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September 29, 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 5:

Photo of the week
Florida saw its last chance to avoid an upset loss to Ole Miss disappear when Tim Tebow was stopped on this fourth-down carry in the final minute.


Wish I were him: Nick Saban, Alabama
Glad I'm not him: Al Groh, Virginia
Lucky guy: Rich Rodriguez, Michigan
Poor guy: Mark Richt, Georgia
Desperately seeking a clue: Pete Carroll, USC
Desperately seeking a P.R. man: Bob Stoops, Oklahoma
Desperately seeking sunglasses and a fake beard: Urban Meyer, Florida
Desperately seeking ... anything: Phillip Fulmer, Tennessee


Thought you'd kick butt, you did: Ohio State
Thought you'd kick butt, you didn't: Florida
Thought you'd get your butt kicked, you did: Washington State
Thought you'd get your butt kicked, you didn't: Oregon State
Dang, they're good: Texas
Dang, they're bad: Washington
You ain't fooling anybody (in a bad way): Texas A&M
You're fooling everybody (in a good way): Connecticut
Did the season start? Clemson
Can the season end? Iowa
Can the season never end? Penn State


Play this again: Michigan 27, Wisconsin 25
Never play this again: Texas 52, Arkansas 10
What? Oregon State 27, USC 21
Huh? Navy 24, Wake Forest 17
You're kidding me? Ole Miss 31, Florida 30
Told you so: Maryland 20, Clemson 17


Strike the pose: Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford hit 19-of-34 passes for 411 yards and four TDs in a 35-10 win over TCU.
Did you see that? Duke's 31-3 win over Virginia snapped a 25-game ACC losing skid for the Blue Devils. Duke's last league win came on Nov. 13, 2004 vs. Clemson. And it was the Blue Devils' largest margin of victory in an ACC game since a 49-16 triumph over Maryland on Sept. 3, 1994, the last year Duke went to a bowl.
That hurts: West Virginia QB Pat White hurt the thumb on his throwing hand in the third quarter and didn't return in a 27-3 win over Marshall.
Isn't that special: Penn State's Derrick Williams had a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in a 38-24 victory over Illinois.


Ticket to die for: Missouri at Nebraska OR Ohio State at Wisconsin
Best non-BCS matchup: Ball State at Toledo
Upset alert: Vanderbilt over Auburn in Nashville
Must win: Rutgers over West Virginia in Morgantown
Great game no one is talking about: Connecticut at North Carolina
Intriguing coaching matchup: Duke's David Cutcliffe vs. Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson
Who's bringing the body bags? Texas A&M at Oklahoma State
Why on God's green earth are they playing? Northern Illinois at Tennessee
Plenty of good seats remaining: Indiana at Minnesota
Mercy rule, anyone? Western Kentucky at Virginia Tech

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

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