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Posted: Monday October 22, 2007 9:51AM; Updated: Monday October 22, 2007 2:40PM
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Steve Spurrier
Lost In The Quarterback Shuffle
A quarterback rotation has bit him before, but Steve Spurrier just can't risk tempting fate. It didn't work while he was at Florida, shuffling back and forth between Doug Johnson and Jesse Palmer and it doesn't work at South Carolina, where against Vanderbilt Spurrier went back and forth between Chris Smelley and Blake Mitchell, who combined for 256 yards, three interceptions and no touchdowns. "Neither of us could get it going," Smelley said. "Coach Spurrier was trying to get one of us to spark the offense and band together." Granted, neither had any help from a running game that averaged 1.1 yards per carry, but it's hard to get the offense to band together when QBs are playing in fear of making a mistake and getting yanked. Spurrier's mind games are legendary, but this revolving door does little to build confidence or rhythm. And you can bet he'll do it again.
Crossing Their Signals
The underlying story of the weekend may have been deciphering whether or not guys were really signaling for fair catches on punts. At UConn, we had undoubtedly one of the worst calls of the year as Larry Taylor clearly called for a fair catch -- prompting every player on the field not named Larry Taylor to stop -- but was somehow still allowed to return a kick for a touchdown in the Huskies' win over Louisville. The fog of confusion filtered down to Atlanta, where officials mistook Georgia Tech's Tyler Evans shielding his eyes from the sun for a fair catch signal. Let's just take the logical step here and have returners wave white flags from now on.
Lure Of The Swamp Thing
Thankfully, someone showed they actually want the Heisman. While candidates are fumbling over themselves like would-be suitors on I Love New York, Florida's Tim Tebow is digging his heels in. He outdueled Kentucky's Andre Woodson (who's making quite a case for himself) in Saturday's win over the Wildcats with 334 yards and five touchdowns (including a replay of his jump-pass against LSU last season). Florida rides him a little too much -- Tebow threw or ran in 45 of the Gators' 63 plays Saturday -- and he's likely to stop running so much with a shoulder injury, but if No. 15 doesn't break down, he's headed for NYC.
West Coast Still In Full Swing
The Pac-10 may have failed to meet the burgeoning praise that came with the first few weeks of the season, but there's still plenty to stay tuned in for. Oregon has established itself as the team to beat, with the Ducks fifth in the AP Poll and BCS Standings, but some school named USC is still lurking. Don't forget that 14 Trojans have been injured or missed time this year, and with the team getting healthy, we're seeing the swagger again (albeit against Notre Dame). Oh yeah, and USC just happens to have the nation's third-best defense -- which could make its trip to Oregon on Saturday interesting.
Kansas Jayhawks
KU can keep the good times rolling outside of the Sunflower state. It wasn't the 50.33 points or 515 yards they've been averaging, but the Jawhawks won their first game outside of Kansas, beating Colorado for the first time since '95 (the year of its last 7-0 start).
South Florida Bulls
Last year's Cinderella shattered the glass slipper of this year's version. The Bulls' run defense struggled against Rutgers' Ray Rice, whose 181 yards made him the latest (and the last) RB to hit the 100-yard mark against USF. The Bulls also took a dive in the polls, dropping to 11th.
Missouri Tigers
Maybe the biggest letdown of the weekend was that this game didn't live up to its offensive billing, at least on one side of the ball. While the Tigers had 41 points and 422 yards, they held Texas Tech's top-ranked offense to 10 points and picked off Graham Harrell four times.
Tennessee Volunteers
One week after taking a step forward and rejoining the SEC East race, the Volunteers suffered a 24-point loss to Alabama, their worst loss at the hands of the Tide since '86. Tennessee's offense wasn't exactly inept (362 yards) but it failed to produce any plays longer than 27 yards.
Virginia Cavaliers
The most surprising team in the ACC gutted out a win at Maryland as Mikell Simpson scored the game-winning TD with 16 seconds left to give the Cavaliers their seventh straight win, their longest streak since '90. Virginia has thrived in close games, winning five games by five points or fewer.
Cincinnati Bearcats
Two weeks ago Cincinnati was one of the last unbeatens, now Brian Kelly and the Bearcats are mired in a losing skid. UC tumbled out of the top 25 as it followed up a loss to Louisville by allowing Pitt to run for 260 yards in a loss, nearly 180 more than it had been allowing per contest.
"I did not expect that that play would take to 1 second. I didn't have it quite timed out that far."
--LSU coach Les Miles on the final 16 seconds of the win over Auburn, when instead of using a timeout to allow for a possible field goal, Matt Flynn hit Demetrius Byrd for a game-winning 22-yard TD with one second to spare.
"We don't have anybody like Patrick White. We don't have one guy, a guy that can change the game by himself."
--Mississippi State coach Sylvester Croom on the West Virginia quarterback, who ran for 89 yards -- including a 64-yard TD run -- and threw for 61 yards and two TDs in WVU's win.
"That's a warrior. He's a warrior. He struggled on that wounded leg."
--Michigan linebacker Chris Graham on quarterback Chad Henne, who suffered apparent shoulder and arm/wrist injuries, but came back twice to help the Wolverines to a 27-17 win over Illinois, UM's sixth straight.
Chris WellsRB - Ohio State
With Ohio State's offense doing a less-than-flattering impersonation of the OSU defense, Jim Tressel rode his bullish sophomore, who ran for a career-high 221 yards, averaging 7.1 yards per carry in the victory over Michigan State.
D.J. HallWR - Alabama
Hall had a school-record 13 catches -- including eight in the first 19 minutes -- for 185 yards and two scores against Tennessee. "I don?t even know how many more records are out there, but I guess I?m going to try to get them all," Hall said.
Matt ForteRB - Tulane
If someone is going to break Forte's school and Conference USA single-game rushing record, it might as well be himself. Forte ran for 342 yards and four touchdowns (breaking the record he set on Sept. 23) as Tulane beat SMU in OT.
Then fourth-ranked Oklahoma came back from a 7-0 halftime deficit to knock off Iowa State 17-7, dropping the Cyclones to 0-55-2 against teams ranked sixth or higher in the AP Poll.
Texas safety Marcus Griffin returned a pick 91 yards for a TD, giving UT 57 non-offensive scores since 1999, trailing only Virginia Tech (63), Miami (60) and Kansas State (58).
42 and 341
Clemson's run game ripped Central Michigan for 341 yards in its 70-14 win. In two previous games, losses to Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech, the Tigers ran for 42 combined yards.

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Boston College at Virginia TechOCTOBER 25
Are Matt Ryan and the Eagles for real? Ryan will have a chance to garner Heisman attention in a hostile Lane Stadium as BC tries to avoid becoming the third straight No. 2 to lose in as many weeks, but he can't do it alone, meaning RB Andre Callender must step up.
Boston College 21, Virginia Tech 17
USC at OregonOCTOBER 27
Oregon has survived despite losing two key receivers and its second-best rusher, largely behind the likes of Dennis Dixon and Jonathan Stewart. But the Trojans have an elite D (allowing 64.1 yards on the ground and 252 total) the likes of which Oregon hasn't seen and one that should slow UO's high-octane attack.
USC 35, Oregon 31
Florida vs. Georgia at JacksonvilleOCTOBER 27
Come for the festivities, stay for the football. Meyer has been perfect in the Cocktail Party, but there is some reason to worry: Florida is coming off a hard-fought win at Kentucky, while a young, dangerous Georgia is rested after a week off. The line is 9 1/2, but this one is always close (the last five games have been decided by seven or fewer).
Florida 28, Georgia 20
Ohio State at Penn StateOCTOBER 27
This could look like an old-fashioned, Woody Hayes era Big Ten clash with two top-10 defenses taking Beaver Stadium (Ohio State's No. 1, while the Nittany Lions are No. 7). Ohio State lost the last time it played under the lights in Pennsylvania, but with a huge helping of Wells, OSU's perfect season should stay intact.
Ohio State 24, Penn State 17
Cal at Arizona StateOCTOBER 27
Cal is reeling, going from No. 2 to No. 18 after two straight losses. Now it's off to take on unbeaten Arizona State, but history says Cal will bounce back: the Bears have never lost three straight under Jeff Tedford, bouncing back from consecutive losses by winning by an average of 15.6 points.
Cal 37, Arizona State 31