Week 9: Highs and New Lows

Last week had a of positives for some teams. On the other hand, a lot of teams rediscovered the meaning of the word low

 

Let’s begin with No. 2 Clemson vs. FSU. This game was a tale of two offenses. The Tigers’ offense was firing on all cylinders. Trevor Lawrence finished the game with four touchdowns and 314 passing yards. However, the running backs only seemed to be able to score on the goal line with three touchdowns from three different running backs. On the other hand, we saw a Seminoles’ offense that hasn’t gotten over the struggles it has faced all season. Deondre Francois only threw for 180 yards and an interception with the Seminoles only touchdown coming from backup quarterback James Blackmon when the game was already out of reach. This game felt like an eternity for Florida State. The final score was 59-10 at Doak Walker Stadium. This blowout set a new record for the Seminoles, but not in a good way. Clemson handed Florida State its largest home loss in the program’s history. Can Willie Taggert redeem the season and make the Seminoles bowl eligible?

 

Next Week’s Matchup:

 

No. 2 Clemson vs. Louisville:

Louisville has struggled in nearly all of its games this season and comes into this one with a 2-6 record. I expect Clemson to handle this game very easily if Trevor Lawrence can continue his dominant play. I predict a route of the Cardinals 45-17 and a Clemson will remain undefeated.

 

Florida State vs. No. 21 NC State:

This game will be closer than the experts will call it. The Wolfpack will be looking to redeem itself after back-to-back losses and aren’t going to go down easily. At the end of the day, this game will come down to who can limit the mistakes and keep the pressure on the other team. I predict NC State falling at home to the Seminoles 21-17.

 

Now let’s move on to College Gameday. It was No. 7 Georgia vs. No. 9 Florida for control of the SEC East. This game was an absolute slugfest through two quarters. After a 13-7 halftime lead, the Bulldogs weren’t content. The Bulldogs went on to dominate the second-half of the game for a commanding win and the lead in the East. The final score in Jacksonville when all the dust cleared was 36-17. There’s only one team left in the way of the Bulldogs chances of going to Atlanta for the championship now, can the Bulldogs hang on?

 

Next Week’s Matchup:

 

No. 6 Georgia vs. No. 9 Kentucky:

This game will ultimately decide what team will be playing Alabama for the SEC championship. Unfortunately for Kentucky fans, I believe this game is going to be very humbling. If the Bulldogs can just shut down Benny Snell, it’s going to be a long game for the Wildcats. I’m not going to expect a shutout, but Kentucky is definitely going to get throttled by a hungry Bulldogs team. Final score Georgia by three or four touchdowns.

 

No. 11 Florida vs. Missouri:

 

After a disappointing loss in Jacksonville, Florida will bounce back with a commanding victory against a Missouri team that has been very unlucky lately. Senior quarterback Drew Lock won’t be able to overcome the Gators’ defense. Florida will rebound with this game and get a shutout 30-0.

 

Penn State’s year hasn’t been what its fans would have expected, but last week’s game has given the Nittany Lions some hope. After choking games to Ohio State and Michigan State, the Nittany Lions were looking for some type of rebound. The Nittany Lions got just that this past week. No. 18 Iowa slowly crept its way into the top 25 after an easy conference schedule. Despite both quarterbacks being responsible for multiple turnovers, this game was actually pretty close. Trace McSorley had to step up and lead the Nittany Lions in rushing yards. Its offense struggled to find any room on the ground. The Hawkeyes kept it close, but in the end this game would be decided by an interception on the goal line due to a bad miscommunication from its quarterback with three minutes left in the game. The Nittany Lions would hold on for an impressive win 30-24.

 

Next Week’s Matchup:

 

No. 14 Penn State vs. No. 5 Michigan:

This game could end up stirring up the race for the lead in the Big 10 East if the Nittany Lions can pull off the upset. Trace McSorley is going to have to step up contribute more than he did in last week’s matchup if Penn State wants to leave this game victorious. This game is going to be a close one. I’m predicting Penn State falling on a heartbreaking loss 24-21 from a late score or field goal.

 

No. 16 Iowa vs. Purdue:

Iowa seem to have to easier after last week’s game. It seems Purdue’s luck ran out after falling to Michigan State last week. However, I think the Boilermakers’ offense will bounce back this week and give the Hawkeyes a tough time. If the Hawkeyes turnover the ball like it did in the last game, this one is going to hurt. I’m going to put out upset alert for this game. The Boilermakers will get a great win by three scores on a hungry Iowa team.

 

If you love old-school defensive wins, No. 15 Washington vs. Cal was the game for you last week. The Huskies’ offense only managed a touchdown and field goal in this game. For California, who do you think the MVP was? If you somehow guessed the defense, you were right! Two field goals and a pick six was all it took for the Golden Bears to pull off the upset. Washington fell after a disappointing offensive game. The Golden Bears secured the upset 12-10.

 

Next Week’s Matchup:

 

Cal vs. No. 8 Washington State:

This one is going to be a killer for the Golden Bears. This should be an easy game for Washington State, especially since the Golden Bears will be without its starting quarterback Ross Bowers. The Cougars will win this game easily and secure its spot in the Pac-12 Conference Championship with a win. If California can somehow pull off the upset, it will be guaranteed a bowl game for the first time in a while. I predict Washington State wins by two scores 28-14.

 

Washington vs. Stanford:

The Huskies will be looking for a rebound against a Stanford team that has dropped three out of its last four games. Bryce Love and the offense will do just that. The Huskies will find it hard to do much worse than last week’s performance, but the Huskies will still struggle. Stanford will qualify for a bowl game with a win. Stanford will control the clock and dominate on the ground with a 30-14 win over the Huskies.

 

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How Far Will They Fall?

 Let’s go ahead and discuss the elephant in the room here. I honestly don’t think anyone could have predicted Ohio State getting upset by Purdue, but here we are! For Heisman candidate Dwayne Haskins and the rest of the team, this is going to be one they would like to forget. Purdue took advantage of every opportunity they had to score. With a touchdown each of the first three quarters of the game, it seemed like they couldn’t be stopped. They say all diamonds are formed by pressure and that’s exactly what Ohio State put on Purdue in the fourth-quarter as they fought back with 14 points. Unfortunately, this fired up Purdue even more as they put together an impressive 28-point fourth-quarter. No. 2 Ohio State couldn’t gets its act together, falling to Purdue 49-20. Haskins still put up Heisman-worthy numbers regardless of the loss as he threw for 470 yards and two touchdowns. For Purdue, D.J. Knox came through again after rushing for 128 yards and three touchdowns as they pulled off perhaps the biggest upset in the history of its football program. The Buckeyes can’t seem to avoid these kind of losses. In the last five season Ohio State has suffered an upset that either keeps them from the playoff, or doesn’t affect its chances at all.

Next Week’s Matchup:

Bye Week:

Ohio has a bye week, but there is still room for improvement for the Buckeyes. One of the most obvious fixes would be the defense as they gave up 49 points to an impressive unranked Purdue. Number two would have to be to get the run game going. Michael Weber Jr. only managed 45 yards on nine carries.

Purdue at Michigan State:

As for Purdue, they go on the road against Michigan State, and if it keeps the ground game a key part of its game plan, the Boilermakers will have a lot of success. So the keys to success will be:

1.FEED D.J. KNOX

  1. Use the play action game to confuse the defense

 

For the game of the week we had No. 12 Oregon vs No. 25 Washington State. It had been 15 years since the last time that College Gameday went to Pullman, Washington and they did not disappoint. Former transfer and East Carolina quarterback Gardner Minshew led the Cougars to a commanding victory behind his 323 passing yards and four touchdowns. After they took a 27 point lead in the first half, it was all Washington State from that point as the Ducks didn’t make it a game until the fourth-quarter. Even then, it was still a two-score game and too late as they fell to the Cougars 34-20.

Next Week’s Matchup:

No. 19 Oregon vs Arizona:

Oregon will be going up against unranked Arizona next week, who has had some struggles of its own. Oregon will look to avoid two straight losses in a row as Arizona will look to confuse Oregon with its up-tempo offense. If Oregon is going to get back to its winning form, they are going to need to figure out the defense, and try not to get dominated through the air.

No. 14 Washington State at No. 24 Stanford:

Washington State’s schedule doesn’t get any easier as they go on the road to play Stanford. If they can find any way to get more out of their running back along with the success that Gardner Minshew has been having, they will be very hard to deal with. Similar to Purdue, as long as Bryce Love is able to get the running game going, everything will fall into place and this will be an easy victory for the Cardinal.

Teams in the American Conference don’t usually get a lot of respect, and this week’s conference matchup of No. 20 Cincinnati and Temple showed why. At the end of the day, this was a sloppy game for both teams. Both quarterbacks had their fair share of turnovers, which allowed to get back into the game. Cincinnati controlled most of the game as they finally took the lead in the third-quarter. However, Anthony Russo made sure it didn’t last long. With 25 seconds left in the game he fired a touchdown pass to Brandon Mack to tie the game and force overtime. Then, in overtime threw a 25 yard bomb to Isaiah Wright to secure the victory. After the Owls’ defense forced a 3rdand 36 that ended in an interception, to secure the upset and end the Bearcats’ undefeated season, 24-17.

Next Week’s Matchups:

Cincinnati vs SMU:

After a disappointing loss last week, the Bearcats will look to regain momentum with a winnable game against an SMU team on its first year after losing its head coach to Arkansas. If Cincinnati wants to get back to winning ways, the Bearcats are going to take better care of the ball and avoid the turnovers that cost them the game last week. If they can keep that from holding them back, I could see them running the table and securing a spot in the American Conference Championship.

Temple vs No. 10 UCF:

Can Temple pull off another upset and shake up the landscape of the American Championship race? Here’s how. While they were able to get by with the three turnovers last week, they will really need to be on it this week.

Last be not least, we had No. 1 Alabama vs Tennessee. Alabama continued to impress with a 28-point first-quarter they sealed the game early. The Crimson Tide then went on to put up double digit scores in both the second and third-quarters. Unfortunately for the Vols, it lost its starting quarterback Jarrett Guarantano for the remainder of the game. However, coach Jeremy Pruitt expects him to play in the game this week against South Carolina. Although the Volunteers had its starting quarterback knocked out for the game, backup Keller Chryst was the reason they started scoring with his 164 passing yards and two touchdowns. It will be interesting to see if the Volunteers can make a bowl game with the schedule up ahead of them.

Next Week’s Matchups:

No.1 Alabama vs No. 4 LSU:

This has to the potential of the being one of the best game of the season if it holds up to all that it’s worth. LSU is going to have to rely on its defense to play incredibly well if they want to pull this off. Joe Burrow won’t be able to get by without contributing some scoring to this game. They say defense wins championships, and that is most certainly going to be case for this game. I think the winner of this game will have the most time of possession.

Tennessee vs South Carolina:

With the addition of quarterback Jarrett Guarantano back from injury, the Volunteers will have a better chance at victory, but it will be a close, defensive game. For South Carolina, they will have to expose the young secondary of Tennessee if they want to come out of this with a win.

 

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Week 7: Upset Week

 

 

 

What a crazy week we had for college football we had last week! There was a total of 7 upsets of ranked teams as every upset seemed to get better than the last. Let’s get started!

 

First up, we had Tennessee at No. 21 Auburn. The first half started off like most people would have guessed as Auburn took command of the game early with two first first-quarter touchdowns. One of which being a 76-yard pass that was taken to the house by track star Anthony Schwartz. However, Tennessee didn’t give up so easily as they managed to score with a touchdown pass to a wide open Ty Chandler from Jarrett Guarentano to make it a 10-17 game. At halftime both offenses quieted down and came to a halt as Tennessee managed to get  a field goal before half to make it 13-17. The second-half was all Volunteers after that point. It felt like every time Tennessee threw up a 50-50 ball for one of their receivers, they would catch it. They dominated the air attack and took a 20-17 lead after a lob to Jauan Jennings. As if it couldn’t get much worse for Auburn, the very next drive they coughed up a fumble that was taken for a touchdown to secure the upset 30-17. Around the Auburn fanbase, people are starting to get skeptical of Gus Malzahn’s coaching abilities. It will be interesting to see if he makes it through the end of the season even though he just signed for a huge cash bonus.

 

Next up, we had arguably the second best game in the country for last week as No. 2 Georgia and No. 13 LSU squared off between the hedges. LSU came to play as they took a 16-0 lead at halftime as Georgia couldn’t seem to do anything right. The points that they were able to score didn’t matter as LSU put up 17 points in the fourth-quarter to finish them off and secure the upset of the No. 2 team in the nation, 36-16. With this loss, Georgia’s only hope of making the playoff might rest of them beating Alabama in the conference championship if they can make it there in one piece.

 

The game of the week was called that for good reason. No. 7 Washington at No. 17 Oregon was a good one. Washington tried to keep its playoff hopes alive with this game. Both these teams went back and forth for the entire game and eventually took it to overtime due to Washington’s kicker missing an easy opportunity to win the game. It only took Oregon one drive in overtime as they ran it right up the gut to give them the win and knock Washington out of playoff contention as they won 30-27.

 

Another team that has knocked themselves out of the playoffs is No. 8 Penn State. This game was a real heartbreaker for Penn State fans. Michigan State just wouldn’t go away as they seemed to match them point for point until they scored on a touchdown due to awful coverage from the Penn State defender with one-minute left in the game to secure the upset at Happy Valley 21-17.

 

West Virginia’s ride might not be over, be this one definitely hurt. No. 6 West Virginia traveled to Iowa State last week looking for an easy victory. Oh boy were they wrong. The only touchdowns that the Mountaineers’ offense put up were a touchdown pass from Will Grier, and a blocked field goal for a score. After that, it was all Iowa State. Iowa state marched down the field and got a touchdown to make it a two-score game in the fourth-quarter. Unfortunately West Virginia couldn’t help but shoot themselves in the foot and got a safety that secured an Iowa State Victory as West Virginia fell 30-16.

 

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Week 6: Is Texas Back?

Hello and welcome to another crazy week of College Football! Every week seems to get better than the last this season. Let’s get started!

 

No. 20 Michigan State was probably feeling pretty good about themselves after their in-state rival Michigan only Northwestern by one point. Unfortunately it’s actually what got them in the end. Northwestern started off as they jumped out to an early 14-6 lead in the first-quarter. After that, it felt like Michigan State was just playing catch up for the rest of the game as the Wildcats scored a touchdown in all four quarters to secure the upset 29-19. For Michigan State they may have just knocked themselves out of a chance to contend for the Big 10 East division title, it will be interesting to see how the other teams in this league shape up.

 

The title of this week’s blog doesn’t even begin to describe how Texas fans must be feeling right now. One of the biggest games of the week was No. 19 Texas vs No. 7 Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry. Texas continues to impress every single week this season as they upset the Sooners with a late field goal from freshman kicker Cameron Dickers to secure the lead with six seconds left in the game. This game was really a matchup between two quarterbacks who have been killing this year. Sam Ehlinger went 24-35 for 314 yards and two scores, while Heisman-hopeful Kyler Murray went 19-26 for 396 total yards and five total touchdowns. Even though Oklahoma lost a big game in the Big 12, they still a lot to look forward to when it comes to the play of their quarterback, Kyler Murray this season as he still continues to put up these ridiculous numbers on the air and ground.

 

Next up we go to one of the best games in the SEC of last week. We had No. 5 LSU vs No. 22 Florida at the swamp in Gainesville. LSU got off to an early lead of 10-0 before Florida’s offense finally started rolling with a 14 point second-quarter. Then, after a scoreless third-quarter, Florida put together a solid drive was capped off by a goal-line touchdown from Lamical Perine to put them up 20-19 late in the fourth. After that, LSU needed a huge drive from deep inside their own 20 yard line. For LSU it was a long fourth quarter. The drive started off well until Joe Burrows took a chance on a route towards the sidelines that cost him a pick six and an eight-point Florida lead. After that the was pretty much settled as LSU struggled to move the ball and eventually would throw a second pick to end the game as Florida gets the upset 27-19. Florida is looking like that they might challenge Georgia for the SEC East Division title at this point. Will they be able to keep up?

 

FSU’s struggles seem to get piling up as the season goes on. The Seminoles took on No. 17 Miami and dominated most of the game. However, as most football fans know, you’ve gotta play four quarters of football to win. After jumping out a 20-7 lead, FSU was riding high until the offense began to stall like it has many times before this season. Miami then began to slowly weaken the lead after putting up 14 points in the third-quarter to make It 20-21. The problem here wasn’t that Miami scored with no time left, it was FSU’s offense that couldn’t get the job done. After Miami took a 28-27 lead with 12 minutes left in the game, the Seminoles’ offense had a fumble and two punts on their last 3 drives of the game. Willie Taggert has had a bumpy season so far with this team and it keep getting worse as they fell to No. 17 Miami 28-27.

 

It appears Kentucky’s luck might have just run out. The curse of College Station, Texas lives on as a another went into the game 5-0 only to get beaten in OT. This game was a lot closer than most people predicted it be as both teams only scored in two quarters of the game. A late fumble recovery for a score tied the game at 14 as both teams were ready for overtime. What happened next will probably coach Stoops for awhile. Kentucky’s lead ball carrier Benny Snell didn’t get any touches in overtime which led to a quick three and out that in a missed field goal which set Texas A&M for victory. The Aggies eventually marched down the field and scored on a 10 yard Trayveon Williams touchdown to secure the upset 20-14 as Kentucky’s undefeated season has come to an end.

 

The last game I’ve chosen really shocked everyone around the SEC. No. 9 Auburn vs Miss State sounded like it would be an easy win for the Tigers, boy were they wrong. Nick Fitzgerald for Mississippi State had himself a game on the ground, breaking Tim Tebow’s QB rushing record after gaining 195 yards and two scores on the ground to secure the upset. Auburn’s offense couldn’t break through the Bulldogs’ defense as they were only able to kick field goal the entire game. Mississippi State ended up with a dominating win as they upset No. 8 Auburn at home 23-9.

 

The Week of the Nail Biter

Welcome back after another great week of College Football! This past week had many great conference games that went down to the wire, and even some upsets. So let’s get started!

 

First up we had unranked Syracuse at No. 3 Clemson. Clemson seemed to have a bad day at the office as their starting quarterback Trevor Lawrence got knocked out for the game early and the team had to rely on their backup Chase Brice. Syracuse was in control for the majority of this game as they went into halftime with a 16-7 lead. Syracuse seemed to have this game in the bag until Etienne scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter they put the game out of reach with 41 seconds to go in the game as Syracuse could not move the ball past the 50 yard line.

Clemson would avoid the upset and remain undefeated in conference play 27-23. However, depth at the quarterback position for them is going to be an interesting thing to watch as four different quarterbacks have transferred out of the program since Trevor Lawrence was named starter. This includes the most recent transfer of Kelly Bryant out of the program even though he could still technically return to the team since he is still enrolled at the university.

Next up we had Will Grier and No. 12 West Virginia on the road at No. 25 Texas Tech. Will Grier continues to make great impressions for Heisman voters as he put up incredible stats once again of 370 passing yards and three touchdowns. The Mountaineers got off to an amazing start as they put up 28 points in the first quarter alone. After that it was smooth sailing from then on out. Although Texas Tech tried their best to make it a game with a 17 point fourth quarter, it was of no use as West Virginia remains undefeated with a 42-34 road win in the big 12 and start off 4-0 for the first time since 2013. Can Will Grier keep the Mountaineers’ to their winning ways as they get deeper into conference? Will Texas, Oklahoma State, and Oklahoma as the biggest obstacles in their way down the stretch?

No. 18 Texas had a close one against Kansas State on the road. This game was really a tale of two halves as Texas dominated the first half with a score of 19-0 at halftime. Then the offense stalled allowing Kansas State to make their way back into this game with two touchdowns to make it a one-score game with 19-14 in favor of Texas with 10 minutes left to play. Luckily for Texas, their offense came through at the right time as the defense held them off long enough for the Longhorns to finish off the game with a 10 play, 36- yard drive that took the last four minutes off the clock to secure the victory of 19-14. Texas is a lot like West Virginia in that they will really be tested in the next couple of weeks as the Red River Rivalry is coming up against Oklahoma.

Auburn fans had a long day this past weekend against Southern Miss. This game was actually a lot closer than most people thought it would be. Although Southern Miss didn’t score a single touchdown until the fourth-quarter, they got themselves in position to score points and took field goals when necessary. However, it wasn’t enough as Auburn pulled away with three touchdowns in the first three quarters and a late field goal that made it an 11-point game to seal the 24-13 victory after a three-hour lightning delay as No. 10 Auburn move to 4-1 on the year.

Michigan seems to be the cardiac kids of this season as they scraped the bottom of the barrel for a tight win at Northwestern. Northwestern jumped out to an early 17-7 lead just before halftime. After that it was all Michigan as they scored 13 unanswered points to secure the win as Harbaugh was about to blow a gasket after this one. The Wolverines would hang on for a close win of 20-17 and remain undefeated in the Big 10.

If you love no offense and really old-school defensive games, Florida at No. 23 Mississippi State was for you. Florida came out fighting right out of the gate in the second half as they scored on a trick play on the first play of their first second half offensive drive. Then a late field goal would secure the victory as 1st year coach Dan Mullen earned another close victory of 13-6 as Florida moves to 4-1. Will Florida be able to keep up with the big boys of the conference such as Georgia and Alabama? Only time will tell.

Virginia Tech was looking for anyway to take out the anger and frustration of losing on the road to Old Dominion last week, and they found it this past weekend on the road at No. 22 Duke. Once again we see another team just get into the Top 25 only to get crushed the next week and be knocked as was the case with Duke. Duke only managed to score points in the first and fourth-quarters. Other than that, it was all Virginia Tech as they rolled over The Blue Devils in a redeeming victory of 31-14 with their backup quarterback Willis accounting for three touchdowns and an incredible game through the air with 332 passing yards. Who will be able to stand up to Clemson this year in the ACC? Can the Hokies step into that role late in the season if Miami can’t handle it? Only time will tell.

This might sound crazy, but Kentucky is inching closer to not only being a basketball school anymore. This week they were at home ranked No. 17 going up against South Carolina. The Gamecocks got manhandled as Kentucky had a 20-point second quarter that put the game out of reach early with all of Kentucky’s running backs contributing the score. After that, South Carolina’s offense could not get anything going as Kentucky preserved an impressive win of 24-10. Kentucky is now starting to get into the meat of their schedule. Can they keep going, or will they fall once they begin playing the better teams of the conference?

The last game I picked this week was certainly not the least. Urban Meyer’s second game back at the helm saw No. 4 Ohio State take on No. 9 Penn State on the road at a white-out game. Both offenses were stalling until Penn State jumped out to a 13-0 lead after two field goals and 93-yard touchdown pass from Trace McSorley to freshman wide receiver KJ Hamler. After that, Ohio State woke up with a score before halftime to make it a game again and then a great drive to start off the third quarter to make 14-13. After that the third quarter was mostly stale as the fourth quarter began. Then once again Penn State had two quick touchdowns to make it a two score game once again, but they had too much time on the clock for Meyer’s offense to get rolling again as they fought back late in the fourth-quarter to make it a one point game with a failed two-point conversion. Then with a play call that resembled the Seahawks in the Super Bowl a few years ago Penn State elected to run the ball on 4th and 5 regardless of the fact that they had one of the best quarterbacks in College Football behind center for them as they were stopped on four downs securing the victory for Ohio State 27-26 as the Buckeyes remain undefeated at 5-0.

 

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Week 4: Let the Big Dogs Eat

Welcome back from another insane week of college football! This past weekend had its fair share of expected and unexpected wins. Let’s get started!

One of the more interesting games of the week was No.10 Penn State at Illinois. Regardless that the final score was a blowout, Illinois actually played this game very close. Illinois even took the lead in the third quarter, but it was short-lived as Penn State went on score 35 unanswered points in ridiculous fashion as they owned the entire fourth quarter. The final at Illinois was 63-24 as Penn State stays undefeated and improves to 4-0, while Illinois drops to even at 2-2.

It seems that the Scott Frost era at Nebraska isn’t going to get any easier. Michigan came into the Big House with a lot of confidence after its 2-1 start on the year, and it showed. At halftime, Michigan posted a lead of 39-0. The sad part is that Michigan’s offense wasn’t even the most impressive part of this dominant win. Its quarterback, Shea Patterson, couldn’t even throw for more than 120 yards and a score. The running game was a big part of the Wolverines’ success as the lead running back, Karan Hidgon, ran for 136 yards and a score while averaging an impressive 11.3 yards per carry. No.19 Michigan didn’t allow Nebraska to score until late in the third quarter in securing home victory 56-10. Nebraska drops to 0-3 as the question has to be asked, should Scott Frost have stayed at Central Florida? Or is he even ready to coach at this level? On the other hand, The Wolverines are looking really good as they move to 3-1 and stay undefeated in the Big 10 Conference.

As non-conference play dies down in week 4, we had No. 23 Boston College feeling good about itself after being ranked for the first time in about 10 years up against unranked Purdue at home. Unfortunately this confidence led to their downfall. Other than in the first quarter, BC was dominated as it threw four interceptions. It seems that you can’t take any team too lightly in college football today, as Purdue got its first win of the season, 30-13. For Boston College, they will most certainly fall out of the Top 25 with this first loss.

There were some quarterback struggles for No. 8 Notre Dame, which had to put some faith in its backup Ian Book as Wimbush was nursing a right foot injury. However, he may have lost his starting job as Book took complete control of this game with 325 yards and five total touchdowns, three of which came from the ground. It will be interesting to see who the Irish go with at the quarterback position if Wimbush is able to return to 100 percent this season. Notre Dame dominated Wake Forest at home 56-27 and remains undefeated while Wake Forest falls to 2-2 on the season.

One of the more talked-about games in the SEC this week was No. 1 Alabama vs No. 23 Texas A&M. Tagovailoa continues to impress the heisman voters as he had 5 total touchdowns and 387 yards of passing as the tide rolled to an easy 45-23 victory. After each week of Tagovailoa’s success, Jalen Hurts’ future with the team is becoming more and more uncertain as the playing time he is getting seems to be decreasing. Texas A&M tried to keep it close but ended getting blown out in Tuscaloosa as Alabama put over 40 points for the fourth straight week in a row with a win that showed why they’re number one in the country. The Aggies will most likely fall out of the top 25 after this loss after going 2-2 and receiving their first loss in SEC conference play.

With Will Grier putting up Heisman-worthy stats, No. 12 WVU’s success seems to be riding on how well he plays. The Mountaineers showed why that matters this week as they crushed Kansas State in Morgantown 35-6, with Grier throwing all five of the Mountaineers’ touchdowns with 356 passing yards and two interceptions. While Kansas State did get blown out, Isaiah Zuber had 10 receptions and 133 yards. This is the highest ranked WVU team since Geno Smith and Tavon Austin won five straight games before finishing 7-5 2013 which was a disappointing for the Mountaineer faithful. Can West Virginia ride the coattails of Grier’s play, and how long will it take them?

Hang on; I think it feels like 2006 again. IS TEXAS BACK? As if a win over USC last weekend wasn’t enough for Texas, they knocked of No.17 TCU 31-16. Texas also broke a four-year losing streak to TCU with this hard-fought defensive victory. On the offensive side Sam Ehlinger continues to be the Longhorns saving grace as he put up 255 passing yards and two touchdowns. The Longhorns’ defense seems like it will capitalize on almost every turnover it is given. It will be interesting to see how far that will get the Horns’ in the Big 12.

Confidence can either propel you to victory, or it can pull you down. This was seen again this past weekend as a very confident Virginia Tech, riding high after a 2-0 start travelled to Norfolk, Virginia took on the Old Dominion Monarchs of the Conference USA. It was like the defense we had seen for the first 3 weeks of the season didn’t come on the bus with Virginia Tech this week. Old Dominion matched the Hokies every time they would put up points on the board and eventually pulled away to win 49-35 over No. 13 Virginia Tech. This was one of the biggest wins for the school in the history of its football program, with a backup quarterback who happened to put almost 500 yards of passing in the win.

One of the less-discussed upsets of the week was Texas Tech beating No. 15 Oklahoma State. Texas Tech ended a nine-game losing streak to the Cowboys as the Red Raiders turned on the gas in the second half with 27 unanswered points. The strange thing was that with a loss like this you would think there would have been a lot of mistakes on the part of the Cowboys. However, it was a more of a lack of production from the offense that ended up getting them in the end. The Cowboys would fall at home in Stillwater 41-17.

Kentucky may actually be more than a basketball school as it blew past No. 14 Mississippi State in Lexington 28-7. The lesser known Stoops brother may have actually put together a solid program as Benny Snell is starting to put up some heisman-worthy numbers as well with 165 rushing yards and all four of the Wildcats’ touchdowns with the team on his back. Will this team’s success be dependent on how well Snell performs much like that of Will Grier? It will be interesting to see if this holds up as the Wildcats get into the meat of their conference schedule, which has caused them problems before.

That’s all for this week thanks for keeping up with us so far!

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Week 3 Scores and Welcome

Hello! Welcome to my college football blog. Since we missed the two weeks of college football, we’ll start the scores from this past week. Even though most teams are still haven’t gotten into conference play yet, there were still some very exciting out of conference games this past weekend.

First up let’s talk about Vandy vs. No. 8 Notre Dame. For starters, most people thought this would be a blowout, especially since it was in ND. While The Fighting Irish dominated possession for most of this game, Vandy had a run late in the game but still came up short with the Irish, preserving a hard fought victory of 22-16.

Next up we’ve got No. 12 LSU going up to play at No. 7 Auburn. With a hard fought victory, both Auburn was looking to stay in the top 10, while LSU were trying to get into the top 10. Auburn led for the majority of the game until a fourth quarter comeback was led by transfer and former Ohio State quarterback Joe Burrows. Burrows led  LSU all the way down the field for a game winning field goal to give them a one-point victory of 22-21, and what should be a spot in the top 10 this coming week.

Not a lot of people saw the upset coming in Madison, Wisconsin, last weekend as BYU played the No. 6 ranked team Wisconsin at home. Unfortunately for the Badgers, they just couldn’t put it away as BYU seemed to match them every time they would put points up on the board as they fell at home 24-21 after a late field goal from BYU.

As expected from the top team in the country, Alabama had no problem with Ole Miss. Although the Rebels scored on the first play of the game on a 75-yard bomb from Jordan Ta’amu to DJ Medcalf, it was all Crimson Tide after that as they put up 49 points in the first half alone. Alabama has now put up 50 plus points in all three of their last games, which is a remarkable feat even in today’s college football.

There were a multitude of upsets this past weekend, but not many expected this one at Royal Memorial Stadium in Austin on Saturday night as No. 22 USC took on unranked Texas. After going down by 14 points early in the game, the Texas Longhorns responded with 37 unanswered points which was led by Sam Ehlinger and their disruptive defense. A blocked field goal for a score secured their victory 37-14. USC will most likely be knocked out of the top 25 with this crushing defeat.

For the game of the week, we had No. 4 Ohio State making the road trip to Dallas, Texas, to play No. 15 TCU at the Jerry Dome. This one was a lot closer than people assumed it would be especially since The Buckeyes would be without their head coach for the last time with this game. It was back and forth for most of the first half, until in the third quarter when Ohio State put up 20 points in the third quarter to give the Buckeyes a commanding lead. TCU just couldn’t keep up with Ohio State resulting in a close victory at the Jerry Dome  of 40-28.

Luckily we had a lot of close games this week as No. 10 Washington narrowly avoided the upset against Utah with a 21-7 victory. This was a lot closer than it looked as the Washington defense took no prisoners and allowed only the points Utah would score coming from the first quarter.

Last, but not least we had one last major upset. Herm Edwards made a very strong impression as the Arizona State Head Coach as he upset No. 15  Michigan State last week with a very hard-fought win that resulted in a chip-shot field goal. Unfortunately, this was not the case this time. No. 23 Arizona State went to play unranked San Diego State away from home this week in game that was very shocking to watch. The Aztecs started off very hot and matched Arizona State every time they got the ball into the end zone and took a late 4th quarter lead. The Sun Devils’ luck favored them as San Diego State fumbled the ball in their territory with little time left in the game. Unfortunately for the Sun Devils, this attempt would be for nothing as a targeting call that was very controversial, saved the Aztecs as it stopped the Sun Devils on downs and San Diego State secured the upset.

Thanks for tuning into the this weeks post and we’ll see you next weekend as conference play starts to kick off!

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