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

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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.

Fan-i 15

  1. Ohio State (6-0) LW 1, W 49-28 Maryland

  2. TCU (6-0) LW 2, W 52-45 @ Kansas State

  3. Baylor (6-0) LW 3, W 66-7 @ Kansas

  4. Michigan State (6-0) LW 4, W 31-24 @ Rutgers

  5. LSU (5-0) LW5, W 45-24 South Carolina

  6. Utah (6-0) LW 6, W 30-24 @ California

  7. Florida State (5-0) LW7, W 29-24 Miami

  8. Clemson (5-0) LW 8, W 43-24 Georgia Tecj

  9. Alabama (5-1) LW 9, W 27-14 Arkansas

  10. Michigan (5-1) LW 15, W 38-0 #11 Northwestern

  11. Florida (6-0) LW 12, W 21-3 @ Missouri

  12. Texas A&M (5-0) LW 13, BYE

  13. Notre Dame (5-1) LW 14, 41-24 Navy

  14. Iowas (6-0) LW NR, W 29-0 Illinois

  15. 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.

Honorable mention:

  • 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

  1. Big 12

  2. Big Ten

  3. SEC

  4. ACC

  5. PAC 12

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. 

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The Weekend: Florida smash Ole Miss; Four teams in top ten suffer losses; Elliot rushes for 274 yards

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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. 

AP Rankings 

RKTEAMRECPTSTREND

1Ohio State(38) 5-0

2TCU(5) 5-0 

3Baylor(10) 4-0

4Michigan State 5-0

5Utah(7) 4-0

6Clemson 4-0

7LSU 4-0

8Alabama 4-1

9Texas A&M(1) 5-0

10Oklahoma 4-0

11Florida 5-0

12Florida State 4-0

13Northwestern 5-0

14Ole Miss 4-1

15Notre Dame 4-1

16Stanford 4-1

17USC 3-1

18Michigan 4-1

19Georgia 4-1

20UCLA 4-1 

21Oklahoma State 5-0 

22Iowa 5-0 

23California 5-0 

24Toledo 4-0

25Boise State 4-1

Fan-I 15


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

(David Jablonski/Daily Dayton News)

(David Jablonski/Daily Dayton News)

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. 

Honorable Mention: 

  • 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 

1. Big-12
2. Big Ten
3. SEC
4. ACC
5. PAC-12 

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. 

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

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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.

Fan-I 15

  1. Ohio State (4-0) LW 1, W 38-12 Western Michigan

  2. TCU (4-0) LW 2, W 55-52 @ Texas Tech

  3. Baylor (4-0) LW 3, W 70-12 Rice

  4. Michigan State (4-0) LW 4, W 30-10 Central Michigan

  5. LSU (3-0) LW 5, W 34-24 @ Syracuse

  6. UCLA (4-0) LW 8, W 56-30 @ Arizona

  7. Florida State (3-0) LW 6, BYE

  8. Notre Dame (4-0) LW 9, W 62-27 UMass

  9. Georgia (4-0) LW 8, W 48-6 Southern

  10. Ole Miss (4-0) LW 11, W 27-16 Vanderbilt

  11. Alabama (3-1) LW 10, W 34-0 UL-Monroe

  12. Utah (4-0) LW NR, W 62-20 @ #12 Oregon

  13. Clemson (3-0) LW 13, BYE

  14. Oklahoma (3-0) LW 14, BYE

  15. 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.

Derek Jeter takes in the Michigan game as they play BYU at the Big House. #Repost @umichathletics

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Player of the Weekend

(Ap Photo) 

(Ap Photo) 

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.

Honorable Mention:

  • 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.

On 4th and 14, Florida QB Will Grier finds WR Antonio Callaway for an epic last-minute 63-yard touchdown to beat Tennessee.

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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

  1. Big Ten

  2. Big 12

  3. SEC

  4. PAC 12

  5. ACC

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.   

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

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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. 

AP Rankings

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

Fan-I 15

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 was unstoppable against Auburn. It will be interesting to see how teams prepare for him the rest of this season. (AP Photo) 

Leonard Fournette was unstoppable against Auburn. It will be interesting to see how teams prepare for him the rest of this season. (AP Photo) 

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. 

Honorable Mention:

  • 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
2. SEC
3. Big Ten
4. Pac 12
5. ACC

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: 
 

*Fan-I Rankings

  • 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. 

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The Weekend: SEC Gets Exposed; Irish lose QB; Oregon loses Top Ten match-up

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The Weekend: SEC Gets Exposed; Irish lose QB; Oregon loses Top Ten match-up

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.

Fan-I 15

  1. Ohio State (2-0) LW 1, W 38-0 vs. Hawaii

  2. TCU (2-0) LW 2, W 70-7 vs. Stephen F. Austin

  3. Alabama (2-0) LW 3, W 37-10 vs. Middle Tennessee

  4. Baylor (2-0) LW 4, W 66-31 vs. Lamar

  5. Michigan State (2-0) LW 6, W 31-28 vs. #8 Oregon

  6. Auburn (2-0) LW 5, W 27-20 OT vs. Jacksonville State

  7. Florida State (2-0) LW 34-14 vs. South Florida

  8. Georgia (2-0) LW 9, W 31-14 @ Vanderbilt

  9. UCLA (2-0) LW 10, W 37-3 @ UNLV

  10. USC (2-0) LW 11, W 59-9 vs. Idaho

  11. Oregon (1-1) LW 8, L 28-31 @ #6 Michigan State

  12. Clemson (2-0) LW 12, W 41-10 vs. Appalachian State

  13. LSU (1-0) LW 14, W 21-19 @ Mississippi State

  14. Notre Dame (2-0) LW 13, W 34-27 @ Virginia

  15. 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.

Honorable Mention:

  • 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.


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The Weekend: Ohio State Trumps Va-Tech; BIG TEN has a tough weekend; NEW AP RANKINGS

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The Weekend: Ohio State Trumps Va-Tech; BIG TEN has a tough weekend; NEW AP RANKINGS

Opening Weekend turned out to be an exciting one for college football fans. We witnessed a Hail Mary game winning catch, an un-ranked team beat a top-25 team, and FCS school defeated an FBS school – which has become prominent during opening weekend in recent years.

Washington State were victims of the upset, losing to Portland State, 24-17. For me this wasn't much of an upset, only because Washington State hasn't had a relevant season since Ryan Leaf. Since 2012, the Cougars have only won 12 games, which doesn't make them that much better than a FBS such as Portland State. 

AP RANKINGS

1 Ohio State (61)1-01525—@ Virginia Tech W 42-249/12 vs Hawaii

2 Alabama1-014201vs #20 Wisconsin W 35-179/12 vs Middle Tennessee

3 TCU1-013651@ Minnesota W 23-179/12 vs Stephen F Austin

4 Baylor1-01252—@ SMU W 56-219/12 vs Lamar

5 Michigan State1-01198—@ Western Michigan W 37-249/13 vs #7 Oregon

6 Auburn1-01166—vs Louisville W 31-249/12 vs Jacksonville State

7 Oregon1-01081—vs Eastern Washington W 61-429/13 @ #5 Michigan State

8 USC1-01074—vs Arkansas State W 55-69/13 vs Idaho

9 Notre Dame1-010612vs Texas W 38-39/12 @ Virginia

10 Georgia1-09811vs Louisiana Monroe W 51-149/12 @ Vanderbilt

11 Florida State1-09421vs Texas State W 59-169/12 vs South Florida

12 Clemson1-0862—vs Wofford W 49-109/12 vs Appalachian State

13 UCLA1-0833—vs Virginia W 34-169/13 @ UNLV

14 LSU0-0653—@ #25 Mississippi State9/13 @ #25 Mississippi State

15 Georgia Tech1-06361vs Alcorn State W 69-69/12 vs Tulane

16 Texas A&M1-0629—vs #15 Arizona State W 38-179/12 vs Ball State

17 Ole Miss1-0600—vs Tennessee-Martin W 76-39/12 vs Fresno State

18 Arkansas1-0480—vs UTEP W 48-139/12 vs Toledo

19 Oklahoma1-0469—vs Akron W 41-39/12 @ #23 Tennessee

20 Boise State1-02793vs Washington W 16-139/13 @ BYU

21 Missouri1-02743vs Southeast Missouri State W 34-39/12 @ Arkansas State

22 Arizona1-0259—vs Texas San Antonio W 42-329/12 @ Nevada

23 Tennessee1-01692vs Bowling Green W 59-309/12 vs #19 Oklahoma

24 Utah1-0137—vs Michigan W 24-179/12 vs Utah State

25 Mississippi State1-0104—@ Southern Mississippi W 34-169/13 vs #14 LSU

Dropped from rankings: Arizona State 15, Wisconsin 20, Stanford 21

Others receiving votes: Wisconsin 79, BYU 74, Northwestern 72, Arizona State 49, Oklahoma State 30, West Virginia 23, Temple 8, Florida 8, Cincinnati 7, Kansas State 7, Minnesota 5, NC State 4, Louisville 4, Western Kentucky 3, California 2, Stanford 1


FAN-I 15 

1. Ohio State (1-0), W 42-24 @ Virginia Tech
2. TCU (1-0), W 24-17 @ Minnesota
3. Alabama (1-0), W 35-17 vs Wisconsin* 
4. Baylor (1-0), W 56-21 @ SMU
5. Auburn (1-0), W 31-24 vs Louisville
6. Michigan State (1-0), W 37-24 @ Western Michigan
7. Florida State (1-0), W 59-16 vs Texas State
8. Oregon (1-0), W 61-42 vs Eastern Washington
9. Georgia (1-0), W 51-14 vs Louisiana-Monroe
10. UCLA (1-0), W 34-16 vs Virginia
11. USC (1-0), W 55-6 vs Arkansas State
12. Clemson (1-0), W 49-10 vs Wofford
13. Notre Dame (1-0), W 38-3 Texas
14. LSU (0-0), vs. McNesse State CANCELLED  
15. Georgia Tech (1-0), 69-6 Alcorn State 

  • The first set of Fan-I Rankings are a little different from the AP Rankings. We have Florida State higher than ten because, even though they lost Jameis Winston, and some other key players, new starting QB, Everett Golson already has experience playing on a championship caliber team.
  • Oregon allowed 42 points in their game against Eastern Washington, which worries me. The offense under new QB, Vernon James Jr. didn't miss a beat, over 700 total yards and less than 30-minutes possession time. 
  • The BIG Ten conference didn't have a good weekend, both Michigan and Minnesota losing on opening night. Against the other Power 5 conferences, the BIG Ten went 2-7, only victories coming from Northwestern over Stanford and Ohio State over Va-Tech. With the playoff system in place, and only 4-teams spots available, I think out-of-conference games will have more importance now. 

Games to watch Next week: 

  • #19 Oklahoma @ #25 Tennessee
  • #7 Oregon @ #5 Michigan State
  • #23 Boise State @ BYU 

POTW

(AP Photo) 

(AP Photo) 

In his first collegiate game, Josh Rosen threw for 351 yards and 3 Tds, completing 80% of his passes. The freshman did not play like one, carrying the Bruins to a 34-16 victory over Virginia. While others made their first start against cupcakes, Rosen started with a power 5 conference team, and played well. 

 

Honorable Mention: 

  • Marcus Marshall, RB Georgia Tech – 8 carries 184 yards 2 Tds vs Alcorn State
  • William Likely, DB Maryland – 8 punt returns 233 yards 1 TD vs Richmond
  • Derrick Henry, RB Alabama – 13 carries 147 yards 3 Tds vs Wisconsin 
  • Malik Zaire, QB Notre Dame - 19/22 313 yards 3 TDs vs Texas

The Buckeyes passed their first test of the season, revenging their 2014 home opener loss to the Hokies. Urban Meyer waited until the final to inform the world what we have all been; who will be the starting QB? Cardale Jones won the starting the job for the season opener and for the rest of the season. Jones played well, showing he could run an offense just as well as J.T. Barrett, who many think was the more suitable player to run this offense. No Matter who runs this offense though, they are going to put up points, especially with Braxton Miller on the field – possibly the most dynamic player in the country. 

It was good to see College Football back on the screen but I don't the fun has begun yet. Opening Weekend had the excitement but the rankings didn't get shooken up. We found out how good a few teams are like Bama, Ohio State, and TCU but that is about it. 

Even with TCU holding to defeat Minnesota, which I thought was an impressive win, but the offense wasn't as potent as I expected it to be. Luckily, their young defense stepped up at the right moments, containing the lead and not allowing the Gophers to prosper off of the Horned Frogs' missed opportunities.
 

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The Weekend: 2015 Preview

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The Weekend: 2015 Preview

The most entertaining season of them all is finally here, College Football. Last season we were finally blessed with a playoff system which I was initially skeptical about, but by season end, was satisfied with the results. My only gripe with the system is it only includes 4 teams. Baylor and TCU were left out of the playoff party, even though both were ranked high and only had one loss. The Big 12 conference not having a championship game  was the main reason why both teams were outside looking in. 

This season, I expect the same drama and controversy. 

via http://collegefootball.ap.org/poll

via http://collegefootball.ap.org/poll

  • Ohio State won't be the sleeper anymore, so I'm curious to see if anyone can make that same run come playoff time. If I had to choose a team off the top of my head, it would be Michigan, only reason why is because of their new head coach, but that's just my educated guess. So with all that being said, Welcome back to The Weekend. 

Ohio State comes in the season ranked #1 unanimously, receiving all 61 media votes. The Buckeyes will not surpirse anyone this season, and neither will Cardale Jones or J.T. Barrett. As of August 24th 2015, the starting quarterback for the Ohio State Buckeyes is still unknown. We do know that Braxton Miller will be lining up at wide receiver which I suggested back in January after they defeated the Ducks.  No matter who take the snaps for the Buckeyes, they will be one of the best scoring offenses in the country. Urban Meyer is calling the plays and they have Heisman front-runner, Ezekiel Elliot, running the ball which will open things for everyone else, like it did in the final 3 games of the season. 

TCU at #2 is a little shocking to me, only because I didn't think the voters would be that high on the Horned Frogs after they lost 6 starters on defense. They will have to replace the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, Paul Dawson who led the team in tackles, tackles for loss (20) and was 2nd in sacks and interception. That's a lot of production you have to replace. TCU for the last few years has been known for their 4-2-5 defense implemented by head coach Gary Patterson, but this season it will be the offense that will drive the Horned Frogs to a potential trip to the National Championship. 

The most important returning starter is Trevone Boykin. Boykin broke the school record for most passing yards with 3,901 yards and 33 touchdowns. Boykin will need a Heisman-caliber season for the Horned Frogs to make it to the title game but he proved last season with 42 total touchdowns that he is capable of doing such. TCU will have a tough season opener in Minnesota but they won't see another true challenge until later in the season when they face Oklahoma and Baylor in the final two weeks of the season. 

Michigan State is another team that I am surprised to see high in the rankings. They finished the 2014 season ranked 7th in the AP Polls with a 10-2 record. The Spartans only two losses came against playoff teams, Ohio State and Oregon. They will play their home-opener against the Ducks, which should be good one – I'm sure East Lansing will be rocking, giving the Ducks a nice welcome. Reason why I'm shocked to see Sparty ranked 5th is because, similar to the Horned Frogs, they lost a lot of production but on the offensive side of the ball. Connor Cook is still the play-caller but he lost his leading rusher, Jeremy Langford, and top receivers, Tony Lippett and Keith Mumphrey. Michigan State's offense was never potent but they did have a top tier run game, and still should. Majority of the offensive line is returning; and offensive line that only allowed 11 sacks all season and blocked for Langford who scored 22 rushing touchdowns. 

The schedule for the Spartans is well in their favor, only two ranked teams on the schedule; except those two ranked teams are #1 Ohio State and #7 Oregon. They will have tough trips to Ann Arbor in mid-October and Lincoln, Nebraska in early November. An early win against Oregon should give the Spartans momentum to hopefully build for an epic battle on November 21st in Columbus. 

The Ducks will come in at #7, their lowest ranking since 2010. I'm expecting this to be a rough season for the Ducks because they will have a new QB and one of their running backs will miss the season due to shoulder surgery. Vernon James Jr. and Jeff Lockie were fighting for the starting QB position but James Jr. has been named the starter. This is a transition period for the Ducks losing the bulk of the offense, Marcus Mariota, every school experience this. If James can have a great season, then I can see the Ducks making some noise. As of now though, I think this will be a rough year for the Ducks of Oregon. 

Games to watch: 

Week 1: 

  • #2 TCU @ Minnesota (Thursday 9/3) – The first test for the Horned Frogs with a tough game on the road against the Golden Gophers. 
  • Michigan @ Utah (Thursday 9/3) – The beginning of the Jim Harbaugh Era. 
  • #20 Wisconsin vs. #3 Alabama, Cowboys Classic in Arlington, Texas – Last season the Badgers loss a heartbreaker to LSU on neutral grass, this time they'll look to walk out of "Jerry's World" with a victory over the top school in the SEC. 
  • #1 Ohio State @ Virginia Tech – Revenge will be on the minds of the Buckeyes. 

Week 2: 

  • #19 Oklahoma @ #25 Tennessee – This should be a good one. Both squads are looking to emerge back into the national scene and a victory for either will provide great momentum for the rest of the season. 
  • #7 Oregon @ #5 Michigan State – Last season, the Spartans traveled to Eugene to play the Ducks, giving up 28-unanswered points in the second half. The Ducks will be walking into a raucous atmosphere. 

Week 3: 

  • #6 Auburn @ #14 LSU – Last time these two played, Auburn smashed LSU 41-7 on their home soil. Rankings won't matter in this SEC showdown.

Week 4: 

  • #13 UCLA @ #21 Arizona – The Bruins are returning majority of their offense except Brett Hundley. Pat Forde picked the Bruins to be in the 4-team playoff at the end of the year. A conference battle on the road will let us know early how good this team is. 
  • #8 USC @ #15 Arizona State – The loser of this game will go on to have a rough season, mark my words. 

Week 5: 

  • #3 Alabama @ #9 Georgia – Expect a very physical game between these two. Also two very good running backs will be featured, Derrick Henry for the Tide and Nick Chubb for the Bulldogs.
  • #12 Notre Dame @ #11 Clemson – The last time these two played was 1979 and before that 1977. No set time for kickoff but my guess will be in the evening, under the lights, in front of a Sold Out Death Valley crowd. 

Week 7: 

  • #5 Michigan State @ Michigan -  By this time of the season, I think the Wolverines will have cracked the top 25. This will not be an easy game for the Spartans. 
  • #8 USC @ #11 Notre Dame – One of the best rivalries in College Football. Hopefully both teams can keep their high rankings when this game approaches, one week before the playoff rankings are released. 

Week 9: 

  • #7 Oregon @ #17 Arizona State – The Ducks always struggle against the teams from Arizona. Depending on how well James Jr. will be playing, this could be a tough outing for the Ducks. 
  • # 17 Ole Miss @ #6 Auburn – I'm not really sure how good Auburn is and if they can have a dominant performance at home against the Rebels, I can see them with a higher ranking going into week 10. 

Week 10: 

  • #10 Florida State @ #12 Clemson – As a Florida State fan, I always consider Clemson our toughest game, no matter who is on the schedule, especially when the game is being played in Death Valley. 
  • #2 TCU @ Oklahoma State – Potential Trap Game. 
  • #14 LSU @ #3 Alabama – The most physical rivalry in college football. 

Week 11: 

  • #19 Oklahoma vs #4 Baylor – You might as well not pay attention to the rankings for this game, with playoff implications on the line, the Bears are going to have their hands full with the Sooners. 
  • #9 Georgia @ #6 Auburn – Life in the SEC never gets easy. Week after week there is a great risk of you taking a loss. 
  • #3 Alabama @ Mississippi State – Potential Trap Game

Week 12: 

  • #8 USC @ #7 Oregon – This game will have playoff implications but I'm not sure if either team in good enough to make a run for the playoffs. 
  • #2 TCU @ #19 Oklahoma – Oklahoma has the opportunity to upset both top-five Big 12 teams in back to back weeks. 
  • #5 Michigan State @ #1 Ohio State – The Buckeyes defeated the Spartans, giving them their second loss, and ending their playoff hopes. Both will be in the playoff situation, but a loss would be end both of their go home. 

Week 13: 

  • #1 Ohio State @ Michigan -  Coach Harbaugh went 2-0 against the Buckeyes as a player. He will look to create a new streak for the Wolverines, who has only won 3 games since 200 against the Buckeyes. 
  • #4 Baylor @ #2 TCU – Last time these two played, a total of 119 points was scored between the two. Expect the same high-scoring action. 
  • #3 Alabama @ #6 Auburn – Winner of this game will walk into the SEC Championship. 

Playoff Prediction: Ohio State, TCU, Florida State, USC

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Natty Title Preview

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Natty Title Preview

The moment we have all been waiting for is finally here. In the 1st annual College Football Playoffs, Ohio State and Oregon will battle it out for the National Championship. Oregon is a 7 point favorite and rightfully so. They demolished the defending champs, Florida State, and was an early favorite coming into this season. Ohio State started off ranked 5th in the AP preseason poll but once Braxton Miller was ruled out for the season, everyone counted them out. Now with their 3rd string QB, they find themselves 1 win away from shocking the world. 

Ohio State did the unthinkable in the Sugar Bowl by defeating Alabama. I didn't think it was impossible for them to do it, I predicted that they would get it done. I wasn't sold on Bama, nor was I confident in Blake Sims, who threw 3 INTs. Cardale Jones didn't have an unbelievable game but he didn't cost the Buckeyes the game either, only 283 total yards for him. 

With 3:24 remaining on the clock, Elliot bust it for 85 yards that pretty much sealed the game for the Buckeyes. In his last 4 games, Elliot has rushed for 678 yards and 7 TDs. Someone is in the zone. (Al Tielemans/SI)

With 3:24 remaining on the clock, Elliot bust it for 85 yards that pretty much sealed the game for the Buckeyes. In his last 4 games, Elliot has rushed for 678 yards and 7 TDs. Someone is in the zone. (Al Tielemans/SI)

I do want to apologize to Ezekiel Elliot, who I said wasn't going to have a big game against Bama. Elliott not only played well but he rushed for 230 yards on the Tide, averaging 11.5 yards a carry. I did say that Elliot was needed to beat Bama and I was right on that part. I did not expect him to have a game like that though. 

The Buckeyes will need Elliott once again to have a monster game. He seems to get stronger by the game and the higher the importance, the harder he runs. Oregon's defense against Florida State proved they could play physical but they didn't stop the run. Delvin Cook and Karlos Williams both combined for 183 yards on 27 carries (6.7 yards a carry). Elliott has proved that he can handle that workload by himself. 

If the Buckeyes can get the running game going, Jones won't have to make so many plays. In the 1st quarter of the Sugar Bowl, the Buckeyes wasted two redzone opportunities trying to pass the ball instead of pounding the rock. Opportunities like that are not to be taking for granted against Oregon because they will turn it up on you. 

 Ohio State best bet is to slow the game down, similar to what FSU tried to do, just without the turnovers. Defensively, they shouldn't look to stop the Ducks but focus on containing them. Keep the big plays to a minimum, and make Mariota stay in the pocket. The Buckeyes in the last two games has kept both Melvin Gordon and Amari Cooper under 80 yards, now on their way to playing the third and winning Heisman finalist. 

Oregon has to speed this game up, similar to how they did Florida State. What was 18-13 at halftime, turned into a 27-point quarter for the Ducks. Mariota and the Ducks are going to need another great performance from their bruiser back, Thomas Tyner. Tyner gave the Ducks that physical presence they needed to beat the Noles and he'll have to do it again against the Buckeyes. The Buckeyes only allow 328 total yards a game, and similar to Stanford, they are very good against the run. 

It takes Oregon 10 seconds to get the play in from the pressbox, down to the field, and to Mariota. No one has ran this offense as well as Mariota. (Robert Beck/SI)

It takes Oregon 10 seconds to get the play in from the pressbox, down to the field, and to Mariota. No one has ran this offense as well as Mariota. (Robert Beck/SI)

Mariota must have the best game of his career. He has to put the pressure on Cardale Jones and the Buckeye's offense to score points. Unlike the Florida State game, I think his arm will be needed. I would say the defense won them the game against the Noles but this time Mariota will have to prove he is the Heisman. 

If I had to pick a winner for this game it would be Oregon. I like the Buckeyes defense but I think playing with a third string QB will finally catch up to them. Even though they beat Bama, scoring 28 straight, Jones still made some mistakes. Mistakes against Oregon will cost you even if its just one. If Jones can limit his mistakes to zero and keep up with Mariota, then the Buckeyes will have a chance, that's a big if though. I expect a great game with the final score being 42-31 Oregon. 

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The Weekend: Week 6

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The Weekend: Week 6

What a weekend of college football. Of course the shocker of the week - and there was a lot of them - was Ole Miss defeating Bama in a classic SEC thriller. Ole Miss don't surprise me as much as they surprise other folks. Last season, I saw the potential in the Rebels in their 1st 3 games, when they defeated both Vandy and Texas on the road. They did go on to lose their next 3 games, @Bama, @Auburn, and vs Texas A&M, but then came back to defeat LSU. This was a young team last year, still young this year, but has much more experience. They are built on defense, only allowing 10 points a game and 8th in total defense, with 9 returning starters (4 seniors). I like this team a lot and if Bo Wallace can stay consistent for the remainder of the season, expect the Rebels to be in the playoff conversation.

AP Top 25

RKTEAMRECORDPTS

1Florida State (35)5-0 1461

2Auburn (23)5-0 1459

3Mississippi State (2)5-0 1320

3Ole Miss5-0 1320

5Baylor5-0 1258

6Notre Dame5-0 1186

7Alabama4-1 1060

8Michigan State4-1 981

9TCU4-0 979

10Arizona5-0 951

11Oklahoma4-1 904

12Oregon4-1 888

13Georgia4-1 854

14Texas A&M5-1 731

15Ohio State4-1 534

16Oklahoma State4-1 527

17Kansas State4-1 486

18UCLA4-1 460

19East Carolina4-1 344

20Arizona State4-1325

21Nebraska5-1283

22Georgia Tech5-0 235

23Missouri4-1 212

24Utah4-1 206

25Stanford3-2 143

Ole Miss isn't the only team in Mississippi shaking up the polls. The Bulldogs of Mississippi State is also undefeated, but has some bigger wins on their schedule. In back-to-back weeks, the Bulldogs has defeated top ten ranked opponents, both SEC teams. It doesn't get easier for the Bulldogs though, next on the schedule; AUBURN. 

Ole Miss isn't the only team in Mississippi shaking up the polls. The Bulldogs of Mississippi State is also undefeated, but has some bigger wins on their schedule. In back-to-back weeks, the Bulldogs has defeated top ten ranked opponents, both SEC teams. It doesn't get easier for the Bulldogs though, next on the schedule; AUBURN. 

Fan-i 25 

  1. Florida State (5-0) LW 1, W 43-3 Wake Forest 
  2. Auburn (5-0) LW 5, W 41-7 #14 LSU 
  3. Baylor (5-0) LW 6, W 28-7 @ Texas
  4. Ole Miss (5-0) LW 11, W 23-17 #2 Alabama 
  5. Mississippi State (5-0) LW 21, W 48-31 #7 Texas A&M 
  6. Notre Dame (5-0) LW 9, W 17-14 #17 Stanford 
  7. Michigan State (4-1) LW 10, W 27-22 #13 Nebraska 
  8. Alabama (4-1) LW 2, L 17-23 @ #11 Ole Miss 
  9. Oregon (4-1) LW 3, L 24-31 Arizona 
  10. Oklahoma (4-1) LW 4, L 33-37 @ #25 TCU 
  11. Georgia (4-1) LW 13, W 44-17 Vandy 
  12. Ohio State (4-1) LW 15, W 52-24 @ Maryland 
  13. Texas A&M (5-1) LW 7, L 31-48 @ #21 Miss. State 
  14. Arizona (5-0) LW NR, W 31-24 @ #3 Oregon 
  15. TCU (4-0) LW 25, W 37-33 #4 Oklahoma 
  16. Oklahoma State (4-1) LW 23, W 37-20 Iowa State 
  17. Arizona State (4-1) LW 20, W 38-35 @ #16 USC
  18. Marshall (5-0) LW 22, W 56-14 @ Old Dominion 
  19. Nebraska (5-1) LW 13, L 22-27 @ #10 Michigan State 
  20. Mizzou (4-1) LW 24, BYE
  21. UCLA (4-1) LW 8, L 28-30 Utah
  22. Kansas State (4-1) LW NR, W 45-13, Texas Tech 
  23. ECU (4-1) LW NR, W 45-24 SMU
  24. Georgia Tech (5-0) LW NR, W 28-17 Miami 
  25. Kentucky (4-1) LW NR, W 45-38 South Carolina 
  • I can't think of a weekend crazier than this one. Five of the top ten teams loss, 3 of which were in the top 5. I actually expected this to be a wild weekend, calling for a few upsets. 
  • USC, LSU, BYU, Stanford, and Wisconsin, all drop out of the top 25. USC, LSU, Wisconsin, and Stanford all have 2 losses after five games, which is shocking to me. I thought all 4 teams would have only 1 loss at the most by this point of the season. This just adds to what is becoming a long list of premier programs to sit outside of the top 25. 
  • Marshall will be this year's Non-BCS team to not get any national respect. Marshall hasn't played any ranked opponents and won't, but they currently outscore their opponents 238-79. Do I think they will be a playoff contender? Not really but if they finish undefeated, winning every game by large margins like they currently are, I don't see why they shouldn't get a chance. 

Baller of the Weekend 

ASU's Jalen Strong (21) snagged the game winning catch out of the air thanks to some disgraceful coverage by the USC secondary. This is greatest way to cap off the type of game Strong had. (AP Photo) 

ASU's Jalen Strong (21) snagged the game winning catch out of the air thanks to some disgraceful coverage by the USC secondary. This is greatest way to cap off the type of game Strong had. (AP Photo) 

WR Jalen Strong, Arizona State - 10 catches, 202 yards, 3 TDs vs USC

Honorable Mention: 

Franks (20) had touchdowns run of 70 yards, 95 yards, and 70 yards during the Bobcats 35-30 win over Idaho. (AP photo)

Franks (20) had touchdowns run of 70 yards, 95 yards, and 70 yards during the Bobcats 35-30 win over Idaho. (AP photo)

  • RB Terrence Franks, Texas State - 15 carries, 284 yards, 18.9 yard per carry, 3 TDs vs Idaho 
  • QB Nick Marshall, Auburn - 326 total yards, 4 TDs vs LSU
  • LB Richie Brown, Miss. State - 3 interceptions vs Texas A&M


They say the Noles haven't been consistent but yet they have defeated every team they faced, I don't get it. (AP Photo)

They say the Noles haven't been consistent but yet they have defeated every team they faced, I don't get it. (AP Photo)

Statements like this really scare me. I really feel like the committee will make this a lot harder than what it really has to be. Instead of actually picking the best 4 teams, I think they will pick the best 4 teams at that time, just like the BCS, and when I say "at that time" I mean that actually weekend. I have seen some of the experts actually put TCU in as one of the top 4, even putting Mississippi State as the top team with Florida State at #4, I don't understand that at all. 

The AP voters was so quick to knock FSU off the top spot last weekend just for Bama to lose in the very next week. I don't see how you can fault a team that hasn't loss. The Seminoles haven't looked as dominate as they did last year, but its a different season and they have a bigger target on their back. Every team is coming for them because they are the champs and they are at the top of the food chains. As far as consistency goes, I don't know how you can be more consistent than 5-0. At half vs Wake Forest, FSU only led 13-3, then they scored 40 unanswered points in the second half, whats more consistent than that? NC-State led the Noles at half last week 24-21, at home; second half the Noles outscored them 35-17. I say to all the experts; Stop Reaching. 

I am actually happy for the state of Mississippi. A state with no professional team has both of their big time college football programs at the top of the rankings. It won't get any easier for them here on out becuase now they are the "hunted". No longer can they sneak up on teams like they did this past weekend. Hopefully both can enter "The Egg Bowl" undefeated, which should make for a great rivalry game in the final week of the season. 

Upcoming Games: 

  • #2 Auburn @ #5 Mississippi State - Another great Saturday afternoon SEC matchup. The Tigers are a different team on the road than they are at home. A Bulldogs victory wouldn't be a surprise. 
  • #4 Ole Miss @ #13 Texas A&M - The Aggies defeated the Rebels 41-38 last season with Johnny Manziel, a game that included 42 total points in the 4th quarter. Lets see if the Aggies can bounce back against the other Mississippi squad. 
  • USC @ #14 Arizona - The Trojans rallied back to from 28-10 deficit in the second half to defeat the Wildcats 38-31. This is a better Trojans team but also a better Wildcats team. I think the Trojans will go 0-2 against Arizona teams this year. 
  • #9 Oregon @ #21 UCLA - Both are coming off of very unfortunate losses and neither can afford another one. This will be a tough one. 

 

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