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USC Shocked; BYU Thumped

by Dave Congrove
September 20, 2009

A 22-yard field goal with 3 seconds left gave Washington a 16-13 win over USC. The win is huge for Huskies' fans who saw their team improve to 2-1 and move into a tie atop the PAC-10 Standings. Washington entered the game ranked 106th in the Congrove Computer Rankings while the Trojans were ranked 3rd.

Saturday's other big stunner saw Florida State manhandle BYU a week after the Seminoles barely made it past FCS member Jacksonville State. The 'Noles scored early and often in a 54-28 rout at the Cougars.

Meanwhile, Texas beat Texas Tech 34-24 to turn back another upset bid by the Red Raiders. The win helped the 2nd-ranked Longhorns decrease Florida's lead in the CCR Top 120. The Gators managed to put down pesky Tennessee 23-13 after being installed as 4-TD favorites by the oddsmakers and 34.14-point favorites by the computer.

Boise State was a huge benefactor of the losses suffered by USC, Texas Tech, Utah and Tulsa. The Broncos, who were 51-34 winners at Fresno State on Friday night, climbed from 9th to 5th in the computer rankings.

Utah crashed from 7th to 20th after losing 31-24 at Oregon, ending the Utes' 16-game winning streak.

The nation's longest winning streak now belongs to Florida at 13.

Virginia Tech ran its' streak of home wins over non-conference foes to 32 with a last-second win over Nebraska. An 11-yard touchdown pass with 21 seconds left capped an 88-yard drive that took only 5 plays and just 1:23 of time. Before that drive, Hokies' QB Tyrod Taylor - nicknamed "T-Mobile" - looked as though his number had been disconnected.

Notre Dame preserved a 33-30 win over Michigan State when it intercepted a pass at its' own 4-yard line with 57 seconds left in the game. It's the second disappointing loss in-a-row for the Spartans who fell to Central Michigan last week when they gave up a touchdown, an onside kick and a field goal in the closing moments.

Conferences
ACC - Virginia Tech and Florida State gave the conference much-needed wins over Nebraska and BYU, respectively. On the down side, Maryland lost at home to Middle Tennessee, and Virginia blew a 34-17 3rd quarter lead to lose 37-34 at Southern Miss.

Miami travels to Blacksburg to face the Hokies this Saturday. The 'Canes will enter that contest with a 2-0 ACC record under their belts while Virginia Tech will be playing its' conference opener. North Carolina and Miami are the only teams in the conference that remain undefeated overall.

Big East - Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and USF are all 3-0. The Bearcats earned a big 28-18 road win at Oregon State while Pitt took care of Navy at home. This coming Saturday, USF visits Florida State in the first meeting of those two schools. But the Bulls will be without QB Matt Grothe after he suffered a season-ending torn knee ligament in a 59-0 win over FCS member Charleston Southern.

Big Ten - Michigan already has as many wins as last year. Saturday's 45-17 over Eastern Michigan gave the Wolverines a 3-0 start. Indiana, Iowa, Penn State and Wisconsin are the only other conference schools that have yet to lose. Four of those five teams go head-to-head next week when Michigan hosts Indiana and Penn State entertains Iowa.

The conference took it on the chin with Purdue's 28-21 loss at home to Northern Illinois, and Northwestern's 37-34 loss at Syracuse. Minnesota's 35-21 home setback to California was expected. The conference could have used another Michigan State win at Notre Dame.

Big 12 - Kansas and Missouri are the only unbeaten teams in the North, while Texas and Texas A&M are the only two South division teams without a blemish.

CUSA - Don't look now but SMU and Tulsa share the West division lead, but both were beaten on Saturday. The Golden Hurricane laid a 45-0 egg at Oklahoma. SMU had a 27-13 lead with just over 10 minutes left at Washington State, but managed to lose 30-27 in overtime.

Not surprisingly, Southern Miss leads the East division. Houston had the weekend off after beating Oklahoma State the previous weekend.

Marshall scored a mild upset over Bowling Green, and UCF rallied from 17-7 halftime deficit for a 23-17 home win over Buffalo.

Independents - Army joins Notre Dame at 2-1. Navy has been this group's banner carrier the last few years, but the Middies dropped to 1-2 after a 27-14 loss at Pittsburgh.

MAC - Only 3 of the conference's 13 schools have winning records. Ohio, Central Michigan and Northern Illinois are each 2-1. The good news for the conference, besides Northern Illinois' 28-21 upset at Purdue, is that Miami finally scored. The RedHawks had been blanked a combined 90-0 in losses to Kentucky and Boise State. Miami lost 48-26 at Western Michigan on Saturday and won't play its' first home game until it hosts rival Cincinnati on October 3rd.

Mountain West - Losses by Utah and BYU don't affect the conference standings, but they do leave TCU and Colorado State as the league's only undefeated teams. Air Force tops the MWC after defeating New Mexico 37-13 in the first conference game of the year for any of the its' members.

PAC-10 - USC's loss to Washington opens the door for California to claim the conference crown. Jeff Tedford's teams have been knocking on the door for awhile, and even claimed a share of the crown in 2006. UCLA joins Cal at 3-0 overall as round-robin play gets underway next week. Oddly, Washington and Stanford lead the standings with identical records of 2-1 overall, 1-0 in league play, and face each other at Stanford next week.

SEC - Georgia outlasted Arkansas 52-41 at Fayettville. After an opening loss at Oklahoma State, the Bulldogs have rebounded with conference wins over South Carolina and the Razorbacks.

Florida's 23-13 in over Tennessee was surprisingly close. Next week, the Gators hit the road for the first time this season when they visit a Kentucky team that is 2-0.

In the West division, Gene Chizik is 3-0 as the head coach at Auburn. The Tigers broke away from West Virginia for a 41-30 win to avenge last season's loss at Morgantown. Auburn never held the lead in the contest until just over 12 minutes remained in the game.

Sun Belt - A 19-yard field goal as time expired gave Middle Tennessee a 32-31 win at Maryland. It's the second straight victory by the Blue Raiders over the Terps.

WAC - Boise State is the only undefeated team in the conference. Idaho is the surprising second-place team at the moment as the Vandals have a 2-1 record for the first time since 1999.

UNBEATEN TEAMS:
28 teams remain unbeaten.

WINLESS TEAMS:
Only 14 teams are winless.

FBS vs. FCS:
The FBS lost 1-of-12 games against FCS schools this week when Central Arkansas handed Western Kentucky it's 11th straight loss. FBS teams are 61-5 on the season vs. FCS schools, and 436-42 (.912) since 2003.

Duke, Virginia and Temple were the victims in week one, and Ball State joined that ignominious group last week.

Here are the results of every FBS loss to the FCS this season:
9/19: Central Arkansas 28, Western Kentucky 7
9/12: New Hampshire 23, Ball State 16. New Hampshire also has wins at Army in 2008 (28-10), Marshall in 2007 (48-35), and Northwestern in 2006 (34-17)
9/5: Richmond 24, Duke 16; William & Mary 26, Virginia 14
9/3: Villanova 27, Temple 24

This year, 87 FBS teams will play a total of 94 games against FCS foes. Duke, Kansas State, Mississippi, North Carolina, N.C. State, Rutgers and USF each play two FCS teams.

STREAKS:
Utah had its' 16-game winning streak snapped in a 31-24 loss at Oregon.

Florida has won 13 straight. The Gators beat Tennessee 24-14.

USC had its' 12-game winning streak snapped with a 16-13 loss at Washington.

Alabama has won 15 straight regular season games. The Tide defeated North Texas 53-7.

Oklahoma has won 25 straight home games. The Sooners beat Tulsa 45-0.

BYU had won 18 consecutive home games until the Cougars fell 54-28 to Florida State.

Boise State has streaks of 21 consecutive home wins, 51 straight regular season home wins, and 38 straight conference home victories. BSU has never lost at home to a fellow WAC member (32-0). The Broncos' last home loss to a conference foe occurred in 1998 when they were a member of the Big West and fell to Idaho in the final regular season game. The Broncos are 4-1 in their last five matches against BCS conference schools. They defeated Fresno State 51-34 on Friday.

Washington had lost 10 straight conference games until it upset USC 16-13 on Saturday. The Huskies have lost 7 straight road games and visit Stanford next week.

SMU has lost 9 straight home games to FBS teams. The Mustangs lost 30-27 in OT at Washington State.

Iowa State had lost 11 straight to FBS teams and 17 consecutive road games, but the CYclones ended both streaks with a 34-14 win at Kent State.

Western Kentucky has lost 11 straight overall and 16 straight to FBS teams. The Hilltoppers fell 28-7 to Central Arkansas (FCS).

Tulane has lost 10 straight overall. The Green Wave were idle and host McNeese State (FCS) next Saturday.

North Texas has lost 11 straight Sun Belt games. The Mean Green lost 53-7 at Alabama in a nonconference game.

NEW COACHES:
(See Coaching Changes for details)

There are 22 new college football coaches in the FBS ranks this season. 17 have already secured their first victory, but 9 have yet to defeat a FBS school (Ball State, Eastern Michigan, Kansas State, Miami (Ohio), New Mexico, New Mexico State, San Diego State, Utah State and Wyoming).

Coaching Changes For 2009 Season
TEAM RECORD COACH THIS WEEK
Army 2-1 Rich Ellerson Won 24-17 vs. Ball State
Auburn 3-0 Gene Chizik Won 41-30 vs. West Virginia
Ball State 0-3 Stan Parrish Lost 24-17 at Army
Boston College 2-1 Frank Spaziani Lost 25-7 at Clemson
Bowling Green 1-2 Dave Clawson Lost 17-10 at Marshall
*-Clemson 2-1 Dabo Swinney Won 25-7 vs. Boston College
Eastern Michigan 0-3 Ron English Lost 45-17 at Michigan
Iowa State 2-1 Paul Rhoads Won 34-14 at Kent State
Kansas State 1-2 Bill Snyder Lost 23-9 at UCLA
Miami (O.) 0-3 Michael Haywood Lost 48-26 at Western Michigan
Mississippi State 2-1 Dan Mullen won 15-3 at Vanderbilt
New Mexico 0-3 Mike Locksley Lost 37-13 vs. Air Force
New Mexico State 1-2 DeWayne Walker Lost 38-12 vs. UTEP
Oregon 2-1 Chip Kelly Won 31-24 vs. Utah
Purdue 1-2 Danny Hope Lost 28-21 vs. Northern Illinois
San Diego State 1-2 Brady Hoke Lost 34-20 at Idaho
Syracuse 1-2 Doug Marrone Won 37-34 vs. Northwestern
Tennessee 1-2 Lane Kiffin Lost 23-13 at Florida
Toledo 1-2 Tim Beckman Lost 38-0 vs. Ohio State (at Cleveland)
Utah State 0-2 Gary Andersen Lost 38-30 at Texas A&M
Washington 2-1 Steve Sarkisian Won 16-13 vs. USC
Wyoming 1-2 Dave Christensen Lost 24-0 at Colorado
*-Dabo Swinney took over halfway through last season when Tommy Bowden stepped down after a 3-3 start. Swinney was 4-3 over the last 7 games of the season.