College football halftime report
By Ralph D. Russo
The Associated Press
If there was still any doubt that being a so-called traditional
football isn’t what it used to be,
consider the AP top 25 halfway through the 2010 season.
Here’s who is out: Notre Dame, Michigan, Texas, USC, Penn State
and Miami – teams that have won a combined 23 AP national
Here’s who is in: Oregon, Boise State, TCU, South Carolina, Utah
and Nevada – a group that has one AP title – by TCU in 1938.
Before we dive into the second half, a look back at the first
half and a few predictions for what’s to come.
MOST IMPORTANT GAME
Boise State 33, Virginia Tech 30: Tech had a four-point lead and
needed one more first down to run out the clock. That would have
been it for the Broncos. All the talk about a national championship
run would have been over. Instead, the Broncos rallied, and now
we’re stuck analyzing how Utah State’s big victory over BYU effects
Boise State’s strength of schedule.
Looking ahead: Most important game of the second half will be
Nebraska vs. Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship game. The winner
will be undefeated and will leap over Boise State into the BCS
Sure, many of Denard Robinson’s crazy stats were accumulated
against so-so defenses . But Michigan needed just about all of
Shoelace’s joystick-style moves to start 5-0. That’s why he gets
the nod over two other multi talented quarterbacks who have emerged
as stars: Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez and Auburn’s Cameron
Looking ahead: The Heisman goes to …. Martinez. His numbers
are already comparable to Robinson’s, and will become the first
redshirt freshman to win the Heisman.
MOST SURPRISING TEAM
Oklahoma State (5-0). Returning only eight starters, the Cowboys
were picked to finish fifth in the Big 12 South. Some even thought
they’d let Baylor out of the basement.
A weak early season schedule has helped coach Mike Gundy’s
cause, but the offense led by quarterback Brandon Weeden and
receiver Justin Blackmon looks good enough to get the Cowboys to
Looking ahead: Brian Kelly and Notre Dame (3-3) might not lose
again. Utah comes to South Bend, Ind., on Nov. 13 and the Fighting
Irish finish the season at USC. Notre Dame wins at least one of
those and goes bowling with eight victories.
– The Associated Press