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Can Nick Saban lead Alabama to another BCS Championship?  The journey starts Saturday in Atlanta.

Ty and Dan walk back through a marathon day of college football action, including Alabama’s triumph in College Station, Mack Brown’s last stand in Austin, Bo Pelini’s disappointing defense, USC’s offensive resurrection, and Wisconsin’s stomach-punch loss.  Plus, Week Three Reverbs!

Show Summary

Today on The Solid Verbal, Ty and Dan recap week three and word has gotten out the Reverb line (408-Verbal1), with a ton of voicemails coming in from all across the globe.

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Alabama at Texas A&M: The guys start off by discussing their general takeaways from the weekend, but this naturally leads into Alabama/Texas A&M talk. They hit on a lot, so here’s the gist of it: Shoot out. Johnny Football goes nuts, playing even better than he did last year. Mike Evans is a beast and should declare for the NFL draft now. AJ McCarron was sharp. The Alabama offensive line looks vastly improved from the Virginia Tech game. Alabama essentially got one more stop than Texas A&M and was able to hang on.

UCLA at Nebraska: Nebraska fell asleep in the second half and didn’t score a single point, while UCLA ripped off 38 straight. Ty thinks people should start questioning whether Bo Pelini will lead them above the 9-4 ceiling. Dan says he still wasn’t initially impressed by UCLA’s defense, but they made adjustments and put pressure on Taylor Martinez. Nice win for UCLA.

Texas at Ole Miss: Texas pulls a Nebraska and gets shut out in the second half. Ty notes that Greg Robinson had the defense looking ok in the first half and then it went all Manny Diaz. Dan commends Texas for hanging with a ranked team and thought they’d score a few more points on the Rebels.

Wisconsin at Arizona State: Ty and Dan run through the wacky ending of this game. They both think Arizona State is on the cusp of being considered a dangerous team, though Ty was a little bit underwhelmed by this performance. Dan still has questions about the Sun Devils’ offensive line.

Notre Dame at Purdue: Notre Dame was in full on zombie mode until the fourth quarter. Dan points out the positive that Tommy Rees didn’t screw up and that Purdue is a top five team in the state of Indiana.

Akron at Michigan: The Zips rack up a bunch of yards on Michigan, but fall short in the Big House by way of two lame calls at the end of the game.  This game is a huge letdown for Michigan after a big win against Notre Dame last week. Dan thinks they were looking ahead to UConn next week.

Washington at Illinois: Illinois is better than everyone thought? They put on a nice showing to stay in this game and looked scrappy. The biggest thing for Dan was Washington looking dangerous on the ground. He declares them a legitimate top-20 team. The guys look ahead on Washington’s schedule to see where the Huskies could slip up.

Ohio State at Cal: There are a lot of reasons to be excited about Jared Goff, but he makes too many mistakes right now to keep Cal in these games. Dan says the lack of defense in Berkley is the reason the Bears are leaning so heavily on the freshman. This game also showed Ohio State is one of the few teams in the country with two legitimate quarterbacks.

Boston College at USC: The Trojans had a nice offensive game and played suffocating defense to get a win it really needed. With Lane Kiffin naming Cody Kessler as the starter the offense picked up a good rhythm. USC comes out of this game as the best run defense in the country.

Tennessee at Oregon: Oregon has a ridiculous afternoon and was clicking on all cylinders. Dan gushes about his Ducks running train on an SEC team.

Mississippi State at Auburn: Ty wonders if Mississippi State should cut the chord with Dan Mullen. The guys give credit to Gus Malzhan for pulling out a win. All of the sudden, Auburn could hit six or seven wins and become bowl eligible.

Vanderbilt at South Carolina

UCF at Penn State

Lamar at Oklahoma State

Tulsa at Oklahoma

Louisville at Kentucky

Nevada at Florida State

Dan closes the show rattling off a bunch of nice performances on the day, as well as the not so good ones.

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