In just three weeks, we’veseen enough craziness in collegefootball to bring back memories of the lunacy that ruled 2007.Fortunately, we have some sanity:four of the top seven teams in TheAssociated Press poll are from theSEC, winners of the past three BCSnational championships. Until fur-ther notice, we’ll all follow the big,bad league and hope for the best.
No. 1 Florida.
The Gators needinjured WR Deonte Thompson(hamstring) to get healthy andprovide a deep threat.
No. 5 Penn State.
After threeuninspiring tuneups, the Lionsbetter find another gear this week against Iowa.
No. 14 Cincinnati.
Convincingroad wins over Rutgers and OregonState have the Bearcats primed foranother Big East championship.
No. 25 Nebraska.
Lose byone on the road to No. 11 Virginia Tech—and fall six spots.
— Matt Hayes
Again, Romo takes blame,
Florida WR Deonte Thompson
SEC’s strengthprovides sanity
17 coaching greats cast votesfor
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1. Florida (17)2. Texas3. Alabama4. Penn State5. Cal
MONDAYSEPTEMBER 21, 2009SEE A DIFFERENT GAMEVOLUME 2 ISSUE 61
Atlanta 28, Carolina 20Minnesota 27, Detroit 13Cincinnati 31, Green Bay 24Arizona 31, Jacksonville 17Oakland 13, Kansas City 10N.Y. Jets 16, New England 9New Orleans 48, Philadelphia 22Houston 34, Tennessee 31Washington 9, St. Louis 7Buffalo 33, Tampa Bay 20San Francisco 23, Seattle 10Chicago 17, Pittsburgh 14Denver 27, Cleveland 6Baltimore 31, San Diego 26N.Y. Giants 33, Dallas 31
L.A. Angels 10, Texas 5Boston 9, Baltimore 3Tampa Bay 3, Toronto 1Kansas City 2, Chicago White Sox 1Detroit 6, Minnesota 2Oakland 11, Cleveland 4Seattle 7, N.Y. Yankees 1
Cincinnati 8, Florida 1N.Y. Mets 6, Washington 2Philadelphia 4, Atlanta 2San Diego 4, Pittsburgh 0Milwaukee 6, Houston 0Colorado 5, Arizona 1L.A. Dodgers 6, San Francisco 2Chicago Cubs 6, St. Louis 3, 11 innings
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BY ALBERT BREER
This NFC East show-down might have been held in a brand-spanking-new $1.15 billion palace, butthe end result revealed that little haschanged in the division.The Cowboys remain loaded with tal-ent, flash and tantalizing potential.The Giants, while not always pretty,still grind down opponents and wingames the fourth quarter. And they didit again in front of a record 105,121 fansat Cowboys Stadium, with LawrenceTynes collecting the winning points on a37-yard field goal as time expired topunctuate a 33-31 win.Perhaps the greatest testament wasthe atmosphere in the huddle as theGiants embarked on an 11-play, 66-yarddrive to set up that kick.“Just business,” is how Eli Manningdescribed it. “We don’t say a whole lot.It’s not rah-rah. We call the play, we goand we try to make some plays.”The Cowboys made the wrong kindsof plays. The party hosts rushed for 251yards and held the Giants’ vauntedrunning game in check. But the defensecouldn’t get the big stops, and Romo wasintercepted three times. “I really cost usthis one,” Romo said.More highlights from Week 2:
Rex in effect.
Rex Ryan and the Jets backed up a week of bluster, holding thehigh-flying Patriots to three field goalsand Tom Brady’s completion percentageunder 50 in a 16-9 win. “We’re a goodfootball team,” Ryan said. “That’s thestatement we made last week. That’s thestatement we made this week.”
Atlanta goes to NewEngland next week at 2-0, and MattRyan’s continued ascension is the pri-mary reason. He was 21 of 27 for 220yards and three touchdowns in a winover Carolina. Tony Gonzalez was askedif he’d ever had a QB as poised: “Imight’ve seen one on TV, but not any- body I’ve ever been around.”
The Cardinals bounced back from a loss to the 49ers bywinning at Jacksonville, and Kurt War-ner set a record in completing 92.3 per-cent of his passes.
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Giants K Lawrence Tynes silenced a record crowd with his game-winning kick as time expired.