• Once again, Paul Rhoads led Iowa State to an upset victory. The Cyclones defeated TCU, and it was an impressive win even though the Horned Frogs didn't have starting quarterback Casey Pachall. It wasn't quite the upset victory like last year when ISU beat Oklahoma State to knock the Cowboys out of the BCS championship game hunt, but it was still a signature win over a Top 15 squad. And Rhoads continues to prove that he is one of the best coaches in America.
• Boston College is finishing its last season with Frank Spaziani in charge. The Eagles have yet to beat a team from the FBS after falling to an Army squad that had previously lost to Stony Brook. BC fans deserve better, and there's no way Spaziani survives after this year. The BC job would be a nice gig for someone such as Delaware's K.C. Keeler or Rutgers OC Frank Cignetti.
US PRESSWIREBill O'Brien has Penn State on a four-game winning streak.
• If there was a midseason coach of the year award, Penn State's Bill O'Brien would likely be a finalist. The Nittany Lions rallied from an 11-point deficit against Northwestern, showing the same type of fight that this team has had all season. They've won four in a row after starting the season 0-2, and their 5-for-6 effort on fourth down conversions against the Wildcats was ridiculous. O'Brien has a huge mountain to climb with this program, but he's certainly off to a better start than I think anyone could have imagined.
• If you're an Ohio State fan, you have to be all smiles. Urban Meyer has made the Buckeyes a national force once again, and opposing Big Ten programs should be very afraid of this team. Meyer has been able to keep this team motivated despite the postseason ban, and this offense is scary-good with Braxton Miller running the unit. Meyer has the Buckeyes off to a 6-0 start after tallying 63 points against Nebraska, and they have a scoring offense that is ranked in the Top 25 after struggling all of last fall.
• Don't count out a team like Oklahoma to claw back into the BCS national championship race. The Sooners would love to be playing an undefeated Texas team in the Red River Rivalry, but there are still enough quality games on their schedule to be the highest-ranked one-loss team at the end of the year. Meanwhile, when the Sooners and Longhorns meet this weekend it will be the first season since 1999 that no Top 10 team will be involved in the annual rivalry game.
• Jeff Tedford logged a much-needed win with the 43-17 victory over UCLA. I just wonder why the Golden Bears can't be a consistent product week after week.
• ESPN's College GameDay is heading to South Bend on Saturday for Stanford-Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish, indeed, are back in the national conversation. ND has allowed 39 points this season. Meanwhile, Alabama has allowed 35. And the Irish have had better competition.
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