Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Fox Sports: Quick Outs From Week 1 of the Season

Rich Cirminiello

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Cal — Ahhh, sweet redemption. One year after getting embarrassed in Knoxville, the Bears score a huge win for the program and the entire Pac-10.


The three best hours of the weekend II: Unlike last year, Saturday's showdown between Cal and Tennessee fully lived up to expectations. In a back-and-forth track meet, the two ranked teams combined for 76 points, 853 yards, and one jaw-dropping punt return from the Bears' DeSean Jackson, the nation's premier special teamer.


If BCS invites went out today, the recipients would be ... West Virginia, Virginia Tech, LSU, USC, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Florida, Texas, Louisville, and Cal. At this early stage of the season, feel free to replace Wisconsin with Penn State or Ohio State and Virginia Tech with a host of worthy ACC teams. Oh, and keep an eye on Hawaii, which has the tissue-soft schedule to make a run at an at-large BCS berth.


If Heisman votes were cast today, the winner would be ... maybe Arkansas RB Darren McFadden since he's the highest returning vote-getter, and was typically unstoppable in the Hogs' 46-26 win over Troy. A ton of Heisman wannabes, including Brian Brohm, Patrick White, Steve Slaton, Ray Rice, Ian Johnson, DeSean Jackson, John David Booty and Colt Brennan also bolstered their resumés in Week 1, meaning this will be a long and very tight Heisman race.


Going wacky for John Mackey: Colorado State TE Kory Sperry was Caleb Hanie's favorite target in the Rams' overtime loss to rival Colorado, hauling in eight passes for 103 yards and three touchdowns.

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