Sifting out what the conventional wisdom looks like after the weekend in football. Inspiration, obviously, is right here. (As with all conclusions based on a week of data, grain of salt.)
Florida's quarterback situation is a disaster again: Mostly False
In case you missed it, Jeff Driskel was 14-of-20 for 219 yards and two touchdowns against Tennessee. Those aren't Heisman numbers, but they're a lot better than anyone thought a Florida quarterback would do in a high-profile game this year. Driskel also ran for 81 yards, and sometimes-quarterback sometimes-something-else Trey Burton tacked on 91 more yards and two touchdowns on the ground. The Gators might actually have a backfield that's more than whatever Mike Gillislee can run for.
Geno Smith should get some Heisman consideration: Mostly True
We should start this off by acknowledging that West Virginia hasn't played anyone all that good so far. But Smith is putting up numbers that would look good even if he were just running a skeleton drill: He's completed 88 percent of his passes, with as many touchdowns as incompletions in his first two weeks (nine apiece). And Smith is averaging 8.3 yards a pop on the ground. As long as he can keep playing like this as the Mountaineers get into the more difficult part of their schedule, Smith might very well be standing on a stage in New York City in December.
Virginia Tech is the team to beat in the Coastal Division: Half True
Or half false, if you want to look at it that way. You can't ever really count any team out of the ACC race -- and particularly not Virginia Tech -- but Saturday's game was about as ugly a loss as could be imagined. The Hokies allowed 537 yards of total offense to hitherto-hapless Pitt and threw in four turnovers for good measure. The Panthers nearly doubled up Tech in first downs (27-14) and were basically in control of the game the whole time. Between Youngstown State and Cincinnati, Tino Sunseri was sacked six times; Virginia Tech sacked him once.
This is the year Southern Cal beats Stanford: Pants On Fire
Southern Cal might have technically been in the game against the Cardinal until the end, but they weren't. The box score is even more daunting than the 21-14 margin would suggest: Stanford stacked up 417 yards against defensive guru Monte Kiffin while limiting Lane Kiffin's offense to 280 yards. The Trojans ran for 26 yards on 28 carries. Yes, less than a yard per attempt. Matt Barkley completed less than half his passes (20-of-41) and threw two interceptions without a single touchdown. Josh Nunes wasn't the picture of efficiency, but he doesn't have to be when Stepfan Taylor rushes for 153 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries.
Utah is done after losing to Utah State: Mostly False
It's not like the Utes are going to be in contention for the national championship, but they might not be quite as bad as the loss to the Aggies would suggest. Utah took out BYU in most bizarre fashion late Saturday / early Sunday, with fans twice having to be cleared from the field to allow the Cougars to attempt the game-tying field goal -- only to have the last attempt clank off the upright to give the Utes the win. There are still some problems -- Utah gained just 49 yards on 35 rushes in the game -- but the win gave them the faintest reason to hope that the season isn't over just yet.