College football fans had to be loving last weekend.
No. 1 LSU losing to Arkansas, 50-48, in triple overtime, the Tigers' second loss in triple overtime this season (LSU lost to Kentucky on Oct. 6). Do you think Arkansas running back Darren McFadden made a major Heisman statement in this game? McFadden, a preseason Heisman favorite, rushed for 206 yards and three touchdowns against LSU. He also completed three passes, one for a touchdown. Statement made.
I think McFadden is probably the best all-around player in college football, but my Heisman vote would go to Florida quarterback Tim Tebow. The big lefty has accounted for 51 touchdowns (29 passing) this season for the 10-ranked Gators. Tebow threw for 262 yards and three touchdowns, plus ran for 89 yards and two touchdowns as the Gators rocked rival Florida State, 45-12. Tebow is a tremendous two-way threat, much better than recent Heisman winners Troy Smith of Ohio State (2006), Eric Crouch of Nebraska (2001) and Charlie Ward of Florida State (1993), and plays in the toughest conference (SEC) in college football.
Speaking of the SEC, Kentucky nearly pulled off another upset Saturday, dropping a 52-50 four overtime game to Tennessee. The Vols earned a trip to the SEC title game with the victory.
No. 2 and previously unbeaten Kansas was knocked off by Missouri, which moved up to No. 1 in the BCS standings. The Tigers play Oklahoma in San Antonio this Saturday, a victory away from playing in the BCS championship game on Jan. 7.
Three times this season the top-ranked team in the nation has been knocked off. That hasn't happened since 1990, when No. 1 went down five times. LSU is the first team since Notre Dame in 1990 to lose as No. 1 twice in the regular season.
Who's the best team in the nation? There's no clear-cut No. 1 in my mind. Every team, except No. 11 Hawaii, has a loss. I love watching the pass-happy Warriors, but they are not the top team in the country. I think an eight-team playoff field would be the best way to sort it all out. Unfortunately, that's not going to happen. I like West Virginia to win it all.
---Dennis Danheiser, Assistant Sports Editor