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Jonathan Williams celebrates his touchdown over West Virginia. AP Photo/Sara D. Davis

Here in Los Angeles week two of the college football season meant a week of calm between UCLA’s Rose Bowl upset victory over the Tennessee Volunteers on Labor Day and USC’s showdown with Ohio State at the Coliseum.

The most inane thing about this is week is the fact that I still found myself glued to the tv set Saturday. Even though there haven’t been any upsets to the caliber of Appalachian State over Michigan from last year, there were still enough upset potentials to keep things interesting.

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The most notable upset of the weekend was the East Carolina Pirates defeating #8 West Virginia Mountaineers 24-3. While the Pirate’s victory over Virginia Tech could be written off as the Hokies being overrated, the Pirates proved it wasn’t a fluke by holding the Mountaineers to only three points. Yes the Mountaineers who looked oh so dominant against Villanova in week one with quarterback Pat White throwing for five touchdowns just couldn’t overcome the Pirate’s stiff defense.

Then there was Ohio putting on a scare to the folks in the Horseshoe and #3 Ohio State. Ohio was leading Ohio State 14-12 going into the fourth quarter, but the Buckeyes finally woke up and scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to ice the game. This was not a pretty game by any stretch of the imagination, but it really did look like Ohio State was looking ahead to this Saturday’s showdown against USC.

Now a lot of these upset potentials can be attributed to parity. With a restricted amount of scholarships all schools can give to student-athletes, it has allowed more schools to get into the recruiting pool.

Parity schmarity.

In this decade the BCS title winners have been Oklahoma, Miami, Ohio State, LSU, USC, Texas, Florida and LSU. With the exception of Miami, none of these schools have dropped out of the BCS title talks. The cream of the crop has risen while everyone else just fell further to mediocrity.

This is not to dismiss the excitement of Saturday. Hell it keeps me glued to the tv from 9 am to 11pm. But let’s not get carried away with the term parity.

LAist's Top 15 Rankings

1. USC (1-0, 0-0 Pac-10)
2. Missouri (2-0, 0-0, Big 12)
3. Florida (2-0, 0-0 SEC)
4. Georgia (2-0, 0-0 SEC)
5. Oklahoma (2-0, 0-0 Big 12)
6. Ohio State (2-0, 0-0 Big 10)
7. LSU (1-0, 0-0 SEC)
8. Texas (2-0, 0-0 Big 12)
9. Auburn (2-0, 0-0 SEC)
10. Penn State (2-0, 0-0 Big 10)
11. Oregon (2-0, 0-0 Pac-10)
12. Wisconsin (2-0, 0-0 Big 10)
13. Arizona State (2-0, 0-0 Pac-10)
14. Alabama (2-0, 0-0 SEC)
15. Texas Tech (2-0, 0-0 Big 12)

By the way, how horrible are the ACC and Big East? They might not even get a BCS bowl bid if this keeps on going. Remember, if a non-BCS conference team is ranked higher than the conference winner from a BCS conference, then that non-BCS team gets a BCS bowl bid over the BCS team. So, if BYU and East Carolina are ranked higher than a team from the ACC and Big East, then BYU and East Carolina get their BCS bowl bid.

Yikes!