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Vanderbilt — Well, this is a first. Yes, the Commodores are 3-0 and close to their first appearance in the rankings since 1984. But victories over Miami (Ohio), South Carolina and Rice shouldn’t be construed as Vanderbilt’s emergence as a nationally credible team. Bobby Johnson has done a fine job, and the Commodores are probably bowl-bound, but they easily could be deflated this week against Mississippi.


No. 16 Penn State — Looks like Joe Paterno might have another trick up his sleeve yet. Regardless of the number of offseason arrests, the Nittany Lions look like a top-10 team. Penn State is averaging 55.3 points a game, and Southern Cal’s dismantling of Ohio State last week makes the Big Ten look wide open. Don’t be stunned if this is the start of a season that ends in a BCS game.


Mountain West spoilers — There’s already talk of a Brigham Young-Utah showdown late in the season that could determine who crashes the BCS. But who spoils the spoilers? Take a look at Air Force, which has won consecutive road games and gets the Utes in Colorado Springs on Saturday. With an efficient running game, the Falcons could be poised to spring an upset.


A look at the contenders for the Heisman Trophy (last week’s rank in parentheses)

1. QB Chase Daniel, Missouri (1): Not giving up the top spot so long as he continues chucking for 400 yards in a game.

2. QB Mark Sanchez, Southern California (4): Perfectly capable of joining Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart as recent Trojans quarterbacks in Heisman lore.

3. QB Max Hall, Brigham Young (NR): Completing an absurd 77.8 percent of his passes. Oh, and he tied the BYU record with seven touchdown strikes against UCLA.

4. QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma (3): Staying out of the spotlight despite a series of routs, Bradford already has a dozen touchdowns to his credit.

5. TB Knowshon Moreno, Georgia (2): Every ‘Dawg has his day, and Moreno could use a statistical flourish to bolster his candidacy.

6. WR Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech (NR): That’s more like it. The statistically prodigious wideout snagged three scores against Southern Methodist.


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