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Alabama Crimson Tide: The Tide displayed a few very crucial and decisive traits on Saturday. They showed they can win on the road, from behind and could do so against a premier talent in Ryan Mallett and force their style of game to be played. After being picked apart by Arkansas’ NCAA leading passer for 3 quarters, the Bama defense tightened its belt and allowed only 44 fourth quarter yards and forced 2 interceptions in the last 12 minutes. After a shaky start, Bama QB Greg McElroy steadied and hit on six of nine passes in the final quarter and set up the stage for a field goal, followed by a knockout punch touchdown from Mark Ingram with three minutes left to pull off an impressive comeback win, which showed that playing the defending champs truly is a 60 minute challenge.

Saban's halftime adjustment neutralized the Razorback offense, and solidified their #1 rank.


Mark Ingram-Alabama: Watching Ingram is becoming truly like watching a man playing with boys every week. Even though he sat for two weeks with a knee injury, he’s come back looking even more beastly than he did when he took the Heisman home last year. He, quite often literally, ran over Arkansas and was able to do what he wanted to, whenever he wanted to seemingly. It’s not often that 157 yards and 2 touchdowns don’t say enough about how good somebody played, but after watching Ingram yesterday, it’s very clear that’s what’s happening here. He looked like a man playing a day too early.

In the process over running over, past and around Arkansas, Ingram also ran right back into the heart of the Heisman race.


1. Terrelle Pryor-QB-Ohio State: 224 pass yards, 4 TD; 104 rush yards, 1 TD; 1 receiving TD in 73-20 win vs. Eastern Michigan

Huge games from the #2 Buckeyes ringleader are becoming the norm.  He launched four scores through the air and once on the ground with a 50 yard, field crossing scramble.he even caught a 20 yard TD too show can finish on the other end of what he makes look routine to Buckeye receivers. He’s making it hard for anybody to gain ground on him by making these performances his norm. Season: 939 pass yards, 10 TD/2 Int, 66% comps; 269 rush yards, 2 TD

2. Denard Robinson-QB-Michigan: 60 pass yards; 129 rush yards, 2 TD in 65-21 win vs. Bowling Green

Robinson wasted no time making his impact, getting in the zone twice within the first nine minutes. However, that’s as long as his day would last, as he hurt his knee on his final run of the day in the first quarter and sat out the rest of the day. The Wolverines wouldn’t need him as they cruised to the win and he’ll be ready to go for their next game at Indiana next weekend. Season: 731 pass yards, 4 TD/1 Int, 71% comps; 688 rush yards, 6 TD

3. Mark Ingram-RB-Alabama: 157 rush yards, 2 TD in 24-20 win at Arkansas

Ingram ran like a man possessed and was almost single-handedly too much for Arkansas to contain, in route to another two touchdown performance in guiding the Tide to the road win. He was a problem all day, with a 54 yard first quarter score, and showed his grit with his game clinching goal line score in the fourth quarter. For the year he’s averaging just over nine yards per carry. Season: 33 carries, 308 yards, 4 TD

4. Kellen Moore-QB-Boise State: 288 pass yards, 3 TD in 37-24 win vs. Oregon State

Once again, Moore was steady and consistent for the Broncos in another solid win on their home turf over Oregon State. With this being their last real non-conference test, the days and numbers could get much bigger for Moore with WAC play getting underway. However, will these stats be big enough, and will the wins be meaningful enough, to push Moore up to top of this list? Season: 873 pass yards, 8 TD/1 Int, 71% comps.

5. Ryan Mallett-QB-Arkansas: 357 pass yards, 1 TD in 24-20 loss vs. Alabama

For the better part of three quarters, Mallett looked to be in control of the Hogs and ready to guide them to a big home victory over the top team in the country. However, he was shaky in the all important four quarter and could not make the adjustments to finish the upset. Still, he looked good the majority of the game and this could be a learning experience for the rest of the way in the annually tough road through the SEC. Season: 1,438 pass yards, 10 TD/5 Int, 68% comps.


Texas Longhorns: It’s been over 8 months since the Longhorns fell to Alabama after an injury to Colt McCoy in the BCS Championship game; they seem to have still not awakened from their nightmare in Pasadena yet. Despite starting the year off in the top 10 of both polls, Texas has never quite looked to be up to speed yet this year and have struggled to find consistency in every game. Yesterday, UCLA exploited this in the most extreme way, by plan out-toughing them….at home. They ran at the former #6 team in the land for 267 yards and forced four first half turnovers to essentially dominate them on both sides of the ball. In the end, despite having over 50 yards more of total offense, they dug too deep of a hole and took at 34-12 loss, in a big upset against a 1-2 Bruins team, who destroyed the Longhorns 66-3 in their last trip to Austin in 1997, and handed these Longhorns their first home loss since 2007 in a dominant fashion.

Sophomore QB Garrett Gilbert has not been able to bring consistency back to the Longhorns in 2010.

The worst part about it all is that it’s not going to get any easier coming up soon. And by soon I mean next week, as they head to the Cotton Bowl to face Oklahoma, who has shown they have no problems moving the ball down the field. Perhaps a following up this shocking loss with a rivalry game will wake up Longhorns, if the polls haven’t already. They took a 15 slot slide out of the top 20 for their toothless effort this week. If they don’t wake and find their way soon, they could be in store for a long ride through the Big             12 this year, where there is no shortage of teams that will be ready to take a shot at the league’s perennial top dogs while their licking their wounds.


With week 2 of the college football season in the books, lets see who went over big, and who came up short.

FIRST DOWN: Team of the Week

Alabama Crimson Tide: It’s not hard to say that the top team in the country had the best week of all when they win

Richardson has been a more than effective fill in for the Tide.

a home game. However, holding any team in the top 25 out of the end zone is impressive and showed how tough the defending National Champs still are. Penn State failed to land more than field goal, and they didn’t land that until the fourth quarter. Trent Richardson continues to show that he is more than capable of being every bit the impact runner that injured Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram, with 144 yards in the 24-3 win. Voters in the polls agree, as they received  55 of the possible 59 votes in the USA Today Coaches Poll and 52 of the 58 votes in the AP Poll. With Ingram returning to practice this week, the Tide is on its way to becoming even more potent in time for their real test, SEC play.

Second Down: Player of the Week

Denard Robinson-QB-Michigan: Talk about doing it by yourself. The Wolverines sophomore QB went on the road to face Notre Dame and fought a one man war on the Irish, hitting 24 of 40 with 244 pass yards and an astonishing 258 more yards on the ground, while adding in 3 touchdowns. None of these were more critical than his final score he ran in with 27 seconds left to secure the 28-24 win and a 2-0 start. At a school like Michigan, when you set a single game record (as he did with his 502 yards of total offense) you had a tremendous week to say the least.

THIRD DOWN: Bust of the Week

Virginia Tech Hokies: Losing to Boise State to open up the season is acceptable, the Broncos have proven to be one

0-2 start has sunk 2010 in two weeks for the Hokies

of the premier programs in the country and had to fight hard to overcome the opening week’s premier game versus VT. However, letting a FBS school that, while a premier program on their level, come into your house and beat you is never acceptable. Due to James Madison doing just this and riding over Frank Beamer’s boys 21-16, the Hokies rightfully fall from #13 to unranked headed into just week 3. The most interesting side note to this doesn’t even involve VT or James Madison however. It’s a much bigger story how this could impact Boise State if they run the table as expected after beating VT last Monday. Will the BCS still automatically favor them and escort them into its Championship Game still since its victory over Tech has clearly lost it’s non-conference impact now that VT has become the most over hyped team in the nation so early?

FOURTH DOWN-Trophy Contenders

Here’s how my Heisman Top 5 looks after week 2:

1. Terrelle Pryor-QB-Ohio State: 233 pass yards, 1 TD, 113 rush yards, 1 TD in 36-24 win vs. Miami

Ohio State’s junior QB was unstoppable both throwing and running, and successfully defended the Buckeye’s home turf versus their 80’s rivals. He showed what all the hype was about coming in as a freshman and is creating more and more each week in Columbus. Season: 480 pass yards, 4 TD , 55% completions; 130 rush yards 1 TD

Pryor did a vintage Vince Young impression during his dismantling of the Hurricanes on Saturday.

2. Kellen Moore-QB-Boise State: Bye Week

The Broncos had a week off after playing on Monday night versus Virginia Tech, and shouldn’t have a tough time on the road vs Wyoming this week. Season: 215 pass yards, 3 TD, 60% completions

3. Denard Robinson-QB-Michigan: 244 pass yards, 1 TD; 258 rush yards, 2 TD in 28-24 win vs. Notre Dame

As mentioned above, Robinson was Mr. Everything in the best performance of the young season by any player and pushed the Wolverines into the Top 25 of both major polls. As a measure of how unstoppable he has been, he currently leads the NCAA in rushing yards, as a QB. Season: 430 pass yards, 2 TD, 69% completions; 455 rush yards, 3 TD

4. Ryan Mallet-QB-Arkansas: 400 yards, 3 TD, 65% completions in 31-7 win at Louisiana-Monroe

The Razorbacks strong armed gunner was a consistent terror for the second straight week in leading them to another win over an overmatched Louisiana-Monroe club. He hit on 16 of 20 second half attempts and added in a rushing score for good measure. Season: 701 pass yards, 6 TD, 73% completions; 1 rushing TD

5. Landry Jones-QB-Oklahoma: 380 pass yards, 4 TD, 75% completions in 47-17 win vs. Florida State

After an up and down debut, Jones settled in a decimated the Seminoles in what was supposed to be tough match up for OU. Jones hit four different Sooner receivers for scores and took a 28 point lead into halftime. He stood in the spotlight of FSU’s Heisman candidate QB Christian Ponder and took all of it for himself in a spectacular performance. Season: 597 pass yards, 6 TD, 61% completions

Worth watching: Jake Locker-Washington, Kendall Hunter-Oklahoma State, Patrick Peterson-LSU, Trent Richardson-Alabama, Christian Ponder-Florida State, Mark Ingram-Alabama

Things to look for in week 3: #8 Nebraska going into Washington….#23 Houston at UCLA and the health of its star QB Case Keenum….will Mark Ingram make it on the field vs. Duke?….Tommy Tuberville’s first game versus Texas as Texas Tech hosts the Longhorns