By Joel Silverberg / @JoelSilverberg
We’re a quarter of the way through the college football season. While it hasn’t been as wild as the chaotic 2007 season, early upsets and scares for top-ranked teams are starting to compile.
Here’s this week’s good, bad and ugly.
The Good: Ohio State. The Buckeyes had a full-team effort to score 20 points in four minutes to rally against an upset-minded TCU team. Ohio State has officially survived Urban Meyer’s three-game suspension. The next big test is in two weeks at Penn State.
Honorable Mention: Oklahoma State. The Cowboys are 3-0 after routing a ranked Boise State team in Stillwater, 44-21. Favored by less than a field goal going in, Oklahoma State’s offense went off after a scoreless first quarter. Big 12 play begins this weekend against Texas Tech.
The Bad: Wisconsin. The Badgers overcame a slow start against New Mexico last week with no problems. Playing with fire bit Wisconsin this time around as the Badgers took a serious hit to its playoff chances with a loss to BYU at home. The Badgers likely need to win out to make the playoff. Road trips to Michigan and Penn State will make that difficult.
Honorable Mention: Auburn. In terms of taking a hit to a team’s playoff hopes, the Tigers couldn’t afford a loss to LSU, but Ed Orgeron’s team went into Jordan-Hare Stadium and knocked off Auburn. Keep in mind Auburn goes to Athens and Tuscaloosa in November. A home loss to a nine-point underdog likely puts an end to Auburn’s playoff run.
The Ugly: USC. No, Texas isn’t back, which is why a 23-point loss to the Longhorns in primetime is really bad for the Trojans, who are 1-2 and haven’t looked good on offense at all in three games. Mike Leach and Washington State are next.
Honorable Mention: Arkansas. The Chad Morris era isn’t going well. A week after blowing a huge lead to Colorado State, the Razorbacks got pounded by North Texas at home. Arkansas had more interceptions thrown (6) than third down conversions on offense (4). To top it off, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ grandson threw a pick six.