The Weekend: Week 4
A slow weekend in college football this week, 7 teams in the Fan-I 25 with a bye. There were a few shockers though, LSU and Missouri losing at home. Even though it was an upset, the Tigers did lose to a conference foe. Mizzou on the other hand, loss at home to one of the worst teams in the Big 10, Indiana. Since 2000, the Hoisers have eclipsed 5 wins one time in 2007 with 7 victories. Upsets like this give the SEC a black eye, just like when Florida loss to Georgia Southern last season, allowing 429 yards rushing. Not a good look for the SEC.
AP Top 25
Florida State (3-0) LW 1, W 23-17 OT #23 Clemson
Alabama (4-0) LW 3, W 42-21 Florida
Oregon (4-0 ) LW 2, W 38-31 @ Washington State
Oklahoma (4-0) LW 4, W 45-33 @ West Virginia
Auburn (3-0) LW 5, W 20-14 @ #19 Kansas State
Baylor (3-0) LW 6, BYE
Texas A&M (4-0) LW 9, W 58-6 @ SMU
UCLA (3-0) LW 7, BYE
Notre Dame (3-0) LW 10, BYE
Michigan State (2-1) LW 11, W 73-14 E. Michigan
Ole Miss (3-0) LW 12, BYE
South Carolina (3-1) LW 13, W 48-34 @ Vandy
Arizona State (3-0) LW 14, BYE
LSU (3-1) LW 8, L 29-34 Mississippi State
Ohio State (2-1) LW 15, BYE
Georgia (3-1) LW 16, W 66-0 Troy
USC (2-1) LW 17, BYE
Stanford (2-1) LW 18, BYE
Nebraska (4-0) LW 21, W 41-31 Miami
Wisconsin (2-1) LW 20, W 68-17 Bowling Green
BYU (4-0) LW 24, W 41-33 Virginia
Penn State (4-0) LW 25, W 48-7 UMass
Duke (4-0) LW NR, W 47-13 Tulane
Marshall (4-0) LW NR, W 48-17 @ Akron
Mississippi State (4-0) LW NR, W 34-29 # 8 LSU
Only a few changes in the rankings, most action going on at the bottom of the rankings. LSU losing to Mississippi State was the shocker of the week. I didn't have the opportunity to watch the game until the final 1:27 minutes of the game. LSU started the 4th quarter down 34-10 but manage to bring it to a one possession game but Will Redmond's interception sealed the upset for Mississippi State. Mississippi State will go into their bye week 4-0 and has Texas A&M and Auburn in back-to-back weeks, followed by a potential trap game @ Kentucky. It don't get any easier though, in the month of November they will have to visit Alabama and Ole Miss in their final 3 games. We ranked the Bulldogs at #25 because they are coming off of a big win but still realize they could lose 3 straight games in the next month. The associated press put them at #14, which I think is a little too high. We'll see if they can live up to it.
- The SEC West is pretty much what makes the SEC the nations best conference. 6 of 7 teams in ranked in both AP and Fan-i rankings. Alabama is the obvious favorite of the power region but after every weekend so far, their average schedule is becoming tougher and tougher.
- Auburn visited K-State last Thursday, kickoff time 30 minutes before the Falcons-Bucs game; maybe the worst match-up in NFL history. I would like to thank the Tigers and Wildcats for giving me a decent football game to watch on Thursday Night. I knew this would be a tough game for the Tigers just cause it was on the road in a hostile environment. K-State had plenty of opportunities to complete the upset but costly mistakes allowed Auburn to steal the game.
- BYU, Duke, and Penn State are very interesting to me. Only BYU is ranked in the AP polls but all 3 are very similar. I can see one of the three rising up the rankings, becoming a potential playoff team.
You can say whatever you want about Jameis but it's one thing you can't call him and that's a "bad teammate". Winston made a dumb decision, like most college kids, and had to sit out the entire Clemson game, which was just supposed to be a 1st half suspension but was change to a full game a day before the game. Another case of the media over-hyping the situation and social media outcry. DeAndre Jordan of the LA Clippers tweeted "media decides the athletes' fate now..." and he couldn't have been more correct. The media will not support Winston because, one, he continues to make dumb decisions like most college kids, and two, he doesn't carry himself as Americas's Golden Boy. The fact that he is brash, confident, and arrogant really rubs people the wrong way, and when you add his bad decisions, it gives the media enough to sell him as a "public enemy".
As a Seminole fan, I am extremely disappointed that our star QB was a victim of double jeopardy because of some pompous sports personalities that care nothing about the athlete. True championship teams though don't rely on one player though. Even though we needed Jameis, we also have a great championship caliber defense that kept things close; also Clemson inability to seal the deal. A true championship teams shows that they can win with some adversity and that's exactly what the Noles did.
Baller of the Weekend
RB Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin - 13 carries, 253 yards, 5 TDs vs Bowling Green
- WR Amari Cooper, Alabama - 10 catches, 201 yards, 3 TDs vs Florida
- RB Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska - 35 carries, 229, 3 total TDs
- RB Samaje Perine, Oklahoma - 34 carries, 242 yards, 4 TDs
Good to see running backs still dominating the college ranks. The world is trying to eliminate the running back as a premier position on the field but with backs like this, running the rock is still alive and well.
Florida State wasn't the only team that was facing a potential upset. Washington State matched Oregon high-powered offense with their own passing attack. The Cougars matched Oregon on every aspect of the game, even committing less penalties, and accumulating more 1st downs, 29-22. Oregon's defense finally showed up late in the fourth, forcing a turnover on downs with a sacked by Tony Washington. This is the second time Oregon's defense has saved the day for the Ducks, who have a history of choking at the wrong time.