Lunchtime Links

Utah carried the torch for the non-AQs, but did not exactly look overpowering in doing so. On to some recaps ...

The Utes put the "U" in ugly during win, writes Gordon Monson of The Salt Lake Tribune.

It appears Sun Belt officials blew a crucial call late in Middle Tennessee's loss to Minnesota.

Still, there was plenty to build on for the Blue Raiders, playing without Dwight Dasher.

Is South Carolina that good, Southern Miss that bad, or a combination of both?

Idaho posted its first shutout since 1997.

Colin Kaepernick said he played just average in Nevada's win.

Ball State easily won its opener.

Dan Enos won his opener at Central Michigan, the school's first opening-game shutout since 1979. Ryan Radcliff went 20-of-34 for 242 yards and a touchdown.

Spencer Keith had his first three-TD game in Kent State's opener against Murray State.

Jerry Davis proved he has a good grasp of Buffalo's new offense in a win against Rhode Island.

FAU rallied from a 16-point deficit to stun UAB in Birmingham. Included in the comeback was a last-second blocked field goal to preserve the victory.

Plenty for Doc Holliday and Marshall to learn after their 45-7 loss to Ohio State.

Many concerns for Northern Illinois after losing to Iowa State.

Southeastern Louisiana gave Tulane all it could handle.

Hawaii came oh-so-close to USC, but its defense could not get the job done.

Meanwhile, TCU coach Gary Patterson said he "screwed up" in the Fiesta Bowl for allowing his team too many distractions. Players are having their cell phones taken away Friday night to prevent any distractions before Oregon State.

And as a reward for making it this far, I give you a must-read Washington Post magazine feature on Navy quarterback Ricky Dobbs.

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