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October 27, 2008

The envelope, please: Dienhart's awards

Rivals.com senior national writer Tom Dienhart gives us a quick look at what he liked and what he didn't like from Week 9:

Photo of the week
Texas receiver Quan Cosby makes an acrobatic touchdown catch behind Oklahoma State's Jacob Lacey in the No. 1 Longhorns' 28-24 win over the No. 7 Cowboys.

Coaches

Wish I were him: Mike Leach, Texas Tech
Glad I'm not him: Bobby Petrino, Arkansas
Lucky guy: Ralph Friedgen, Maryland
Poor guy: Jim Leavitt, South Florida
Desperately seeking a clue: Tommy Tuberville, Auburn
Desperately seeking a P.R. man: Gary Patterson, TCU
Desperately seeking sunglasses and a fake beard: Les Miles, LSU
Desperately seeking ... anything: Phillip Fulmer, Tennessee

Teams

Thought you'd kick butt, you did: Missouri
Thought you'd kick butt, you didn't: Northwestern
Thought you'd get your butt kicked, you did: Kansas State
Thought you'd get your butt kicked, you didn't: Virginia
Dang, they're good: Florida
Dang, they're bad: Michigan
You ain't fooling anybody (in a bad way): Oklahoma
You're fooling everybody (in a good way): North Carolina
Did the season start? N.C. State
Can the season end? Arizona State
Can the season never end? Minnesota

Games

Play this again: Texas 28, Oklahoma State 24
Never play this again: Florida 63, Kentucky 5
What? Louisville 24, South Florida 20
Huh? Indiana 21, Northwestern 19
You kidding me? Virginia 24, Georgia Tech 17
Oh my God! Rutgers 54, Pittsburgh 34
Told you so: Georgia 52, LSU 38

Players

Strike the pose: Texas Tech QB Graham Harrell blitzed Kansas with 386 yards passing, going 34-for-42 with five scoring tosses in a 63-21 victory in Lawrence. For good measure, Harrell also ran for a score.
Did you see that? One week after giving up 56 points and 591 yards in a loss at Texas, Missouri allowed only 199 yards in a 58-0 win over Colorado.
That hurts: Virginia Tech QB Tyrod Taylor injured his left ankle on the first play of the game at Florida State. Backup Sean Glennon later suffered the same injury in the third quarter of a 30-20 loss to the Seminoles.
Isn't that special: Florida blocked two punts and a field goal in a 63-5 romp over Kentucky. Two of the blocks were by key members of Florida's rotation TB Jeffrey Demps and CB Joe Haden.

Next week

Ticket to die for: Florida vs. Georgia at Jacksonville
Best non-"Big Six" vs. "Big Six" matchup: Tulsa at Arkansas
Best non-"Big Six" matchup: East Carolina at UCF (Sunday)
Upset alert: Texas Tech over Texas in Lubbock
Must win: Notre Dame over Pittsburgh in South Bend
Offensive explosion: Kansas State at Kansas
Defensive struggle: Tennessee at South Carolina
Great game no one is talking about: Florida State at Georgia Tech
Intriguing coaching matchup: Nebraska's Bo Pelini vs. Oklahoma's Bob Stoops
Who's bringing the body bags? Washington at USC
Why are they playing? Arkansas State at Alabama
Plenty of good seats remaining: Washington State at Stanford
They shoot horses, don't they? Michigan at Purdue

Tom Dienhart is a national senior writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at dienhart@yahoo-inc.com.



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