Following victories by No. 24 West Virginia and No. 8 Texas A&M on Sunday, the ranked teams have officially put the first weekend of the 2011 season to bed. And, as expected, there were more than a couple of “upsets” involving schools sitting inside the preseason Top 25.
Arguably the biggest upset didn’t even play out on the first full day of the season, with No. 14 TCU falling to Baylor in Friday night’s thriller. Only one other ranked team fell to an unranked opponent, with No. 16 Notre Dame swiftly dropping from the ranks of the unbeaten thanks to the weather-delayed loss to USF.
As far as ranked-on-ranked crime goes, No. 4 LSU treated No. 3 Oregon like it was an early Friday morning at an off-campus bar, stepping on the Ducks’ throats and not easing up until the scoreboard read 40-27 — a score, incidentally, that wasn’t even remotely indicative of LSU’s dominance. While the Tigers were dishing out a good old-fashioned woodshedding, No. 18 Georgia was on the receiving end of one courtesy of No. 5 Boise State, with the Broncos clearly outclassing the Bulldogs 35-21.
D’haquille Williams may have some additional explaining to do to NFL personnel if another report is accurate.
Monday night, Auburn announced that the star wide receiver had been dismissed from Gus Malzahn‘s football program. A day later, reports surfaced that Williams’ dismissal came after he went on a weekend “bar rampage” following one of his friends getting the heave-ho from a local drinking establishment over a dress-code issue. It was alleged that Williams had punched a pair of security guards, a bartender’s assistant and an unnamed patron of the bar.
The unnamed, however, now has a name.
According to the ABC affiliate in Montgomery, Ala., and a citing a source close to the AU program, Tigers center Xavier Dampeer‘s jaw was on the receiving end of one of Williams’ alleged punches. The website wrote that “Dampeer has been treated and released from East Alabama Medical Center, according to a worker at the hospital.”
If Illinois is going to improve upon its solid 4-1 start to the 2015 season, it’ll have to do so without a significant cog in its offensive machinery.
On the official injury report release Thursday night, the Illini confirmed that Josh Ferguson has been ruled out of Saturday’s game against No. 22 Iowa. The decision is not exactly a surprise as Ferguson has been doubtful in the run-up to the road game against the Hawkeyes.
Ferguson sustained an injury to his right shoulder in the first quarter of last Saturday’s last-second win over Nebraska, and has been unable to practice at all this week.
Ferguson’s 381 rushing yards, three rushing touchdowns and 5.4 yards per carry are all tops on the team. He’s added 12 receptions for 28 yards and another touchdown coming out of the backfield.
With Ferguson sidelined, the bulk of the running-game load is expected to shift to Ke’Shawn Vaughn. Through five games, Vaughn is second on the Illini with 325 yards and a pair of touchdowns.