I have been posting this as a companion piece to OTS's "Random Thoughts from Around the SEC" but I haven't seen his fine posting lately (must be the new format - teehee). So here is my contribution anyway.
As we get into conference play, you will see a thinning of the herd. FSU and Clemson are the only ACC teams that might see a BCS bowl and I seriously wonder about the latter. Okie State and Wisconsin are toast. Oklahoma might be next.
Nebraska & Wisconsin: held an "Ugliest Uniform" contest on Saturday. While the Badgers looked like the "W" was put on with duct tape, I have to give the award to Nebraska for basically wearing the exact same unis Georgia wore when they laid an egg against Boise in 2011. Wisky blew a 17-point lead and their Big Ten title hopes are looking bleak. Montee Ball was mugged again (this time on the field). He had 3 TD but only 90 yards on 32 carries for 2.8 yards per carry and a key fumble late in the game that sealed the win for the Cornhuskers.
Stanford: I am calling this "The Curse of Number 8". Michigan was preseason AP #8. After Bama obliterated them, Arkansas took over that number. South Carolina was able to pass thru unscathed but in Week 5 Stanford was not so lucky. Still high from their win over Southern Cal, the Cardinal sleepwalked through 4 quarters with only 235 yards of offense. The new 8th-ranked team West Virginia is at #11 Texas this Saturday.
West Virginia: Gawd, are you as sick of hearing about their 70-63 win over Baylor as I am? Yes, the numbers were gaudy but this is not football. It's a side-show and ESPN was lapping it up and shoving it in our faces. As mentioned, the Mountaineers play Texas this week but keep your eye on October 13 when they have to travel back to Texas for a second consecutive week to face the nation's #1 defense (believe it or not!) Texas Tech.
Boise: did nothing to help their resume with a 3-point win over New Mexico 32-29. The Lobos had previous losses to Texas and Texas Tech by a combined score of 94-14. Without Kellen Moore, BSU is 72nd in the nation in Total Offense – just behind stalwarts Wyoming and Miami (OH). The Smurfs were dropped from the AP rankings this week.
Miami (FL): I am not sure what to think of the 'Canes. Many have written their obituary but somehow they are 4-1 and 3-0 in the ACC. Methinks the graduation of one Jacory Harris may have something to do with it. In the last two games (vs. Ga Tech and NC State), junior QB Stephen Morris has passed for 1002 yards, 7 TD, 2 INT. On Saturday, they face Notre Dame in Soldier Field, Chicago. Go 'Canes.
Georgia Tech: Were you like me and gave out a little chuckle when Tech hired Paul Johnson and his gimmick offense? If so, you must've fell over laughing when he hired Al Groh in 2010 to shore up the defense. Miami put up 609 yards two Saturdays ago and little ol' Middle Tennessee tacked on 510 more for a 49-28 throttling in Atlanta. The state of Georgia is a hotbed of recruiting and Johnson is getting none of the recruits. In four games, they have yet to sellout a game in a stadium that seats a mere 55,000.