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October 1, 2007 3:51 PM

What I Learned: College Football Edition

-There’s no reason USC should have lost its #1 ranking in the AP Poll. USC played a horrible game. John David Booty threw 2 interceptions and looked off all day; they missed a field goal and had a punt blocked; and they had 16 penalties for 161 yards…BUT they won a game on the road against an emerging University of Washington. USC had 490 yards of total offense and Washington had just 190. They made a ton of mistakes and still found a way to win.

-LSU’s win over Tulane shouldn’t move them above USC for the #1 spot. LSU was favored by nearly 6 touchdowns and at the end of the first half they were only up by a point. Tulane turned the ball over 3 times and LSU won 34-9 over a team they should have dismantled. A win is a win, but there was nothing about this win that shows they are better than USC. Perhaps LSU was looking ahead to next week’s matchup against Florida, or maybe that’s Florida’s excuse.

-Tim Tebow is not to blame for Florida’s loss to Auburn. Auburn ended Florida’s 11-game win streak and handed Urban Meyer his first loss at home. But, Tim Tebow went 20 for 27 for 201 yards and also ran for 75 yards. He did throw an interception, but it’s just his second of the season.

-Many of the top Heisman candidates severely hurt their chances this week. West Virginia’s RB, Steve Slaton, had just 54 yards rushing and QB Pat White was knocked out of the game early and is questionable for next week. Oklahoma’s QB, Sam Bradford went 8 for 19 for 112 yards and threw 2 interceptions in the Sooners loss to Colorado. Colt Brennan also hurt his chances with a 5-interception game against Idaho. I don’t care how many touchdowns he throws, 5 interceptions against Idaho?

-Andre Woodson is emerging as the top Heisman candidate. He went 26 for 33 for 301 yards and 5 touchdowns against Florida Atlantic. He did throw an interception, but it was his first in a record 325 pass attempts. Woodson will truly show if he’s the candidate to beat in the Wildcats next 3 games. Kentucky faces South Carolina, LSU, and then Florida. All 3 teams are in the top 15.

-Desean Jackson is back as a Heisman candidate. Jackson had 11 catches for 161 yards and scored his first 2 receiving touchdowns this season in a win over Oregon. He’ll need to have a few more games like these to get his name back in the discussion. A performance like this past weekend against USC on November 10th could get him an invite to New York at the end of the season.

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