Top 10 shuffles as Texas
The only real shake-up in the Top 25 was
Fresno State's upset over No. 10 Oregon State. If you didn't stay up until
midnight to see it all, then you
missed a stellar performance by Fresno
State's David Carr.
The senior quarterback is considered the
top physical specimen in the 2002 draft, but questions surrounded the accuracy
of his throwing arm.
All those questions were answered as Carr
made incredible throws between or over Beaver defenders time and time again.
If last night's
performance wasn't a fluke, Carr will
be a top five pick and a possible No. 1 for the Houston Texans.
Fresno State isn't a one-man show; just
ask Jonathan Smith and Ken Simonton. That Bulldog defense can hit and hit
The speed of the team as a whole amazed
everyone who watched the game.
The Bulldogs are not out of the woods,
even after two consecutive upsets. They must go on the road to face Wisconsin
on Saturday and Colorado
State on Oct. 13.
It will be very interesting to see just
what the Bowl Championship Series does if Fresno State goes undefeated.
The Bulldogs would likely be in a BCS bowl,
but the national championship? No.
The preseason polls prevent the Bulldogs
from climbing the rankings. It's much harder for Fresno State, which started
unranked, to climb into the
top five than, say, an Oregon team that
started at No. 7.
This situation supports the argument that
the polls should not come out until everyone has played at least a couple
of games. If the first polls came
out today, Fresno State would be ranked
in the top 15. As it is, it barely gets in the top 25.
Thanks for playing
It's official. That swelling in Lee Suggs'
knee is the result of a torn ACL that will keep him on the shelf until
Spring 2002 at the earliest.
Virginia Tech's touchdown machine became
one of the Heisman favorites now that he's out from under the shadow of
former teammate Michael
But he'll have to wait until next year
to make an impression on the Heisman voters.
In the meantime, more pressure falls on
the shoulders of Vick's replacement Grant Noel and his super-talented receiver
Andre Davis. But football is
a team game, and the Hokies' defense will
provide plenty of help for an injury-plagued offense. Many coaches think
the Virgina Tech defense is the
best in the nation.
Speaking of the Heisman
Of all the Heisman Trophy contenders, only
Miami quarterback Ken Dorsey seemed deserving of the award after the past
Dorsey stepped into an unbelievably emotional
scene against Penn State in Happy Valley and calmly guided the Hurricanes
to a victory against
Joe Paterno's storied program.
Adam Taliaferro, who broke his neck last
year against Ohio State, led the Nittany Lions onto the field. Had Penn
State won, Paterno would have
tied coaching legend Paul "Bear" Bryant
for most Division I-A coaching victories at 323. The game dripped with
A record crowd of more than 100,000 Nittany
Lion fans watched Dorsey lead the 'Canes to a convincing 33-7 rout on national
Dorsey's performance was all the more telling
because the other Heisman candidates either failed to meet expectations
or fell flat on their faces.
The prodigal son
Eli Manning, Archie's son and Peyton's
brother, made his debut as a starter for Ole Miss on Saturday against Murray
State. He promptly threw for
five touchdowns, breaking his father's
school record, and went an unbelievable 20-of-23 in pass attempts. He has
a long way to go before reaching
the immortal status his father attained
at Mississippi and his brother at Tennessee, but he had a good start.
Texas, our Texas
The big loser of the week was Texas head
coach Mack Brown, who still hasn't learned the appropriate etiquette for
blow-out games. Or he's simply
decided to ignore good sportsmanship.
Texas had possession of the ball inside
the five-yard line with 30 seconds left to go in the game and a hefty lead
over New Mexico State.
Instead of kneeling on the ball, Major
Applewhite handed off to running back Cedric Benson, who made his collegiate
debut against the Aggies.
Benson got his first career touchdown,
but Brown lost respect points for making such a pugnacious call.
Cougar fans weren't surprised, though.
Brown made the same classless move last year when playing the Cougars at
Memorial Stadium. Let's hope
the Cougars won't give Brown the chance
to make the same call against them this year.