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October 12, 2010

RAMBLIN' RECK: Surprising college results make for interesting season

TERRE HAUTE — The college football season got a lot more interesting with some surprising results last weekend.

Supposedly unbeatable Alabama was thumped by Steve Spurrier’s South Carolina team and dropped all the way from first to eighth in the USA Today poll voted on by coaches.

Ohio State is the new No. 1 team in all the polls and is followed, in order, by Oregon, Boise State, Nebraska and TCU in the USA Today poll. All of them are undefeated, as are No. 6 Oklahoma, No. 7 Auburn, No. 9 LSU, No. 10 Utah and No. 11 Michigan State.

Since some of these teams will meet in the regular season, the list of unbeatens will continue to dwindle, meaning there could be some controversy regarding the national championship game, especially if Boise State does not lose a game.

In some key games this week, Ohio State is at Wisconsin, Oregon is at UCLA, Nebraska plays Texas, Auburn plays Arkansas and Michigan State plays Illinois. Illinois ruined Penn State’s Homecoming game by beating the Nittany Lions by 20 points last weekend, and earlier gave Ohio State a tough game.

Michigan and Iowa meet in another game that could be interesting in the Big Ten race.

• On the course — Chad Collins got off to a slow start in the McGladrey Classic last week, playing on the PGA Tour for the first time in more than a month, but finished strong to tie for 33rd place with a 6-under-par 274.

He earned $18,567 for his efforts to push his winnings for the year to $815,961. He ranks 105th on the money list.

One final junior golf tournament is slated in the state with an invitation-only field competing Saturday and Sunday in the Hoosier Junior Championship at Otter Creek at Columbus.

Two players in the field are Thomas Goss and Rachel Welker of Terre Haute.

The final men’s event of the season in the Wabash Valley is slated for Sunday with the Interclub Championship to be played at Geneva Hills. Play begins at 1 p.m.

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