On the Mark Big-play receivers. Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree (12 catches for 154 yards and one touchdown in the upset of the Sooners). Arizona's Mike Thomas (six catches for 125 yards and two scores in the upset of the Ducks). Hawaii's Davone Bess (12 catches for 137 yards at Nevada). Florida's Andre Caldwell (13 catches for 164 yards against Florida Atlantic). Georgia Tech's Greg Smith (six catches for 155 yards and two touchdowns against North Carolina). Army's Jeremy Trimble (11 catches for 167 yards and two scores in the loss to Tulsa). Bowling Green's Freddie Barnes (10 receptions for 113 yards and one touchdown in a 31-17 win at Buffalo). Mississippi State's Jamayel Smith (10 receptions for 208 yards and two touchdowns in the loss at Arkansas). Utah State's Rob Myers (four catches for 117 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-17 win at New Mexico State). Boise State's Austin Pettis (eight catches for 139 yards and three touchdowns in the win over Idaho). Indiana's James Hardy (10 catches for 87 yards and one score against Purdue). Michigan State's Devin Thomas (seven receptions for 139 yards and three scores against the Nittany Lions). Kansas' Dexton Fields (11 receptions for 109 yards and two touchdowns against Iowa State). Missouri's Jeremy Maclin (nine catches for 143 yards and two touchdowns, six kickoff returns for 193 yards and a 99-yard touchdown and two runs for 8 yards in the win at Kansas State).
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Does Nick Saban owe Alabama a rebate on his $4 million salary? When Saban nearly led the Crimson Tide to an upset of LSU three weeks ago, we figured it was only a matter of time before he turned Alabama back into a national power. Once Saban upgraded the Tide's talent, it figured to be a marriage that would leave the rest of the SEC shaking. But Alabama's 21-14 loss to Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday suggests not even Saban can fix the Crimson Tide's problems quickly. Alabama has lost consecutive games to Mississippi State and Louisiana-Monroe heading into Saturday's Iron Bowl at Auburn. Who knew the return on a $4 million investment would be a 6-6 record and maybe a holiday trip to Shreveport, La.?
On the Mark State rivalries (Mississippi at Mississippi State; Texas at Texas A&M; Virginia Tech at Virginia; Georgia at Georgia Tech; Oklahoma State at Oklahoma; FSU at Florida; Clemson at South Carolina; Washington State at Washington; Alabama at Auburn). Game-winning field goals (Hawaii's Dan Kelly; Georgia Tech's Travis Bell; Indiana's Austin Starr and Tennessee's Daniel Lincoln). Temple's fourth win, the Owls' best mark since 2002. Utah State's first win, ending a 16-game losing streak. Air Force's running game (569 yards against San Diego State). Notre Dame's first home win. TCU defense. South Florida defense. Boston College defense. Ohio State defense. Harvard's 37-6 stunner over Yale in "The Game." Army-Navy. Seizing an opportunity (Boston College, Indiana and Michigan State). Bobby Bowden's 300th win at Florida State. Louisiana-Monroe cornerback Quintez Secka (two interceptions versus Alabama). Ohio State defensive end Vernon Gholston (three sacks against Michigan). Georgia safety Kelin Johnson (blocked punt, interception versus Kentucky). Central Florida's Khymest Williams (99-yard touchdown return on game's opening kickoff at SMU). Pitt linebacker Scott McKillop (16 tackles, 1½ sacks and three takeaways, including two fumble recoveries and an interception in the loss to Rutgers).
Off the Mark Squandering opportunities (Clemson, Iowa, Maryland, Purdue and Vanderbilt). 0-10 Florida International. 1-10 SMU. 1-11 Minnesota. 1-10 Duke. Miami. Louisville. California. LSU's defense. Michigan's offense.
Mark Schlabach covers college football and men's college basketball for ESPN.com. You can contact him at email@example.com.