DAYBREAK 5TH QUARTER

Redskins lose in Miami, Baltimore upset by Seattle, Terps lose again

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It's safe to say that Roy Helu didn't repilcate his performance against the 49ers. (Photo: Associated Press)

You say who's 8-1? - Much like our Redskins/Eagles query, we pose this to you: we tell you in August that there are two teams, the 49ers and Colts, and on Nov. 14, one will be 8-1 and the other is 0-10. Which record do you assign each team?

Well, after Sunday's dramatic 27-20 win over the New York Giants in San Francisco  and another lackluster 17-3 loss to Jacksonville in Indy, it's the Colts that are, give or take, five losses away from the first overall pick.

Bizzaro football world, indeed.

Roar not restored - Remember a few weeks ago, when the Detroit Lions were the darlings of the football world? That's probably over now. Matt Stafford threw four picks and a brawl marred the end of a 37-13 blowout loss at the hands of Chicago.

Buffaloed - Different verse, same as the first when it comes to hot starts turning into sputtering finishes. This version belongs to the Buffalo Bills.

DUKE-ING IT OUT - Yes, it was the lowly Duke Blue Devils. Of course, the now 7-3 Virginia Cavaliers should have beaten them as they did, to the tune of 31-21. But hasn't the problem for the Wahoos been that they haven't won the games they're supposed to?

Instead, Mike London's squad got 132 receiving yards from Donovan Barner and yet another touchdown from Perry Jones as the Cavaliers moved themselves into an even stronger bowl position.

As Jerry Ratcliffe of the Daily Progress points out, Virginia has improved in every aspect of the game in 2011, from total defense to the run game and everything in between.

The road to an eighth win will be dicey, though, with games against #25 Florids State and #8 Virginia Tech to round out the season.

IRISH EYES ARE SMILING - The crew at Daybreak 5th Quarter fought really hard against doing a recap of the 45-21 debacle at FedEx Field against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

The reason? Mainly because the eyes of our writers (read: me) were nearly burned out by the combination of the Terrapins "Pride" uniforms and those psychedelic helmets the Irish sported.

Here's all you really need to know: The Irish were up 38-7 before the Terps offense made any sort of noise, and a broken arm will keep Danny O'Brien out for the rest of the season, which includes road games at Wake Forest and N.C. State.

College Huddle

BEGINNER'S LUCK - Before Saturday night's snowy game against Arizona State in Pullman, Washington State freshman Connor Halladay had never thrown a collegiate pass. By the end of the evening, he had torched the Sun Devils' secondary for 494 yards and four touchdowns en route to a stunning 37-27 win.

COWPOKED - But if you're ASU, or anyone else that lost this past weekend, frankly, at least you weren't Texas Tech, who was down by 49 at the half of a 66-6 loss to #2 Oklahoma State.

THRILLER IN THE LITTLE APPLE - If you haven't seen highlights of Kansas State's 53-50 quadruple-overtime victory over Texas A&M, take a few minutes of your day and watch the glory. This was college football at its finest.

On the next page: Longtime NFL executive Gil Brandt's exclusive commentary on the Penn State sexual abuse scandal

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