The American Conference celebrates a 5-2 weekend; Florida comes to Kentucky wounded.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Ten quick hitters to put Week Four of the college football season to sleep:
1. You can't count on UConn. All the Huskies had to do was finish off Michigan and the American Athletic Conference would have enjoyed a Saturday to taunt the taunters.
No can do. The Wolverines scored the last 17 points and won at UConn, 24-21.
Too bad for The American. The league still went 5-2. Rutgers' comeback win over Arkansas and Houston's 31-26 victory over Rice will have to stand as the league's signature moments. That's two years in a row the Scarlet Knights have handled the SEC Razorbacks.
2. Louisville's march through the top 10 will remain stalled at Number 7. None of the teams ranked ahead of the Cardinals lost this weekend. It happens. The Cards are ranked No. 17 in computer formula (Elo-Chess) that Jeff Sagarin contributes to the BCS rankings.
3. Is this the year Kentuckyfinally ends its mega-losing streak (26 games) against Florida?
Know this: The Gators will be starting a former two-star recruit named Tyler Murphy at quarterback Saturday night in Commonwealth Stadium.
That's right. I said two-star. That's what Murphy's official University of Florida bio says. He's a redshirt junior who did not throw a pass in his first three years on campus. Murphy replaced the injured Jeff Driskel Saturday and completed 8 of 14 to lead the Gators past Tennessee, 31-17. Murphy also ran for 84 yards.
The Gators have yet to score more than 31 points in their first three games. They've thrown three TD passes all season. No wonder ESPN's Lou Holtz says Florida will be better with Murphy at quarterback than the Gators have been with Driskel.
4. Welcome to the hot seat, Dana Holgorsen. Maryland 37, West Virginia 0. Ask Lane Kiffin and Mack Brown to ice down your chair. The Mountaineers haven't been the same since Rich Rodriguez left town.
5. Question for Big 12 honchos: Still convinced you made the right call by taking the Mountaineers over Louisville two years ago?
6. It's a one-game season for Indiana. If the Hoosiers don't beat Penn State Saturday, it's tough to find six wins on the IU schedule after that 45-28 home loss to Missouri Saturday night.
With five home games to launch the season, IU needed to start 4-1 or at least 3-2. They'll have to beat Penn State to get to 3-2 – and Penn State leads the series between the teams 16-love.
7. Until Kevin Wilson builds a defense that can hold even an average offense under 30 points, the Hoosiers aren't going anywhere.
Saturday's game was the 13th time Wilson's team has allowed at least 40 points in less than 2 ½ seasons – and the Hoosiers are 0-13 in those games. Block. Tackle. It's still a simple game.
8. Louisville scored 72 points and still wasn't the highest scoring team in college football Saturday. Miami had 77. Ohio State 76. Baylor 70. And 13 other teams scored 50 or more.
9. Welcome back, Anthony Wales. Wales, the former star at Central High School, finally got extended playing time at Western Kentucky. And Wales delivered, rushing for 65 yards on 11 carries, including a one-yard touchdown in the Hilltoppers' easy win over Morgan State.
Navy, unbeaten and averaging 46 points in its two victories, visits Bowling Green Saturday.
10. Some of you thought I was being harsh calling Florida International the worst visiting team to play at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.