Story of the day was Ohio State-Iowa, at least for a half. This is what I learned:
* That Antonio Pittman, Ohio State’s Junior running back, is the best player who gets no love. Hard to when you have to share with Heisman leader Troy Smith and the thrilling Ted Ginn, Jr. But Pittman has his night: 85 yards and a TD on 13 carries in the first half helped give the Buckeyes a 21-10 lead at the break. He finished with 117 yards on 25 carries in the 38-17 rout. Smith threw for 186 yards and 4 TDs. The only other viable Heisman candidates, Oklhoma’s Adrian Peterson and Steve Slaton of West Virginia, did not play. (Sorry B Quinn fans.)
* That Jared Zabransky has more than a cool name. The Boise State QB is the true deal. He’s got over 2000 yards passing at 6 TDs with only 1 INT in 5 games (including today’s 36-3 rout of Utah). The No. 22-ranked Broncos are the mystery team of the Top 25. And could QB Z be the Jay Cutler of the 2007 NFL draft?
* That second-year Illinois coach Ron Zook deserves props for the first Big Ten victory of his career, a 23-20 triumph over Irish-whipped Michigan State.
* That too many folks dismissed No. 24 Georgia Tech after the Y-Jackets ran out of gas in its season-opener against Notre Dame. But their commanding 38-27 win over No. 11 Virginia Tech might lift them into the hunt for a BCS Bowl. Ca-ching!
* That while it was only Memphis, Tennessee (4-1, losing to No. 5 Florida by a point a couple weeks ago) looks like it’s just getting warmed up after the Vols 41-7 whitewashing of their cross-state “rivals
* That Navy might be creeping into the Top 25 soon
* That the best game of next week is No. 5-Florida, with their intriguing one-two QB punch of Heisman hopeful Chris Leak and hometown favorite Tim Tebow, against NO. 9 LSU in Jacksonville