Maimi easily secures top spot with big win
Eric Chanowich and Eric Sendelbach Sports Columnists
Welcome to week three, Sendwich Index fans. Okay, so you're probably not Sendwich fans yet, seeing as Notre Dame is ranked No. 28, but give it some time and everything will work out just fine.
With several intriguing match-ups and some minor upsets, this weekend turned out to be a decent one for college football fans.
Hurricanes Blow By Gators
Former Sendwich No. 1 and 2 teams squared off as Miami traveled to the Swamp to take on Florida. The Gators actually held a 10-6 lead midway through the second quarter until Miami rallied off 35 more points to Florida's 6.
This game served as the first real challenge for new Florida head coach Ron Zook. His team looked unprepared and unmotivated. The defeat was Florida's worst home loss in 23 years.
Welcome to the Ron Zook era at Florida.
We can't knock Florida too much for the beating they took, as it looks like nobody will be able to stop the `Canes this year. Miami's Sendwich points are through the roof right now.
The Hurricanes remained No. 1. while Oregon jumped to the No.2 spot followed by Florida at No. 3 and Tennessee at No. 4. Florida State rounds out the rest of the top five.
Good-but-not-great Oregon got all they could handle against a decent Fresno State team. The Ducks take on Idaho and Portland State in the next two weeks, but don't expect them to stick around the top five once they begin tough Pac-10 play.
Rams Take First Battering
The "Least Surprising Surprise of the Week" award goes to UCLA for handing Colorado State its first loss. CSU is a solid team, though too highly regarded after securing two quick road wins.
After beating an overrated Colorado and a mediocre Virginia, a road loss to UCLA doesn't seem all that shocking. UCLA was a top five team last year before they fell apart from off-field issues and injuries. With the win, the Bruins halved their ranking, jumping 12 spots to No. 12
We wouldn't be surprised to see UCLA come out on top of the Pac-10. If the Bruins can get by the Huskies in Wash-ington, they have home games against Colorado, Oregon, Washington State, and USC.
Oklahoma Barely Rides Tide
In a battle of teams that combined for 13 national championships, Oklahoma narrowly upended Alabama. Can someone please tell us why Oklahoma came into this game ranked No. 2 and 3 in the national polls? The touted Sooner defense fell apart in the second half, giving up 224 yards. To make matters worse, Oklahoma lost starting quarterback Josh White for the season.
Blue Raiders, Who Raiders?
The unheralded team to watch this year just may be Middle Tennessee State. The Blue Raiders impressed with a 5-point shootout loss at Alabama and a 23-point loss at powerful No. 4 Tennessee.
Despite a current 0-2 record, MTSU could easily win out and finish 10-2. They face a weak Sun Belt conference schedule and their only challenge remaining may come next game against Kentucky.
Irish Steam Boilers
Despite looking less than impressive on offense once again, Notre Dame pulled off a quality home win against a pesky and perhaps underrated Purdue squad. The Irish moved up 20 spots to No. 28.
The views expressed in this column are those of the authors and not neccessarily those of The Observer.
All Sports Stories for Tuesday, September 10, 2002