Tom Luicci, TMG Writer in Residence (works from home)

Five questions

Q. Who were those Virginia Tech guys masquerading as a Bud Foster-coached defense against Old Dominion?

There are upsets and then there are inexplicable meltdowns. The latter is what the Hokies – four-touchdown favorites – experienced in their stunning 49-35 loss to previously-winless Old Dominion. Here’s what was so confounding about No. 13-ranked Virginia Tech’s defeat: Blake LaRussa, a back-up quarterback, came off the bench to throw for 495 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for another score as the Monarchs rolled up 615 yards of total offense. How does that happen to a Foster defense? It wasn’t until 2009 that ODU even re-started football. Now the Monarchs, who had been 0-3, have the biggest win in school history. College football.

Q. Is it time to start taking Kentucky seriously?

First the end of the 31-game losing streak to Florida. Then a convincing 28-7 over No. 14-ranked Mississippi State, a team that was supposed to be physically superior. The Wildcats are 4-0 overall and 2-0 in SEC play for the first time since 1977 after holding Ole Miss to 56 rushing yards and 178 overall. So now what for Kentucky? Four games will determine just how good this season will be before the attention in Lexington turns to hoops: At Texas A&M, at Missouri, Georgia and South Carolina.

Q. Does UCF ever lose?

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