College Football Rewind: Week Three
Week Three has come and gone, and what a wild week it was, despite ESPN’s lame “Road Test Weekend” moniker. How’d everyone do?
#1 Oklahoma defeats #5 Florida State, 23-13
This was an absolutely sensational game that unequivocally lived up to the hype. Oklahoma scored on the opening drive, but after that, the ‘Noles defense stepped up big time, limiting Oklahoma to just field goals for a majority of the game. Ultimately, Oklahoma proved to have too much firepower for Florida State – a team that hasn’t looked this good in a long time, and their future looks bright.
Next up on the schedule for the Sooners is a home game against Missouri, which should be a bit of a welcome reprieve after the hype fest of this past weekend. Missouri flatted Western Illinois this past week, but I don’t think they’ll be even remotely that successful at Oklahoma. Look for the Sooners to make a statement this week, as they are supposedly going to be announced as part of the new PAC 16 (along with Texas).
Prediction: Oklahoma 35, Missouri 16
#2 Alabama defeats North Texas, 41-0
Not a whole lot to talk about in this game, other than North Texas got hit about as hard as Shelton Benjamin did here. More below from this game in the LOL of the Week.
The Tide opens up SEC play at home against Arkansas next week in what should be a relatively easy game. Arkansas hasn’t played anyone of merit yet, and Alabama hardly broke a sweat against the Mean Green this week. Look for the Tide to keep on Rollin’.
Prediction: Alabama 34, Arkansas 13
#3 LSU defeats Mississippi State, 19-6
The Tigers didn’t seem to have much trouble dispatching the Bulldogs. LSU’s defense was stifling, and the offense did just enough to put the game away. As I said last week, LSU needed to be firing on all cylinders, and they executed their game plan to a T. They didn’t even need any grass chewing from Les Miles.
Next up is another road test with a visit to the Mountaineers of West Virginia. The crowd should be absolutely vitriolic, given that it’s West bleepin' Virginia. The Tigers will need another stellar performance from the defense to walk out of that couch-burning haven with a W.
Prediction: LSU 23, West Virginia 21
#4 Boise State defeats Toledo, 40-15
Took a bit for the Stormtroopers Broncos to get their game in gear, but once they did, Toledo didn’t really stand a chance. Kellen Moore continued his torrid pace, tossing five TDs for the game.
The Broncos get another chance to fine-tune their skills in their game against Tulsa this week. No doubt they will want to be as ready as possible for their game the following week against Nevada. The Broncos will be looking to dish some payback against the Wolf Pack because of the loss from last season.
Prediction: Boise State 36, Tulsa 12
#5 Florida State falls to #1 Oklahoma, 13-23
Already been covered above, but one other thing to point out is how well Florida State’s backup freshman QB Clint Trickett played against Oklahoma. Could there be a QB controversy brewing in Tallahassee? It’s entirely possible.
Florida State gets a chance to rebound this week in their ACC opener against the Clemson Tigers – the game formerly known as the Bowden Bowl. Clemson finally got themselves a marquis victory, beating Auburn on Saturday, and they’ll be looking to continue their momentum. Florida State’s defense though is just a wee bit better than Auburn’s, and the 'Noles should be able to open up conference play with a victory.
Prediction: Florida State 24, Clemson 18
#6 Stanford defeats Arizona, 37-10
I nearly nailed this score on the dot – Stanford took awhile to get rolling, but Andrew Luck was sensational in the second half. If he keeps this play up, it’s likely he’ll be looking at buying property in either Kansas City or Seattle after the NFL draft in the spring.
Stanford returns home for a date with UCLA this week, and it’s highly unlikely that the Bruins will pose much, if any, threat at all. A more likely scenario will be Rick Neuheisel shouting at the end of the game that even he doesn’t care anymore about this team.
Prediction: Stanford 45, UCLA 7
#7 Wisconsin 49, Northern Illinois 7
Ho-hum. Just another day on the Russell Wilson for Heisman Express. Even though he threw his first pick of the season, the Wisconsin #AllRussellWilsonEverythings crushed NIU right from the kickoff.
Wisconsin returns home to play another cupcake in South Dakota this week (they seriously have had the easiest opening to their schedule I think I’ve ever seen). Expect more of the same from Wilson, who will put up huge numbers...again.
Prediction: Wisconsin 39, South Dakota 6
#8 Oklahoma State defeats Tulsa, 59-33
While the Cowboys gave up more points to Tulsa than Oklahoma did, they also managed to score more points against Tulsa than Oklahoma did. Likely doesn’t mean anything, but interpret as you like.
The Cowboys have a tremendous road conference opener against soon to be ex-Big 12 conference member Texas A&M. This will be one of the big matchups of this weekend, and will go a long way in determining who ultimately wins the Big 12 this season. Both teams put up a lot of points, and this game should continue that trend.
Prediction: Oklahoma State 38, Texas A&M 42
#9 Texas A&M defeats Idaho, 37-7
Nearly had this score prediction nailed as well. The Vandals proved they were no match for the Aggies, giving up 27 points in the first half, and they never really came close to making the Aggies feel threatened.
I don’t have much to add about next week’s game as I covered it directly above, but I feel that Texas A&M’s home field advantage should be the difference in this game. I just hope that Craig James isn’t the commentator for this game – that would totally ruin a spectacular matchup.
Prediction: Texas A&M 42, Oklahoma State 38
#10 South Carolina defeats Navy, 24-21
South Carolina moves into the Top Ten this week, and nearly found themselves right back out after the Chicken Curse tried to make an appearance. Though in fairness, Navy is a tough, pesky team to beat – it’s very rare to see any team thoroughly beat them, so South Carolina fans shouldn’t feel too upset about only winning by three points.
The Gamecocks get a date with Vanderbilt at home this week, and this shouldn’t be that tough of a game for South Carolina, even with the Commodores playing much better than they have in years past. A steady dose of Marcus Lattimore should be all the Gamecocks need to grab the victory this week.
Prediction: South Carolina 24, Vanderbilt 13
The IHJJR Top Ten: Week Four
- Florida State
- Boise State
- Oklahoma State
- South Carolina
- Texas A&M
Not a lot of movement this week in the IHJJR Top Ten, with only Alabama and LSU moving up to #2 and #3, respectively, while Florida State drops back to #5.
LOL of the Week Award
I’d like to introduce a new segment on the Top Ten this week: my LOL of the Week. The first recipient of this award is North Texas’ QB, who audibly shouted, “Oh Shit!” as a massive Alabama DT came lumbering right at him. (Thanks to @bubbaprog for posting the link on his Twitter feed.)
That’s all for Week Three, what are your thoughts for Week Four? Let me know what you think – leave a comment here or find me on Twitter at @thrillis4!