By Ben Jenkins:
Week 3 College Football Recap
Due to Hurricane Florence, I was unable to watch my Gamecocks take on Marshall Saturday night. On the bright side, I was able to take in a little bit of nearly every major game played Saturday. With that being said, let’s take a look at how this weekend played out.
Teams that disappointed:
Florida State- Did you think that I was going anywhere else with this? Florida State looked absolutely horrible on Saturday. They were out-coached, out-played, and out-worked by an inferior opponent. I don’t care if they’re having a bad year or not, Florida State has the talent to beat Syracuse with their backups. Yet, they got beat by Syracuse’s backup quarterback. The entire program down in Tallahassee is currently one giant dumpster fire and I’m looking forward to the chaos that will ensue.
Arkansas- Arkansas must’ve watch Florida State, then said “Hold my beer” because if anyone put in a performance that was worse than the Noles it was Arkansas. They got beat by 27(!) by North Texas. Yes, North Texas is a respectable program, but they should never beat Arkansas by 27. Also, how in the world do you give up a touchdown on a fake fair catch? If I’m Chad Morris the entire special teams will practice punts for the week just to make sure they understand what they’re doing. Lastly, shame on you Arkansas fans for booing your quarterback coming out of halftime. Was he bad? Absolutely, but that’s one of those lines you just don’t cross.
The Big Ten- Outside of Ohio State’s victory, the Big Ten had quite the rough weekend. They set a record that no conference would ever desire, when they lost 7 out of conference games to non-ranked opponents. That’s the first time that has happened EVER in the history of the AP poll. Shoutout to all the writers that thought the Big Ten had surpassed the SEC in terms of being the best conference.
Teams that impressed:
LSU- Was Miami overhyped? Eh, possibly. That’s quite fine though because LSU came out Saturday and silenced all of the doubters. Beat a top 10 ranked rival on the road in the SEC? That’s how you make a statement. It was an excellent game to watch with an awesome atmosphere and multiple swings in momentum, but in the end LSU was able to squeak out a win on the Plains. Look for the Tigers to make a jump in the polls this week. Lastly, where are all the Ed O haters at?
Oklahoma State- No Mason Rudolph? No problem for the Pokes. Oklahoma State came out firing on all cylinders Friday and handled Boise State. The Pokes defense held Boise State to a mere 34 rushing yards on 31 attempts and that proved to be the difference. We may never know how good Boise State actually is, but Oklahoma State is shaping up to be a challenger in the Big 12.
Texas- “Texas is back folks” maybe. I’m still not sipping the Kool Aid in Austin, but after Saturday’s win it seems like Tom Herman may have the ship finally pointed in the right direction. This was definitely not the team that lost to Maryland in Week 1 and scraped by Tulsa in Week 2. Kudos to the ‘Horns for appearing to right the ship faster than many expected. We’ll see how good they really are this weekend when the Horned Frogs come to town.
Nosebleed Offensive Player of the Week-
Raise your hand if you’ve ever heard of Alan Bowman. If you aren’t a Texas Tech fan then you’re probably lying. Texas Tech is known for putting up some yardage, but what Bowman did against Houston and eventual first round pick Ed Oliver was outstanding. Bowman threw for 605(!) yards and 5 touchdowns while going 43/59. Those numbers would even be impressive in a game of NCAA 14. Oh, I forgot to mention, Bowman is a freshman.
Nosebleed Defensive Player of the Week-
You probably missed his stellar performance, but Wyatt Ray had a career night on Thursday against Wake Forest. Ray had 7 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, and 4 sacks. An average defensive end in the country may have 4 sacks in one year. All-in-all it was an excellent outing from Wyatt in a game that his team needed to win.
Record through Week 3:
Games we’re looking forward to in Week 4:
#1 Alabama v. #22 Texas A&M
-How will Jimbo fare in his first outing against college football’s king?
Texas v. #17 TCU
-How will TCU respond against a hot Longhorns team?
Kentucky v. #14 Mississippi State
-How will Nick Fitzgerald perform in his first true test of the season?
#15 Oklahoma State v. Texas Tech
-Whoever gets to 100 first wins, right?
#20 Oregon v. #7 Stanford
-Will Oregon rise back to national prominence?