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Great weekend of college football (the top ten)
September 14, 2009 - Steve Murch
The first weekend of college football generally is a feeling-out process for teams, with few big matchups or upsets. Though there aren't many, there are a few. The second weekend – now that's an entirely different story. And this year, the second weekend had plenty of memorable moments, both nationally and in the state
This week's top ten doesn't include Eastern Michigan's attempt to upset Northwestern, BYU proving its win over Oklahoma wasn't a fluke (nor was it looking ahead to Florida State), UCLA's resolve in a big road win against Tennessee, nor Georgia Tech and Clemson's wild rollercoaster of a game.
So, here's this week's top 10: 10. Minnesota debuted its new on-campus stadium. It's hard to get a feel for a stadium on television, but it looked great. Besides, anything is better than the Metrodome, and college football should be played on campus.
9. North Carolina rallies to nip Connecticut. The Tar Heels are trying to become a power in the ACC and losing to Uconn would have been a setback. It wasn't pretty, but it was a good game.
8. Stephen F. Austin 92, Texas College 0. A flat out mismatch before the contest because TC is an NAIA school. Heck, the Steers actually fell three yards short of scoring on their first possession. An interception changed it all. Well, it might have finished 92-7.
7. Florida State-Jacksonville State. The Seminoles are in trouble. They nearly lost to a lower division team at home. I wonder how many people don't even know there is a Jacksonville State?
6. Darryl Clark for the Heisman Trophy. It's way too early to talk about the Heisman, but so many people do. None include Clark, whose stats are better than those mentioned (aside from Jimmy Clausen, who lost Saturday). And Penn State's easy schedule is a hair better than that of Florida.
5. Houston-Oklahoma State. Just a great game to watch if you like offense. The Cowboys were slightly overrated because they don't play offense, but coming off a big win over Georgia, it was easy to over rate them. Houston is WAY underrated, which it proved with the win.
4. South Caroline-Georgia. The Bulldogs needed the win, but South Carolina nearly pulled off the win. Just a fun game to watch.
3. Ohio State-USC. The Buckeyes had this game to win, but somehow let it slip out of their hands. Well, Jim Tressel played it too conservative and OSU didn't get a big enough lead. Hand it to true freshman Matt Barkley, he had the second best day for a true freshman because …
2. Michigan-Notre Dame. True freshman Tate Forcier had ice water in his veins as he rallied Michigan to win late. The real question is how safe is Charlie Weiss. Notre Dame could win 9 of 10 (never will it beat USC), but it could lose four or five games too. The schedule isn't overwhelming, but it's not a pushover.
1. Central Michigan tops Michigan State. State fans would like you to believe CMU got lucky. Well, the Chips put themselves in a position to win and made the most of their opportunity. Besides, it's not luck when you out-gain your opponents by 100 yards in total offense. Next up for MSU is a smarting Notre Dame.
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