The Weekend: Bama suffers home loss; Buckeyes struggle; Power 5 rankings
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.