10. South Carolina 24, Navy 21
The Midshipmen of Navy gave the Gamecocks all they could handle in this battle. Navy marched down and scored first, but South Carolina answered and took a 17-14 lead with a 48-yard field goal as time expired in the first half. Once again, Navy responded with a 2-yard run and held the lead until early in the fourth, when Marcus Lattimore’s 7-yard run capped the game for South Carolina. Lattimore was a monster in this game, running for 246 yards and 3 scores. The Gamecocks play their first SEC home game this weekend when they host Vanderbilt.
9. Texas A&M 37, Idaho 7
The Aggies looked well rested as they demolished the Vandals of Idaho. Texas A&M put up 517 yards of total offense, as Ryan Tannehill threw for 337 yards and 2 touchdowns and Cyrus Gray ran for 101 yards and 2 scores. Big 12 play begins this weekend as they host Oklahoma State in a huge match up.
8. Oklahoma State 59, Tulsa 33
This game did not kick off until 1:16 a.m. because of lightning in the area and did not conclude until 4:35 a.m. Sunday morning. The Cowboys did not mind the wait, as they dominated the Golden Hurricanes to the tune of 543 total yards. Brandon Weeden had another spectacular game as he threw for 369 yards and 3 touchdowns. Oklahoma State has developed a running game as well, with Joseph Randle running for 128 and 3 scores. They finally get a test this weekend in College Station against Texas A&M.
7. Wisconsin 49, Northern Illinois 7
The Badgers were a rude guest in a special home game for Northern Illinois in Soldier Field. Through the air and on the ground, the Huskies had no answer for Wisconsin’s explosive offense. Russell Wilson continues to impress throwing for 347 yards and 3 touchdowns. The running combination of Montee Ball and James White put up 182 yards and found the end zone three times. The scoreboard operator will get a work out this week as the Badgers host South Dakota.
6. Stanford 37, Arizona 16
The Heisman resume for Andrew Luck keeps looking better and better. He torched the Arizona secondary for 325 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Cardinals have the week off before they host UCLA.
4. Boise State 40, Toledo 15
If the Rockets never saw Kellen Moore again I think they would be okay with it. Moore threw for 455 yards and 5 touchdowns and Boise State embarrassed Toledo on their home field. If Kellen Moore continues these numbers he will be headed back to New York in December. After getting torched by Oklahoma State last week, Tulsa cannot be happy to have to travel to the smurf turf this week.
3. LSU 19, Mississippi State 6
It was a bit unusual for Les Miles and the Tigers to be playing an SEC game on a Thursday night, but it didn’t seem to phase them. The Tigers had 361 total yards but could only turn that into one touchdown. Jarrett Lee started his third game and threw for 213 yards and a touchdown and Spencer Ware had 107 on the ground but didn’t find the end zone. The defense did a great job against the Bulldogs allowing under 200 yards total offense and forced two turnovers. LSU has another test this weekend as they head down to Morgantown for a huge non conference affair.
2. Alabama 41, North Texas 0
After being tested last week by Penn State, Alabama was on cruise control this week. The Crimson Tide made the Mean Green look pretty harmless in a beat down. The Trent Richardson Show just continues to get great ratings as he ran for 167 yards and 3 touchdowns. Alabama’s defense was disgusting limiting North Texas to 169 total yards and was able to get 2 turnovers. A big first test in the SEC as they host Arkansas this weekend.
1. Oklahoma 23, 5. Florida State 13
This was a revenge game for the Seminoles after being embarrassed in Norman last year. Landry Jones started the scoring with a 1-yard run and along 2 field goals gave Oklahoma a 13-3 lead at the half. Just when Florida State got within a touchdown, their starting quarterback E.J. Manuel went down with a shoulder injury and Freshmen Clint Trickett had to take over. A 56-yard touchdown pass from Trickett tied it at 13, but Landry Jones responded with a 37-yard touchdown to seal the game for the Sooners. Jones threw for 199 yards and a touchdown and ran for one as well. Both teams played well and it was a great test to head into conference season. Florida State travels to Clemson and Oklahoma hosts Missouri as they both welcome the conference schedule.