We have our first fired head coach of the season and got a closer look at a slew of teams. Here are the top 10 things we learned during the latest college football weekend:

1. USC athletic director Pat Haden reportedly pulled Lane Kiffin off the team bus at the Los Angeles airport to tell the coach he had been fired hours after the Trojans lost at Arizona State 62-41, dropping to 3-2 on the season. Kiffin went from college football’s coaching Wonder Boy to unemployed in less than five years.

 

2. The SEC, once known for stingy defenses, only has one team ranked in the top 10 in total defense (Florida). The reason? How about the NFL? The SEC had a record 63 players picked in last April’s NFL Draft, including 17 from LSU and Georgia alone. The Tigers and Bulldogs allowed close to 1,000 yards of total offense combined during their games Saturday.

 

3. Oregon doesn’t appear to be suffering from any letdown after losing head coach Chip Kelly to the NFL this offseason. During four seasons under Kelly, the Ducks averaged 44.7 points per game. Under first-year coach Mark Helfrich, Oregon is averaging 55.9 points per game. 

 

4. Braxton Miller didn’t appear to suffer any rust after sitting out the previous 2.5 games due to a knee injury. The Ohio State quarterback was 17-of-25 passing for 198 yards and four touchdowns during the Buckeyes’ 31-24 win over Wisconsin. Miller appeared to be in Heisman form and Ohio State looks like a team that could contend for a national title.

 

5. A week after being humiliated by a 37-0 loss to Maryland, West Virginia looked like a serious contender in the Big 12 when the Mountaineers handed No. 11 Oklahoma State a 30-21 loss. WVU coach Dana Holgorsen used his third quarterback of the season, this time leaning on FSU transfer Clint Trickett to beat his former team.

 

6. Jameis Winston may have vaulted himself into the Heisman Trophy discussion. The Florida State freshman quarterback threw four touchdowns during the Seminoles’ 48-34 win at Boston College Saturday, including a jaw-dropping 55-yard touchdown throw as time-expired in the first half. The play helped propel FSU to the win and opened some eyes about the skills of Famous Jameis. 

 

7. It may have taken a bit, but Oklahoma is back in the national title discussion. The Sooners appear to be running on all cylinders after dismantling Notre Dame 35-21 on the road. OU is using a balanced offensive attack led by quarterback Blake Bell and a stingy defense that creates turnovers to win games.

 

8. It may not be pretty, but Virginia Tech has found its way to the top of the ACC Coastal Division again. After a season-opening loss to No. 1 Alabama and close games against lesser opponents, the Hokies looked more like themselves Thursday night during an ugly 17-10 win over Georgia Tech. A win over sinking North Carolina next week and Miami on Nov. 9 could lock up another division title.

 

9. Expect the rumors surrounding several high-profile college coaches to heat up with the firing of Kiffin at USC. Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin was mentioned in connection with the UCLA job before Jim Mora Jr. was hired and Washington coach Steve Sarkisian was the former USC offensive coordinator under Pete Carroll, making them both viable candidates. Boise State’s Chris Petersen and Vanderbilt’s James Franklin could also draw interest.

 

10. Alabama may be the top team in the country, but it hasn’t looked like world beaters. That is until Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace reportedly said he felt the Rebels could easily score some points on the defending national champs. Alabama shut out Wallace and Ole Miss 25-0 Saturday, and Wallace is now saying his words were twisted. Right. 

 

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