---When UB's offensive line lost its right tackle and a backup earlier this season, the result was predictable: It became a unit in transition.
---Raise your hand if you thought Syracuse was going to be 6-2 eight games into the season?
---It took only nine weekends of one season for Notre Dame's Brian Kelly to arrive at a crisis, a startling spiral that seemed impossible a month ago but one that threatens to destabilize his tenure before it even really got started. The growing pains that have defined Kelly’s first season have started to bleed into recruiting.
---Alabama has four regular-season games left and must climb just as many spots in the BCS rankings to make it back to the national-title game. Must be November.
---Auburn's 20-point win at Ole Miss somehow compromised the team's BCS rep. The Tigers dropped into the No. 2 position behind Oregon, which earned a 21-point weekend win at USC.
---Michigan State was the underdog entering Kinnick Stadium, and a loss to Iowa -- while disappointing for Spartans fans -- shouldn't have been that surprising.
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