Notes from Around the College Football Nation: Gators Swamp Spurrier and Tide Still Rolling

After this week, we can really see who made a statement to be in the title game. We can pretty much take West Virginia out of all title and Heisman talks…welcome to the BIG-12. SEC looks to place at least two teams in the BCS…so what else is new? After this week we are definitely in for a true offense vs. defense title game. Now into the news and thoughts from this past weekend’s action:

  1. Roll Tide. That’s all I have to say about that. Alabama beat up helpless Tennessee 44-13 and officially put Derek Dooley on the unemployment list. Alabama should have a great test next weekend vs. Dan Mullen’s bulldogs of Mississippi State.
  2. Gators made Steve Spurrier remember why it is so tough to play in The Swamp. I did not even think the game would be that big of a blow out. NO ONE thought it would be like that. Turnovers were the name of the game, but Florida played inspired on offense and defense. Jeff Driskel and the Gators just keep getting better by the week. Florida beating South Carolina 44-11 definitely got everyone’s attention. Gators will wrap up the SEC EAST title with a victory over Georgia. Speaking of Georgia…come on…you have to beat Kentucky by more than five points.
  3. West Virginia is finding it harder and harder to compete in the BIG-12 as each week goes by. Kansas State put the smack down on WVU title talks and Heisman talks when they went into Morgantown and won 55-14. Collin Klein got his Heisman campaign going into full swing with that victory.
  4. Notre Dame barely beat BYU 17-14. The Domers schedule is becoming more of a joke than a strength since most of the top teams on it are struggling. When Notre Dame joins a conference and goes undefeated, then I will care what they do.
  5. Texas A&M hung tough with LSU before falling 24-19. Texas A&M has a bright future with Johnny Manziel at QB, but will have a tough time competing with Alabama and LSU every year.
  6. Oklahoma and Southern Cal both took care of business vs. inferior opponents and won by almost 50. That is expected when you are playing Kansas (in football) and Colorado. Hopefully they can have that momentum carried over into their next game.
  7. Texas Tech showed it was for real after beating TCU in TRIPLE OVERTIME 56-53. Tuberville has his boys ready to play in the BIG-12. The Red Raiders look to make the BIG-12 title chase interesting.
  8. BIG EAST UPDATE. Cincinnati is no longer undefeated after dropping a close one to Toledo 29-24. Ewwww, you don’t lose to MAC teams, even if you are a BIG EAST team. Rutgers and Louisville both won to stay tied for first place in the BIG EAST. If both teams keep winning, then the end of the season showdown will be for all the marbles….but does that really say much since it is the BIG JOKE…I mean BIG EAST.
  9. Ohio State almost lost to Purdue in overtime, but the buckeyes are still on probation so they still don’t matter. I still would love to be a team in the LEADERS division. Penn State and Ohio State just keep winning but the wins do not mean a thing. All you have to do is come in third place to make the BIG-10 title game and Wisconsin is doing just that….hello Rose Bowl.
  10. The website gives enough love to Oregon, but I will give a shout out to the first half blowout over Arizona State. Oregon might have been up 43-7 at halftime, but voters who do not stay up and watch the game see 43-21 and think, “oh, it was a close game.” For those of us who stayed up and watched it, we saw the dominant Ducks. Chip needs to pour it on a little bit more in the second half. Let’s go for 60 points next time. That would be a statement that would help with the voting.


No real upsets this week, but the Gators and Tide cemented their spots as the #1 and #2 teams in the country after impressive victories. BCS rankings are out and a lot of Oregon fans were upset at the #3 ranking. Ducks need to just keep playing their game while Florida or ‘Bama knock each other out of contention. We also could have a real possibility again this year with four teams undefeated. After Kansas State and Notre Dame finish off another opponent, they both could be undefeated at season’s end. This could be one last year of BCS mess until the playoffs get here. So much more conference play is about to happen and a few top ranked teams should be on upset alert next week.


Until next week college football nation


National News:

1. Stanford keeps the axe

2. College football mailbag

3. Big brother finally beats little brother

4. BCS buster broncos at it again

5. Clemson is back on track


Oregon News:

1. Ducks not on course vs. Stanford

2. Lady Ducks soccer forks Sun Devils

3. Volleyball team still rolling.

4. Stewart still making contributions to Ducks

5. Ducks desert swarm Sun Devils


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Jeff Hostetler

Jeff Hostetler

Jeff Hostetler may not have won a Super Bowl with the Giants ( though his uncle of the same name did). He has been an obsessed college football fan living in Florida ever since the Gators beat FSU in the Sugar Bowl to earn the UF's first national championship. Ever since Jeff has immersed himself in everything possible related to college football. He enjoys watching, writing, playing, and otherwise obsessing over all things football. A graduate of the University of Florida, he brings a perspective to FishDuck free of our extreme green & yellow homerism glasses to look at the current landscape of collegiate athletics.

  • JDWebfoot

    Chip doesn’t “need to pour it on a little bit more in the 2nd half” and Oregon doesnt need “a statement to help with the voting.”

    • j10eff

      yeah you are right…..that is why Oregon is now #4 in the BCS and not #3…POUR IT ON CHIP….VOTERS see final results!

      • JDWebfoot

        Who cares about the BCS rankings now? There are at least 6 more games to be played before the BCS rankings come into play, period.

        ND will lose and KSU doesn’t have to play a championship game. Florida would have to beat Bama before they even matter. Florida is the worst team in the top 5.

        Everyone knows the Ducks and Tide are the two best teams and will meet in Miami if they both win out.

        • j10eff

          I agree about Tide and Ducks winning out for Miami….I think Oklahoma will take care of Notre Dame…K-State still has tough games but they are all at home…they are the biggest threat.
          As for Florida being the worst team in the Top 5…your entitled to your opinion….but I guess the voters see it differently! ;)

          • JDWebfoot

            Wrong again, Hoss! The VOTERS have Oregon at #2, the BCS computers have Oregon #4. Again, as Oregon plays the remainder of their games, the strength of schedule will increase. All they need to do is keep winning.

            Enjoy the lofty ranking for a few more days or weeks for your Gators. Florida has been awful for so long that I’m sure the week 2 BCS ranking is exciting and meaningful for you.

          • j10eff

            It has been an exciting season for the Gators…I expected 6-6 after watching the first game. Oregon needs Oklahoma to take out Notre Dame this weekend and hopefully Texas Tech has some upset magic left. If Oregon does win out then they should be good to go. It would help to drop 50 on USC while they are at it and for Oregon State to win out to the end of the season Civil War.
            I was wrong….the voters don’t have Florida #2….the computers do….and the BCS Computers do pick the teams to play for the title…so Oregon needs to make friends with that machine before they find themselves jumped again in the BCS ;)
            As for Florida being awful…beating LSU and South Carolina does make us awful…how did Oregon did fair vs LSU last year? Just checking…. :)
            If Florida holds undefeated until SEC championship game vs Bama it will surprise me. With Georgia and FSU left anything could happen.
            I am still hoping for Oregon vs Bama in Title game…offense vs defense

          • JDWebfoot

            Florida needs to not get blown out and shut down by a pathetic Georgia team. Since you’re the expert, tell me, will that help the Gators with the voting?

          • j10eff

            If losing by 8 is a blow out then I guess your the expert