Somewhere out there, former NCAA President Myles Brand must be smiling from ear to ear as more Davids bested Goliaths this week. He had a grand scheme of parity where all teams like Arkansas and Rutgers could join hands as equals and sing Kumbaya. He saw the traditional upper-tier powers as some kind of evil entity and sought to take away as much power from them as he could through legislation such as reducing scholarships and recruiting cutbacks like the "Saban Rule".
I am guessing his ultimate dream was to have everyone finish 6-6, have 248 bowl games and everyone gets a trophy.
Michigan: Many picked Big Blue to win the Big Ten and go to the Rose Bowl. Despite losses to Alabama and Notre Dame, it could still happen as many in the conference are showing cracks in the foundation. Amazingly, Minnesota and Northwestern are the only undefeated teams in the Legends Division. Ohio State (Leaders Div.) is the only other Big Ten team with no losses but they are ineligible for the post-season.
Notre Dame: Speaking of the Irish (4-0), we'll see what they are made of in October when they face Miami (FL), Stanford, Brigham Young, and @ Oklahoma on consecutive Saturdays.
Florida State: Clemson hung with FSU for three quarters but as they are wont to do in big games, the Tigers imploded. But don't get on the 'Noles bandwagon yet. They still lost 2 fumbles, had 11 penalties for 81 yards and gave up 37 points. Their field goal kicker was 0-2, missing from 37 and 44. Their schedule is cakewalk until November 8 @ Virginia Tech.
Western Kentucky: Our old friends are still winning. This time the victim was 2011 C-USA Champs, Southern Miss, to the tune of 42-17. The Hilltoppers are looking like the class of the Sun Belt Conference.
Oregon State: Is it time to take the Beavers seriously? They upset Wisconsin and UCLA and stand at 2-0. Thanks to a postponement against Nicholls State and an odd bye on week 3, Oregon State will be playing 11 straight games. Nobody really expected anything out of them this year but let's wait until they get a few more wins under their belts.
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