After a brief but well earned hiatus, we’re (burp) back with six college football stories from around the country.
Two SEC teams once again hold the top two spots in the BCS standings.
Texas defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat is out for the season with a torn pectoral muscle, and quarterback David Ash's status is uncertain after X-rays showed his left wrist wasn't broken.
LSU kicker James Hairston gave such a moving speech Friday night, it left others in tears.
The Air Force Academy has an honor code, which states, "We will not lie, steal or cheat, nor tolerate among us anyone who does." Wyoming coach Dave Christensen didn't think the Falcons football players were living up to the letter of that code during Saturday's game.
Manti Te’o is the heart of No. 5 Notre Dame’s defense, ranked second in the nation in limiting opponents’ scoring. But his influence extends beyond the field.
The schedule has been similarly demanding for 6-0 Notre Dame, which, with a dramatic 20-13 overtime win against Stanford, now boasts four wins over opponents with winning records. Amazingly, the Irish's second-ranked scoring defense has not allowed an offensive touchdown since Sept. 8, though Cardinal running back Stepfan Taylor may disagree. And Notre Dame's slate only gets more daunting: Road meetings with BCS No. 9 Oklahoma (4-1) and No. 10 USC (5-1) loom before the end of year.
As for Kansas State, the Wildcats currently sit alone in first place atop this year's toughest conference (according to Jeff Sagarin's ratings), and their Sept. 22 win at Oklahoma looks even more impressive following the Sooners' Red River beatdown of Texas. Next week's trip to Morgantown lost some luster after West Virginia's blowout loss at Texas Tech, but a victory would give the Wildcats two wins over current top-15 foes -- two more than either Alabama or Oregon can count.
The BCS standings pose an age-old question: Style or substance? A playoff selection committee operating like the NCAA basketball committee would look at schools' current résumés and downgrade the Tide and Ducks, just like the BCS computers did. But we're still living in the poll era, where blowouts seem to matter much more than the level of competition, and it's hard to argue with 'Bama and Oregon's dominance. The Tide went to Columbia Saturday and, in a haze of rain and slosh, rushed for 362 yards while limiting the Tigers (now 0-4 in the SEC) to 126 total yards. It's what we've come to expect from a juggernaut that has now held 19 of its past 20 opponents to 14 points or fewer. Oregon's defense is not quite as stingy, but it's pretty darn good. Coordinator Nick Aliotti's group ranks 15th nationally in yards per play (4.55), which is more than formidable enough to complement Oregon's machine-like attack.