Most of this weekend’s winners –Oklahoma, Miami, LSU– were obvious. But Navy and USC? Once again an entire conference is on the losers list. Notre Dame of the west BYU as well as Boston College are on the loser’s list, too, for embarrassing losses.We also had a team that won on the loser's list.
Oklahoma: Ok, this was an obvious one. Winning at Florida State was impressive. What made the victory most gratifying is that Oklahoma’s defense was once again rock solid and limited the Seminoles to 246 yards. That is what we call a championship defense. Other than a road game against Texas on October 8, the Sooners won’t be tested again until a November 5 showdown with Texas A&M.
Miami: You have to hand to the Hurricanes. They could have folded the tent after their season-opening loss to Maryland. Instead, Lamar Miller went off for 184 yards rushing on 26 carries and Jacory Harris tossed two touchdown passes in a 24-6 home win over Ohio Sate. But things will get tougher. The Hurricanes still have road games with Virginia Tech, Florida State and South Florida.
LSU: Winning at Mississippi State isn’t an easy thing to do these days. But LSU’s defense certainly made it look that way. Next to Oklahoma’s win at Florida State, LSU’s win was the most impressive of the weekend. Things won’t be any easier next week, however, with the Tigers set to travel to Morgantown for a date with West Virginia.
Navy: Yes, we know the Midshipmen lost to South Carolina, 24-21, but their defense was outstanding. The Gamecocks scored 101 points in their first two games, including 45 at Georgia. You have to be impressed with Navy keeping the Gamecocks’ offense at bay. Navy has a four-game stretch against Air Force, Southern Miss, Rutgers and East Carolina. No reason they can’t be 6-1 heading into their October 29 game at Notre Dame.
USC: The Trojans are putting up a fight every week, despite numerous NCAA sanctions hanging over them. Saturday’s 38-17 win over an improving Syracuse team. The Trojans will have a great opportunity to play spoiler for Stanford, Oregon, Notre Dame and Arizona State.
South Carolina: It’s rare that a winning team can be put in the loser category, but the Gamecocks’ were shaky on both sides of the ball against Navy. Sure, Marcus Lattimore ran for 246 yards, but it wasn’t overwhelming enough to shake the Midshipmen. Not too mention Navy tallied 274 yards on the ground against the Gamecocks. With road games remaining against Mississippi State, Tennessee and Arkansas, things won’t get any easier for Steve Spurriers’ crew.
Boston College: The Eagles lost at home to Duke. Enough said.
BYU: The Cougars are trying to be Notre Dame of the west. Funny, they did a great impression of the 21st-century version of the Fighting Irish with their 54-10 shellacking at the hands of in-state rival Utah.
Ohio State: The Buckeyes are out of the AP top 25 for the first time in seven years after a 24-6 loss to Miami. Sorry Buckeye nation, things are going to get much worse before they get better. With remaining road games against Nebraska, Illinois and Michigan and home dates with Wisconsin and Michigan State, could we see a losing campaign from the Buckeyes?
The Big East: Once again, the Big East is on the losing end. West Virginia had a nice win at Maryland, South Florida improved to 3-0 and Louisville won at Kentucky. Big deal. The conference just lost Pittsburgh and Syracuse to the ACC. UConn is reportedly in discussions with the ACC, too. West Virginia and Rutgers are certainly prime candidates to become teams 15 and 16 in the ACC. And who knows what this means for South Florida and TCU.