Irish DE Ronald Talley, who had started four games but was platooning with Chris Frome, decided to transfer. While Victor Abiamri is a formidable pass-rusher at left end, that right end spot has been a weakness for Notre Dame since last season. Neither Talley nor Frome has a sack. Next game: Saturday vs. UCLA.
When I say the Razorbacks ran over Southeast Missouri State on Saturday, I mean they ran over them. RBs Darren McFadden, Felix Jones and Michael Smith combined for 293 yards and five touchdowns on just 19 carries in a 63-7 rout. All three are sophomores or younger, by the way. Next game: Saturday vs. Ole Miss.
Clemson's two-spot drop was due largely to the ascension of Auburn and had nothing to do with its 63-9 rout of Temple. Speaking of which, kudos to the Owls' players and staff, who donated $1,500 to the trust fund for Clemson player Ray Ray McElrathbey's 11-year-old brother, Fahmarr. Next game: Saturday vs. Georgia Tech.
I can't imagine how frustrating it must be for LSU fans right now. The Tigers have laid an egg in their only two important games, against Auburn and Florida, while looking like the greatest team on Earth in their other five games. LSU outgained Kentucky 546-227 in last weekend's 49-0 win. Next game: Saturday vs. Fresno State.
Saturday's game at Clemson is huge for the Jackets in so many ways. A win would cement their lead in the Coastal Division, with its lone remaining competitor, Miami, coming to town the following week. It's also a showcase opportunity for aspiring Heisman candidate Calvin Johnson. Next game: Saturday at Clemson.
After watching their running game disappear against Cal, the Ducks went out and pounded the ball down UCLA's throat on Saturday. Led by Jonathan Stewart (20 carries, 121 yards), Oregon marched for 256 rushing yards in a 30-20 victory that wasn't nearly as close as the final score. Next game: Saturday at Washington State.
Saturday's 34-9 win over Iowa State was easily the Sooners' best performance of the season -- but unfortunately it ended in disaster, with Adrian Peterson breaking his collarbone. Expect OU to become more of a passing team the rest of the way with WR Malcolm Kelly playing a major role. Next game: Saturday vs. Colorado.
We knew coming into the season that the Scarlet Knights had some major talent on offense, but I never would have guessed their defense would be this good. Rutgers has now held four teams to seven points or less and ranks second only to LSU in total defense (221.3 yards per game). Next game: Saturday at Pittsburgh.
You won't hear Matt Ryan's name in any discussion of the nation's top quarterbacks, but he was impressive in BC's nationally televised dismantling of Virginia Tech last Thursday. Meanwhile, the Eagles' defense held the Hokies to 181 yards and notched four turnovers in the 22-3 win. Next game: Saturday at Florida State.
Star tailback Ian Johnson kept pace with Steve Slaton, Mike Hart and the rest of the nation's rushing leaders with 192 yards and four touchdowns against New Mexico State. One of Boise's only remaining tests comes this weekend against Dennis Erickson's much-improved Vandals. Next game: Saturday at Idaho.