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October 6, 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 6:

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Alex Washington and his Vanderbilt teammates had plenty to celebrate after they improved to 5-0 at the expense of Auburn. The Commodores moved up to No. 13 in the AP poll, their highest ranking since 1956.

COACHES

Wish I were him: Bobby Johnson, Vanderbilt
Glad I'm not him: Bo Pelini, Nebraska
Lucky guy: Nick Saban, Alabama
Poor guy: Bret Bielema, Wisconsin
Desperately seeking a clue: Bobby Petrino, Arkansas
Desperately seeking a P.R. man: Gary Pinkel, Missouri
Desperately seeking sunglasses and a fake beard: Tommy Tuberville, Auburn
Desperately seeking ... anything: Greg Schiano, Rutgers

TEAMS

Thought you'd kick butt, you did: Oklahoma
Thought you'd kick butt, you didn't: South Florida
Thought you'd get your butt kicked, you did: Arkansas
Thought you'd get your butt kicked, you didn't: Illinois
Dang, they're good: Georgia Tech
Dang, they're bad: Texas A&M
You ain't fooling anybody (in a bad way): Tennessee
You're fooling everybody (in a good way): Oklahoma State
Did the season start? Arizona State
Can the season end? N.C. State
Can the season never end? Notre Dame

GAMES

Play this again: Kansas 35, Iowa State 33
Never play this again: Texas Tech 58, Kansas State 28
What? North Carolina 38, Connecticut 12
Huh? Pittsburgh 26, South Florida 21
You kidding me? Virginia 31, Maryland 0
Told you so: Missouri 52, Nebraska 17

PLAYERS

Strike the pose: Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford was 23-of-31 for 372 yards and two TDs in a 49-17 triumph at Baylor.
Did you see that? Texas Tech QB Graham Harrell was 38-of-51 for 454 yards and six TD passes in a 58-28 win over Kansas State, becoming the Big 12's career leader in passing yards (12,709).
That hurts: West Virginia QB Pat White left the game for a second week in a row, this time suffering a head injury late in the third quarter of a 24-17 win over Rutgers.
Isn't that special: North Carolina LB Bruce Carter blocked three punts against Connecticut, including one recovered by a teammate for a touchdown.

NEXT WEEK

Ticket to die for: Oklahoma vs. Texas at Dallas
Best non-"Big Six" vs. "Big Six" matchup: UCF at Miami
Best non-"Big Six" matchup: Boise State at Southern Miss
Upset alert: Minnesota over Illinois in Champaign
Must win: Florida over LSU in Gainesville
Offensive explosion: Oklahoma State at Missouri
Defensive struggle: South Carolina at Kentucky
Great game no one is talking about: Arizona State at USC
Intriguing coaching matchup: North Carolina's Butch Davis vs. Notre Dame's Charlie Weis
Who's bringing the body bags? Purdue at Ohio State
Why are they playing? Gardner-Webb at Georgia Tech
Plenty of good seats remaining: Iowa State at Baylor
Mercy rule, anyone? UCLA at Oregon

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



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