Take that, media slobs. Alabama coach Nick Saban chastised reporters last week for heaping too much praise on his team after their resounding victory over Michigan. That’s disrespectful to next opponent Western Kentucky, a 40-point underdog, Saban said. The Tide won 35-0 and collected a meager 328 total yards. OK, Nick, point taken.Feeling the heat
It can’t get much worse for Colorado coach Jon Embree. After a 3-10 record in his debut last season, the Buffaloes opened this season with a loss to Colorado State and on Saturday fell to Sacramento State of Division I-AA. The 30-28 upset ended when kicker Edgar Castaneda drilled a 30-yard field goal. Hornets coach Marshall Sperback announced in the locker room that Castaneda, a walk-on, would be put on scholarship.Real deal
Keep an eye on Tennessee. The Vols did what they were supposed to do to a Division I-AA foe, thumping Georgia State 51-13. No letdown after the convincing victory over N.C. State the previous week. We’ll know more about Tennessee when Florida visits Knoxville next week.Fraud alert
Miami was a popular choice by national pundits to pull off the upset at Kansas State. The upset was the margin, with the Wildcats winning 52-13. Keep an eye on backup K-State quarterback Daniel Sams. The Wildcats are in great shape with Collin Klein, but Sams, who rushed for two fourth-quarter TDs, is remarkably fast.Number of the day
191 Receiving yards by South Florida’s Andre Davis on 12 receptions in the Bulls’ 32-31 triumph at Nevada. South Florida quarterback B.J. Daniels hit Davis with a 56-yard score with 38 seconds left for the winner.Campus chatter
• Penn State’s kicking game figured to be in good shape heading into this season after Anthony Fera made 14 of 17 field goals. But after the Jerry Sandusky scandal, Fera was one of several Nittany Lions to transfer. He went to Texas, and the job fell to Sam Ficken, who missed four field-goal attempts in a 17-16 loss at Virginia.
• Maryland’s 36-27 victory over Temple won’t raise many eyebrows, but it moved the Terrapins to 2-0 and matched last season’s victory total.
• The setting didn’t help Massachusetts. The Minutemen played host to Indiana before 16,304 at Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots. The Hoosiers romped 45-6, and moved to 2-0.
• How about a 93-yard scoring drive for the game-winner? That’s what Wake Forest did in the final minutes to beat North Carolina 28-27.
• Suspended for the opener, quarterback Tommy Rees came off the bench to lead No. 22 Notre Dame on a last-minute drive to set up Kyle Brindza’s 27-yard field goal with seven seconds to go and beat Purdue 20-17.
• Clemson’s Spencer Benton set an Atlantic Coast Conference record with a 61-yard field goal against Ball State.
• Teddy Bridgewater completed 30 of 39 passes for a career-high 344 yards as No. 23 Louisville routed Missouri State 35-7.
• Braxton Miller became the first Buckeyes quarterback to rush for three TDs in 34 years, and he passed for another score in a 31-16 victory over Central Florida.