterbacks that will go in the first round in this upcoming draft.
Jacory Harris in the Second Half- Most likely a front runner with Forcier and Pryor for next year's Heisman
- Houston's Case Keenum threw for 5 TD's, 536 yards, no picks, and was 51/76 on the day. This was all in a losing effort as the Cougars lost 58-41 in a game that had 42 points scored in the 4th quarter.
- There were 5 turnovers in the USF vs Syracuse game........out of the first 11 plays. The game finished with 10 turnovers with Duke's point guard throwing for 5 picks.
- Mark May found himself in precarious position after making a questionable mocking gesture to Lou Holtz.....Lot of rumblings about what he was insinuating.
- Ohio State vs. Indiana was a night game on the Big Ten Network. The chatter after the game was how bad the announcers were, the clarity of the picture, the constant mislabeling of players, and how the channel kept missing plays during commercial. Not a good showing by BTN by any stretch of the imagination.
USC- A convincing win will allow them to continue to lurk on the nation stage. If OU beats Texas, look for USC to be in the thick of it come December.
Oregon- The opening night loss in Boise seems long ago as the Ducks notch another impressive win.
Wisconsin- 5-0 and with the axe. Will the Badgers crack the top 25?
Miami- The Hurricanes might not be all the way back yet, but they've turned the corner and are getting close to it.
Stanford- Stanford's paradox of success: As they continue to win, the likely-hood of Harbaugh staying decreases dramatically.
Illinois- Zook's had quite bad last year+ in Champaigne. He'll be gone next year especially if he loses the last 2 games of this season.
Tennessee- The Vols aren't ready to compete in the SEC and they're not going to be for quite awhile.
Florida State- Maybe Bobby Bowden's worst team. Seems to have a knack for losing close games.
Houston- The BCS buster slipper was ripped off when their defense was exposed as a complete fraud.
Cal- Everyone always thinks this tearm is on the verge of breaking through. Unfortunately their flirtation with greatness always ends with shattered dreams and mid year tailspins.