Well, KU lost. Here are my thoughts. But we can take solace in the fact that other teams lost in a myriad of more embarrassing ways.
Falling from Grace
Where to begin? How about Arkansas getting taken out of the Top 25 entirely by Louisiana Monroe? Razorback fans are going to make the excuse that QB Tyler Wilson left the game at halftime due to injury, but come on, shouldn’t the #8 team be able to beat the Warhawks with their 3rd string in the game? The answer is yes, Arkansas. The answer is yes. Also your defense stinks and WOO PIG SOOIE is dumb. One can only hope this begins your long slide back into SEC irrelevance.
In an upset that surprised no one that watched Wisconsin struggle last week, the #13 Badgers fell to Oregon State, 10-7.
The vaunted defense of #16 Nebraska was obliterated by UCLA, and really, when was the last time UCLA obliterated anything besides the hopes of their fans? The Huskers gave up over 650 yards to the Bruins, all the while coach Bo Pelini looked like an angry potato.
So, I guess when Oklahoma State isn’t busy running up the score on totally overmatched opponents, they practice committing penalties (an unbelievable 15 for 167 yards) and throwing interceptions (3). Mike Gundy actually made a Rich Rodriguez defense look not totally hopeless as the #18 Cowboys lost to the Arizona Wildcats, 38-59.
Players of the Week
Louisiana Monroe QB Kolton Browning dominated Arkansas’ defense, throwing for over 400 yards and 3 touchdowns and then running for another to win the game in overtime. Thanks to him, everyone can stop mentioning Arkansas in the national title talk, because we all know they were, at best, the #3 team in their own division.
Georgia LB Jarvis Jones sealed the Bulldogs’ 41-20 win over Missouri in their SEC opener. Jones notched 8 tackles and a sack, and forced a pair of 4th quarter turnovers, one of which was an interception he returned to the Missouri 1 yard line that put the game out of reach.
The Week Ahead
#3 LSU goes for a real challenge by playing Idaho.
#10 Michigan State gets as confused as the rest of us when they notice that Notre Dame is ranked #20 for some reason.
#18 Florida and #23 Tennessee play for the right to be 3rd place in the SEC East and a trip to the Chick-fil-A Bowl or something.
Kentucky and Western Kentucky square off to prove who is less awful.
Lastly, KU will play host to #16 TCU. Hold me.