I will be avoiding College Gameday this week like the plague. I don't want to get caught in another (what I'm now calling) "Herbie Goes Bananas" situation. In last week's Wrap, I noted that Herbstreit had said that "the only thing that can beat USC, is USC", and for the first time in four years I actually agreed with Herbie.
No more. No sooner than I agree with Herbstreit does USC goes out and get beat by Oregon State. Or by themselves, should I say. That wasn't the only surprise last Saturday either, as we got the first major shakeup in the Power Rankings.
1. Oklahoma: I have noted several times in this column that I am a proud Texas graduate. Since Week 1, I have said how much it has pained me to say that the Sooners were the legitimate No. 2 team in the nation. So you can imagine how placing them at No. 1 in the nation is especially painful.
2. Missouri: DNP. We're about to find out how good these guys are. Nebraska, Oklahoma State and Texas all in a row, starting this weekend.
3. Alabama: I said two weeks ago that the SEC needed to watch out for the Crimson Tide because Saban's boys were coming, and coming hard. I should have said coming fast. That beat-down of the 'Dawgs was very, very impressive.
4. LSU: The Tigers playing Florida and Georgia in two of the next three weeks looked a lot more impressive before last Saturday. Now November the 8th needs to be circled on your calendars. The Tigers and the Crimson Tide should be a barnburner.
5. Texas: My beloved Longhorns are quietly lurking in the shadows. If the 'Horns get by Colorado this Saturday, then you have a Top 5 Red River Rivalry with Boomer Sooner in two weeks. Texas, Texas, Yeee-haw!
6. Penn State: Call me officially intrigued. Another nice game against a ranked Illinois team. Then take into account that the Nittany Lions rolled up 45pts. on an Oregon State team that just beat USC, and I'm starting to believe that Penn State might have enough to get the Big Ten crown this year.
7. BYU: DNP. Let's be honest here. You need to start paying attention to the Cougars. They will be your BCS Buster for 2008. So you may now start asking yourselves which major conference team will get the shaft.
8. USC: The 'Men of Troy' looked more like the Trojan Women, especially when it came to stopping Oregon State RB Jacques Reeves. But I still think that USC will be rearing it's mohawked helmet near the top of the rankings again by year's end.
9. Georgia: Most have the 'Dawgs right at No. 10 or lower. But I believe this butt-whupping was a huge wake-up call. They just have too much talent to go into the tank now.
10. South Florida: Talk about a team that went under the radar for the first month of the season. An unblemished record, a quality win against Kansas and three of the first five on the road. Nice work.
--You might notice that all major rankings have Texas Tech in the Top 10, yet the Wrap does not. Sorry, but I can't take any Mike Leach coached team seriously when the first four games on the schedule are Eastern Washington, Nevada, SMU and UMass. Seriously? This is college football, not college basketball Mike.
--What a disappointing turn-of-events for ECU. Another unexpected loss this past weekend, and now, after a promising start, they're out of the Top 25.
--Anybody seen the conference formerly known as the Pac 10?
--It's good to see that Bobby Petrino didn't let that brief stint in the NFL change him. His teams still can't play any defense. In their only two games against quality opponents (Alabama and Texas), they allowed 49pts and 52pts respectively.
--Lastly, a special salute to Oregon State RB Jacques Reeves for his performance against the Trojans. For those who aren't in the know, Reeves is a supremely talented kid out of Houston, Texas (my hometown). Although he put up mind-boggling stats in high school, he was never recruited by any of the big boys. That was an especially hard pill to swallow when he was told by all the in-state schools that his services weren't needed. Why, you might ask, wasn't he recruited? Hidden medical condition? Off field shenanigans? Nope. He committed the incredibly horrendous offense of being short. No one wanted him because Jacques Reeves is only 5'6" tall. Or small, I should say. I'm guessing that after his 189-yard, 2 TD performance against USC, some of those coaches are now kicking themselves (preferably in the groin). As NBA superstar, LeBron James, said when asked recently about Davidson guard Stephen Curry's stature, "if you can play, you can play." Jacques Reeves can play.