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Notes from around the college football nation: SEC and PAC-12 embarrassed while UF is #1 again
Reported by Jeff Hostetler on September 9, 2012 inFishWrap, FishWrap Archive | 0 Comments
Another week is in the books and you might as well call it “Upset” Saturday. No ranked team was safe, even in the SEC or PAC-12. A lot of teams flexed their muscles on Saturday and showed why they are top ranked teams, while others had people scratching their head over the results. Arkansas…really? Wisconsin…what was that? And do we really need to remind Texas A&M again this year that there are two halves in a football game? In Aggie country it may be a new coach, but it’s the same ol’ A&M theme.
1.Utah State is out to prove that they are not Utah’s little brother anymore. After being a punching bag for so long, Utah State lost so many close games last year showing signs of life, it was good to see them finish this one out vs. in-state rival Utah. Utah did nothing for the PAC-12 image by losing this one, thought to be the primary contender to USC in the Southern Division, while Colorado nearly destroyed the PAC-12 image entirely with their loss to Sacramento State. They play football at Sacramento State? Well yes they do, perhaps the folks in Corvallis should have warned their conference brethren in Boulder. Thank goodness for UCLA and Oregon State both pulling huge upsets against Nebraska and Wisconsin, and Arizona taking down Oklahoma State to save face.
2.The Big players in the PAC-12 this year are clearly USC and Oregon. Both teams held their own respectively this Saturday vs. their opponents, though both Arizona schools and UCLA showing unexpected scrappiness. USC’s wunderkind Matt Barkley threw six touchdown passes to blow open a close game vs. Syracuse, while Oregon did just enough in the first half to sleepwalk through the second half vs. Fresno State. After watching Oregon I feel De’Anthony Thomas will only score touchdowns if they are 50+ yard scores, anything less would be a waste of his speed and talent.
3.Is the swagger back at Miami? I think not. Kansas State showed the nation their offense has not missed a beat from last season, and looks to be a primary contender for the BIG-12 title thanks to the dare I say Tebow-esque Collin Klein. Miami is desperately looking to be back amongst the elite teams of college football, but games like that will set them back a few more years.
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