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Before the season began, it said here that Tried and True would be a two-touchdown favorite over Topsy and Turvy, the twins who dominated the 2007 season. The prediction seemed like a sure thing because (a) the odds of unranked teams beating top-five teams 13 times seemed long and (b) specifically, teams such as USC, Oklahoma and Georgia all had a lot of returning starters.
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Joe Paterno and the Nittany Lions have strolled to a 4-0 start.
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Nick Saban and No. 8 Alabama face No. 3 Georgia on Saturday.
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Javon Ringer is averaging 35.8 carries a game for the Spartans.
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Donald Brown has carried the ball 113 times through four games.
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1. Two years ago, fans and coaches complained about the clock rules that shortened the game. This year, it took four weeks for someone to speak loudly. Florida coach Urban Meyer said, "I'm not a fan of the clock rule. I feel like they are cheating the fans." Meyer didn't point out that the more plays there are, the better chance that talent wins out. Then again, fewer plays or no, the Gators haven't been in a tight game this season.
2. Iowa fired its general counsel and a vice president after finding that they bungled the school's handling of a case of alleged sexual assault against two former Hawkeyes football players. Think about this: When is the last time you remember higher-ups taking the fall in an investigation? Maybe I'm confusing Iowa City with Washington, D.C., but it's refreshing to see blame assessed no matter the job title.
3. Given the starts of Oklahoma and Missouri and the caliber of competition that No. 7 Texas has played, the Longhorns won't get any credit until they play the Sooners and the Tigers on Oct. 11 and Oct. 18, respectively. Ignore the Horns at your peril. Quarterback Colt McCoy has put the mediocrity of last season behind him, and defensive coordinator Will Muschamp is working his magic. As much as Texas has improved, I'm trying to figure out how Mack Brown won 10 games last year.
There are no bigger Ohio State Buckeyes fans in the nation than the ones wearing cardinal and gold and chanting, "Fight On!"
Northwestern is 4-0, and spare us the qualifier that the beaten teams are a combined 1-5 against other FBS opponents. The Wildcats are 4-0 for the first time since 1962, when Ara Parseghian coached them. That's also 12 years before current head coach Pat Fitzgerald entered this world.
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Ohio State freshman quarterback Terrelle Pryor started and played most of the game in the Buckeyes' 28-10 defeat of Troy. Fifth-year senior Todd Boeckman, who had started the previous 16 games, didn't get the benefit of a 50-50, or even a 60-40, split of the playing time. He barely played.Columbus Dispatch columnist Bob Hunter referred to Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel as a master of obfuscation for his explanation. Here it is verbatim:
Two questions later, Tressel proved he can give a direct answer. Someone asked if Pryor was the new starting quarterback. The questioner meant "from here on out" but didn't say it.
Tressel's reply: "Weren't you at the game?"
Nothing obfuscatory there.