October 20, 2008

The envelope, please: Dienhart's awards

Rivals.com senior national writer Tom Dienhart gives us a quick look at what he liked and what he didn't like from Week 8:

Photo of the week
Georgia's A.J. Green beat Vanderbilt's D.J. Moore for a first quarter touchdown as the No. 10 Bulldogs jumped to an nearly lead and hung on against the No. 22 Commodores.

COACHES

Wish I were him: Al Groh, Virginia
Glad I'm not him: Gary Pinkel. Missouri
Lucky bastard: Rich Brooks, Kentucky
Poor bastard: Butch Davis, North Carolina
Desperately seeking a clue: Gene Chizik, Iowa State
Desperately seeking a P.R. man: Jeff Jagodzinski, Boston College
Desperately seeking sunglasses and a fake beard: Mark Dantonio, Michigan State
Desperately seeking ... anything: Bret Bielema, Wisconsin

TEAMS

Thought you'd kick butt, you did: USF
Thought you'd kick butt, you didn't: BYU
Thought you'd get your butt kicked, you did: Michigan
Thought you'd get your butt kicked, you didn't: Arizona
Damn, they're good: Penn State
Damn, they're bad: Purdue
You ain't fooling anybody (in a bad way): Miami
You're fooling everybody (in a good way): Northwestern
Did the season start? Clemson
Can the season end? N.C. State
Can the season never end? Texas

GAMES

Play this again: LSU 24, South Carolina 17
Never play this again: Tennessee 34, Mississippi State 3
What? Virginia 16, North Carolina 13 (OT)
Huh? Maryland 26, Wake Forest 0
You kidding me? TCU 32, BYU 7
Oh my God: USC 69, Washington State 0
Told you so: Texas 56, Missouri 31

PLAYERS

Strike the pose: Sam Bradford was 36-of-53 for a school-record 468 yards, along with three TDs, in Oklahoma's 45-31 win over Kansas.
Did you see that? Jacory Harris took over at quarterback for Robert Marve in the second quarter and threw for four TDs and ran for another in Miami's 49-31 win at Duke.
That hurts: Alabama NT Terrence Cody injured his right knee in the third quarter of the Tide's 24-20 win over Ole Miss. An MRI will be taken, but it's thought Cody won't need surgery and will miss only a few weeks.
Isn't that special: Rich Gunnell returned a punt 65 yards for a TD in the second quarter of Boston College's 28-23 win over Virginia Tech. That helped the Eagles overcome five turnovers.

NEXT WEEK

Ticket to die for: Georgia at LSU
Best Non-"Big Six" vs. "Big Six" matchup: Middle Tennessee at Mississippi State
Best non-"Big Six" matchup: UCF at Tulsa on Sunday
Upset alert: Oklahoma State over Texas in Austin
Must win: Ohio State over Penn State in Columbus
Offensive explosion: Minnesota at Purdue
Defensive struggle: Wake Forest at Miami
Great game no one is talking about: Texas Tech at Kansas
Intriguing coaching matchup: Ole Miss' Houston Nutt vs. Arkansas' Bobby Petrino
Who's bringing the body bags? Oklahoma at Kansas State
Why are they playing? SMU at Navy
Plenty of good seats remaining: Northwestern at Indiana
They shoot horses, don't they? Alabama at Tennessee

Tom Dienhart is a national senior writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at dienhart@yahoo-inc.com.



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