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October 13, 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 7:

Photo of the week
The faces of Missouri fans tell the story as the Tigers' national title hopes took a huge hit Saturday with a loss to Oklahoma State.

COACHES

Wish I were him: Mack Brown, Texas
Glad I'm not him: Phillip Fulmer, Tennessee
Lucky guy: Mike Leach, Texas Tech
Poor guy: Mike Stoops, Arizona
Desperately seeking a clue: Tommy Tuberville, Auburn
Desperately seeking a P.R. man: Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State
Desperately seeking sunglasses and a fake beard: Les Miles, LSU
Desperately seeking ... anything: Tommy Bowden, Clemson

TEAMS

Thought you'd kick butt, you did: Kansas
Thought you'd kick butt, you didn't: Missouri
Thought you'd get your butt kicked, you did: Arizona State
Thought you'd get your butt kicked, you didn't: Minnesota
Dang, they're good: USC
Dang, they're bad: Texas A&M
You ain't fooling anybody (in a bad way): Iowa
You're fooling everybody (in a good way): North Carolina
Did the season start? Rutgers
Can the season end? Michigan
Can the season never end? Penn State

GAMES

Play this again: Texas 45, Oklahoma 35
Never play this again: Oregon State 66, Washington State 13
What? Florida 51, LSU 21
Huh? Mississippi State 17, Vanderbilt 14
Are you kidding me? Minnesota 27, Illinois 20
Oh my God: Toledo 13, Michigan 10
Told you so: Arkansas 25, Auburn 22

PLAYERS

Strike the pose: Texas QB Colt McCoy was 28-of-35 for 277 yards with a TD in the Longhorns' 45-35 win over Oklahoma. McCoy also ran 14 times for 31 yards.
Did you see that? Mississippi State RB Anthony Dixon ran for 107 yards and the Bulldogs limited Vanderbilt to only 107 total yards in a 17-14 victory, the Commodores' first loss.
That hurts: North Carolina WR Brandon Tate sprained his right knee in the second quarter and didn't return to the game vs. Notre Dame. The Tar Heels still won 29-24.
Isn't that special: Malcolm Jenkins blocked a first-quarter punt and Etienne Sabino scooped it up and returned it 20 yards for the only touchdown in Ohio State's uninspiring 16-3 win over Purdue.

NEXT WEEK

Ticket to die for: Missouri at Texas
Best non-"Big Six" vs. "Big Six" matchup: Middle Tennessee at Louisville
Best non-"Big Six" matchup: BYU at TCU, Thursday
Upset alert: Boston College over Virginia Tech in Chestnut Hill
Must win: Miami over Duke in Durham
Offensive explosion: Baylor at Oklahoma State
Defensive struggle: Connecticut at Rutgers
Great game no one is talking about: Ohio State at Michigan State
Intriguing coaching matchup: Kansas' Mark Mangino vs. Oklahoma's Bob Stoops
Who's bringing the body bags? USC at Washington State
Plenty of good seats remaining: Mississippi State at Tennessee
Mercy rule, anyone? Texas Tech at Texas A&M

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



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