Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount’s season-long suspension to be lifted? That’s the news out of Eugene this week. I don’t have a problem with it, but Oregon should have never imposed a season long suspension in the first place. It really smacks of insincerity on the part of the Ducks’ administration, now that it appears the team has an excellent chance of taking the Pac-10 title this year. Blount’s behavior certainly warranted a multi-game suspension of at least 4-5 games. Was there a clear map with required benchmarks to meet to help Blount work his way back on the active roster? If that is what was happening behind the scenes, then Oregon tried to deceive the public with their initial announcement.

Meanwhile, Byron Hout, the Boise State player who provoked Blount and suffered the consequences with a right jab to the jaw, has never missed a game for the Broncos.

Florida’s Tebow is one tough son of a gun…In case you missed the replays of the shot Tebow took to the back of his head in last week’s game against Kentucky, just know that it’s amazing the kid didn’t suffer a broken neck during the play. Fortunately, the Gators have a bye this week. Here’s hoping he makes it back in time to play against LSU on Oct 10.

Will the real Florida State please stand up? This year’s version of Seminole football has got to be driving Bobby Bowden crazy with their Jekyll and Hyde performances. FSU opened the season in Tallahassee with a loss to Miami, but they had a chance to win on the last play of the game and a receiver dropped the ball in the end zone. The following week, the Seminoles struggled to defeat Jacksonville State in a rain-soaked, error-filled game at home.

In week three, they went on the road and dominated a very good BYU team that was ranked No. 7 by the AP at the time. The win pushed Florida State into the rankings for the first time this season. But then the Seminoles returned home and lost soundly to South Florida last week. At 2-2, the Seminoles are already at a crossroads in their season as they head back on the road this weekend to take on Boston College in ACC action.

Heisman Power Meter: Cal’s Jahvid Best has one last chance in the Bears clash with USC. If he’s bottled up, it won’t matter how well he does the rest of the season. Say goodbye to Miami QB Jacory Harris unless he shines big time against Oklahoma this weekend. With the heart of their respective schedules coming up, look for Texas’ Colt McCoy and Florida’s Tim Tebow to begin making their cases for the 25-pound bronze statue.

Conference Power Meter: 1. SEC. 2. Big XII. 3. Pac-10. 4. Big Ten 5. ACC 6. Big East. 7. MWC. 8. C-USA. 9. WAC. 10. Sun Belt.

The most intriguing game picks this weekend…
Wisconsin at Minnesota. Interesting battle between these two Big Ten rivals, playing on the Golden Gophers’ campus for the first time in 27 years. It’s the first time the Gophers will have a home field advantage in that same span. Home team by a whisker.
No. 22 Michigan at Michigan State. Another Big Ten rivalry where home field advantage will make the difference. The Spartans are a disappointing 1-3 and the only hope of salvaging this young season will come with a win over the Wolverines. Somehow, MSU will pull this one out.
No. 7 USC at No. 24 California. It’s really difficult to imagine a Pete Carroll team losing a second game in a three-week span. Nevertheless, I think this Cal team will bounce back from last week’s fiasco in Eugene.
No. 8 Oklahoma at No. 18 Miami. The Sooner defense is simply too stingy to allow the Hurricanes to put more points on the board than the OK offense. I wouldn’t be surprised if this was a low-scoring defensive struggle, but Bob Stoops will find a way to pull it out.
Washington at Notre Dame. Steve Sarkisian knows what it’s like to march into South Bend and exit with a victory in his pocket. I like Washington’s chances to pull off a mild upset in this matchup.
No. 4 LSU at No. 18 Georgia. The Bayou Bengals can thank Mississippi State for lighting a fire under their tails just in time to take on the Bulldogs and Gators during the next two weeks. LSU all the way in this contest.
Air Force at Navy. Conventional wisdom and the oddsmakers would indicate the Ships will take down the Planes in this game, but I like the spunk this new version of the Falcons is showing and see them taking this first step toward reclaiming the Commander’s Trophy this season.
Auburn at Tennessee. This Auburn squad is looking very impressive and I have them breaking into my Top 25 power ranking after they take care of business in Knoxville this Saturday.

Last week: 4-4. Season: 15-9