Yesterday's Winners

The Texas Tech-Nebraska game matched arguably the worst of the nation's remaining 12 unbeaten schools. But it promised to be a wild affair, featuring Tech's "Air Raid" offense against the West Coast attack, and it more than lived up to the hype with a dramatic conclusion. Unfortunately, both teams combined for only 80 pass attempts, so the record of 135 established in 1990 remained safe. . . . Georgia seized control of the Southeastern Conference East Division by claiming its third straight victory over Tennessee at Neyland Stadium. The Oct. 29 game against Florida in Jacksonville, Fla., could be the only obstacle standing in the way of an undefeated regular season for the Bulldogs. It did not help Tennessee that it played its third game in 12 days, and that star defensive back Jason Allen left the game because of an injured hip.

Yesterday's Losers

The race for the nation's most overrated team is now a two-school battle between Michigan and Texas A&M. Let's give this week's nod to the Aggies, because they have lost to lesser competition than the Wolverines. To top it off, they lost big yesterday to Colorado, a Big 12 North Division team. Before the season, Coach Dennis Franchione believed there was no question that his program had narrowed the gap with Texas and Oklahoma. Well, he might be right about Oklahoma, but the only thing Texas and Texas A&M have in common is geographic proximity. . . . The Dallas Morning News conducted a survey of all 119 Division I-A coaches, asking what is the sport's best rivalry. One coach out of the 62 who answered said the Idaho-Boise State rivalry tops all. Remember, two weeks ago the Vandals received five points in the Harris Interactive poll despite a winless record. They continue to get attention, even though Nevada pummeled them, 62-14.

Spinning Ahead

Notre Dame fans have to be drooling over next week's game with Southern California. Two questions arise after USC struggled against an Arizona team that had lost to California, 28-0, the previous week: (1) Is it too early to say with certainty that USC is not as good as last season? and, (2) Should LenDale White, who scored four touchdowns against the Wildcats, be among the Heisman hopefuls? . . . Given Texas A&M's futility, the toughest remaining game for second-ranked Texas before a hopeful berth in the Rose Bowl will be an Oct. 22 game against Texas Tech in Austin. The Red Raiders have given Coach Mack Brown's team trouble in recent years. Texas won, 43-40, two years ago. And Tech won, 42-38, in 2002.