The Weekend: Utah Embarrasses Oregon; Fournette rushes for 200+
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.