The CAA: Apparently, conferences are like report cards, the more A's, the better. The Colonial Athletic Association, gave the ACC a lesson in humility with Richmond's win at Duke and William & Mary's upset of Virginia. The lower Division I conference has more wins (two) over BCS teams than the ACC (one).
BYU: Before there was the BCS, there was BYU. The Cougars, celebrating the 25th anniversary of their national title — the last by a school outside the Bowl Championship Series cartel — knocked out Oklahoma's Heisman winner Sam Bradford and then shook up college football with a 14-13 win over the third-ranked Sooners.
Diane Lane's favorite team still has dates against Florida State and conference mates Utah and Texas Christian, but a national title bid is on the Cougs' radar.
The ACC: From Page No. 7 of the ACC football media guide: "Atlantic Coast Football: We're No. 1." The conference's futile start includes an 0-4 record against BCS conferences and two losses to the Division Formerly Known As I-AA.
The ACC's liberal interpretation of "No. 1" is right up there with Jim Carrey's hysterical comedic turn as Bob Jackson, world karate champion. "I never said I was the only world champion," as Carrey put it.
N.C. State: You can forgive Virginia Tech for losing to Alabama, and Duke, well, let's see what Richmond can do in basketball, but N.C. State?
Come on, the Wolfpack has no excuse for Thursday's 7-3 no-show against South Carolina. At some point November Tom O'Brien (6-2 at N.C. State) needs to introduce himself to September Tom O'Brien (3-7 with three losses in three openers).
Blood really is thicker than water
Virginia coach Al Groh fired his own son, Mike, his offensive coordinator, after the Cavaliers went 5-7 in 2008.
Ostensibly, Groh sacrificed his own blood to placate his bosses and keep his job. Enter Gregg Brandon, a protege of Florida demigod Urban Meyer, as the new offensive coordinator. Brandon brought with him the spread offense, but he forgot Meyer's magic.
Brandon's debut, a 26-14 loss to William & Mary, was inauspicious to say the least. The Cavs went through three quarterbacks on Saturday. The starter, Vic Hall, threw for seven yards and fumbled three times. The backup, Jameel Sewell, threw three interceptions.
The lesson to be learned? If you're going to go down, go down with your peeps and without compromise, and certainly not at the expense of your own kid.
Thank you, Scott Frost
Oregon's LeGarrette Blount knocked out Boise State's Byron Hout, but Oregon assistant coach Scott Frost stopped him from pulling a Ron Artest and knocking out any Boise State fans.
After the Ducks' 19-8 loss at Boise State on Thursday, Blount took matters into his own hands and punched Hout, who:
A. Taunted Blount.
B. Was stupid enough to take off his helmet.
Unsatisfied with one knockout, Blount charged toward the stands to discuss the finer points of pugilism with Boise's finest (and most sober?).
Luckily, Frost, the former Nebraska quarterback, was there to restrain an otherwise out of control Blount. If not, Artest's infamous crowd charge in Detroit would have looked like "Hands Across America" by comparison.
"It was a nice win for Michigan. Maybe I'll sleep two hours tonight."
— Embattled Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez after the Wolverines' 31-7 win over Western Michigan.
Translation: Two hours, max, we've got an early practice tomorrow.