College football randawesomeness packed into 120 seconds or less (reading levels not checked); getting you up to speed on the weekend ahead and dropping you off on a gravel road three miles outside of town.
FALSE START ON EVERYONE
Thirty undefeated teams remain in the FBS -- nine of which come from the Big-12 -- and chances are that not many of them will last much longer. Squads such as Mississippi State, Arizona, and UCLA needed their 3-0 bursts but conference schedules await. Notre Dame is staring a deadly schedule in the face that never relents the rest of the year while an Ohio Bobcats team has the worst behind them.
The Big East is opening up as a two, possibly three team race between Rutgers, Louisville and Cincinnati. This weekend's contest between Florida State and Clemson will likely end one team's national title hunt as both are the only remaining undefeated teams in the ACC. Ohio State, Minnesota, and Northwestern are the last remaining loss-free hopes of the Big-Ten while the Big-12 has only seen losses from Kansas (2) and Oklahoma State.
Look for the number of perfect records to continue to drop as we head into week five of the season. I'm predicting only 20 will remain after Saturday.
HAWKEYES RUNNING BACK CURSE
If you're a fan of Iowa football or follow Big Ten football there's a good chance you've heard of AIRBHG: Angry Iowa Running Back Hating God. How else do you describe what has happened to a long list of Hawkeyes runners over the past 11 seasons?
It's the reason the eighth-string back from this spring -- I said eighth! -- will be starting tomorrow's game against Central Michigan, and he's not even a halfback. Mark Weisman, a walk-on fullback rumbled for 113 yards and three scores in a victory over Northern Iowa last week. It's literally that bad in Iowa that no healthy halfbacks are left on the roster. Zero.
But if anyone in the vicinity of Iowa City has any eligibility, please send application and resume' to the follow Craigslist ad: Healthy Iowa RB. Just keep in mind that 2006 was the last season a scholarship running back finished their senior year while still enrolled at the University of Iowa.
CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF FOOTBALL
If you thought Oregon put out some monstrous renditions of football uniform aesthetics, check out the slime-dipped design of Atlantic High School out of Delray Beach, Florida. On the bright side (as if they aren't bright enough) the lime green could double as a green screen to display weather report maps or other computer generated advertisement overlays. What say you, ESPN?
PICK ME OUT A LOSER
When I go bowling I claim to be the king of the nine-pin knockdown. Anyone can blast all ten pens to the waxed floor, but it takes skill to leave just one -- at least that's my philosophy.
I'm justifying my 0-5 on picks last week to a similar type of reverse-logic skill. In week one I got all five picks so it was time to show how good (or not) I truly am. This week I'm determined to return to to my typical place of slightly above average -- shooting for 3 out of 5.
#11 Notre Dame over #18 Michigan, North Carolina beats East Carolina, #6 Oklahoma takes down #15 Kansas State, #7 South Carolina survives Mizzou, and #4 Florida State smashes #10 Clemson.
UTE MIGHT WANNA WAIT UNTIL IT'S OVER
In case you missed it, Utah upset BYU in their annual rivalry game last weekend but the fans stole the show. Not once. Not twice. But three times the students of Utah stormed the field after the Utes' victory -- or so they thought.
Originally the game clock ran out causing fans to rush the field in celebration. Once the replay dust had settled, enough time remained for a final play and field goal kick. The kick was blocked and the gridiron was once again infiltrated by a sea of red. Unfortunately for Utah, the ball was recovered in the backfield by BYU and was in the process of being advanced as the fans stormed the field, resulting in a penalty on Utah and an untimed down.
Naturally, BYU missed the easier field goal to lose the Holy War by three points. Unsure of themselves, Utah fans stormed the field for the final time on the night.
Last but not least, welcome again to the caboose of TMD's football train. Whether for good or bad, long snappers need lovin' too.
This week's focus belongs to an NFL player who could also double as the tough-man of the week. Technically, he deserved the red carpet for his week-one performance against the Saints but TMD has limited space in the spotlight. No, I'm not talking about Robert Griffin III (obviously since he's not a long snapper). Instead, I'm talking about Redskins snapper Nick Sundberg.