My TV schedule was obviously interrupted by work, but I did get in some of UCLA v. Nebraska (Taylor Martinez is STILL the QB at Nebraska by the way. It’s his 4th year as a starter, but it seems like his 8th.), I watched a few drives in the Arkansas game, the 4th quarter of that Michigan v. Akron craziness, watched Alabama and A&M all the way, and then channel surfed the late games. Yeah. And I worked an 8 hour shift. That’s the kind of love I have for my readers. The kind of love Durham native Vad Lee of Georgia Tech had for his hometown when he lead the Yellow Jackets to a 38-14 win over Duke. Tough love I’m sure.
Anyway, with Duke’s perfect season destroyed, we’ll all have to move on and pay attention to the regular contenders. Ya know, like Alabama, Oregon, Stanford and an Ohio State that should coast through the Big-10.
With all due respect to the idiots that came up with this “targeting” rule which by the way is the dumbest rule I’ve ever seen… Let’s kick it off!
Games of the Week:
The Game of the Century!!!... Of the Week
#1 Alabama over #6 Texas A&M 49-42
What is this? The PAC-12? 49-42 in the SEC? This wasn’t Alabama surviving A&M, it was Bama proving that they can play anybody’s game. They may have a weakness in their secondary, but Bama is the best team in the country hands down and it’s going to take some team’s perfect Saturday and a whole lot of luck to beat The Tide. The drive they put together at the end of the first half to go up 28-14 was textbook and they are just too good for 95% of the country to even compete with. Oh, and AJ McCarron must feel like the Rodney Dangerfield of the SEC. No Respect; just keeps on winning. A&M is a real to to be sure, but they’re just not ready to hang with Bama year in and year out.
Big-10 falls to the PAC-12 - 3-1
#16 UCLA over #23 Nebraska 41-21. Ouch! 38 unanswered points by UCLA.
#19 Washington over Illinois 34-24. This one stayed pretty close all the way through, but Washington isn’t a real threat out of the PAC-12 just yet.
#4 Ohio State over Cal…ifornia 52-34 I like to hate on the Gay Acorns of OSU, but even I have to admit that it’s impressive what they’re doing even with their backup quarterback.
#20 Wisconsin upset by Arizona State 32-30. Um, See below.
Honorable Mention: Akron’s losing effort against Michigan 28-24. The Zips were four seconds away from being this year’s App State. Did you know that Akron is on a 27 game road losing streak and that Terry Bowden is their coach? Terry Bowden!!!???
Upset of the Week:
#20 Wisconsin! Bad punts, fake punts, lots of rushing TDs and then… What? Whether you think it was a fumble, a kneel down or whatever you thought you were doing to center the ball for a FG, you had to know that either way you were going to have to spike it to stop the clock because it was going to keep running. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, and done! The Badgers just upset themselves. Bad Bad Bad Loss.
Beat Down of the Week:
#10 Florida State over Nevada 62-7
Nevada took a 7-3 lead early in the second quarter and I thought for a brief second that maybe FSU was going to overlook the Los Lobos (Wolfpack; whatever.) Then FSU ripped off 59 unanswered points. Florida State hasn’t look great this year, but a tune up like this (and next week vs. Bethune-Cookman) may put them on a roll heading into ACC play. Anyway, the Seamanholes of Florida State racked up 617 total yards and had two rushers go for over 100. Nevada gave up an average of 9.2 yards per rush attempt and that, will lead you to a beat down each and every time.
Pillow Fight of the Week:
Oh no I missed one! Damn you Western Carolina! You let the Citadel build a 21-0 halftime lead and then couldn’t quite catch up. To be fair it was a 28-21 final score so I was close in my blindly picking the Catamounts. Stupid mountain cat.
Next week I’m going to get smart and go with a Bulldog. Yale baby! They open their season against Patriot conference “powerhouse” Colgate (0-3). I say the Colgate Raiders fall to 0-4 while Yale starts off 1-0 and redeems me for picking against a bulldog this week.
Player of the Week:
Marcus Mariota QB, Oregon Ducks. Quack! It was only a matter of time before Mariota found himself here. This week he’s awarded our player of the week for laying a quack down on Tennessee. The numbers: 23/33 for 456yards and 4TDs with 27 rushing yards and a TD on the ground. A couple of guys threw for more yards this weekend, but I’m going with Marcus for nearly swimming the #2 Ducks to this week’s Beat Down section.
Joel Stave, QB, Wisconsin. Hey Stave, you might want to learn the rules of college football, or pee-wee football for that matter. At least the clock portion. Seconds tick away and with them your hopes of winning games. Also, YOU SUCK!
My Picks Go…
I went 7-3 this week, and stand at 74% correct so far this year, but now (much like Duke) I’m 2-1 on the pillow fight picks. This week Wisconsin, Nebraska and Penn State all killed me. Why did I have faith in the Big-10??? I hate the Big-10! And UCF! Whoa, hold on there. I did correctly pick Iowa over Iowa State, Ole Miss over Texas and a few others that were pretty close. So far so good.