Bye week for the Horned Frogs. After the rough start, Gary Patterson seems to be trying to find the right buttons to push.
Big day for the Blazers in a 52-28 win over Northwestern State. Darrin Reaves had 178 yards on just 17 carries, and Jamarcus Nelson turned in two touchdowns, one on a reception and one on a punt return.
The Golden Flashes were shut out at Penn State, 34-0. No Dri Archer again for Paul Haynes' club, which was held to all of 190 yards of offense. Over at Hustlebelt, Kent State has officially fallen out of the site's bowl projections.
Can't blame Auburn fans for taking some pride in their team's lack of quit last Saturday night. Unfortunately, wide receiver Jaylon Denson, who went down in the first quarter, is likely out for a with a torn patella tendon.
The Bulldogs flopped around for a half with North Texas, but ultimately won 45-21 behind 408 passing yards and three touchdowns from Aaron Murray, who has joined Danny Wuerffel in the 100 career touchdown pass club. Dawgsports, not surprisingly, is enjoying the offense, though they're a bit worried about special teams. Murray and the Georgia offensive line are on notice for this week as LSU comes to town.
State did exactly what they needed to do against Troy and pounded them 62-7. More importantly, the Bulldogs may have found a new quarterback in Dak Prescott, who turned in another strong game with more than 300 yards of total offense and a touchdown every way -- rushing (2), passing and receiving (1 each). For Whom the Cowbell Tolls was just as excited about the defense, which held Troy to just 139 yards.
Costly 31-17 win over Tennessee, as the Gators lose Jeff Driskel for the year with a broken ankle. Backup Tyler Murphy managed to get the job done in relief by completing 8-14 for 134 yards and a touchdown. Much more impressive was the Gator defense, holding Tennessee starter Nathan Peterman to an astonishingly bad 3.8 passer rating. Thus far, Florida looks like the SEC's lone dominant defense, and Alligator Army is doing the only thing they can: embracing the ugly.
Bye week for the Rebs, and now it's Bama Hate Week.
Bye week for the Paladins, who will face the Citadel this week.
For a program that has thrived on the orderly devouring of every cupcake in its path, Bama's 31-6 win over Colorado State was kind of lackluster. The Tide had a solid defensive day, and A.J. McCarron was incredibly efficient again, but 66 rushing yards? It reads like a typo in the box score for this program. Roll Bama Roll is trying to figure out just what it means.
The Aggies are probably the most consistent team in the league so far, in that you can count on them to put up huge offensive numbers, and give them up. More than 1,000 combined yards of offense from both teams in A&M's 42-13 win over former SWC-mate SMU. Good Bull Hunting is focusing on the fact that this week's opponent was kept out of the end zone, at least.
Rutgers scored 21 straight points in the second half to beat Arkansas 28-24. Quarterback Gary Nova passed for 346 yards, while Rutgers held Arkansas to just 101 rushing yards. Arkansas Fight seems a bit shaken.