Thanks to my Gamecocks playing Vanderbilt in Nashville I was able to take in quite a few of the games from this weekend. There were quite a few surprises, a top matchup that went into overtime, and some continued dominance from a team in Tuscaloosa. With that on the table, let’s review Week 4 of the College Football Season.
Teams that Disappointed
Virginia Tech- Honestly how could we start anywhere else? A few weeks ago after South Carolina cancelled their game some fans discussed the possible teams we would play on December 1st. Virginia Tech was thrown out there and originally I heavily opposed the idea, but after this weekend I say bring it on. Tech gave up 495(!) passing yards to the Monarchs while giving up a modest 137 on the ground. Old Dominion has only been in the FBS for 4 years and quite frankly this loss is inexcusable from VT. They only turned the ball over once, leading me to believe they were soundly defeated by ODU. Hey, at least the rest of the ACC is good right?
Nebraska- If you follow our Twitter (if not you should @NosebleedCFB) you would see that I’ve been heavily critical of Scott Frost so far this year. I still think that he’s a good coach but whatever he’s doing in Lincoln sure isn’t working. Sitting now at 0-3 the Cornhuskers are looking at a large probability of them not making a bowl game this year. Give Frost some time, but the team appeared to give up during the second half against Michigan.
Mississippi State- I’m not sure if this was a combination of overhype and a team that’s better than what many think, but Mississippi State was thoroughly dominated by Kentucky on Saturday. Nick Fitzgerald was unable to get much of anything going as he passed for a mere 145 yards. More importantly MSU looked completely inept in the running game as it produced a dismal 56 yards. With this loss, MSU effectively eliminated itself as a darkhorse in the West and Fitzgerald ended any shot he had at the Heisman.
Teams that Impressed
Texas- Ouch, this one really hurts. After being proved wrong two weeks ago, Texas again made me look foolish as they were able to top TCU at home. Texas isn’t fully back, but they sure appear to be on their way. Texas was able to capitalize on 4 TCU turnovers though the were outgained 372-367. Texas gets Kansas State this week, but the true measuring stick will be two weeks from now when they take on Kyler Murray and Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry.
Texas Tech- Might as well keep it in the Lone Star State while we’re at it. Texas Tech came out firing on all cylinders and put an absolute beat down on Oklahoma State. Yet, they did it while only giving up 17 points. The Red Raiders defense was decent and held the Pokes to 386 yards of total offense (that’s good for the Big 12). On the other side the offense is playing out of its’ mind right now, as they put up 621 total yards, with 224 coming on the ground. If Tech keeps it up they may be playing spoiler to the big boys of the conference as the season continues.
Kentucky- Kentucky fans should currently be more excited about their football team than their basketball team. Now, that’s not saying that there is any chance that’s the case, but they at least should be. The Wildcats turned an upset into a blowout against Heisman dark horse Nick Fitzgerald and the Bulldogs on Saturday night. The defense stifled State’s offense and RB Benny Snell is on another level right now. The Cats are currently 4-0 and have vaulted up to #17 in the latest AP poll. Sure would be a shame if someone were to play spoiler to that this weekend.
Nosebleed Offensive Player of the Week
I honestly couldn’t go another week without giving the award to Tua Tagovailoa. This kid may end up being one of the top 3 quarterbacks to ever play in college football. Even if you hate Alabama, watching this kid will absolutely wow you. This weekend against Texas A&M he was 22/30 for 387 yards and 4 touchdowns; he also added one touchdown on the ground. Tua may not have any defense that remotely bothers him until November 3rd when LSU comes to visit.
Nosebleed Defensive Player of the Week
I may catch some flak for this, but this week I’m keeping the Defensive Player of the Week at my home school. Javon Kinlaw is an absolute freak of nature and on Saturday he showed it. The defensive tackle from South Carolina put up an absurd statline with 5 tackles, 3 for loss, 2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and 1 quarterback hurry. Also after the game during the middle of his interview he started eating a fruit roll-up. This guy is truly a national treasure.
Record through Week 4:
Both of us had a tough week this week with predictions, but Aaron and I are both looking forward to responding well in Week 5.
Games we’re looking forward to in Week 5:
#25 Texas Tech v. #12 West Virginia
Can Will Grier continue to carry West Virginia as the Big 12 schedule ramps up?
#23 Mississippi State v. Florida
How will Mullen’s Gators fare in his return to Starkville?
#8 Notre Dame v. #7 Stanford
Is Notre Dame worthy of their #8 ranking?
#4 Ohio State v. #9 Penn State
Do Penn State and McSorley have enough fire-power to keep up with Ohio State?
#11 Washington v. #20 BYU
Will BYU stay hot or will Washington end the Cougars run?