November 01, 2009
Snap judgments on Saturday's best.
Teachers' Pet: TCU. Outscoring their last three opponents by a combined score of 123-13, including a 41-0 shutout against UNLV, the Horned Frogs are the latest in BCS-bustin' technology and making a loud case for their inclusion at the cool kids' table come January.
Most School Spirit: Jeremiah Masoli. Nursing a bum knee that even he admitted wasn't at full strength earlier in the week, and facing down his team's most ostensibly fearsome rivals, Oregon's quarterback led the Ducks to a 47-20 rout of USC. Masoli's stats: 222 passing yards, one score. 164 running yards, one more score. Us: Pointing west and nodding approvingly.
Honorable mention: Duke quarterback Thaddeus Lewis, who came within two yards of his fourth straight 350-yard passing game and captained an eerily competent Duke team to fourth-quarter comeback at Virginia for its third straight ACC win. Da-vid! Cut-cliffe! [clap clap clapclapclap]
Most Unlikely Couple: Miami and rain. It's an Ike-and-Tina relationship, make no mistake. Remember that nasty slog with Virginia Tech? This time, the team named for a great abundance of angry weather came through by the skin of their grills, surviving Wake Forest and much water falling from the sky, 28-27, after fallin in an early 17-0 hole in Winston-Salem.
Most Creative: The jack-o-lanterns carved in the likenesses of Erin Andrews, Todd Blackledge, and Brad Nessler for the Tennessee-South Carolina Halloween night tilt. Did anybody else think Blackledge's bore a weird resemblance to Barack Obama?
Mister Personality: Brandon Spikes, for this charming display on Georgia running back Washaun Ealy's face at the Cocktail Party:
It's not like Florida needed an extra edge a blinded running back would provide. We're all for the relaxing of the unsportsmanlike celebration penalties, but that's just uncouth, Mr. Spikes.
Most Popular: Bernard Pierce, freshman running back from Temple, whose 267 yards were largely responsible for the Owls' 27-24 Navy shocker win. Temple is bowl-eligible for the first time since 1990, and will probably be heading to a bowl for the first time since 1979. That's not a typo.
Grape Job! Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi, whose five-interception performance in an eventual 17-point win over Indiana has us wondering what on earth it's going to take for the Hawkeyes to lose a game.
Drama Queen: UTEP, with hot and cold running wins and losses. Follow the Miners' trajectory over the past five weeks and see if you can make any sense out of this at all: Loss at Texas, win over Houston, loss at Memphis, win over Tulsa and now a home loss to UAB.
Class Clown: Very funny, Jim Tressel. Faced with a 44-point spread and a host of internet wiseacres insisting this game would be a three-touchdown snoozer, what do the Buckeyes do? Win by 45, of course. Smartasses.
Honorable mention: Lane Kiffin, who is currently undefeated against Steve Spurrier, a factoid we will repeat until someone clubs us to death to stop us because it makes us giggle.
Most Likely To Succeed: The big three unbeatens, we're guessing. Florida and Texas both won big yesterday, while Alabama had a bye, and the toughest opponent remaining on any of their schedules is the Tide's date with LSU next week. After all the October horrorshows, will the June predictions bear out and the title come down at last to Texas and the SEC champ in Pasadena? Nothing's inevitable, but for now it's as close as it can be with a month to go in the regular season.
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