Florida scored 17 points against Michigan, but they were both INT returns for TDs. Wilton Speight wills cost Michigan games this year, but other than that, the Wolverines look really solid. The Gators are going to really struggle on offense again.
Western Michigan was really impressive to me. Their offensive line pushed USC around all afternoon. They just didn't have the playmakers that a loaded USC roster has for a full 60 minutes. But they should be in the top 20 next week, and very easily could be back in a NYD bowl game. USC did a good job of being punched in the mouth, taking it, and punching back. There was a neat moment at the end where USC was able to bring in a blind player for an extra point.
Nebraska and Arkansas State in a shootout in Lincoln. Huskers defense non existent, escape with victory on a dropped Arkansas State pass in the end zone with 2 seconds left. There just is not much talent on the Nebraska defensive side. Tanner Lee was encouraging in his debut, but he's not an All American or anything like that. Lots of big numbers in Nebraska games early in the year, probably lots of struggles when the weather turns later in the year.
I too thought Purdue got the short end of some critical calls.
Florida State made a couple of bone headed mistakes after a terrible officiating mistake might have cost them 7 points. Bama played a clean, somewhat conservative game. Francois's injury is the story now for FSU. Poor kid. FSU shouldn't regret playing Alabama, but it did feel like Derwin james's injury last year - a season changing play for a great kid in a decided game. I thought much of the game was a really great game full of pro potential. FSU's offensive line again stinks this year, though. The only year Rick Trickett looked brilliant was a year the offense had all-ACC/all-American players at QB, 3 WR positions, TE, and at the two running back spots. FSU will go only as far as the offensive line allows.