The ACC is now king of the college football world.
A breakdown of a crazy saturday and what it will mean for the race to the playoffs.
A look at an eventful week three of college football.
A look at which games to watch and where to put your bets.
32 Charleston Southern players suspended by NCAA.
The first set of Fan-I rankings are here.
The JMU Dukes kept the Morehead Eagles in a fetal position early into the night, putting up 28-unanswered points in the first quarter alone, with lots of anticipation surrounding Harrisonburg, VA for Dukes Football to return, they certainly gave the fans a lot to look forward to this season after burying the Eagles with an 80-7 win.
Leading his Dukes in the rushing attack, Junior quarterback Bryan Schor rushed for 129 yards on 10 carries; including a 63-yard dash to the red zone, topping that off with a 4 yard rushing touchdown. Although he only completed 8 passes for 109yds, who needs to pass when your ground game breaks a school record with 10 rushing touchdowns.
Sophomore RB Trai Sharp ended the night with 110 yards averaging 7.3 per touch and junior RB Cardon Johnson rushes for 104 yards on 19 carries. With Saturday’s win the Dukes move up 2 spots to number 10 in the FCS rankings.
Morehead will have a lot to work on and even more to learn from after Saturday’s game but under the direction of head coach Rob Tenyer and Senior QB Austin Gahafer - who has already proven to be a stand out athlete for the Eagles, after achieving the 2015 PFL Offensive Player of the Year honors - there’s little doubt in my mind that they’ll have plenty of bounce back success in the Pioneer Football League.
However, if Gahafer plans to match his successes he can’t let this game affect him mentally and regather his troops as they look to face another Virginia opponent in the Morehead’s home opener against the VMI Keydets.
How politics played a role in Christian McCaffery Heisman snub.
A look at five of the most intriguing games in the opening weekend of college football.
An in-depth preview of the upcoming College Football season.
It's never to early to talk about Heisman Hopefuls.
Championship Saturday could bring chaos and drama in the final set of College Football Rankings.
Of course the final rankings will not reflect now, but the discussion has now been set.
The Weekend: Utah and Florida State lose on the road; Oklahoma State Tragedy; The AAC Best Conference in College Football?
Utah and Florida State lose on the road; Oklahoma State Tragedy; The AAC Best Conference in College Football?
BIG HOUSE Stunner; Memphis Defeats Ole MISS; AP Rankings; Targeting Rule
Two weeks away from the first set of College Football playoff rankings and I already know it will be very interesting. ESPN analyst, Kevin Carter, said that Utah was the best team in the country. Other analyst left out the Buckeyes from the their own playoff rankings, even though they are still undefeated and the defending champs (remember I said they would get the Florida State treatment). The thing that bothers me about these rankings by media personalities is that they have little consistency. In week one, after the Wolverines lost to Utah, 70% of the media were claiming that this would be a long season for Harbaugh and they're not ready to make that jump back into the National scene; as of today, majority are claiming Michigan to be the best team in the Big Ten. And they'll never divulgate that they were wrong, not a chance. They'll just continue to make bold claims as if they predicted this to happen.
Ohio State (6-0) LW 1, W 49-28 Maryland
TCU (6-0) LW 2, W 52-45 @ Kansas State
Baylor (6-0) LW 3, W 66-7 @ Kansas
Michigan State (6-0) LW 4, W 31-24 @ Rutgers
LSU (5-0) LW5, W 45-24 South Carolina
Utah (6-0) LW 6, W 30-24 @ California
Florida State (5-0) LW7, W 29-24 Miami
Clemson (5-0) LW 8, W 43-24 Georgia Tecj
Alabama (5-1) LW 9, W 27-14 Arkansas
Michigan (5-1) LW 15, W 38-0 #11 Northwestern
Florida (6-0) LW 12, W 21-3 @ Missouri
Texas A&M (5-0) LW 13, BYE
Notre Dame (5-1) LW 14, 41-24 Navy
Iowas (6-0) LW NR, W 29-0 Illinois
Oklahoma State (6-0) LW NR, 33-26 @ West Virginia
Baylor jumped TCU in the AP rankings but not in the Fan-I 15. Baylor is getting more love because they are beating unranked teams by a large margin and apparently TCU isn't. Just a week a go, the Horned Frogs defeated the Texas 50-7, the same Longhorns that defeated 10th ranked Sooners. Baylor is definitley a great team but they have yet to play anyone worth considering. They won't play anyone until November 5th when they take a trip to Manhattan Kansas.
Oklahoma State and Iowa enter our top 15. Both are at a surprising 6-0 but neither have a win against a top ten opponent. Ok-State has a tougher road than the Hawkeyes, with Baylor and TCU still on the schedule; on the otherhand, Iowa won't face another ranked opponent for the rest of the season.
Florida and Michigan continue their hotstreak. Both have appeared in some early playoff rankings for good reason. Florida has four SEC wins and Michigan posted their third straight shutout. Big games are on the horizon, Michigan takes on Michigan State and Florida travels to LSU.
Player of the Weekend
Michigan Defense – This is the first time we have selected 11 players as the POTW. Michgan's defense has been lights out, not allowing a touchdown since the fourth quarter of their game against UNLV on September 19th. Currently they are only allowing 6 points a game and less than 200 total yards, second behind Boston College in total defense.
- Trevone Boykin, QB TCU – 425 total yards, 4 TDS vs Kansas State
- Dalvin Cook, RB FSU – 22 carries 222 yards 2 Tds, receiving touchdown.
This was probably the best moment of the weekend. You don't expect to hear or see this much maturity from a young man but Fournette is proving that he is not your typical jock that plays in the SEC. And for those that are wondering, the NCAA did approve him auctioning off his jersey.
Power 5 rankings
Not much movement in the rankings which means no movement in the Power 5 rankings. Check back next week after some big games are played.
We hope Sarkisian can not only make his back on to the sidelines but also get healthy. You never want to see a coach or player struggle with drug use. Hopefully this leave of absence will help the head coach get through his struggles.
You never want to see a man get fired, but since will still recieve $4.7 million from the Terps, it's ok to be happy that he will no longer be in charge of the football program. Natives here in Maryland are very eager to burst back on to the national scene, and I never thought Edsall was that guy. He walked into a sticky situation, replacing a well liked coach in Ralph Friedgen, who was fired after winning ACC Coach of the Year for the second time, so fans were already upset. Edsall could never dig out of that hole and their hearts. The numbers speak voulumes; 22-33 record, 0-12 vs AP ranked opponents, 0-2 in Bowl Games, and he never eclipsed 10 wins in a season.
Games to watch next week
- #14 Iowa @ Northwestern – Northwestern just suffered their first loss to the Wolverines, which is why they fell out of the Fan-I 15. This will be a tough game for the Hawkeyes but I predict them to win by two possessions.
- #8 Alabama @ #12 Texas A&M – The Aggies are quietly ranked in the AP top ten. I think they are benefiting from being in the SEC because I haven't seen much from them to make me believe they are top ten. Bama shouldn't lose this one.
- #4 Michigan State @ #10 Michigan – A rivalry game with major playoff implications. I'm not sure why this game isn't at night but I know the BIG HOUSE will be rocking.
- #11 Florida @ #5 LSU – Another big game with playoff implications. The Gators are walking into Death Valley as the underdogs and will try to contain the unstoppable force that is Leonard Fournette.
- Arizona State @ #6 Utah – The Utes are the hottest team in football this season but the Sun Devils will look to knock off their second top-ten this season, defeating UCLA a couple weeks ago.
- USC @ #13 Notre Dame - The Trojans are coming off another upset loss to an un-ranked opponent in the Pac-12. Their head coach will not be on the sidelines, and offensive coordinator Clay Helton will take over as interim head coach. With everything stacked against them, don't be surprised if the Trojans can walk out of South Bend with a victory.
The Weekend: Florida smash Ole Miss; Four teams in top ten suffer losses; Elliot rushes for 274 yards
While the top 4 teams switched spots, the bottom half of the top ten seen a major shake up. 4 teams in the Fan-I top ten suffered losses this past weekend, which means spots are available. What I find most entertaining is how the Associated Press over rank a team and then that team losses badly weeks after. Ole Miss jumped from #15 to #3 after defeating Alabama – that same #3 team was trailing Florida 25-0 at halftime. This week Utah made the ultimate leap jumping to #5 after not even playing this week. It's safe to say that Utah earned that leap after defeating two AP ranked teams convincingly, Oregon and Michigan, and will face another this week, newly ranked California.
1Ohio State(38) 5-0
4Michigan State 5-0
9Texas A&M(1) 5-0
12Florida State 4-0
14Ole Miss 4-1
15Notre Dame 4-1
21Oklahoma State 5-0
25Boise State 4-1
1. Ohio State (5-0) LW 1, W 34-27 @ Indiana
2. TCU (5-0) LW 2, W 50-7 Texas
3. Baylor (5-0) LW 3, W 63-35 Texas Tech*
4. Michigan State (5-0) LW 4, W 24-21 Purdue
5. LSU (4-0) LW 5, W 44-22 Eastern Michigan
6. Utah (4-0) LW 12, BYE
7. Florida State (4-0) LW 7, W 24-16 Wake Forest
8. Clemson (4-0) LW 13, W 24-22 #8 Notre Dame
9. Alabama (4-1) LW 11, W 38-10 #9 Georgia
10. Oklahoma (4-0) LW 14, W 44-24 West Virginia
11. Northwestern (5-0) LW 15, W 27-0 Minnesota
12. Florida (5-0) LW NR, 38-10 #10 Ole Miss
13. Texas A&M (5-0) LW NR, W 30-17 Mississippi State
14. Notre Dame (4-1) LW 8, L 22-24 @ #13 Clemson
15. Michigan (4-1) LW NR, W 28-0 @ Maryland
- The AP and Fan-I 15 top 4 are identical – even though the our top 4 has looked this way since week 3.
- TCU offense with Trevone Boykins, a former receiver, seemed to have found their groove since that slow start in the beginning of the season against Minnesota. Boykins threw his 76th touchdown pass against Texas, passing Andy Dalton for the most touchdown passes in school history.
- The Buckeyes had themselves another scare, barely defeating the Indiana Hoosiers. The Buckeyes won't see a ranked opponent until late November, and I'm curious to see how long the AP voters will keep them at #1. I already know the playoff committee won't keep them at #1 if they keep having these “unimpressive” wins.
- Florida, Utah, Michigan are the hottest teams in the country. Michigan defense for the second week in a row shut out their opponent. I'm still skeptical on their quarterback situation, but for now Jake Rudock is getting the job done. Florida embarrassed the Rebels from the opening kickoff. After defeating Tennessee, first year Gator coach, Jim McElwain, said that they'll do their best against the Rebels who should “beat the heck out of them”. I think his players took that to heart.
- Bama makes their way back into the top ten after trumping the Bulldogs. Bama needed a win like this to prove pundits like myself, that they are not overrated. If the Tide can keep their record to only one loss for the next three weeks, just in time for the playoff rankings, don't be surprised if they are in that top 4,
Player of the Weekend
Ezekiel Elliot, RB Ohio State – 23 carries 274 yards 3 touchdowns vs Indiana
Coming into the season, everyone was riding the wave that was Ezekiel Elliot, but once Leonard Fournette started running defensive backs over, Elliot became the forgotten back – not this week. Elliott rushed for a career high, second most this season (Tyler Ervin San Jose State 300 yards 9/26), and second behind Eddie George for most in Ohio State history.
- Leonard Fournette, RB LSU – 26 carries 233 yards 3 Tds vs Eastern Michigan
- Kavontae Turpin, WR TCU – 6 catches 138 yards 4 Tds vs Texas
Power 5 Rankings
2. Big Ten
The Big 12 only has three teams ranked in the Fan-I 15 but I think their conference has been most consistent so far this season, reason why I put them ahead the Big Ten. SEC seen two of their top-ten teams suffer losses to lower ranked teams, something that seems to happen every week in the SEC. The ACC jumps the PAC-12 solely because of Clemson victory over Notre Dame, who will play an ACC schedule but remain Independent. With UCLA losing to an unranked Arizona State, it will leave the PAC-12 with one team in the top ten; if Utah suffers a loss, I don't think the PAC-12 will get a team to crack the playoff committee's top 4.
Games to watch next weekend
- #11 Northwestern @ #15 Michigan – How often do you see the Wolverines playing the underdog role against Northwestern? Both teams need a win to push them a little bit closer to the top ten rankings. I expect good in Ann Arbor.
- #2 TCU @ Kansas State – The only reason why I think this is a game to watch is because, one it is under the lights, and two, TCU is the road. Those two factors are always a tough mixture for top ranked teams to swallow. I do think the Horned Frogs will win this game but it will be a tough one.
- Miami @ #7 Florida State – Florida State has won the last 5 meetings in this rivalry. Even though Miami is unranked, I still think this will be one of the better games of the weekend.
- #12 Florida @ Missouri – Florida will play their first game on the road as a top ranked teams and a favorite. This game will also be under the lights and I'm not sure if the Gators will be able to handle the pressure and may become victim of the trap game.
- California @ #6 Utah – Rice-Eccles Stadium will be rocking Saturday night for this game. Both squads are undefeated, something no one predicted for these two PAC-12 darkhorses.
#10 Oklahoma vs. Texas – Texas doesn't make this game a must see but this is the Red River Shootout where rankings and records don't mean much. In 2013, the unranked Longhorns defeated the #12 Sooners 36-20 in Mack Brown's final season as Texas head coach. I expect the Longhorns to come out inspired.
Last week, I said Alabama and USC suffered losses that will damage their program in the long-run. This week Oregon suffered one of those same program-defining losses, just multiplied by 5. The Ducks on home soil suffered a 62-20 loss to Utah, who essentially was the underdog in this game. The Utes gave the fans of Eugene, Oregon the worst experience since 1977, when the Washington Huskies defeated the Ducks 54-0. Vernon Adams Jr. and Jeff Lockie played in this slaughter and could only put together two scoring drives, something that is unheard from the innovative no-huddle offense of Oregon. This goes to show you that no matter what, anyone can be beat in college – especially if they lack a quarterback.
Ohio State (4-0) LW 1, W 38-12 Western Michigan
TCU (4-0) LW 2, W 55-52 @ Texas Tech
Baylor (4-0) LW 3, W 70-12 Rice
Michigan State (4-0) LW 4, W 30-10 Central Michigan
LSU (3-0) LW 5, W 34-24 @ Syracuse
UCLA (4-0) LW 8, W 56-30 @ Arizona
Florida State (3-0) LW 6, BYE
Notre Dame (4-0) LW 9, W 62-27 UMass
Georgia (4-0) LW 8, W 48-6 Southern
Ole Miss (4-0) LW 11, W 27-16 Vanderbilt
Alabama (3-1) LW 10, W 34-0 UL-Monroe
Utah (4-0) LW NR, W 62-20 @ #12 Oregon
Clemson (3-0) LW 13, BYE
Oklahoma (3-0) LW 14, BYE
Northwestern (4-0) LW NR, W 24-14 Ball State
There was some slight movement in the in the rankings. UCLA and Notre Dame made the biggest impressions for me, along with Utah. UCLA went into Tuscon and defeated the Arizona Wildcats who was 16th in the AP polls. The Bruins were apart of many pre-season Final Four playoff rankings, and so far with the freshman quarterback, they have not disappointed. It will be interesting to see how they pan out during conference play, in what some are calling the “best conference in football”.
Michigan enters the AP Polls this week after they spanked BYU 31-0, their first shutout since 2011.
Player of the Weekend
Leonard Fournette, RB LSU – 26 carries 244 yards 2 touchdowns vs Syracuse
For the second week in a row, Fournette has rushed for over 200 yards while averaging at least 9 yards per carry. I'm not sure if anyone will be able to stop this kid this season. The #1 player coming out of high school in 2013 is on a mission to prove that he is the best back in the country, and maybe the best back we seen since Adrian Peterson. We'll see if he can continue this run streak.
- Josh Doctson, WR TCU – 18 catches 267 yards 3 Tds vs Texas Tech
Treyvone Boykin, QB TCU – 34/54 485 yards 4 Tds vs Texas Tech
Travis Wilson, QB Utah – 327 total yards 5 Tds vs Oregon
This week of college football wasn't very exciting other than Utah demolishing Oregon. What is on the horizon though is full on conference play, which separates the men from the boys. Some teams have already played conference games but from here on out that’s all it will be.
The SEC is already two games into their conference season, Florida leading the East and Ole Miss leading the West. They will meet next week in Florida, which I think will be a very tough game for Ole Miss. Last season they had a taste of what it is like to be the favorite, winning seven games straight before losing four of their last six. This will be Florida's first time starting 4-0 since 2012, where they finished 11-2.
Power 5 conference Rankings
I think people are a little too over-excited about the PAC-12. I understand that they have 5 teams in the AP Rankings but the highest ranked team is UCLA at #7. Utah made a strong jump to #10 but their win against the Ducks just proved that Oregon isn't that good. The Big Ten and Big 12 split our top four teams, while the SEC sits outside. There is a strong possibility the SEC will only have one team in the 4-team playoff, or maybe even worse, no teams at all. How amusing would that be?
Games to Watch Next Week
Fan-i 15 rankings
- West Virginia @ #14 Oklahoma – The over/under for this game is 58.5, I say take the over.
- Minnesota @ #15 Northwestern – The Wildcats are undefeated and are receiving some love from both us and the AP voters. The Golden Gophers will give them a tough challenge in this trap game.
- #11 Alabama @ #9 Georgia – The Bulldogs will have the opportunity to put end to any playoff hopes the Tide has with home victory. The last time the Bulldogs defeated Bama in Sanford Stadium was 2003.
- #10 Ole Miss @ Florida – Last time these two played was in 2008, where the Rebels defeated the 4th Gators in Gainesville 31-30. The Gator went on to win the 2008 BCS Championship and 22 straight games.
- #8 Notre Dame @ #13 Clemson – This is my pick for game of the week. I always thought Death Valley was one of the most hostile environments in college football, especially when the Tigers are one of the better teams in the country. I'm curious to see how backup turned starter, Deshone Kizer, will handle the raucous crowd.
You never know what's going to happen on Saturday during the autumn months. We all look at the polls and records, and think we know who will win each week. Vegas had the Buckeyes a 34 ½-point favorites against Northern Illinois; they would only win 20-13 while committing 5 turnovers. Alabama was set to revenge their loss to Ole Miss from 1 season ago, instead they lose to Ole Miss in consecutive games for the first time ever. You can't really predict stuff in college football – I'm not surprised Bama loss though. This is the beauty of college football, each Saturday, we're walking into the unknown.
1Ohio State(42) 3-0 1490—
2Michigan State(7) 3-0 14152
3Ole Miss(11) 3-0 134512
4TCU 3-0 1345—
5Baylor 2-0 1213—
6Notre Dame 3-0 11832
7Georgia 3-0 1162—
8LSU(1) 2-0 10885
9UCLA 3-0 9811
10Florida State 3-0 9531
11Clemson 3-0 903—
12Alabama 2-1 88210
13Oregon 2-1 8551
14Texas A&M 3-0 7983
15Oklahoma 3-0 7821
16Arizona 3-0 4884
17Northwestern 3-0 4696
18Utah 3-0 4393
19USC 2-1 36713
20Georgia Tech 2-1 3526
21Stanford 2-1 288—
22Wisconsin 2-1 1742
BYU 2-1 1743
24Oklahoma State 3-0 1491
25Missouri 3-0 1353
1. Ohio State (3-0) LW 1 W 20-13 Northern Illinois
2. TCU (3-0) LW 2, W 56-37 SMU
3. Baylor (2-0) LW 4, BYE
4. Michigan State (3-0) LW 5, W 35-21 Air Force
5. LSU (2-0) LW 13, W 45-21 #6 Auburn
6. Florida State (2-0) LW 7, W 14-0 @ Boston College
7. Georgia (3-0) LW 8, South Carolina 52-20
8. UCLA (3-0) LW9, W 24-23 BYU
9. Notre Dame (3-0) LW 13, W 30-22 Georgia Tech
10. Alabama (2-1) LW 2, L 37-43 Ole Miss
11. Ole Miss (3-0) LW NR, W 43-37 #2 Alabama
12. Oregon (2-1) LW 11, W 61-28 Georgia State
13. Clemson (3-0) LW 12, W 20-17 @ Louisville
14. Oklahoma (3-0) LW 15, W 52-38 Tulsa
15. Auburn (2-1) LW 6, L 21-45 @ #13 LSU
- The SEC beat up on one another this week. This was a physical week that really separated the boys from the men. Alabama suffered a bad loss, one I think that will impact the program in recruiting, losing to Ole Miss for the second year straight. Ole Miss had a19-point lead in the fourth quarter, which led to the exiting of many Tide fans. Ole Miss did allow the Crimson Tide to come back but the Rebels answered with dagger-like plays that eventually took the spirit out of Bryant-Denney Stadium. On the good side, we seen the return of wide receiver Laquon Treadwell for Ole Miss. Treadwell broke his leg last season against Auburn, which was the beginning of the Rebels tumultuous late season run. This weekend against Bama, he caught 5 passes for 80 yards and a 4th quarter touchdown that put the Rebels up 19.
- LSU made the biggest leap. I come to realization that Auburn is not that good. Of course Founette had one of the best rushing displays in recent memory – which I will get to later – but the Tigers on defense did not want to tackle anyone. Leonard Fournette had the best quote at the end of the game, “it's a football game, its not about talking”. When Fournette trucked over Auburn safety, Blake Countess, before running into the endzone, he essentially took the soul out of War Eagle's defense, because they didn't want to tackle anymore. LSU front line set the tone early because they were driving the Tigers front 7 down the field. Physically, LSU just outmatched Aubun, the primary reason why this game went the way it did.
- It's interesting seeing how the Buckeyes handle being champions. When you are the defending champs, you can't struggle with teams that aren't ranked. Even though every team you face that season is going to go for your jugglar, just to say they knocked off the champs, you can not have close games in September. Florida State went through it last season and I can see it happening with Ohio State. Did the Buckeyes look vulnerable on offense? Maybe, but their defense made the biggest plays of the day, Darron Lee returning the interception to put them up 10. Sometimes every game won't be perfect, but as long you get the “W”, that's all that really matters.
Player of the Weekend
Leonard Fournette had no chill this weekend. Just like viral star, Brody, Fournette rocked a bald head and demolished Auburn. His performance has everyone crowning him as this year's Hiesman winner, which is obviously premature, but he did create the conversation. I've seen others also say he is ready for the NFL right now, and should be able to skip his mandatory junior season. The thing about this generations, we tend to easily forget. I understand that Fournette had a legendary performance as a sophomore, but he isn't the first. As far as the Heisman, Fournette has 6 touchdowns and 387 yards vs. SEC opponents, I think it's safe to say he is the front-runner.
- Trevone Boykin, QB TCU – 21/30 454 yards 5 Tds, 50 rush yards 1 TD vs SMU
- Jerrod Heard, QB Texas – 527 total yards 3 rushing Tds vs CAL
- CJ Prosise, RB ND – 22 carries 198 yards 3 Tds vs Georgia Tech
We've seen some great college football drama this week. The top 4 teams in our rankings and the AP rankings, I think will look completely different by time the first set of rankings are released. The SEC might only have 1 team in the playoff rankings, and I got that team being LSU. Other than that, it's no dominant teams in the SEC this year. Arkansas took an L for the SEC losing to their second straight out-of-conference opponent. By time the other SEC West teams get a chance to beat Arkansas, it won't hold much weight.
USC losing to Stanford was a bad loss for the program, similar to Bama. The Trojans were highly-touted this season, but an early conference loss like this, won't play well in their favor. Reason why I think Bama and SC took blows to their program is because I think these are losses in the recruiting field also. When was the last time you seen Alabama fans leave a game early? I never thought they were best fans in college football – they were mainly riding the wave, but I've never seen them leave a game like that.
The term “Power 5 Conference” is becoming one of favorites. Not only do it give a name to the best conferences in college football, but it's fun comparing them. Here is my ranking of the 5 conferences
1. Big 12
3. Big Ten
4. Pac 12
Big 12 might not have as many teams as the SEC in the rankings, but they are 2-0 against the Southeastern Conference. Arkansas took a butt-whooping from Texas Tech, who wasn't no where near the rankings to begin the season. Arkansas started the year ranked in the top 25 and has lost back-to-back games to un-ranked teams at home.
Games to watch next week:
- Utah @ #12 Oregon – The Ducks will have a tough conference battle with Utah and if James Jr. is still out with an injured index finger, than an upset could be on the horizon in Eugene.
- #2 TCU @ Texas Tech – The Horned Frogs are walking into a potential trap game, one I think will have implications on the playoffs rankings.
- #8 UCLA @ Arizona – Primetime game in Arizona are always tough. I wouldn't consider this a trap game because the Wildcats actually have some talent. Someone will suffer their first loss after this one. I expect a shootout.
Week two of the college football season is officially in the books, and it was much more entertaining than week one, mainly because the almighty South Eastern Conference got exposed.
This is probably one of the most on-going conversations in college football, whether or not the SEC is overrated. I think it is overrated to a certain extent; something you'll continue to hear me say throughout the season. Is the SEC the best conference in college football? Yes, but it's not by a large margin as many try to portray. Arkansas, one of the ten SEC teams ranked in the AP top 25, lost at home to an un-ranked Toledo. Missouri only defeated Arkansas State by one possession, Florida struggled with ECU, 6th ranked Auburn need an overtime to defeat Jacksonville State, who at one point was controlling that game. Not a good look for the SEC.
Ohio State (2-0) LW 1, W 38-0 vs. Hawaii
TCU (2-0) LW 2, W 70-7 vs. Stephen F. Austin
Alabama (2-0) LW 3, W 37-10 vs. Middle Tennessee
Baylor (2-0) LW 4, W 66-31 vs. Lamar
Michigan State (2-0) LW 6, W 31-28 vs. #8 Oregon
Auburn (2-0) LW 5, W 27-20 OT vs. Jacksonville State
Florida State (2-0) LW 34-14 vs. South Florida
Georgia (2-0) LW 9, W 31-14 @ Vanderbilt
UCLA (2-0) LW 10, W 37-3 @ UNLV
USC (2-0) LW 11, W 59-9 vs. Idaho
Oregon (1-1) LW 8, L 28-31 @ #6 Michigan State
Clemson (2-0) LW 12, W 41-10 vs. Appalachian State
LSU (1-0) LW 14, W 21-19 @ Mississippi State
Notre Dame (2-0) LW 13, W 34-27 @ Virginia
Oklahoma (2-0) LW NR, 31-24 OT @ Tennessee
I think the biggest loss of them all for the SEC was the Volunteers losing to the Sooners in Neyland Stadium. All week both teams engage in pre-game chatter, Sooners' linebacker, Erik Striker, going on a mini-rant about the media's love affair with the SEC, but Striker has room to speak that. He was apart of the team that defeated the Crimson Tide two years ago in the Sugar Bowl; prior to that game Bob Stoops called the SEC overrated. It's no question the Sooners are not fans of the SEC and they shouldn't be, currently on a 3-game win streak vs. SEC teams.
The top 4 teams didn't have much of a challenge this weekend, each facing mid-major schools. The AP jumped Bama ahead of TCU, which I think is SEC bias. Neither team has done anything to move up or down the rankings. Bama's 18-point win against Wisconsin at a NEUTRAL SITE is equivalent to TCU's 7-point victory against Minnesota ON THE ROAD. Don't drink the kool-aid people.
The Pac-12 has 3 schools in the Fan-I 15 which is second most to the SEC, who has 4. I'm still curious to see how good the Trojans really are. Some think this will be the year we see the Trojans jump back into the national spotlight but I'm not sold just yet. UCLA is also receiving some heavy praise but only of the two will be able to represent the PAC-12. For the sake of entertainment, I hope we do have a end-of-the-season battle for a playoff spot between these two.
Notre Dame loss their starting quarterback for the year, Malik Zaire suffering a broken ankle during their win against Virginia. I was becoming a fan of the junior QB, definitely sad to hear he is out for the year. Sophomore, DeShone Kizer will replace Zaire, already throwing a game-winner in his 2nd collegiate game. If Kizer can somehow take this team to the promise land, we will have some controversy in South Bend.
Player of the Weekend
Dalvin Cook rushed for 200 yards for the first time in his career this past weekend, dropping 266 yards on South Florida. Cook also scored 3 Tds, giving him 5 on the season. So far Cook is setting himself up for potential Heisman consideration. I know it's a little early for that but he is definitely one of the best backs in the country.
Matt Johnson, QB Bowling Green – 36-55 491 yards 6 Tds @ Maryland
Rodger Lewis, WR Bowling Green – 15 catches 200 yards 2 Tds @ Maryland
Corey Coleman, WR Baylor – 6 catches 182 yards 4 Tds vs Lamar
Nick Wilson, RB Arizona – 21 carries 194 yards 3 Tds vs Nevada
For me one of the biggest stories from the weekend is Oregon's new quarterback Vernon James Jr. At Eastern Washington, James has played in big games before, but I don't think he has seen one to this magnitude or seen a defense like Michigan State before. James threw two interception and looked flustered for much of the game. He and the Oregon offense made a few plays as you can see by the score, but it didn't resemble the Oregon offense we have come to know over the years. Luckily for James he won't see a defense like this for the rest of the season.
Games to watch next week (AP Rankings)
#18 Auburn @ #13 LSU 3:30pm
#14 Georgia Tech @ #8 Notre Dame 3:30pm
Stanford @ #6 USC 8pm (Potential Trap Game)
#15 Ole Miss @ #2 Alabama 9:15pm
#19 BYU @ #10 UCLA 10:15pm
USC will be in the national spotlight as a high ranked team, which for me puts nothing but pressure on them. Even though we are weeks away from the first set of playoff rankings, the committee will be watching this game, and like everyone else, they will be expecting a great performance from the Trojans. Stanford has won the last two games of the series.