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The World outside the SEC: Separation Saturday closes September - what do we know?

The first month of the 2013 college football season is over - what do we know about the Top 25 outside the SEC? (Source: College Press Box) The first month of the 2013 college football season is over - what do we know about the Top 25 outside the SEC? (Source: College Press Box)
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(RNN) – Here are just a few things we know about the first month of the 2013 college football season.

  • No. 2 Oregon (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) puts up a lot of points, averaging. 59.8 points per game and are first in the nation in rushing yards (332.5 per game) and the most wardrobe changes this side of a Lady Gaga concert. Can Stanford possibly give them a run for their money?
  • The ACC is very competitive: With Clemson, Florida State, Miami, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech near the top of the conference, they are more likely to cannibalize one another than the SEC is. As the conference games become more intense in October, how things will play out will be fun!
  • Ohio State could have the same problem the San Francisco 49ers had in 2012: They have two quarterbacks, in Braxton Miller and Kenny Guiton that are good enough to start, and Guiton filled in brilliantly during Miller's absence. Will Miller be able to hold onto his job down the stretch when he was so Heisman-hopeful during the preseason?
  • Louisville will be the at-large to beat all at-large teams to end the BCS-era: these statistics and their schedule will do the trick. Another Sugar Bowl trip may be in their future.

Week 5 winners

Oregon – The No. 2 Ducks did not get lazy on their week off. They put yet another Pac-12 team – Cal (1-3) away easily Saturday, beating the Golden Bears 55-16. The only thing that keeps Oregon games exciting are Styles by Phil Knight. NEXT UP: Oct. 5 @ Colorado.

Florida StateSEE BELOW why Florida State is my favorite ACC team and will give Clemson a run for its money. The Seminoles beat lowly little Boston College (2-2) 48-34. Chicks dig the deep pass. NEXT UP: Oct. 5 vs. Maryland.

Clemson – Wake Forest only got seven points against the No. 3 Tigers (4-0, 2-0 ACC) in a 56-7 defeat in Death Valley. Quarterback Tajh Boyd had a stellar day: 17-of-24 for 311 yards and three touchdowns, steadily keeping his name in the Heisman race.

The Tigers haven't been slowed down one bit in September and with upcoming match ups against Boston College, at Maryland and the big game against Florida State on Oct. 19, we will see how the Tigers fair in conference play. NEXT UP: Oct. 5 @ Syracuse.

Ohio State – Braxton Miller returned from a two-week absence and did not miss a beat. His stat line: 17-of-25 for 198 yards and four touchdowns. But, since his backup Kenny Guiton played so well, could there be a quarterback battle brewing in Columbus?

Both the Buckeyes and the Badgers team statistics were similar (399 total yards for Wisconsin and 390 yards for Ohio State, for instance). No. 4 Ohio State could win the Big 10, but could they be ranked any higher than fourth place? NEXT UP: Oct. 5 @ No. 17 Northwestern.

Other Top 25 winners: No. 5 Stanford defeated Washington State 55- 17; No. 14 Oklahoma defeated No. 22 Notre Dame in South Bend 35-21; No. 15 Miami beat South Florida 49-21; No. 16 Washington beat Arizona 31-13; No. 25 Fresno State keeps rolling to an undefeated record and beat Hawaii 42-37.

Week 5 losers

Notre Dame - Quarterback Tommy Rees had an atrocious day: 9-of-24 for 104 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. The Fighting Irish (3-2) lost to Oklahoma (4-0,1-0 Big 12) 35-21 in South Bend.

Notre Dame's at-large bid is going to be snatched away by Louisville. Could this loss knock them out of the Top 25, or will West Virginia's (3-2) win over Oklahoma State do the trick? NEXT UP: Oct. 5 vs. Arizona State in Arlington, TX.

Oklahoma State – The No. 11 Cowboys (3-1, 0-1 Big-12) have had a rough couple of weeks. First, the Cowboys battled a Sports Illustrated story that may or may not have been true, then their first conference loss 30-21 to unranked West Virginia (3-2, 1-1 Big-12). NEXT UP: Oct. 5 vs. Kansas State.

Other Top 25 losers: Many had No. 23 Wisconsin poised to upset Ohio State in the Horseshoe. It was not to be. The return to Braxton Miller dismissed that notion, and the Badgers lost 31-24

Another big loser was former Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin, who was fired by Southern California on Sunday following a 62-41 loss to Arizona State. Somewhere, Al Davis is smiling and Phillip Fulmer is laughing over his morning coffee.

Week 6 game of the week: Georgia Tech @ No. 15 Miami, 3:30 p.m. on ESPNU – In a game that could prove problematic for the Canes against the tricky Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (3-1, 2-1 ACC) who are in second place in the ACC Coastal division and stingy with allowing points.

This weekend's most incredible thing in college football: Florida State's freshman quarterback Jameis Winston has a laser rocket for an arm. You want proof? Here's your proof in the deep passes for completions he made against Boston College on Saturday.

And Nick Saban let him slip out of his fingers. I can't repeat that enough.

Lest we forget, one SEC thing: Georgia fans don't want Lee Corso jinxing things - ESPN's College Gameday was in the best college town in the nation, Athens, GA, on Saturday, and you know the Georgia faithful are not fans of sports analyst Lee Corso. Week 1 he picked UGA against Clemson and they lost by three. Last time the show was in Athens in 2009, Corso picked Alabama and hit Uga VII (RIP) in the face with the elephant tusk of the Tide mascot and called him ugly. Georgia lost then, too.

Georgia fans made it perfectly clear that anyone else could pick Georgia EXCEPT for Corso. Dawgs fans, a group of passionate, fun-loving drunkards who wear their hearts on their sleeves, cheered vociferously from Reed Quad when Corso picked LSU. And as I watched the six-alarm dumpster fire that is Georgia's confused and inexperienced secondary finally stop LSU's Zach Mettenberger to win 44-41 on Saturday, a part of me thanked Corso for passing the jinx on to LSU and the Mad Hatter Les Miles.

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