Alabama (Sean Connery): The media is crediting Boise, but that obscure team from Tuscaloosa needed to prove itself. Defending national champion Alabama leveled Florida 31-6, a feat that left Urban Meyer speechless. Bama has a relentless offense balanced by arguably the two best running backs in college football. Their defense that lost nine starters has not allowed a second-half touchdown. The “inexperienced” secondary has six interceptions in the last two games. The Crimson Tide has been demonstrably the best team in the country, through five games.
Oregon (Daniel Craig): This time it was Stanford who got punched in the mouth. Oregon erased a 21-3 deficit and scored 28 unanswered points in the second half for a 51-31 win. The Ducks have outscored opponents 114-7 in the second half this season. The defense allowed 500+ yards again, though the offense may never stall enough for that to become an issue. Don’t you dare call this a statement win.
Les Miles (Pierce Brosnan): The Tigers are technically successful – 5-0, two wins over ranked teams – but no one who has watched them will believe it. LSU’s defense against Tennessee was punishing and they out-gained Tennessee by 200 yards, but poor execution, turnovers and stupidity almost cost them. Making a wrong decision is conceivable, but there’s no decision in clock management. It’s logic and common sense, a sequence fo rote if-then statements. Les Miles and Jordan Jefferson, more than any coach and quarterback, should be prepared for this type of situation.
Wisconsin Football (Roger Moore): Wisconsin was ranked well initially. They underwhelmed against FBS opposition, but inertia kept them there. Sparty let out the hot air. The Badgers weren’t tuning up for the conference season. They weren’t “playing Wisconsin football.” They just aren’t that special. Michigan State controlled the ball. They played tough defense. They beat Wisconsin at their own game. It was “an upset,” though Michigan State was just a better team.
BYU (Timothy Dalton): This team felt shackled by their conference schedule? BYU has a four-game losing streak, capped last weekend by a 15-point defeat against then 1-3 Utah State. They have been run over, literally, allowing 292 yards per game during the stretch. It’s no surprise defensive coordinator Jamie Hill was canned. Not one of the games has been within two touchdowns. This is the program’s worst start since 1973. Hopefully, Joseph Smith can pull something from his hat, because their next two games are against 3-1 San Diego State and away at TCU.