This is the utter absurdity of polls. Or, better yet, those voting.Houston beat Oklahoma State45-35 in Stillwater, Okla., onSaturday, yet the Cougars (21) findthemselves five places behind theCowboys (16) in The AssociatedPress poll.What, the 10-point road winwasn’t enough to convincevoters that Houston is better thanOklahoma State and, therefore,should be ranked higher?Other notables in the Week 2AP poll:
No. 25Michigan. The quarterback (TateForcier) finally fits the system.
No. 20 Miami.Now how good does that FSU winlook (hello, Jacksonville State)?
Unranked NotreDame. So voters watched thatgame, that Irish offense, and think that loss to Michigan means thereare 25 better teams?
No. 14 Georgia Tech. Jackets defense has a longway to go.
— Matt Hayes
Top 25 Polls,
Houston belowOklahoma State?
Case Keenum and the Cougars clock infive spots below the team they beat.
No. 71 for Tiger
Woods wins BMWChampionship by 8shots,
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Atlanta 19, Miami 7Baltimore 38, Kansas City 24Philadelphia 38, Carolina 10Denver 12, Cincinnati 7Minnesota 34, Cleveland 20N.Y. Jets 24, Houston 7Indianapolis 14, Jacksonville 12New Orleans 45, Detroit 27Dallas 34, Tampa Bay 21San Francisco 20, Arizona 16N.Y. Giants 23, Washington 17Seattle 28, St. Louis 0Green Bay 21, Chicaco 15
Boston 3, Tampa Bay 1, Game 1Boston 4, Tampa Bay 0, Game 2N.Y. Yankees 13, Baltimore 3Detroit 7, Toronto 2Minnesota 8, Oakland 0L.A. Angels 3, Chicago White Sox 2Kansas City 7, Cleveland 0Texas 7, Seattle 2, Game 1Seattle 5, Texas 0, Game 2
Philadelphia 5, N.Y. Mets 4, Game 1Philadelphia 1, N.Y. Mets 0, Game 2Washington 7, Florida 2Pittsburgh 2, Houston 1Atlanta 9, St. Louis 2Chicago Cubs 5, Cincinnati 2San Diego 7, Colorado 3San Francisco 7, L.A. Dodgers 2Milwaukee 5, Arizona 3
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A.L. WILD CARD
Red Soxsweep Rays; Rangers split with M’sas Ichiro sets record,
N.L. WILD CARD
Showdown in the West:
Giants gain ground on Rockiesbefore big series,
BY VINNIE IYER
Quarterbacks ride the roller coasteron the opening Sunday of the ’09season:
Drew Brees, Saints.
Picking up hisDan Marino-like pace from ’08,Brees says he can do even better thanhis six-TD day vs. Detroit: “Therewas probably one or two more thatwe left out there. That’s what keepsyou coming back.”
Brett Favre, Vikings.
Favre’s mostimportant number at Cleveland: Zeroturnovers. He did what he was hewas supposed to do, facilitating therunning of Adrian Peterson. “As longas we win, that’s what it’s all about,”Favre said.
Aaron Rodgers, Packers.
He had a breakout ’08 season, but the teamfinished 6-10. His last-minute, game-winning TD pass vs. Chicago was acrucial start to Green Bay’s divisiontitle quest.
Tony Romo, Cowboys.
So much forstruggling without Terrell Owens.Romo found each of his top threewide receivers—Roy Williams, MilesAustin and Patrick Crayton—for longTD passes.
Mark Sanchez, Jets.
While fellowrookie Matt Stafford struggled (threeinterceptions), Sanchez delivered apoised, veteran-like performance in awin at Houston.
Jay Cutler, Bears.
He couldn’t askfor a more disastrous debut, pressingand throwing four interceptionsagainst the rival Packers.
Jake Delhomme, Panthers.
In hisfirst game since his six-turnoverplayoff meltdown, Delhomme gaveup the ball five times to the Eagles before being benched. Coach JohnFox will give Delhomme the startnext week at Atlanta, saying, “I don’tthink it was all Jake’s fault.”
Donovan McNabb, Eagles.
He sus-tained a broken rib at Carolina, whichmight cause the team to turn to KevinKolb at least for a week. Running back Brian Westbrook, however, isoptimistic: “Donovan is very resil-ient. He heals fast.”
Matt Schaub, Texans.
Houston’spotentially prolific offense didn’tproduce a touchdown against the Jets’ 3-4 defense.
Kurt Warner, Cardinals.
The 49ers’pass rush rattled Warner, resultingin several inaccurate throws and twocostly interceptions.
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