The Weekend: Texas beats OU; Michgan, Florida, and Utah remain hot; Power 5 rankings
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.