We are on the road in Knoxville, so a full wrapup won’t be posted this week, but here are some quick winners and losers.
Winners: Florida, Notre Dame
Although Florida struggled out of the gate week one versus Bowling Green, they have looked stronger each successive week. Will Muschamp deserved a tremendous amount of the credit, and his second half adjustments in the two SEC games thus far have been nothing short of spectacular; Florida has outscored their SEC opponents 40-6 in the second half.
Jeff Driskel showed his maturity, growing a bit after each game. In the rivalry known as “The Third Saturday in September,” the Gators emerged victorious, 37-20.
Notre Dame went to 3-0 in an upset win over Michigan State, 20-6. The Irish have looked good in each of their three games, and kudos to Notre Dame for disregarding all those who doubted them. Manti Te’o, playing with a heavy heart after losing both his grandmother and girlfriend this past week, delivered an inspired performance.
Losers: USC, Big Ten
Entering the game, Matt Barkley was 0-3 against Stanford. With Andrew Luck off the the NFL and the Trojans with the #2 record in the nation, this was USC’s best chance in four years to beat the Cardinal. Alas, it was not to be, as Stanford upset USC, 21-14. Not only did USC lose for the fourth consecutive year, but USC’s national championship aspirations took a hit as well. Now they will have to win all of their renaming games and hope someone else falls. With Michigan State’s loss to Notre Dame, the Big Ten has only three remaining undefeated teams: Minnesota, Northwestern, and Ohio State. Or as one blogger called them, “the Niña, the Pinta, and the Ineligible Maria.” The conference is now 1-4 against teams ranked in the AP Top 25, and with the loss of Notre Dame to the ACC (a team they have been wooing for decades), this was not a good week for the B1G.