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September 2, 2007Video: Ga. Tech-Notre Dame | Florida-WKU | Colorado-Colorado St. | West Virginia-W. Michigan
Just think: In the last 12 months Wake Forest has won the ACC, Rutgers has gone 12-2, Boise State has gone undefeated and beaten Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl, and Louisville has won the Orange Bowl. And now Michigan, with 860 wins in its history, has lost at home to some team from Boone, N.C. Hey, Temple, you're on the clock. The rich keep getting richer in college football, but the power programs hardly have the monopoly on skill, potential and wins.
Team of the week: Appalachian StateIs there really any doubt? When you woke up Saturday morning, maybe you knew the NCAA had renamed Division I-AA the more cumbersome Football Championship Subdivision. If you followed college football closely, you might have known Appalachian State had won back-to-back I-AA championships. But you probably didn't know who Armanti Edwards was, or that Appalachian State has some pretty good football players. One game, even if it was exiled to the Big Ten Network, can be quite the eye-opener. Just ask Michigan.
Breakouts & BreakdownsBreakout: The LSU defense dominated moreso than expected. The Tigers shut out Mississippi State on Thursday, holding the Bulldogs to 10 rushing yards (0.4 yards per carry) and forcing six interceptions.
Breakdown: An emotional opener may have played a role in Virginia Tech's slow start against East Carolina, but the Pirates handled the Virginia Tech offensive line and held the Hokies to 33 rushing yards.
Breakout: DeSean Jackson's 77-yard punt return for a touchdown against Tennessee is the kind of highlight that can win a Heisman. Cal picks up its first statement win since beating USC in 2003.
Breakdown: It could be a long year for the Auburn offense. The Tigers needed a surge in the final two minutes against Kansas State to overcome a mere 62 rushing yards and two interceptions in a 23-13 win.
Breakout: Western Kentucky is hardly a powerhouse, but Tim Tebow showed he's more than a fullback in a quarterback's jersey by completing 13 of 17 passes for 300 yards and three touchdowns. (He still ran eight times for 38 yards and a TD).
Breakdown: Former Texas Tech assistant Sonny Dykes was supposed to jump start the Arizona offense, but that didn't happen against BYU. Arizona was held to 255 yards in Provo against the Cougars.
Breakout: The Wisconsin offense will be centered around RB P.J. Hill and TE Travis Beckum, but first-year startingg quarterback Tyler Donovan could have a favorite target in Luke Swan. Swan caught eight of Donovan's passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns.
Breakdown: At least Notre Dame can thank Michigan. One of college football's other legendary programs fell apart at home as well. Against Georgia Tech, Notre Dame and its new offensive personnel never scored a touchdown, rushed for minus-8 yards, allowed nine sacks and lost three fumbles. Oh, and the defense gave up 33 points.
Breakout: Boston College will be just fine without Tom O'Brien. Jeff Jagodzinski has two bona fide playmakers on his first team at B.C. Matt Ryan passed for 408 yards and five touchdowns, and DeJuan Tribble had three interceptions, including two in the red zone.
Breakout: The wait for Jake Locker was worth it. Behind the redshirt freshman quarterback, Washington steamrolled Syracuse, 42-12, in the Carrier Dome. Locker passed for 142 yards while running for 83 and two touchdowns.
Breakdown: Maybe the problems at N.C. State weren't all Chuck Amato's fault. In the O'Bowl (Get it? Tom O'Brien vs. George O'Leary.), N.C. State lost 25-23 to Central Florida, giving the Wolfpack non-BCS losses to UCF, Akron and East Carolina at home and Southern Miss on the road since 2006. But at least they beat Appalachian State 23-10 in last year's opener.
Breakdown: Suspensions keep piling up in Columbia. A suspension for South Carolina starting guard James Thompson put him on the bench next to starting quarterback Blake Mitchell and backup running back Bobby Wallace and backup defensive back Chris Hail.
Quote of the weekend"Man, right when 'Sandman' started playing and I saw everybody jumping around, I just got goosebumps all over my body and I couldn't hold back my emotion. I just turned back and told my teammates, 'This is what we came here for. We're playing for all 32 families. Just go out there and give it your all.'" -Virginia Tech linebacker Xavier Adibi
Stat that counts: 3Counting last year's losses to Ohio State and USC to end the season, Michigan has its first three-game losing streak since 1979.
All eyes on?Virginia Tech. If the Hokies' offensive line struggled with East Carolina's defense, how will it handle Glenn Dorsey when Virginia Tech goes to LSU?
Michigan. The Wolverines couldn't contain Appalachian State's spread offense. Now Oregon comes to town. Quarterback Dennis Dixon passed for 132 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 141 yards and a score against Houston on Saturday.
TCU at Texas: Arkansas State outgained Texas 397-340 despite losing 21-13 in the opener. Upset-minded TCU is coming off a shutout of Baylor.
David Fox is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at email@example.com.