WHO SAID THIS WOULD BE BORING?
In what was supposed to be a rather tame day, top-rated teams that were either worn out from last week or looking ahead to next weekend almost let some gimmes get away.
It's Suck-aration Saturday!
--Notre Dame 40, Michigan State 37
A huge rally late, combined with several lucky bounces and an inexplicably placid Spartan crowd, fulfilled Charlie Weis' pledge to never again lose to Michigan State. WHAT WE LEARNED: The defense is very, very vulnerable.
--Georgia 14, Colorado 13
Perhaps the most flagrant of the near-upsets, Georgia had to mount a 14-point, fourth-quarter comeback with Joe Cox to finally put away a team that fell to I-AA Montana State earlier this year. WHAT WE LEARNED: The QB depth chart means nothing.
--Ohio State 28, Penn State 6
Ohio State needed two defensive TDs in the fourth quarter to beat Penn State even though JoePa spent the better part of the game in the head. WHAT WE LEARNED: If OSU is going to win the NC this year, it will be the same way they did it in 2002: By the seat of their pants.
--Florida 26, Kentucky 7
Florida resorted to trickeration to get an early lead, which they lost before Kentucky started playing like Kentucky again and the Gators pulled away. WHAT WE LEARNED: The secondary is suspect.
--N.C. State 17, Boston College 15
In one of the few actual upsets of the week, N.C. State got a lest-second touchdown to beat Boston College in Raleigh. WHAT WE LEARNED: Yes, the ACC is that bad.