Whoah ... What Just Happened?
While waiting for Florida Coach Urban Meyer to arrive for his postgame press conference, several reporters discussed the whacky day in college football that had just concluded. Among the day's biggest winners were Florida, USC and Alabama.
Let's start with Florida, since I was, you know, there. The Gators looked very impressive on both sides of the ball. Meyer said afterward that Percy Harvin still is not at full health, but he sure looked like it. Harvin, who has dealt with an injured right ankle all season, finished with six catches for 112 yards and two touchdowns. His 70-yard touchdown grab on the third play of the game may have been the night's most electrifying moment. He needed it. Tebow needed it. Gator fans needed it. From there, Florida got on a roll LSU was completely unprepared to halt.
The Gators finished with 265 yards rushing. Jeffrey Demps was responsible for 129 of those yards. He was one of three Florida players to score a rushing touchdown. LSU, on the other hand, picked up a mere 80 rushing yards on the night. The Gators held Charles Scott to 35 yards on 12 carries.
Linebacker Brandon Spikes set the tone for the defense, picking off two Jarrett Lee passes and returning one of them for a 52-yard touchdown. LSU ended up with 321 total yards on the night, but most of those came late in the game once the result was already set in stone.
So what does Florida's win mean? Well, coupled with Vanderbilt's loss to South Carolina earlier in the day, it means the Gators chances of claiming an SEC East title increased dramatically. It also means Florida likely will shoot back into the top 10 nationally, which re-opens the door to the Gators' national title hopes.
Speaking of that top 10, it will look dramatically different in a few hours when the new AP poll is released. Missouri lost to Oklahoma State. Oklahoma lost to Texas. Here is my top 10, though I have absolutely no say in the matter. Keep in mind, this is not necessarily how I believe the AP poll will look when it is realeased later today. Rather, these are the ten best teams in the order I would rank them.
1. Texas -- I thought Oklahoma was the best team in the nation. The Longhorns get top billing for knocking off the Sooners.
2. Alabama -- Obviously, the Tide didn't hurt itself this weekend, but it didn't do anything to impress me, either.
3. Penn State -- Maybe the most underrated team on this list.
4. Oklahoma -- Still a tough, balanced squad.
5. USC -- The Trojans had a lapse in focus against Oregon State. If the two teams played again, USC would win by at least 20.
6. Florida -- If this is what Brandon Spikes and Percy Harvin play like at full health, the Gators have incredible talents on both sides of the ball. Not sure many programs can match their overall talent.
7. Texas Tech -- I know, I know, they're still undefeated and probably should be higher. I just can't bring myself to do it, though. Not yet. Didn't Mizzou pound Nebraska into the ground? What happened, Graham Harrell?
8. Missouri -- That offense sure is dynamic, but the Tigers finally paid the price for having a porous defense. Oh, and Chase Daniel proved his is capable of having bad nights.
9. Georgia -- The Bulldogs offense is more balanced than they get credit for, and their defense turned in a stifling performance against Tennessee (The Vols had one rushing yard total. That's right, one.) Still, they're not a very impressive bunch.
10. Brigham Young -- They barely beat Washington. Sorry, I just can't get over that. I know it happened back in early September, but seriously. Washington? Ty Willingham's hapless group? And they didn't look all that great against New Mexico on Saturday, either. Call me when (excuse me, if) they beat Utah.
How do you all think the top 10 should look? And which of Saturday's upsets surprised you the most?
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