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Rutgers and FSU big winners
Rutgers, who moved to 4-0 and Stony Brook (3-1) were big winners this week. So was Notre Dame, Florida State and Kansas State. Arizona took it on the chin, while the Big Ten was not impressive. Oklahoma losing at home made the Sooners a big loser, too.
Rutgers: Sure, Arkansas has some serious issues regarding its coach John L. Smith, but when was the last time the Scarlet Knights won on the road against an SEC opponent? More importantly, Rutgers (4-0, 1-0 Big East) is undefeated. Rutgers QB Gary Nova torched the Razorbacks defense for 397 yards and five touchdowns in the Scarlet Knights’ 35-26 win over Arkansas. Rutgers has an interesting stretch with games against Connecticut, Syracuse, Temple, Kent State and Army over the next seven weeks. Four of those games are at home. If Nova continues his hot play, Rutgers will have a chance to be the last Big East team standing on BCS bowl selection night.
Stony Brook: The Seawolves (3-1) needed a 1-yard scoring run from Miguel Maysonet with 9:38 left in the 4th to get by Colgate, 32-31. Some will argue Stony Brook should’ve had an easier time playing Colgate at home, but a win is a win. And Stony Brook will need all the confidence it can muster for its trip to Army on Saturday. Maysonet was brilliant, carring 27 times for 198 yards. He’ll have to be a stud again on Saturday.
Notre Dame: The Fighting Irish defense was stellar in Saturday night’s 13-6 win over No. 18 Michigan. Brian Kelly’s defense continues to improve. Now if only the offense can catch up with it. Kelly is reportedly going to stick with Everett Golson as his starting QB, despite his 3-for-8 passing. Tommy Rees came off the bench and completed 8-for-11 passes for 115 yards. Is there a QB controversy? There will be if Notre Dame loses a 10-7 game or something. The Irish ran for just 94 yards on 3 yards per carry. Nonetheless, the Irish (4-0) are No. 10 in the latest AP poll, a place they haven’t been in a long time.
Florida State: The Seminoles’ defense was nonexistent for the first 30-plus minutes in their 49-37 win over Clemson. The offense was a little shaky, too. But the second half was a different story as Florida State (4-0, 2-0 ACC) outscored Clemson 35-16. FSU QB E.J. Manuel (380 yds passing, 2 TDs, 102 yds rushing) played himself into the Heisman Trophy race with that performance. Chris Thompson (103 yds rushing, 79 yds receiving) a dual threat running and receiving, also has become a dangerous threat. The Seminoles are now officially the team to beat in the ACC.
Kansas State was also a winner after knocking off Oklahoma in Norman, while Oregon sent a message to the rest of the PAC-12 with its 49-0 win over Arizona, who the boss in that conference is.
BIG TEN: Ok, we know the Big Ten won eight of its ten games, but many of them were just too close for comfort. Iowa lost at home to Central Michigan and Louisiana Tech crushed Illinois, 52-24. Wisconsin needed a 14-point 4th quarter to hold off UTEP, 37-36, Ohio State was not impressive in its 29-15 win over UAB and Penn State wasn’t great in a 24-13 win over Temple.
Oklahoma: Kansas State is a good team, but the Sooners, expected to challenge for a BCS championship, need to protect their home field.
Arizona: Fraudulent. That’s all we can say after a 49-0 loss at Oregon.