Five weeks into the college football season and for those of us holding out hope for a BCS-busting team, the picture got a little darker. Here were the highlights from the week:
1) Oregon runs past Boise– Down 21-3 to Stanford in the first quarter is not a place many teams want to be, but the Oregon Ducks took the setback in stride, turned their high-octane offense up a notch, and blew past the ninth-ranked Cardinal 52-31. As a result, the Ducks moved up to third in the coaches poll, passing Boise State, which overwhelmed New Mexico State 59-0. Even as WAC mate Nevada continues to rise (#23) in the polls, Boise likely now needs a second unbeaten team to lose to make the national title game.
2) It’s the Tide’s world, I just pay rent— After eviscerating rival Florida 31-6, Alabama continues its seemingly unstoppable march to the national title game. The Crimson Tide is allowing just nine points a game on defense, and has cleared two major conference hurdles.
In other SEC action, LSU needed a stunning too-many-men-on-the-field penalty to get a second chance to beat Tennessee. Armed with new life, the Tigers scored with no time on the clock to preserve an undefeated season and set up a possible November 6 showdown with ‘Bama.
3) Dantonio suffers setback– In what may become a season-long storyline, Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio suffered a setback in his return from a heart attack, as the discovery of a blood clot put him in the hospital over the weekend. In his absence, MSU continued their impressive start, upsetting Wisconsin to climb to #16 in the coaches poll at 5-0.
Other noteworthy games: Iowa still owns Penn State, Oklahoma beats fading rival Texas.