You get the feeling Alabama coach Nick Saban has given his defense the bread-and-water treatment since it got carved up by Johnny Football for 628 yards and 42 points?
Since Texas A&Ms uncharacteristic outburst on Sept.14, the Crimson Tide has allowed 16 points in five games. Given the way the rest of the country plays defense, thats preposterous.
• On the other end of the spectrum, Baylors offense is from the Land of Make Believe. The Bears beat Iowa State 71-7 Saturday, which was the fourth time (in six games) this season Art Briles group has put up at least 70.
Go figure: The Bears lead the country in scoring (64.7 points per game). They have almost as many touchdowns (53) in six games as the second-best team Oregon (56) has in seven games.
• Washington State coach Mike Leach didnt win any friends at Oregon with his play-calling in the fourth quarter of the Cougars 62-38 loss to the Ducks.
Leach wanted to get quarterback Connor Halliday the FBS record for pass attempts in a game. Halliday did just that, with 89 attempts, but most in the final quarter came against Oregons deep reserves, which drew the ire of Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti.
Thats total (expletive) that he threw the ball at the end of the game like he did, Aliotti said, according to The Oregonian. And you can print that and you can send it to him, and he can comment, too. I think its low class and its (expletive) to throw the ball when the game is completely over against our kids that are basically our scout team.
Ranking the ACC
1. Florida State: Did you see Jameis Winston in the locker room before the game? He made Joe Montana look nervous. He then made Clemson look like preschoolers.
2. Miami: Ugly win at North Carolina on Thursday but only the result counts, not how the injury-riddled Hurricanes got there.
3. Clemson: The Tigers suddenly feel like Matt Damons character in Rounders, their hopes dashed and their dreams down the toilet.
4. Virginia Tech: After a shakier than shaky start, the Hokies are suddenly solid as a rock.
5. Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets are spotting dimes and eating onions. I dont know whats going on from one week to the next, but theyre better than the rest of the bunch.
6. Boston College: The Eagles didnt play last week, but they look like a million bucks in retrospect for putting up 34 points on FSU.
7. Pittsburgh: The Panthers are a fitting addition to the ACCs flotsam, not that bad and just good enough to make a bowl.
8. Wake Forest: The Deacons have new life but still will probably need to steal a game at Syracuse (Nov. 2) to get to a bowl.
9. Duke: Great comeback by the Blue Devils, even if it was against a lousy team. Theres no stopping Duke now.
10. Maryland: Bobby Brady had better luck after finding the tiki idol in Hawaii than Randy Edsall. The Terps havent been able to keep enough good players healthy to sustain a strong start to the season.
11. Syracuse: The Orange will always have Raleigh. Scott Shafer should focus on that 24-10 win against N.C. State on Oct. 5 instead of the 56-0 beatdown by Georgia Tech on Saturday.
12 (tie). UNC and N.C. State: That Miami loss will be difficult to recover from for the Tar Heels, and N.C. State has the misfortune of tackling the FSU buzz saw.
14. Virginia: AD Craig Littlepage offers the dreaded vote of confidence support for Mike London, and then the Cavaliers blow a three-touchdown lead at home against Duke. Spoiler alert: This wont end well.