The obvious takeaway from a weekend of upsets in the SEC is that things may not be as they seemed across the country. For those digging deeper into college footballm it was a Saturday full of amazing performances in the Pac-12 -- specifically by the five-star athletes that stayed on the West Coast from the class of 2013.
It is this group that could be powering the conference to the top of the college football mountain.
Oregon true freshman Thomas Tyner totaled 99 yards rushing and two scores -- missing his first 100-yard rushing game due to a 2-yard loss on his final carry -- in the victory over Washington State; UCLA defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes was back in the starting lineup and filled the box score with 11 tackles in the loss to Stanford; and Su'a Cravens continued to impress at safety for USC as he had five solo tackles -- two for a loss -- and forced a fumble which he recovered.
Tyner was the No. 17 player in the class of 2013 Rivals100 presented by Under Armour and chose the Ducks after playing at nearby Beaverton (Ore.) Aloha. He has seen his playing time and productivity increase as feature back De'Anthony Thomas -- a former five-star from the class of 2011 -- has been sidelined with an ankle injury.
"With De'Anthony being out and me having to step up, it's a huge opportunity," Tyner said. "Not a lot of freshmen get a chance like this."
Tyner had 101 yards and two touchdowns on his first six carries but was stopped in the backfield on his last carry to cost him a 100-yard game. He now has 360 yards and six touchdowns on 54 carries this season.
Assistant coach Gary Campbell said that if Tyner works on his balance and footwork, he will continue to improve. The talented running back heard the message saying that he reach his potential.
"If I keep working, it'll add up to where I want to be," he said.
Vanderdoes did not take a traditional route to the Bruins defensive line from Auburn (Calif.) Placer.
As the No. 21 player in the class of 2013, he originally committed to USC before signing a letter of intent to play at Notre Dame. He never made it to campus, was granted an immediate release to UCLA and has been an impact since the first whistle.
Vanderdoes started in the loss to Stanford he was credited with two solo tackles and nine assists against what many consider to be one of the nation'stop offensive lines. He will likely be in the same position next week as the Bruins attempt to slow down Tyner and the Oregon Ducks.
Sharing the Los Angeles city limits, Cravens was a force defensively for USC.
Cravens was the highest rated of the three last year being the No. 12 player in the class of 2013 from Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta.
He became the first true freshman to start at safety for the Trojans since Darnell Bing -- the No. 52 player in the Class of 2002 -- did so.
His performance against Notre Dame kept the Trojans close as he had five solo tackles and one assist. Two of his tackles went for a loss and one forced a fumble that he recovered. His first tackle for a loss came on a 4th-and-goal from the 1 which turned the ball over and subsequently started a drive that resulted in the only Trojan touchdown.
On the season the former five-star leads the elite list with solo tackles (26) and is second in assists (13). Within the group of defensive backs, he leads them all in tackles for a loss (2.5) and is tied for second in interceptions (two).
Nkemdiche was sidelined with a hamstring injury for the Ole Miss upset of LSU. He is expected to miss two more games. Season stats: 11 tackles; four assists. Four tackles for loss. One quarterback rush. One pass break-up. One rush for 11 yards.
Hargreaves was again starting at cornerback for Florida in the loss to Missouri. For the first time this season he also played offense and had a pass thrown his way but was incomplete. He ended the day with a solo tackle, two assists, and two pass break ups. Season stats: 13 tackles; six assists. Seven pass break-ups. Three interceptions for 39 yards. Two punt returns for 5 yards and one fumble.
Smith continues to improve in his play at the linebacker position. In the defensive-led victory over USC he had a solo tackle - which went for a loss - and three assists. He also made his first interception of the year. Season stats: 16 tackles; 12 assists. 3.5 tackles for a loss. Two pass break-up. One forced fumble. One interception for negative-one yards.
Lawson did not start against Texas A&M but was a major part of the nine-player rotation that the team used to upset the Aggies. Lawson was credited with one solo tackle and one assist. Both were part of tackles for a loss. Season stats: Eight tackles; five assists. 5.5 tackles for loss. Two sacks. Four quarterback hurry. One forced fumble.
Treadwell led the Rebels in receptions with seven in the victory over LSU. He was more of a possession receiver with only 43 yards and a long of just 13. Season stats: 39 catches for 365 yards and two touchdowns. Two rushes for 8 yards. 0-3 passing, one interception.
In a game that saw Michigan set numerous school records for offense, Green was a blip on the radar in terms of his impact. He was given six carries and gained 21 yards. Season stats: 32 carries for 105 yards and two touchdowns.
Virginia Tech was idle this week. Season stats: 19 tackles; eight assists. Half a tackle for loss. Five pass break-ups. Two interceptions for negative-two yards. Two quarterback hurries. Five punt returns for negative-1 yard.
Ramsey was moved over to free safety to start the blowout of Clemson and performed well, again. He had four solo tackles and two assists in the victory. Ramsey has started every game and has been all over the field for what may be the best defense in the country. Season stats: 21 tackles; seven assists. One sack. One tackle for loss. One interception for 31 yards. One pass break-up.
Allen came off the bench to see game action in the rout of Arkansas. He was credited with a solo tackle as well as his first quarterback hurry of the season. Season stats: Four tackles. One solo tackle.
In a defensive struggle, Cravens was a bright spot for USC in its loss to Notre Dame. He totaled five tackles and one assist. Two of his tackles went for a loss, one produced a fumble -- which he also recovered. Season stats: 26 tackles; 13 assists. 2.5 tackles for loss. Two interceptions for 0 yards. Two forced fumbles. One fumble recovery. One punt return for one yard.
Tunsil was back in the starting lineup for Ole Miss getting the nod at left tackle. He was not flagged in the contest and helped pave the way for several big plays to his side in the upset over LSU.
Season stats: Four starts. Four other games participated in.
Howard was not in the starting lineup against Arkansas but saw time on the field. He had one catch for 17 yards and spiked home his first touchdown. Season stats: Ten receptions for 173 yards and one touchdown. One solo tackle.
Stepping into the spotlight for the first time this season, Tyner shined brightly. Had it not been for a two-yard loss on his last carry of the contest he would have had his first 100 yard game of his career. Tyner had seven carries for 99 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught his first three passes of his career for 42 more yards. Season stats: 54 carries for 360 yards and six touchdowns. Three receptions for 42 yards.
White has been one of the most consistent performers in the true freshman class and that continued in the loss to Ole Miss. He made four tackles and assisted on another. One tackle went for a loss and he added two pass break ups. Season stats: 18 tackles; 14 assists. 1.5 tackles for loss. Six pass break-up. One forced fumble. One interception for 40 yards.
Notre Dame was idle this week.
There are rumors out of South Bend that the Irish are going to apply for an injury redshirt for Bryant to save the explosive back for next season.
Season stats: Three carries for 14 yards.
Vanderdoes was back in the starting lineup against Stanford and had a monster afternoon in the loss. He was credited with two solo tackles and nine assists. He also added a three yard tackle for loss. Season stats: 13 tackles; 14 assists. 3.5 tackles for loss. Half of a sack. One forced fumble.
Adams was part of a defensive line rotation that performed well in the victory over Texas A&M. He had two solo tackles and two assists in the game. Season stats: Six tackles; six assists. One sack. Six quarterback hurries.
Mizzell led Virginia in rushing in the loss to Duke. He was only give six carries but he gained 36 yards on one play pushing his total to 52 on the day. He had one catch for 4 yards as well. Season stats: 25 carries for 109 yards. 11 receptions for 48 yards. 11 kickoff returns for 155 yards.